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Snow Goose Festival Art Exhibit & Welcome Reception

Tundra Swans by Diana Wyles

Snow Goose Festival Art Exhibit

January 23 - February 9, 2020

Museum of Northern California Art (monca)
Thursday - Sunday
11 am - 5 pm

900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926
(530) 487-7272

Feast your eyes on wonderful art by artists whose subjects include wildlife and habitat along the Pacific Flyway. This impressive art exhibit located at the Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, in Chico will feature the work of many artists in a variety of media, including sculpture, clay, oils, fiber arts, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, glass, and photography.

Snow Goose Festival Art Reception

Friday, January 24, 2020
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Museum of Northern California (monca)
900 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926
(530) 487-7272

Free to the public


  • Chico High School, Esplanade
  • Oleander Ave.
  • First Christian Church, 295 E Washington Ave (two blocks east)
  • Chico Jr. High School.

You are invited to attend the Snow Goose Festival Art Reception, Friday, January 24, 5:00 pm 8:00 pm. View the inspiring collection of artwork, enjoy refreshments, live music, splendid conversations, and a no-host bar. Bring a friend and meet the artists, along with fellow festival participants, presenters, and field trip leaders. This is a truly special evening you won’t want to miss!

Special Showing
Refuge: A Film by Mark Lipman
Museum of Northern California Art (monca)

This film plays in a loop throughout the time the museum is open
Thursday - Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 23 – February 9

Mark Lipman
45 minutes, 2020
3-channel video installation with surround sound
Dimensions variable

Filmed and recorded over the past three years, “Refuge” is a reflection of my experiences at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Gridley, CA, a winter home to hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl.  The piece begins at sunrise with the return of geese from foraging overnight in nearby rice fields, safe from hunters. Along with many other species of birds, they feed on the ponds at Gray Lodge during the day and rest for their return flight.  At sunset they lift in huge flocks to forage again in the safety of night.

The day in “Refuge” unfolds slowly, offering an opportunity to sink deeply into the experience of birds, water, mountains, trees and grasses. It is an interweaving of several ponds over several years, in bright sun and cloudy skies.

The Backstory
I had been making social issue documentary films for many years when a friend introduced me to Gray Lodge in 2011. I wasn’t a birder at all, but the beauty of the place and the symphony of  bird sounds touched me very deeply. On subsequent visits I did a bit of filming, and some of that early footage made its way into States of Grace, a film I was making about a friend’s recovery process after narrowly surviving a head-on crash on the Golden Gate Bridge. The bird imagery became a reflective respite in the film and a metaphor for freedom and mobility.

At my first Snow Goose Festival soon after this, I signed up for the Soundscapes of California workshop and was blown away by the beauty of Dan Dugan’s surround sound recordings and their power to evoke a sense of place.  Over the next year I learned how to make this type of recording myself and began thinking about my next project.  I had become interested in video installation while working on my MFA at MassArt in Boston and Gray Lodge presented the perfect opportunity to bring together image and sound in an entirely new way for me.