2020 Wildflower Pilgrimage Speaker Bios
Kathryn Cubert, Wildlife Photographer
As a young girl growing up in Chillicothe, I watched a tree grow taller and stronger through the years that my parents had planted when I was born. I remember thinking my life was inextricably tied to said tree. After it was eventually cut down and a business was built on the property of our former home beside what became a major business route, I felt so naive. Somehow, I survived, despite the loss.
Fast forward decades later and I realize it wasn’t naive at all to feel such a connection to one tree. It was truth, but on a different level as far as truths go. I crave being outside, surrounded by trees. Every available moment is spent outdoors walking in the woods and spending time near the waterways of Ohio, trying with all the power I have in my artistic arsenal to reflect the experiences I am able to enjoy through my photography. Translating my experiences and time with different subjects within a particular landscape has been extremely challenging artistically and yet exhilarating as well. My most recent quest is one of preservation and conservation and to become more involved with the Arc in creating images reflecting the astounding beauty and diversity found within its boundaries. In all of its forms.www.kathryncubert.com
Sue King, Textile Artist
I am a contemporary textile artist and outdoorist living in Lancaster, Ohio. Although I love to travel, I have always lived in Ohio, and grew up on a small farm in the central part of the state. I credit the beginning of my creative journey to the great fortune of growing up in family filled with self taught artists.My early childhood experiences continue to shape my current work, including a first trip to a National Park when I was just 5 years old. My family spent nearly every weekend camping, hiking and canoeing and it was during one of these camping adventures that mother taught me how to do hand embroidery.
My love for the beauty and textural quality of fabric continued to grow, and about thirty years ago I began making quilts that relied heavily on traditional patterns and colorways. Eventually I became bored with the repetitive nature of this endeavor and started creating my own designs that utilized non-traditional techniques. A passion for textiles, public lands and the human condition have culminated in the ultimate creative experience, serving as artist in residence at numerous national and state parks and other public lands. These immersion experiences are spiritually creative journeys that allow me to honor and explore our country’s cultural and natural resources through art while emphasizing the pressing need to preserve America’s wild places.
Karen Kline, Michigan painter and insect artist extraordinaire
Michigan artist, Karen Anne Klein, has a Bachelor of Science degree fro the University of Michigan and a a Masters of Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit. Her work can be found in collections across the country, including those of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Detroit Institute of Arts. Klein has release a number of limited-edition books, and her paintings have been exhibited at such venues as the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor; the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois, and the Minneapolis Museum of Art. For more information, visit Karen’s website, https://kaklein.com/, and her blog, roomforcuriosity.blogspot.com.
Sarah Goslee Reed, Musician
Growing up, there was always music in my house. My father played the bassoon and my mother played the cello and string bass. I loved the folk music of the sixties, so I taught myself to play the guitar, based upon my knowledge of the violin, and I learned all my songs by ear from listening to records.
As for the classical music where it all started…I still play violin in my local symphony orchestra. My education has even been put to use several times by being a microbiologist. However I have retired from micro to devote time to my family, garden, pets…oh yes and to singing, writing and playing music!!
Rounding out my days, I volunteer as a bluebird monitor through the environmental center at Kenyon College and at SPI, our local science play space where all ages learn about science through play.
I live in rural Mount Vernon, Ohio with my husband and numerous pets and garden friends.
Ann Geise, Artist & Field Naturalist
A lifetime spent loving, observing and learning about nature is reflected in the artwork of Ann Geise. Ann was born and raised in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and studied biology at Northern Kentucky University. After working for nineteen years as artist and exhibits manager for Cincinnati Nature Center, where she illustrated and designed the center’s publications and educational exhibits, she now paints from her home studio in Batavia, Ohio. Working in watercolors and oils Ann paints landscapes, birds, botanicals and wildlife. Inspiration for her paintings come from many sources: the backyard birdfeeders and gardens, the rural landscapes of southern Ohio, or observations from more distant travels. Ann’s paintings have won numerous awards both local and national. She is commissioned regularly by environmental organizations to create artwork used to promote conservation and connect people with nature. Ann is a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists and Greenacres Artists Guild. www.AnnGeiseArt.com.
Wendy McVicker, Poet
Wendy McVicker is a poet and Ohio Arts Council teaching artist. She has been stirring up poetry in a variety of settings for many years. She is currently involved in leading a creative writing residency for seniors in southeastern Ohio. Her poems have appeared in many small journals over the years, and in anthologies, including A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (ed. Becca J. R. Lachman). Her chapbook, The Dancer’s Notes, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2015. She performs with instrumentalist Emily Prince as the duo another language altogether, often in collaboration with dancers and other musicians. https://endicottstudio.typepad.com/poetrylist/lines-not-things-by-wendy-mcvicker.html
John Jay Jackson, Orator
My family has lived in Southern Ohio since the 1790’s, so I had an early love for the woods and streams of Appalachia. I graduated from Ohio University in the 1960’s, ventured to the Washington D.C. area for graduate school, but had to come back to the hills. A career in public welfare eventually took me to Columbus, where I retired in 1998, and immediately went back to school. Studying archaeology at OSU gave way to theology at Ohio Dominican, and I came to teach at ODU for several years, loving every minute in the classroom. Since 2017, I’ve been a volunteer at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, walking the trails, monitoring Bluebird nestboxes and tending our demonstration garden to show visitors the crops grown by the Native American builders of the earthworks. I’m active in my parish church, St. James Episcopal, and my community at Ohio Living Westminster Thurber.
Laura Hughes, Wildlife Photographer & Videographer
I enjoy studying and filming/photographing wildlife especially those things that many people don’t get to see. I worked ten years for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the last few as a macroinvertebrate biologist. I’m now a contract biologist working with the state endangered Allegheny Woodrat for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. I also recently worked for the BBC filming fireflies for their Planet Earth series. In my spare time my husband and I like getting outside to see what interesting things we can find and film. We also enjoy using trail cameras to capture the secretive lives of wildlife.
Picture of Laura radiotracking an allegheny woodrat in Adams Co. Sept. 2019.