Weaving That Originated at Family Nature Day Now Graces Maywoods

photo of Goodman with artwork

A weaving that began to take shape at Family Nature Day a couple of years ago is now a permanent fixture at Eastern Kentucky University’s Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory.

Herb Goodman, chair of EKU’s Department of Art and Design, created the artwork, entitled “Investment,” which is now installed at the Maywoods facility.

During the Family Nature Day event, families were asked to color, decorate and write on reeds that were woven into the piece. A close look reveals bits of stories, names of family members, and even a scientific calculation.

“The piece was made by the hands of our entire community,” Goodman said. “It is a meditation on shelter, generational lines, safe passage, collaboration and society investing their time today knowing every moment spent will bring four-fold returns. ‘Investment’ is a gift to the EKU/Maywoods community from the artist.”

Maywoods, a 1,700-acre natural area approximately 22 miles southwest of Richmond campus, welcomed more than 1,200 K-12 students during the 2011-12 academic year, as well as more than 500 college students from EKU and elsewhere. In addition, many community groups used the facility, which includes a lodge, lake, amphitheater, hiking trails, and more.

To make reservations at Maywoods, contact the EKU Division of Natural Areas at 859-622-1476. For more information about Maywoods and EKU’s other natural areas, visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu.

Published on March 01, 2013