The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 23
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 23

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 19, 1995
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The Salina Journal f riot ...'I':.!;;'.:;.;...:.::;.! D£ Video Corner D3 Exhibits D6 What'e Qolng On D6 Section Friday, May 19,1995 Go ahead and just act naturally • Prairie Festival can show you how to do it By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal P articipants will harvest asparagus from Sunshine Farm to use for lunch and strawberries from a Moundridge farm will be featured for dessert. Kansas gardeners and farmers will discuss how they market their organically-grown products. Other speakers will discuss projects that encourage people to eat organically grown food produced locally. It's all part of Prairie Festival, scheduled for May 26-28 at The Land Institute, 2440 E. Water Well Road. The theme of the festival is "Becoming Native To This Place," which is the title of Land Institute founder and president Wes Jackson's latest book. The focus, said Brian Donahue, education director of The Land Institute," is "eating closer to home." That doesn't mean picking the fast-food joint that's on your block instead of the one two miles away. thaw'll aat tt means eat tney 11 eat i ng food that's produced organically while it's in season, Donahue said. It means not treating the ground with pesticides to grow more, and it means not treating the produce with preservatives to make it last longer. "If people do try to eat closer to home, they'll eat fresher, better food, and it will put them in closer touch with the land," Donahue said. And it will also go far toward the Land Institute's goal of sustainable agriculture and ecologically sound farming. : "It stands for a lot of what we're here for," Donahue said. Donahue said the May 28 lunch is a feature of the weekend festival, and it will consist mostly of Kansas-produced products. Lunch will be prepared by Alice Waters, a board member of The Land Institute and chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. The meal will cost $7 a person, and reservations must be made through The Land Institute by May 24. The menu includes asparagus vinaigrette, grilled free range chicken or polenta with wild mushroom sauce, salad and strawberry shortcake. Donahue said the asparagus will come from The Land Institute, the strawberries will come from Moundridge, the corn for the polenta is Kansas-grown, and the chickens were raised by a Lawrence farmer. Throughout the weekend, lectures and panel discussions will center on the theme "Becoming Native." * See PRAIRIE, Page D2 "if people eat closer to home, eat fresher, better food, and it will put them in closer touch with the land." - Brian Donahue education director at The Land Institute a walk on the Wl LD SI Environmental artist to share her creations with Salina area By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal ynne Hull used to spend hours in the forest behind her house, tromping through trees and spying on the deer, bears, foxes and birds .that called it | home. nere wasn't much else to do in her hometown of Los Alamos, N.M., a top-secret city where scientists developed the atomic bomb. When she visited the site later on in her life, she noticed that the jewel-blue sky, so blue artists came from all over to paint it, looked dim. Scientists traced it to pollution from a power plant built there when Hull was a teen-ager. She was appalled. "The world is so much richer with the creatures we share it with," Hull said. "But our impact on this world is making it difficult." When she creates pieces of art, Hull draws her inspiration from those earlier years. She focuses on environmental art, making pieces that use mostly natural materials and placing them in areas damaged by human progress. "That goes into my work more than anything," she said. Hull will be in Salina from May 26 through June 11. Her work will be on display in the Land Institute's Prairie Festival on Memorial Day weekend and she will be a featured artist in the Smoky Hill River Festival. She also will create a piece for Salina that probably will be in one of the city parks when completed. Her work started as a joke. Frustrated with Wyoming's sparse population and lack of appreciation of modern art, she decided to make a display for the animals. "I figured there were more antelopes than people here," Hull said. She has since done pieces that are designed to help ani- Photo by BIDE PEYER, courtesy of Lynne Hull Lynne Hull created "Raptor Roost," which provides shelter for birds of prey, after learning that they were electrocuting themselves on power lines. mals endangered by a damaged habitat. One such piece, "Raptor Roost," provides shelter for birds of prey after Hull learned that they were electrocuting themselves by roosting on power lines. "I think her audience is the coolest thing about her art," said Sharon Benson, director of arts education at the Salina Arts and Humanities. "It can be appreciated by humans, but it's designed for use with animals." Hull gets the most satisfaction out of her work when she sees animals using it. "I could sit back and observe these baby birds in their nest," she said. "Combining nature with art — that's the thrilling part with me." Hull works by asking and exploring. When she travels to a site, she wants information from the people who live there on what problems need to be solved and what solutions need to be celebrated. "I don't want to tell people what needs to be done," she said. "I want them to tell me." Brian Donahue, director of education at the Land Institute, said he is looking forward to working with Hull. "Anytime a good environmental artist can bring out the beauty of nature and connect art with the environment, we're interested," Donahue said. Some purists have criticized Hull's work, say- ing it's not right to introduce man-made objects into the wild. "I have had some backlash, and it's fair," she said. "I welcome debate on it." But her philosophy rescues her from the harshest criticism. She only puts her work in damaged areas. "I don't think it's appropriate for my work to be in the real wilderness," Hull said. Hull's seen the worst kind of damage. She traveled to Northern Ireland in fall 1993, a time when the land was torn apart by civil strife. "People I met there were so friendly, and yet it was a strain to work because you could get killed on such a random basis," she said. She lost three pieces to the army, who thought her works were armed war toys and blew them up. But she was able to etch images of salmon onto rocks there to spearhead a clean-up effort to make a river a spawning ground. Hull's work was meant to encourage life at a river that divided two countries bent on killing each other. "I discovered that, like wildlife, we need food, shelter, water — and peace," she said. A trip to Kenya revealed something completely different — an explosion of wildlife. There she used her self-taught knowledge of the environment to teach children about the treasure they had. She painted ladders to resemble giraffes that allowed the kids to climb and look from a giraffe's point of view. Hull hopes to do something similar in Salina by giving chil- Lynne Hull . AGE: 50 . RESIDENCE: Laramie, Wyo. . EDUCATION: Bachelor of arts from the University of Wyoming in 1969. . PROFESSION: Full-time environmental artist . EXPERIENCES: Traveled to England, Kenya, Northern Ireland and all over America to do pieces of art and educate about the environment. dren the perspective of a prairie dog. Details of that project haven't been worked out. Hull sees herself as a "gypsy artist," traveling to different lands, exploring them and then expressing herself based on those experiences. After Salina she plans to go to sites along the Hudson River in New York. Hull doesn't call herself an extreme animal- rights activist. Sure, she's a vegetarian, but she has a lot more sympathy for wild animals. "I wouldn't go and release lab rats," she said. "Animals in the wild are so much more interesting to me. It's a different relationship we have with the Earth. They make the world so much richer." » BAD BOYS CENTRAL RATED R This is another weary assembly of cop-movie cliches, starring Martin Lawrence as a family man and Will Smith as a bachelor. They're partners, assigned to a big drug heist. » BRAVEHEART '. ; . SUNSET RATED R No review available. * , ; » CRIMSON TIDE **V CENTRAL RATED R , > ; <. This is an uncommonly Intelligent war movie, In which ; the issues are at least as interesting as the action. Gene Hackman stars as the crusty veteran commander of a U.S. sub, and Denzel Washington is his secondrin- , .', command as a nuclear crisis develops, and the sub is cut off from the source of its orders. Should it actj or wait? now playing in salina **** Excellent *** Good ** Fair * Poor ** » CHE HARP; WITH A VENGEANCE * * * RATED R „ This is nonstop action, violence and mayhem, arranged into a series of virtuoso action and stunt sequences. Bruce Willis is back as the, hero cop, Samuel L. Jackson is the Harlem store owner who becomes his unwilling sidekick, and Jeremy Irons is a mad bomber. » FORGET PARIS *** CENTRAL FIATEDPG-13 See review, Page D4. • FRENCH KISS CENTRAL RATEDPG-13 Meg Ryan is Kat«, the fiancee of a Canadian doctor named Charlie (Timothy Mutton). After Charlie falls for a French goddess and calls the wedding off, Kate reluctantly teams up with Luc (Kevin Kline) on a cross- country journey through France. A variety of strengths combines to make this somewhat slight movie pleasant A GOOFY MOVIE *** CENTRAL RATED G Disney's good-hearted dope dog is back, this time in a father-son feature. This is a story about a teen-ager learning to accept himself and his father. Fun for kids, with enough cartoon action and music to keep the proceedings from going numb. » THE LITTLE PRINCESS * * * ft MID STATE RATED G This Is a magical family film about a young girl named Sara (Liesel Matthews) who is left by her father at a luxurious New York boarding school, when he goes off to fight World War I. Ail is well at first - Sam's storytelling ability makes her a favorite - but then there is a reversal of fortune, and the movie tests he/pluck and intelligence. PANTHER SUNSET RATED R This film re-creates the founding of the Black Panther Party In the 1960s and traces Its trajectory as It created the black power movement and was then destroyed by harassment, conspiracy and corruption. The early days are filled with heady excitement, but the movie wraps everything up too neatly with a fictitious climax involving the FBI, the Mafia and drugs. The real story deserves to be told. » WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING *** SUNSET RATED PG Sandra Bullock hits her stride in a romantic comedy about a Chicago Transit Authority worker who pretends to be the fiancee of a man In a coma. Peter Gallagher plays the smug lawyer who has fallen into unconsciousness; Bill Pullman portrays his brother. The com Bollock is pretending to be engaged to the hospitalized man, she falls in tove with the brother.

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