CCC Art Students Present the Shinrin-Yoku Art Hike

Where: CCC trail from the College to the Column, accessed from the east end of the lower parking lot.

When: Friday, June 2nd

Live performances: 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:30 p.m.

The Clatsop Community College Basic Design students have planned a different sort of art walk for June 2nd.   It will be an art walk in the forest!  Inspired by Marco Davis’ highly successful event A Sunday in the Park with Art, Basic Design instructor Kristin Shauck and her students invite the community to walk the trail from the college up to the Column to view their spring term art projects that will be installed along the trail.  Davis, who has provided the class with insights and guidance and will also be part of the event, states, “I am honored that the Basic Design class was inspired to do an art hike experience of their own and I am excited to be able to participate with them.” 

The theme for the student projects is ecological art.  The class has also taken inspiration from the Japanese concept, Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing, which is a form of healing that involves wandering along a forest trail and spending time in natural places (as described on the website )  Shinrin-Yoku has proven to have many benefits, including boosted immune function, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, increased ability to focus, increased energy level, and improved sleep.  Shinrin-Yoku is not about exercise: it is about gentle wandering, deep breathing, and paying attention to the features of the outdoor environment in which one finds oneself.  

Photo by Anngelina Chasteen 

In keeping with the Shinrin-Yoku theme, each of the student installations has a focus on recognizing and preserving our environment.  Some of the installations have been designed and installed by individuals, and some are the result of teamwork. Benjamin Najera’s interactive installation visually embodies the concept that we “make our own streams for water to follow, but nature wants them back.”  In describing her project that incorporates mirror fragments, Anngelina Chasteen states that “the most important aspect to changing our world (in any way) is reflecting upon our place within it. Reflecting on ourselves as a functioning and integral part of the natural world helps us to flesh out and interpret how we want to participate and control the impacts of our decisions and consequences of our existence. Therefore, I chose reflection as the primary focus and message behind my installation. Entering into a place of reflection on what is within, as you also reflect on nature, art, and what is without.”  


Project partners Joy Erickson and Teri Keippela state that they drew inspiration for their project entitled Forest Soaring “from our walk up the trail, through the trees and viewing the Column. We thought about the balsa wood planes that came soaring from the top of the Column into the forest.” Courtney Stephenson and Trey Eller are also working together as project partners. Trey describes their installation as a way to “shed light upon the destruction that has befallen the Earth, and how we should take responsibility and steps toward changing it for the better.”


Cynthia Lahti is a professional artist who will be creating a site-specific installation for this event that is inspired by her love of nature and of this place.  As a native Oregorian, she has always been inspired by nature’s physical and psychological power.  Cynthia exhibits her work at Imogen Gallery in Astoria.

The event will also feature special performances, which will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:30 p.m.  A variety of performances will be featured, including belly dancing by Varyin Parham and Allystar Green.CCC guitar instructor Dave Drury will help kick off the event by performing on the trail between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. 

The event will also feature the CCC Rocks Campaign, an off-shoot of the Astoria Rocks group,  in which hand-painted rocks are placed along the trail for hikers to find.  If you are lucky enough to spot a rock along the trail, you may keep it or relocate it for another hiker to discover!  These lovely gems have been created by not only the Basic Design students, but also the Watercolor students, Lives in Transition (LIT) students, Talent Search middle school students, and Creative Non-Fiction students in Instructor Nancy Cook's class.  Look for the dramatic flags created by the LIT students that will signal the entrance to the trail.  Be a rock star and join us for this fun event! 

2017 Spring Term Basic Design Students:

James Mandes

Courtney Stephenson

Trey Eller

 Jephael Duggan

Benjamin Najera

Anngelia Chasteen    

Joy Erickson     

Michael Gregg  

Teresa Keippela  

Amelia Potts

April Simmons




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Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


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