Celebrating the Desert – Midge Haggard Burthe & Marcy Watton

Celebrating the Desert is a series of posts here at AV Arts dedicated to showcasing Mojave Desert-inspired work by local artists. Today’s post features the (amazing!) work of two Antelope Valley photographers – Midge Haggard-Burthe and Marcy Watton.

The photographs these two artists sent in demonstrate a simple and sometimes profound fact: Every landscape is a mirror. Like other mirrors, we almost always find what we expect to find in a landscape, we see the things we set out looking for.

These artists must have set out looking for beauty…

There is something important in this expectation. Because to go into the desert on the look-out for glory is to say something profound about where you live and who you are.

Seen in one way, these are expert photos of a photogenic landscape, one worth celebrating. Seen in another way, they are a testament to a remarkable and important underlying ethic, one that makes celebration possible in the first place.

From Midge Haggard-Burthe:

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This is near Devil’s Punchbowl in Juniper Hills.

My name is Midge Haggard-Burthe and I am a hypnotherapist, psychologist, and disabled Navy veteran who has lived in the Antelope Valley for most of the past 28 years.

From Marcy Watton:

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Thank you for this opportunity for artists to share their work, and especially work that is inspired by our lovely desert.
These photos represent my favorite things to do: take photos of my explorations of the desert while riding my horse.
I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Fine Art.  I teach photography and art at a local high school. I’ve been creating art and riding horses my entire life, and feel so very lucky to be able to continue to do the things I enjoy the most and share what I have learned with the next generation of artists.
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A big thank you to the artists who have participated in our humble initiative to celebrate our landscape with art.

The call for submissions in our Celebrating the Desert series will remain open until January 1, 2018.

Send in some of your desert-inspired art and a brief bio to AV Arts (poeticwax@rocketmail.com). Also include a link to your website if you have one.

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