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Studio Alluvium: VIRTUAL Geology Hike

Featured Artist: ArtsFest 2024

"Due to inclement weather, the Geology Hike scheduled Saturday April 27 from 10-Noon has been cancelled and replaced with an indoor presentation in Annett Recital Hall from 11 am - Noon on April 27. The "rain day" presentation covers the artists' processes identifying geological formations from which they can source mineral and clay deposits, and their sustainable harvesting methods. "

Featured ArtsFest artists Mitch Iburg and Zoë Powell invite the public to a morning hike where participants will to learn how it identify and responsibly source local clays and minerals. Departure point TBD - stay tuned to this event site for updated information. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for a hike. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, no advance reservations required. 

Mitch Iburg and Zoë Powell are ceramic artists who have dedicated their careers to working with locally sourced clay and mineral resources. Through the years, they’ve been able to research clays from across the United States: Iowa, Virginia, New York, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska, and Oklahoma. 

They each produce a wide range of work, from functional tea and sake ware to expressive vessels and sculptural objects. In all their work, Mitch and Zoë share a general ethos of experimentation and collaboration with the natural world.

In 2018 they opened Studio Alluvium, a ceramics studio based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This studio isn’t just a place for them to create their work- it functions as a space for them to share their research with the world. Through in-person and online workshops, Mitch and Zoë have taught over 700 students from 45 different countries. Their mission is to continue sharing their values of sustainability, experiential learning, and curiosity for the Earth and its resources. 

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  • 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27


Annett Recital Hall, 152 Lowe Center for the Arts

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Lowe Center for the Arts


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