The Armory Show and Tell

Event Location: The Armory Center For the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, Ca 91103

When:                Friday, August 2, 2013
12:45 -1:45 pm
in the Caldwell Gallery

Come join Hataya Tubtim and Michelle Glass as we make painted seed Ofrendas at the Armory Center For the Arts in Pasadena. Our workshop takes place on Friday August 2, from 12:45 -1:45 pm and is open to all ages so bring the whole family!  This event is part of the Armory’s Show and Tell series of workshops/lectures throughout July and August.

The rural community of Arvin, Ca, is a small town 15 miles southeast of Bakersfield with a population of apprx. 19,000 people (U.S. Census 2010).  Those who have lived there for generations can recall a time when the surrounding, rolling hills of Arvin, were covered with the myriad, brilliant colors of wildflowers. Today, the hills are not nearly as lush, declining for generations due to agricultural incursion, drought, and pollution.

For Armory Show and Tell, Michelle and Hataya would like to invite participants to create painted seed Ofrendas that will be planted in Arvin. Participants will create an ‘offering’ to the land by painting their own personalized messages and images on patches made of biodegradable, non-woven, non-toxic cellulose material. The yogurt-derived paint is infused with the seeds of wild poppies that once grew in abundance on the landscape. After completing their paintings, participants will choose a location on a map of Arvin where they would like their seed Ofrendas placed.  Hataya and Michelle will take the offerings to Arvin and stake them into the chosen site, where over time they will deteriorate, releasing the seeds to germinate into the landscape. Traditionally, an Ofrenda is an offering made to returning souls. In recent history a number of efforts have been made to address environmental conditions in the region and to reseed Arvin’s hills to their former glory. By placing new seeds and good wishes into the landscape, these offerings represent the hope of restoring the many colors that once existed there.

Each Ofrenda’s growth cycle will be documented in photographs and field notes that will be posted on the DeColores website, which archives the series of projects Michelle and Hataya have conducted in Arvin since 2011.