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Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller
Listening to ravens, paddling with gators, swimming with sea turtles...depending what part of world you're breezing through when you find me, you might hear someone calling out , "Hey ,Gator Girl!" or 'You're the Raven Woman!" Recently I was looking at mountain top land across from Wavy Gravy's Hog Farm and the seller said I looked familiar. He'd seen me in the newspaper --where the press is always kind to my art and storycatching-- and called to tell me his raven experiences. Please do take a look http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Leisure/Fine-feathered-tales and join https://www.facebook.com/Beth.Surdut.Visual.Storyteller for updates.
Listening to Raven (an illustrated excerpt) won the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award for Non-fiction.
May 2012--The…

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  • Born on October 7
  • Joined December 18, 2009

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heart and mind, pen and pencil, silk and dyes, laughter, light, perspicuity

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About

Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller
Listening to ravens, paddling with gators, swimming with sea turtles...depending what part of world you're breezing through when you find me, you might hear someone calling out , "Hey ,Gator Girl!" or 'You're the Raven Woman!" Recently I was looking at mountain top land across from Wavy Gravy's Hog Farm and the seller said I looked familiar. He'd seen me in the newspaper --where the press is always kind to my art and storycatching-- and called to tell me his raven experiences. Please do take a look http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Leisure/Fine-feathered-tales and join https://www.facebook.com/Beth.Surdut.Visual.Storyteller for updates.
Listening to Raven (an illustrated excerpt) won the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award for Non-fiction.
May 2012--The Listening to Raven series flewaround the country! 'Walks Like a Man' was included in the prestigious Focus on Nature scientific illustration exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany.
'The Ravens of Truth and Memory' sold to a Washington state collector and 'The Reason Why' appears in the new Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico by Mark Cross, available online and at Santa Fe bookstores.
For information about the images and stories in the Listening to Raven project, please visit www.listeningtoraven.com

Notes from a mermaid in the desert-- (See the Mermaids Return http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akW96sti8s4)
Prior to moving to New Mexico, my nature explorations encompassed free diving with Hawaiian sea turtles, riding an Indonesian water buffalo, and canoeing with Florida alligators for three years, earning me the Gator Girl moniker. My multi-layered careers include designer of architectural art glass and textiles, painter, illustrator, journalist and commentator examining topics ranging from sewers to senators for print, radio and cyberspace.
Six years ago, Raven, Bringer of Magic, called me to the high desert to create the art and story of Listening To Raven~Drawings, Myths & Realities, an ongoing exploration of science and spirit. These detailed story drawings, created with pen and pencil, heart and mind, are a vision quest expanded by paying attention to small moments. The Listening To Raven exploration includes collecting and writing stories about raven encounters. People respond by bringing her their personal stories of delight and loss, and humans who had never before paid attention to birds present me with corvid tales.
This recognition of life heretofore unexamined develops a personal involvement with nature and, I hope, set us on a road to saving what is left of our endangered planet.
SILKS
Luscious, sumptuous, glowing, these hand painted silk accessories (including pocket squares for men) and clothing are as gorgeous as a red sunset lighting the Sangre de Cristo mountains or a walk through the golden aspen forests above Santa Fe. My museum-quality accessories and clothing have been shown at the Smithsonian Institution, DeCordova Museum, American Textile History Museum, Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the New Zealand Wearable Art Awards. New Mexico Mountain pieces and Abiquiu scarves are a result of breathing in this vast sky and landscape, then breathing out onto silk with brushes and dyes. You can see my custom prayer shawls and healing scarves on my website or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Surdut.tallit.and.healing

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