News from the Visionary!
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of a beloved visionary artist, Leonard Knight, creator of the landmark Salvation Mountain in the Imperial Valley Desert of California. Knight passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at age 82, in a hospital in San Diego County where he had spent his last two years. Knight's monumental creation, the 50-foot-tall Salvation Mountain was constructed by hand with adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of donated paint. For three decades, Leonard lived alone in an old painted truck at the foot of his creation, sometimes working at night to avoid the scorching desert heat. Salvation Mountain received Congressional recognition in 2002 from Senator Barbara Boxer, who called it "a unique and visionary sculpture...a national treasure...profoundly strange and beautifully accessible, and worthy of the international acclaim it receives." The site was also declared a national folk art shrine by The Folk Art Society of America, and both Leonard and his mountain appeared in the 2007 feature film Into The Wild. Leonard welcomed visitors each day with a smile and would give free tours, never proselytizing, and always ready to pose for a photo giving his iconic "thumbs up."
AVAM's Founder and Director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, remembered Leonard: "I'll never forget Leonard's visit to our American Visionary Art Museum, resulting in his giant silken LOVE Balloon remaining a part of the museum to echo his simple message of Divine Love—a message shouted from his masterwork, Salvation Mountain, and in his conduct with all whom he met..."
- What: Three one-week Summer Studio sessions
- When: Tuesdays–Fridays: July 8–25
- What Time: 10am–3pm daily
- Cost per student, per week: $250, $200/AVAM Members
- Register: Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-244-1900 x232 to sign up today!
This July, AVAM hosts another truly visionary experience for students, with three one-week Summer Studio sessions of hands-on arts programs at the national museum for intuitive, self-taught artistry! Students will learn about visionary art as they explore new & unusual materials, create their own unique & original art projects, and experience a special week-long, Visiting Artist workshop. Each session of Summer Camp is designated for a specific age group, and follows the same format. In the mornings, AVAM's Education Team will lead students through a variety of creative activities inspired by our very own visionary artists and one-of-a-kind exhibitions. Then in the afternoons, our Visiting Artists will light up those creative minds with some original approaches to art-making and more! Check out our 2014 schedule, and don't wait—SIGN UP TODAY!
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