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Tom Killion exhibit



For Immediate Release:                          Contact: Eunice Groark
April 26, 2000                                            415.437.4852


                  THE HIGH SIERRA OF CALIFORNIA:
        The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center Presents
an Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning California Poet Gary Snyder
                and California Artist Tom Killion

San Francisco, CA--Celebrating the magic and wonderment of the High Sierra,
the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the San Francisco Public Library,
Califia Books, and the Department of the Environment will host Pulitzer Prize-
winning poet Gary Snyder and artist Tom Killion on Monday, June 5, 2000. A
reading featuring Mr. Snyder will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library's
Koret Auditorium with a book signing to follow. As part of the evening, Mr.
Killion's original wood and linocut prints from his forthcoming publication of
a large folio volume titled _The High Sierra of California_ will be featured
in the Main Library's Jewett Gallery, located on the lower level. The exhibit
will remain open through June 12, 2000. Tickets to the reading and exhibit are
$35.00 and all proceeds support the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at
the San Francisco Public Library.

Working in collaboration with Gary Snyder, Mr. Killion's original woodcut
prints capture the truly high range of the High Sierra, the backcountry above
nine thousand feet accessible only by foot. Drawn from sketches created during
thirty years of backpacking and ski mountaineering, Mr. Killion's exhibit
depicts the high mountain seasons of the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite south to
the Whitney and Kaweah crests. Featuring images hand printed from the original
blocks by the artist, much of the artwork showcased in this exhibit is from
Mr. Killion's forthcoming publication titled _The High Sierra of California_.
Accompanying text is drawn from the Yosemite journals of John Muir (written
during 1869-1875), the unpublished backpacking journals of Gary Snyder (1955-
1966 and 1991) and the artist's journals kept during various trans-Sierra ski
trips (1975-1995).

Gary Snyder currently teaches literature and wilderness thought at the Univer-
sity of California at Davis and lives with his family on San Juan Ridge in the
Sierra foothills. Mr. Snyder received a degree in literature and anthropology
from Reed College in 1951 and completed three years of graduate work in Asian
languages at the University of California at Berkeley. During the 1950s Snyder
became involved with the San Francisco Beat movement. After Snyder and Jack
Kerouac climbed Matterhorn Peak in the northern Sierra Nevada, Kerouac used
Snyder as the model for Japhy Ryder, the itinerant mountain-climbing poet of
_Dharma Bums_ (1958), a man who took his Zen practice beyond the bounds of
formal study. Mr. Snyder has published 16 books of poetry and prose, including
_Turtle Island_ that received a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975.

Tom Killion grew up in Mill Valley, California where the rugged scenery of
Northern California inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints
using traditional Japanese woodcut printmaking technique. In 1975, he produced
his first illustrated book of woodcut prints _28 Views of Mount Tamalpais_.
His second book, _Fortress Marin_ was published in 1977 followed by the _Coast
of California_ in 1979. In 1990, he published _Walls_--an extensively illus-
trated book that combines his travels through Africa with woodcut printing.
Mr. Killion currently resides in Santa Cruz, where his Quail Press is located,
and teaches part-time at San Francisco State University.

The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, established in 1996 in San
Francisco's Main Library located at the Civic Center, is a resource for
environmental awareness, scholarship, advocacy, and activism. The Center also
works with local and national environmental groups to present public programs
--to educate, empower, and enrich our community and environment. In the past
year, the Stegner Center has sponsored various programs including those that
address environmental justice, genetically modified foods, global warming, and
green energy issues. For more information, please call 415.437.4852.

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