.......................Upcoming Events

 

Updated 4-13-09

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center
April 2009 Gallery Exhibits

Monday—Thursday 9:30-5:00 pm

Wilderness Way presents
Fred L. Berensmeier:
A 50 Year Retrospective

Reception
Sunday, April 19th, 3-5pm
Singing Salmon Flute Circle 4pm
Proceeds benefit Wilderness Way

“After 50 Years of living on the slopes of Mt. Barnabe in the San Geronimo Valley, I have become one with the Spirit and Spirits of this place. This connection feeds me spiritually, enriches me intellectually and challenges me creatively” —Fred Berensmeier

hawksThe San Geronimo Valley Community Center is honored to host Fred L. Berensmeier: A 50 year Art Retrospective presented by Wilderness Way. Fred Berensmeier (Lee to friends) studied art at the School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and San Francisco State University. He was an art instructor and head of the Fine Arts Printmaking Deptartment at City College of San Francisco from 1968 to 1993. Early on, Berensmeier was influenced by Edvard Munch and the German Expressionist movement. Later interests included abstract expressionism. By the 1960’s, Berensmeier was creating collograph images by printing flattened-out objects such as metal ware toys, tin cans and other artifacts. His current artwork includes images from his personal connection with the environment and his years of work with Native Americans and study of petroglyphs and pictographs during two sabbaticals.

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  Dream Dancer & Raven Revisit the Void      Flute Spirals. . . Creation Song

San Geronimo Valley Community Center 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo

KOKOPAULI CALLINGS - FLUTE NIGHT

Monday, April 20, 7 PM  

fluteThe Singing Salmon Flute Circle, led by Paul Berensmeier, will be sharing their unique repertoire on a wide range of flutes at the beginning of the evening with the second half designed for participant’s to try out one of the group’s “starter” flutes, ask questions, and view Paul’s unique flute collection.

The Flute Circle has been hosting bimonthly meetings at the Community Center since 2007. Their skills on the Native American flute have improved dramatically and this is their first performance.  The setting for this event will be in the West Room Gallery which is showing Fred Berensmeier’s 50 year retrospective art show and includes many kokopelli flute images.  Paul’s first CD of original Native American flute compositions and arrangements inspired by a lifetime of hikes, runs and adventures in the San Geronimo Valley will also be available.

$10. donation at the door.  All ages welcome.
Proceeds go to Wilderness Way, an environmental education organization.

For more information contact Paul at kokopauli@sbcglobal.net
or 415-488-1964.


......Past Special Events

NOAA B-WET AWARD

Wilderness Way 2008
NOAA (National Oxxxxxceanic and Atmospheric Administration) announced 15
education grants from its Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)
program totaling $799,000 to schools and non-profit groups in Marin, San
Francisco and Alameda. The grants focused on meaningful watershed
educational experiences for students, professional development for educators
and use of the National Marine Sanctuaries to promote ocean education and
conservation. Wilderness Way received third year funding under this program
at a recent awards presentation for its K-8 curriculum about salmonids, the
San Geronimo Valley watershed and Ocean Literacy in the Middle School,
Montessori, Waldorf Inspired and Open Classroom programs of the Lagunitas
School Dist.

Paul Berensmeier - Wilderness Way instructor, Seaberry Nachbar - B-WET Program Manager and Education Coordinator and Jean Berensmeier - Wilderness Way President and instructor at the awards event hosted by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's staff at San Francisco Presidio National Park's Crissy Field Center.

WILDERNESS WAY - ENVIRONMENTAL ART SHOWS
SAN GERONIMO LIBRARY
Carol Rayley Gallery

Wilderness Way is curating an ongoing series of environmental art by Valley artists at the Carol Rayley Gallery in the San Geronimo Library in cooperation with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Local artists are invited to check out this small, cozy space and, if interested in exhibiting, leave a message at 488-9034.

FROM THE FIRE ROAD TO MT. BARNABE
From the Fire Road To Mt. Barnabe

MICHAEL ROLL
Photographs
August September 2008
Michael has discovered the painterly and jewel-like possibilities of digital
photography that reflect his connection to the environment.

2nd ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL ART SHOW


"Oak Study" by Jean Woodard

“ THE MIGHTY OAK”

October 1 - 31, 2007
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo
Marin County
Mon - Fri 9:30 - 5:00 Sat - Sun by appointment

Artists, Musicians, Poets, Educators and Naturalists are coming together to honor significant oaks of the San Geronimo Valley and beyond with an exhibition, performance and educational presentation.

October 17th 7:30 - 9 pm Film and Educational
Presentation on oaks and sudden oak death

October 21st 4 - 7 pm Artist Reception with art, music
poetry and refreshments

Sponsored by Wilderness Way
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Valley Artists Advisory Committee
Steward of the Mighty Oak

Artists: Phil Arnot, Larry Brauer, Fred L. Berensmeier, Larry Bryson,
Christina Dallorso-Bush, Tom DeFelice, Chris Ducey, Nancy Ducey, Anne
Faught, Jan Gross, Jenny Groat, Virginia Huega, Gael Hunt, Vesta Kirby,
Veronica Buros-Kleinberg, Dirk Kortz, Pat Kreigler, Susan Lahr, Judith Selby
Lang, Richard Lang, Linda Larsen, David Miller, Michelle Rivers, Roger
Rosenfeld, Victoria Saxe, Connie Smith-Siegel, Jack Sims, Philip Wadsworth,
Sandy White, Tina Whyte and Jean Woodard.

Musicians: Paul Berensmeier, Cullen Gray and Schawkie Roth.
Poets: Barbara Swift Brauer, Albert DeSilver,
Dahlia Kamesar and SaraTolchin.

For more info:
info@sgvwildernessway.org
or call
415-488-9034 or 415-488-1964

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ROMBERG TIBURON CENTER
DISCOVERY DAY

October 14 Sunday 11 - 4 pm

ROMBERG TIBURON CENTER
CHINOOK FISH RELEASE

October 14 Sunday

11-1 Make Wishing Poles and shell necklaces
with Native American pump drills.
1:00 Chinook Fish Release and Ceremony.
1:30 - 2:30 Make Wishing Poles and shell necklaces.

Wilderness Way is delighted to be invited by the Tiburon Salmon Institute
and Tyee Foundation to provide activities for children and adults in
preparation for a ceremony, led by Paul Berensmeier with his Native American
flute, to send 50,000 chinook salmon safely on their journey to the Pacific
Ocean. We are pleased to add to the Discovery Day Open House activities
provided by the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

Romberg Tiburon Center, 3150 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.
Directions: From Hwy. 101 take the Tiburon Blvd. (Hwy. 131) turnoff and
head east about 1 1/4 miles. Turn left at Trestle Glen Blvd. then right on
Paradise Drive to the Romberg Center
(approximately 15 minute drive from Highway 101).

 

 


MARIN COUNTY FAIR 2007
Saturday June 30 - Wednesday, July 4
11 am to 9:30 pm

AQUATIC ADVENTURES
Exhibit Hall Pavilion

Wilderness Way is thrilled to be showcased as an exhibitor
along with many highly respected environmental organizations.

See our latest San Geronimo Valley Watershed model and salmon crossing signs.

OCEAN & BAY FILM FESTIVAL
Exhibit Hall Pavilion

Wilderness Way was honored to have a shortened version of
their film "Crouching Heron - Jumping Salmon" selected for showing in the Ocean and Bay Film Festival..

REMEMBER!
Monday, July 2, is Children's Day -- free admitance for kids.

Carnival rides are free and fun every day.
Sea Lion Encounters. 12, 2 and 4pm daily.
Entertaining and educational show

 

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Sunday, April 29, 2007
WILDERNESS WAY

5K SALMON RUN

SAMUEL P. TAYLOR STATE PARK
Marin County

9:00 am: 100 yard Fun Run - Under 12 - Free
9:30 am: 5 K Walk/Run - All Ages

GAMES - CRAFTS - AWARDS

Benefit for Wilderness Way - an environmental organization

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September 10, 2006
ENVIRONMENTAL ART SHOW

ARTIST RECEPTION
Sunday, Sept. 10, 4-7 pm
Community Center
Presentation 5 pm

The San Geronimo Valley has dozens of artists and crafts people who are inspired by the beautiful San Geronimo Valley to do art, poetry and make music. Wilderness Way has chosen a "baker's dozen" of Valley artists to honor for their many years of living in the Valley and consistently providing exceptional environmental art.

HONORED ARTISTS
Phil Arnot
Fred (Lee) Berensmeier
Larry & Barbara Brauer
Griffe Griffiths
Jenny Hunter Groat
Art Holman
Liana Kornfield
Pat Kriegler
Barbara Lawrence
Michelle Rivers
Connie Smith Siegel
Sandy White

POETS
Barbara Swift Brauer
Gerry Fleming
Dahlia Kamesar

MUSICIANS
Aenea Keyes
Schawkie Roth
Paul Berensmeier

Other reception highlights include:
• An album for locals inspired by the Art Show to become an artist or poet for a page.
• "Wishing Poles" -- to "Call Back the Salmon". A participatory project for kids 8 - 80 to ‘Call Back the Salmon”. Wishing poles to be placed on Valley bridges.
• A performance by Valley poets Barbara Brauer, Gerald Fleming and Dahlia
Kamesar and by Valley musicians Schawkie Roth and Paul Berensmeier.
• Watershed model of the San Geronimo Valley made by Valley students
showing where these artists live and are inspired
• A sampling of Wilderness Way's student art and poetry.

Environmental Art Show
Here are a few artists work

Jenny Hunter Groat, "First Oak"
Liana Kornfield, "Dream Rattler"

Michelle Rivers, "Sacred Ones Altar"

Barbara Lawrence, "Mt. Barnaby

 

WILDERNESS WAY FILM FEST

The first annual Film Fest will be at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center shown on three consecutive Wednesdays in September. Wilderness Way documents its school projects and activities in the Lagunitas School District; Valley restoration projects; major environmental events and has started interviewing Valley elders for its "Elders of the Valley" film collection.

“SANTA BERENSMEIER’S SUPERIMPOSITIONS”
Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 pm

This series has not be seen in 25 years. Superimpositions are a unique technique, superimposing one slide over another, invented by Fred. He was a legend in his own time and left an indelible impression on whoever he met regardless of age. Residents who knew him as Santa and for his love of nature, poetry and stories, will marvel at these images.

“SAVING THE VALLEY”
Wednesday, September 20, 7:30 pm

Paul Berensmeier selected an interview of his mother from his ‘Elders of the Valley” film collection to show on the night of her 75th birthday. He recorded his mother’s childhood epiphany in the Nevada desert that has guided her life, how she discovered the San Geronimo Valley, her introduction to environmental politics and her many stories to “Save the Valley” from the ‘50’s to date.

“THE SAN GERONIMO VALLEY. . .
AN UNFINISHED JOURNEY”

Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 pm

Paul Berensmeier has hundreds of hours of film footage about his adventures in the Valley. This film includes the story of a fawn that came up and hugged his leg, the swirling dance of newts, a lamprey eel and jumping salmon, antics of a squirrel harvesting buckeye nuts during a "bad acorn year", the power of a Valley storm, "Secret Salmon Sites" and finding the
"hidden house" in Roy's Redwoods. Terrific family fare. Paul will be available for questions and comments.

 

 

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