NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, online via Zoom, it's the GCAS special holiday meeting starting at the very special time of 6:00 PM. It may not be a “party” in our group's traditional sense, but we anticipate having a slideshow of archaeological images of solstice markers, followed by a slideshow of the AMAZING progress on our new Library and Workspace/Lab in the Wood House at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, and a reading of Marilyn Markel's annual poem wrapping up the year behind us. If any member has anything they wish to contribute to the fun, be it slideshows, games, announcements, or any etc., please contact Kyle ASAP at . The more the merrier!

NEXT FIELD TRIP = TBA - watch this space for details as they develop.

GCAS November Field Trip - Fort Bowie, Arizona
Our November 20, 2019, Featured Speaker: Greg Conlin

Silver City's New Mural: Dedicated to Plants, Pollinators, and Climate Change

IMG_1259 IMG_1258The GCAS proudly donated funds to the Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society in partnership with the Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Program, to support their latest civic educational and beautification project. The mural was dedicated to the public on October 26, 2019. As the Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society describes,

The mural theme, “Plants, Pollinators and Climate Change,” was proposed by SWNM Audubon and designed by Aldo Leopold High School art students, under the direction of teacher Alison Phillips, with input from supporting organizations and based on original photographs by Elroy Limmer. Mimbreño designs bridge past with present, the border consists of blue to red stripes depicting global temperature changes over the last 100 years.

MMarkel speaks -photo via COverlockThe new mural illustrates the bees, birds, butterflies, and bats who pollinate the plants on which animal and human lives depend. One of the speakers at the mural's dedication, the GCAS's own Marilyn Markel (photo right by Chris Overlock), explained that the black-and-white Mimbreño designs in the mural represented the Native culture that thrived in our region before climate change some 900 years ago caused drought and crop failure that forced Mimbreños to migrate elsewhere as early 12th-Century climate refugees.

LtoR  K. Meredith  M.Markel  J.Reeves - seated IMG_1266Thanks go to all the other organizations and individuals who supported this magnificent art project: the Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Program, the Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society, the National Audubon's Coleman and Susan Burke Foundation Plants for Birds, the Silver City Town and Country Garden Club, the Gila Native Plant Society, Linda Gerritson, the Youth Conservation Corps, Comcast, the Linberry Foundation, and the Grant County Beekeepers.

IMG_1265The new mural is located in Silver City on the east-facing side of the Silver City Trading Company, at the southwest corner of Texas and Broadway Streets. Please stroll by and see it for yourself!

/s/ webmaster [upper 2 & lower 3 photos by M.Smith]


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