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New photography and poetry exhibition opens at Kelso Depot Visitor Center

"He Walked Away from His Former Life"

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News Release Date: January 11, 2013
Contact: Linda Slater, 760 252-6122

Mojave National Preserve invites desert travelers to experience the photography of Gabriel Thorburn and the poetry of Russell Thorburn, now on exhibition in the Desert Light Gallery at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. The exhibit, Many Names Have Never Been Spoken Here, will be showing from January 12 to April 6, 2013. 

The Kelso Depot Visitor Center is on Kelbaker Road, 34 miles south of Interstate 15 at Baker. It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; telephone (760) 252-6108. 

As Mojave National Preserve Artists-in Residence, Russell Thorburn and his son, Gabriel Thorburn, spent two weeks exploring the Mojave. During their residency, they discovered the desert as a place of solitude and self-reflection. As a poet concerned with lost paths, Russell Thorburn explored desert trails, seeking the significance of travelers who came before, and the forgotten lives of former desert residents. Gabriel Thorburn's photography illustrates the places that inspired the poetry. 

Prints from the exhibition will be available for purchase at the Park Store at Kelso Depot Visitor Center for the duration of the exhibit.  Russell Thorburn is the author of four books of poetry and lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Gabriel Thorburn is a filmmaker and fine art photographer in Los Angeles.

Did You Know?

photo of mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.