By the Waters of Moratock was an installation piece on display next to the Dan River during the 2015 Stokes Stomp in Danbury, NC. The art was created using an image transfer process with repurposed 3M Laminate salvaged by The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC.

#DownbytheDan is up at the #StokesStomp! I am so excited. @pastoramytrc may recognize the gold text.

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I wrote this original poem as a love song to the Dan River and my memories of spending each September at the Stokes Stomp.

The poem also reflects my current concerns regarding the severe environmental impacts on the Dan River and our community face from coal ash pollution and the risk of fracking.

As a child,
I spent two days
each September
overlooking
the Dan River

I would tiptoe
out across the banks
and wade into
the cool water,
but only
up to my knees

If I were
really daring,
I would crawl out
onto the large,
rough rocks
greeting the top
of the stream
as it came
round the mountain.

I drank in all
of the weekend’s
sights, sounds,
smells, flavors,
and even the touch
between my toes.
But I never
immersed myself
in the water.

Yet there
on the banks,
the roots grew up
through my soles
and developed
my spirit

Roots planted
Almost 300 years ago,
when those before us
crossed the Dan
to settle just beyond.

And here I stand
with the Dan
ever present,
immersed in my heart,
mind and spirit,
praying for guidance
to protect her,
her health and
the health of those
who partake
in her.

Guide to the Art Work

How This Project Took Shape

My Ode to the Dan River. I intend to create an installation at this year's Stokes Stomp, September 12th – 13th.

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It evolved rather quickly! It all started while we were in Florida.

Today really called for alone time with the photo copier. Progressing on my project for the #stokesstomp

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Isn't all great art created with scissors, tape and color copies?

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In Process for the Dan River piece… Do I keep the Indian Lovers? They don't really fit, but they are beautiful. #inprocess #art

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Getting close to finishing my installation for the Stokes Stomp!

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Wondering if I know anyone who can play this. #BelewsCreekMatters #DownbytheDan #stokesstomp

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These names are amazing! I wish that I had incorporated them into my art, but I guess they are just a bonus feature. #1897 #geography

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Find my art just beyond the volleyball court near the kids stage at the #StokesStomp. #DownbytheDan

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