Raven the Egg Thief

Beth Surdut

This month’s Zenchilada expands beyond yummy mexican fusion gastronomy and heads into the mystical mind of Beth Surdut. The Santa Fe Raven Artista and Storyteller Extraordinaire, is featured on page 58.

She tells an engaging story of friendship and observation, a whimsical study of Raven behavior in her desert home.

“The Egg Thief swoops in at least once a day to check on the chicken egg situation. Today, even in the winds so brisk the house was howling, he took one egg of the two I placed on the rock fountain and brought it over to his mate, who was hopping impatiently in the budding desert. These birds have yet to connect me with the eggs, but have figured out where I place the treats and that sometimes I do it more than once a day. Patience.”

To read more, head over to the Zenchilada and click the 3rd dot on the bottom.

You can keep up with Beth and her egg experiments on her blog.


Beth Surdut Raven Art Exhibition

Beth Surdut‘s new solo exhibit Listening To Raven contains several new pieces and opens at the Randall Davey Audubon Center July 9 from 5-7 pm. She has cordially invited our readers in the New Mexico area to attend!  Beth will also be included in the Randall Davey Wildlife Invitational through June 30.
You are also invited to head over and share your  Raven stories at the Randall Davey Sanctuary for a potluck on July 22 at 5:30 pm and connect with other Corvid Connoisseurs!

Says Beth, “Prior to moving to New Mexico,  I spent the best part of three years canoeing with Florida alligators, earning the nickname “Gator Girl and creating a series of luminous paintings on silk called Enigmatic Paradise. Sojourns in the jungles and waters of Hawaii, Indonesia, and the Caribbean enhanced my experiences and design capabilities. Art and writing intertwine my love of creatures and the ironies of humans interacting with them.

More than two years ago, Raven, Bringer of Magic, called me to the high desert to create the art and story of Listening To Raven ~ Drawings, Myths & Realities, an ongoing exploration of science and spirit. These detailed story drawings, created with pen and pencil, heart and mind, are a vision quest expanded by paying attention to small moments.

My intent was to get to know the bird intimately by spending time with the nuances of color, form, stance, personality and stories that fly through time and cultures. Whether at the giant playground of Tent Rocks, the dancing sculptures of the Bisti badlands, or the pungent local dumpster, Raven showed himself to me, even watching me draw every day for three weeks in Florida as I prepared for my move to Santa Fe. The drawings stem from watching, listening, reading and dreaming. I have no pet ravens, nor do I want to domesticate a wild creature. If anything, I sometimes wish I could shape-shift and trade my human form to be able to soar and play as the ravens do. I do put out raw chicken eggs for ravens in my neighborhood and mimic their calls, which I see as akin to learning enough of a foreign language to be polite when I travel.

When I began the Listening To Raven exploration, I had no idea that people would respond by bringing their personal stories of delight and loss, or that humans who had never paid attention to birds would catch my enthusiasm and eagerly present me with Corvid tales.”

Keep up with Beth here: http://surdut.blogspot.com/
To view her new work in its entirety, click here

Beth Surdut Fine Feathered Art

Santa Fe artist and writer Beth Surdut has always lived by water — Hawaii, New England and Florida — and at first, Santa Fe didn’t seem appealing.

“It doesn’t have an ocean,” Surdut explained. But then she visited and “was completely interested and enchanted.”

The landscape and the ever-present ravens fascinated her the most, leading to her move here and the creation of a visual storytelling project called Listening to Ravens, which includes drawings, each of which is accompanied by a myth or story.Surdut is looking for Santa Feans who have raven stories to share with her that will be included in her new project.

“I call it story-catching,” Surdut said about giving people an opportunity to tell their stories.

If you want one of these one of a kind gems for your own, check out Beth’s Esty shop here.  All of Beth’s drawings, along with their corresponding stories, can be found on her blog.  Have a Raven story to share with her? Leave a comment below or contact her through her blog.