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The art hike films, Full Circle and Art Within Nature, are mid-length art hike films about a magical, diverse and inspiring “art hike” experience that highlights the landscape of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The film is intended to transport the viewer into the mountains and to experience visual beauty, serenity through movement, and deep story-telling. Viewers experience the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains through the combination of nature, art, music, poetry, and touching cinematography.

Trails & Vistas Art Within Nature film, 2019 Art Hike BLUE, artists interviews and performances.

Trails & Vistas Full Circle film, Virtual Art Hike, 2020
Videographer: Cayman Levonian
Artistic Directors: Nancy Tieken Lopez and Elizabeth Archer

“The Gloaming” from Earthsong, by Emily Tessmer
Choreography by Kassidy Commendatore
Donner Summit, California

“A New World” from coming home by Joshua McClain
“groundwater” choreography by Jennie Pitts Knipe & Shelby Wilburn
Sierra Nevada, California

“Distant Land” from Studio 92, by Motoshi Kosako
Cold Mountain encaustic dress installation by Nancy Tieken Lopez
Sierra Nevada, California

“Answers” by Angele Carroll
Choreography by Nicky Shindler
Donner Summit, California

“Foxing Hour”  from Studio 92 by Motoshi Kosako
Choreography by Ashley Celaya & Tony Nguyen
Sierra Nevada, California

“Come Around” by Danny Sturtevant
Choreography Brandon Knowbody Greathouse
Donner Summit, California
“Coming Home” by Joshua McClain

Enchanted poem written by Anne Brigman from Songs of a Pagan performed by Sophie Moeller and Choreography by Leigh Collins,
Glass Orbs by Bobby Bowes
Origins of Granite poem written and performed by Jean L. Fournier
Honoring Washo Lands poetry banners(2 of 5 banners) by Cathee van Rossem-St. Clair
Art Vessel Meditation poem written by Molly Shem Lynch
Art Vessel Artists: Annie Carouba, Siena Lyra Lopez, Nancy Tieken Lopez
Costumes by Nancy Tieken Lopez, Irene Fredericks, Maria Jones, Elizabeth Archer

Trails & Vistas The Dreaming Tree Film, 2021
This virtual art in nature field trip film is an interactive experience for over 300 third grade students and long term care residents with dance, environmental studies, music, poetry, storytelling, and visual art. The Dreaming Tree Field Trip at Lake Tahoe is a stunning project dedicated to the arts and environmental stewardship with a walking tour to understand, explore, and communicate about the human experience on this earth. What started as an effort in 2011 to host an outdoor classroom has since grown into an experience of land, art, and community for the student participants. To accompany the film, art kits will be delivered to each class with art supplies for students to write nature poems, create visual art project, a storytelling gift, and an Earth Walk Guide & Journal.

Nancy Lopez is a featured artist of BELONGING film, a community arts initiative led by Nevada County Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists Activating Communities Program.

Trails & Vistas Full Circle and The Dreaming Tree films were generously funded in part by the California Arts Council Creative California Communities Grant.

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