In August I will spend three weeks visiting show caves in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. While inside the caves I will take hundreds of digital as well as black and white film photographs and lots of video documentation. I will reference these images to make paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures when I return. This will be an ongoing series expected to last a few years or more and I am expecting to make some large paintings - 4 x 6 feet and larger. Right now I am at the beginning and am collecting source material.
I have never been to Missouri or Arkansas and am excited to visit. Caves I plan to see in Missouri are Meremac Caverns, Fantastic Caverns, Bridal Cave, Cathedral Cave, Jacob's Cave, Onandaga Cave, Round Spring Caverns, Talking Rocks Cavern, Mark Twain Cave, Cameron Cave, and maybe Truitt's Cave if I can meet the owner as it is now closed. In Arkansas I plan to see Cosmic Cavern, Bull Shoals Caverns, Hurricane River Cave, Mystic Caverns, Onyx Cave, War Eagle Cavern, and maybe the Old Spanish Treasure Cave. Finally in Tennessee I plan to visit Cumberland Caverns, Forbidden Caverns,Tuckaleechee Caverns, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and maybe Lost Sea. Several caves offer wild tours where you do real caving and I may do that as well. If you have any suggestions or know of any non show caves please let me know.
Recently I joined the National Speleological Society and will be at the conference in Lewisburg, West Virginia where I will meet cavers from all over the world and will visit some non show caves (no colored lights or gnomes). I also joined the Central Connecticut Grotto which is a local chapter of the NSS. With members from this group I visited my first non show cave in May.
The funds I require will pay for my gas, food, lodging, cave tours (average is about $15), gift shop purchases, film, and other expenses while on the road. Mostly I plan to camp and will stay in motels occasionally. Below are examples of what you can get for various pledge amounts.
Examples of postcards for a $12 and $25 pledge (before hand coloring)
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