The Tarriance

I’m pleased to announce that my competition proposal to create a sculpture on the grounds of Central Oregon Community Collegehas been selected by the Art Acquisitions Committee. The 201-acre Bend campus, with views of the beautiful Cascade mountains, has been growing since the 1960’s. Over 18,000 students are enrolled at COCC this academic year. This is my first stone art commission west of the Rockies. I’m very excited to be creating a piece in, of and for the great Northwest.

In early autumn, the sculpture titled, “The Tarriance,” will be installed on a plaza next to the, soon-to-be-finished, science building. The process of coordinating, collecting and assembling all the needed components, now begins.

But, not before the maple sugar season ends! These days, family and friends join Elin and me gathering sap in the bucket orchard and boiling it down in the sugar house to the golden nectar that is pure maple syrup. We’ve produced 28 gallons since the sap started running in mid February. Last night we boiled until the moon was high in the clear night sky. The firewood supply is nearly exhausted (and so are we).   

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