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An artist’s collection created out of a love of wild nature and the beauty and mystery of life. Read more

Ferrisburg, VT Art Books
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An artist’s collection created out of a love of wild nature and the beauty and mystery of life.

Ferrisburg, VT Art Books
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The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
     - Basho, Zen Taoist patron saint of seekers

In October 2012, Heron Dance Art Studio will publish a collection of poetry and prints in book arts form, or art that fits on a bookshelf. The collection, consisting of 108 pages, will include 26 poems and 53 prints of Roderick MacIver watercolors and acrylic ink paintings. Of the images, 27 will be double-page spreads.

The work is titled, The Journey Itself Is Home.


Heron Dance, a non-profit art studio, was founded in 1994 by artist Roderick MacIver as an expression of gratitude for the gift of life and the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Heron Dance started out as a newsletter and evolved into a publisher of books and of a daily e-journal, Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist.

In late 2011, Rod moved to a cabin deep in the Adirondack woods to focus on the creation of The Heron Dance Book Arts Collection. It is loosely based on the daily e-journal Journal Meditations, but takes the best of that work a few steps deeper.

Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist

Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist, the daily e-journal, is an effort to start the day right: words and images of beauty and reverence. It is delivered to Heron Dance members via email at 4am each morning. Each e-journal contains a nature painting and quotes, excerpts from interviews and books, and a reflection, usually in the form of a prose poem, on the beauty and mystery of nature and of life. It is the first draft of The Heron Dance Book Arts Collection.

Click here to see what readers have to say about Heron Dance.

The Journey Itself Is Home: A Heron Dance Book Arts Collection

The collection (only 500 copies will be printed) will cost about $50,000 to produce, most of which has already been raised from Heron Dance subscribers and supporters.

Five hundred collections will be printed, of which fifty will be collector's editions. All will be enclosed in clamshell boxes although the collector's edition clamshell will be handmade and individually signed and numbered.

Book Arts Limited Edition (Unsigned) of The Journey Itself Is Home

Please note that contributors at the $180 level and higher will receive this collection, described in the right hand side bar as The Heron Dance Limited Edition Art Journal

• Edition limited to 450 copies

• Printed on archival, museum-quality paper (Mohawk Superfine 100 pound text)

• 108 pages, 26 poems, 53 prints of Roderick MacIver paintings

• The art collection is enclosed in a portfolio envelope that is nested inside a clamshell box.

• Debossed foil image on front and lettering on spine

• Each edition is priced at $180 prepublication, $250 post publication

• Ordering the Book Arts Collection will automatically make you a member of Heron Dance (if you aren’t already) and entitle you to the daily e-journal Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist.

Due to the limited number that will be printed, these collections may sell out quickly. To reserve your copy, order today.

Signed, Numbered Book Arts Collector's Edition of The Journey Itself Is Home

• Edition limited to 50 copies. Each signed and numbered.

• Printed on a special paper, which may be Arches printmaking paper or St. Armand handmade paper.

• 108 pages, 26 poems, 53 prints of Roderick MacIver paintings

• The art collection is enclosed in a portfolio envelope that is nested inside a handmade clamshell box.
• The box is covered in particularly beautiful German book clothe (Iris Pool)

• Debossed foil image on front and lettering on spine

• Each collector's edition is priced at $1,000

• Ordering the Book Arts Collection will automatically make you a member of Heron Dance (if you aren’t already) and entitle you to the daily e-journal, Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist.

Signed, Numbered Limited Edition Prints

Supporters at the $150 contribution level will receive these larger prints rather than the smaller prints described.

• Each print approximately 24 inches wide by 12 inches high

• Unlike in the book arts collection, these prints are unfolded with no images or other printing on the reverse

• Printed on handmade paper

Other books published by Heron Dance:

- The Heron Dance Book of Love and Gratitude (2008)

- Art as a Way of Life (2009)

Notes on the inspiration behind the work of Heron Dance from artist and founder Roderick MacIver:

I’ve always been a searcher, a seeker after the truth, a maker of mistakes, a taker of missteps.

I’m a believer in the power of work of love, of focus and discipline and following your passion. I believe in the power and wisdom of our inner world, our imagination and dreamworld. I believe in the power of friendship with one’s self.

I search for the thing that is searching for me: the whisper inside myself, the art, the direction to take my creative work.

I now work and live mostly alone in a cabin deep in the Adirondack woods —more alone than I’ve been for 15 years— and out of that is emerging new work, a new Heron Dance. I’ve been reading and thinking about the poetry of the Tao and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and thinking about what I’ve learned over a lifetime of searching, since first sticking my thumb out on the side of a highway at the age of fifteen, forty years ago. My experiences as a forest fire fighter with Dogrib Indians in the subarctic at the age of sixteen, as an investment analyst on Wall Street in my twenties, paddling the north shore of Lake Superior. I think about my boxing and cancer and the hundreds of interviews for Heron Dance, the search for people with answers, the years living without money to pursue a dream.

And now the search for answers inside myself, and in the beauty of the Split Rock Wildway, the wildlife sanctuary where I live. This work comes from the deepest part of my life experience and core. As wild nature shapes this work, shapes the art, it becomes wilder, freer, more abstract.

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    $20 reward

    12 backers

    Membership to Heron Dance Art Studio - Included with your membership is the daily e-
    journal, Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist and other member benefits including free e-
    cards of Heron Dance Art Studio paintings, advance notice of new originals, the free use
    of Heron Dance art for websites and self-published book covers, with proper credit. Visit the member page at HeronDance.org to read about these member benefits and more.

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    $50 reward

    5 backers

    Heron Dance Art Studio membership, including Journal Meditations of a Wild Artist and other member benefits and The Heron Dance Book of Love and Gratitude, Heron Dance Press’s best-selling book. Celebrate the open heart and the beauty and mystery that surround us with this book of wild nature watercolors, poetry, prose, and interview excerpts.

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    $150 reward

    2 backers

    10" x 8" Signed, Numbered, Limited-Edition Giclée Prints of the cover image of the book, Two Egrets. These prints are signed and numbered by artist Roderick MacIver. This is our best-selling print. You will also receive a membership to Heron Dance Art Studio.

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    $180 reward

    4 backers Limited (246 left of 250)

    The First Edition of The Heron Dance Limited Edition Art Journal.

    As well as a membership to Heron Dance Art Studio.

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    $500 reward

    0 backers

    Three 10" x 8" Signed, Numbered, Limited-Edition Giclée Prints + The First Edition of The Heron Dance Limited Edition Art Journal.

    You will also receive a membership to Heron Dance Art Studio.

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    The Deluxe Edition of The Heron Dance Limited Edition Art Journal - This Premium Edition comes signed and numbered in a handmade clamshell box, with a suite of 5 limited edition prints of Roderick MacIver's paintings.

    You will also receive a membership to Heron Dance Art Studio.

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