Writer Molly Murfee’s favorite muse and passion is the writing of wild places and their inherent metaphor – especially as they wind around the persistent passion and fierce tenacity of mountain people living in the rhythms of their untamed home. She believes that writing can be a powerful tool to educate and entertain, placate or infuriate, speak equally to a politician or a housewife. This is an important vehicle for change in such crucial topics of our time such as the preservation of our wild places or the assurance of human rights.
Molly holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in literature, creative writing and environmental writing specializing in the incorporation of outdoor experiential education into academic programs. She served as a faculty in field programs with Colorado College, Colorado State University, the Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University and Colorado Outward Bound teaching creative writing, environmental literature, environmental studies, environmental education, outdoor adventure skills and Leave No Trace ethics, across the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas. She has penned over 400 published articles locally, regionally and nationally.
Ivy Walker creates temporary artworks in the land and documents these through photographs. She places handmade paper cut-outs, or other art materials, into the land to evoke a temporary, poetic presence. Her artwork explores “the ephemeral” and how this quality, paradoxically, connects all life with the “Infinite.”
Walker has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also taught Drawing and Art Foundations as a part-time lecturer. She received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Colorado State University. She is also a Certified Nature-Connected Coach who incorporates creating art with transformational life coaching sessions in the landscape. Currently, she is a teaching assistant and mentor to students in the Nature Connected Coaching and Transformational Wilderness Guiding programs at Earth Based Institute. Her work is additionally informed by graduate studies in the Ecopsychology Masters program at Naropa University. She has exhibited at Artcorps in Pueblo and in Denver at Redline Gallery. Her paintings and drawings are available at Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte. For more information, go to www.ivywalker.com or www.creativeearthcoaching.com