Art In Nature Installations

Celebration of Trails Art In Nature Installations

June 1 – 30, 2024

Since 1990, Bear Yuba Land Trust has been diligently building and maintaining public, recreational trails within our community, with 50+ miles to date. Our annual Celebration of Trails is an opportunity to engage the community through numerous trail-centric, family friendly activities. As part of Celebration of Trails, BYLT commissioned three artists to create site-specific art installations that utilize natural materials and interact with the natural surroundings. The installations have been installed along chosen BYLT held trails and will be on view to the public throughout the month of June.


“Without Walls,” a collaborative project between artists Elizabeth Winters & Amanda Post
On view along Cascade Canal Trail & Orene Wetherall Trail

A collaboration between the artists and Mother Nature, “Without Walls” consists of a series of handmade frames constructed from natural materials found on the forest floor.  Swinging from branches and nestled within boughs, “Without Walls” invites trail users to pause and appreciate the natural beauty before them. 

Join us Saturday, June 1 at 10am on Cascade Canal Trail for an artist-guided walk of the installation, “Without Walls.”

About Elizabeth Winters & Amanda Post
Elizabeth Winters is a landscape artist who works primarily in oil paints. Amanda Post is a book artist who works with a variety of print mediums and fibers to create her projects. Our paths crossed while collaborating on teaching art lessons at Deer Creek Elementary school. Through this process, they bonded over their creative lessons and continued their friendship while hiking together on the variety of trails that Bear Yuba Land Trust has created. In partnership, they have created a new body of work that pulls from both areas of expertise and provides a visual experience for all.


“Nest,” an interactive sculpture by Peggy Wright

Located at the junction of Wildflower Ridge Trail & Rough & Ready Ditch Trail at Wildflower Ridge Preserve

Constructed of intertwined material gathered at the site of installation, and emulating a bird’s foraged materials, Peggy Wright’s “Nest” symbolizes the protection and nurturing of nature that is Wildflower Ridge Preserve: “Like a natural nest, Wildflower Ridge serves to preserve our environment for future generations.” Peggy will begin the sculpture on June 1, after which the community is invited to further build on her vision by adding twigs and other organic materials from the Preserve.

Join us Sunday, June 2 at 12pm at Wildflower Ridge Preserve for a talk and workshop with the artist.

About Peggy Wright
I find inspiration in the textures, patterns and shapes of the Earth’s varied forms and surfaces, and I use these metaphorically to create organic structures that will relay an experience or articulate a concept. My sculptural work is an integration of my life–long passions for dance, athletic grace and movement the in the natural environment. I use twigs, wire, and hand-made paper to create my three dimensional forms. The earthy patina of weathered natural materials supplies the color palette for my work. I then apply textile techniques to build forms that I hope resonate with the viewer. I have always loved the natural processes and forms I observe and gather, while wandering outside during the changes of seasons over time through many years and varieties of localities. Over a 40-year career my work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, art centers, colleges, and state and local arts commissions in six different states. Learn more at



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