April Newsletter 2024

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The latest news and updates from Coachland and our area. COACHLAND MONTHLY

'All this junk gets dumped in Africa': how to make eco art from rubbish


Kioko is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been featured on CNN, TIME MAGAZINE and is a local Kenyan hero with youth programs, especially training of metal art where he has gained a large following. Kioko has gained international acclaim for his unique style of work which features recyclables. He has been a strong inspiration for young artists and well known for his successful training programs for youth, both local and international. Kioko’s work has been collected by world leaders, notably; the King and Queen of Sweden, the former German Chancellor Gerhardt Shroeder, former American president Bill Clinton and former Israeli president Shimon Peres, the Aga Khan among many others. Kioko Mwitiki is among the top 35 world renowned wildlife artists. He has received numerous awards including the M-NET AFRICA AWARD and special recognition by the United Nations Environmental Program for his recycling efforts. Kioko is currently staying in the US for 6 months and has many exhibitions lined up already. Coachland is proud to host one exhibition in July for Kioko at the Resort. Date and time is to be announced. He will also have some art on display at the Piper J Gallery in Truckee as well, starting in June. He will furthermore host a welding workshop at the Roundhouse in Truckee. Here are the details:





Name of Workshop: Welding Metal Art w/ Guest Instructor Kioko Mwitiki Number of Students: 4 students Date: April 25th, 9am - 12pm Workshop Length: 3 hour class / 1 day

Workshop Description: Explore the world of MIG welding techniques while focusing on artistic expression with our special guest instructor, Kioko Mwitiki. Kioko is an established artist and mentor who is visiting North Tahoe from Kenya. His work is inspired by his country and his childhood and is displayed in many locations around the world, including the San Diego Zoo. He is excited to share his skills with the North Tahoe Truckee community to inspire imagination through welding. Beginner prior welding experience is required. Price: $80

To see or purchase some of his art work, please stop by the clubhouse where some of his small art is on display.

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By Deutsche Welle Kenyan artist Kioko Mwitiki’s life-sized scrap metal sculptures won him global acclaim. He tells DW about his art's impact, scavenging and environmental challenges facing Africa as it becomes the 'factory of the world.' DW: Growing up in Kenya, you were expelled from your fine art course in the 1980s after getting caught up in student political demonstrations - how did you go on to get involved in environmentally-minded art? I started working in a milk churn factory as an apprentice welder and I wasn't a very good welder then so I would spend a lot of time trying to put little pieces of junk together just to perfect my welding. What I was welding, I would not have considered that as art because it was a way of making my work perfect. So one time, a white farmer came by and was looking to buy milk cans for his dairy farm, and he found where I had a whole bunch of stuff I had welded together. He spotted something that looked interesting and he came into the factory and asked, 'Who is doing this?' and they found me and asked me, 'That stuff, is that for sale?' I said, 'Yeah it’s for sale, you can buy it,' and he asked me to do more of that kind of stuff, and I said of course! I consider myself an accidental recycling artist. I made a decision to recycle more and also raise the awareness of Kenyans that this stuff can actually be recycled and made into something nice that people would like to have in their gardens. I realized that I was impacting the environment where I was, as I was picking up all the junk in the yard and converting it into something and people started seeing that all this junk can be recycled and you can clean up the environment at the same time.

Kioko Mwitiki is a pioneer of junk art and best known for his life-size sculptures

How do you find your materials? For a long time I was a scavenger, sometimes driving in my little car and picking up stuff on the side of the road, very much like a junk collector of sorts. The stuff you collect in different places ends up making very unique pieces. I have pieces with junk from all over the world, from Japan, from China, from America, so it's interesting that all this junk somehow in a way gets dumped in Africa. Africa is becoming the new factory of the world but there are also challenges of how to deal with all this excess dumping from other countries that are opening up factories up here. We don't have the right mentality to recycle the stuff. They need to be policed over what kind of waste they are churning out and how we regulate that kind of waste. Right now, there's a huge appetite for growth, there's lots of companies coming in. I think this bigger mindset of recycling is very important, especially in Africa.

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In terms of your art, what other waste materials do your use apart from metal? At the moment I'm preparing for a very interesting exhibition because we have a lot of dumping from China of stuff that is very cheap and useless, so I'm planning to work on an exhibition that recycles things from China straight away from the container, as soon as they land at the port of Mombasa. They are new pieces, most of them are very cheap quality jewelry made of very cheap, very plasticky stuff. Also just everyday tools, like tongs that fall apart. I want to make a statement that this stuff that's coming to Africa is really useless, it's stuff for recycling straight away, that it doesn't even need to go to the shelves. And I think I would be making a statement on the whole idea of recycling, and the big problem also is the unregulated products from China which are really poor quality. Many of your artworks are animal sculptures - how did animals come to be one of your inspirations? I grew up in a region in Kenya where there was a lot of wildlife, and this of course has really inspired me to make statements for wildlife. But it's also to show it to our people because there’s the assumption that every Kenyan has seen an elephant, but that's not true because sometimes these elephants are found in places exclusively for tourists and to get in there you really have to pay to see the wildlife. So I also bring wildlife to people, I bring it down to a very visible level where children can touch my elephants, they can play around with my little cheetahs. That's why we are also making people conscious of conservation. Here, people always wonder why you have to spend so many millions to move one elephant in a crate from one region to another and very little on proper schools that are within the national parks, there's a complete disconnect with how people view wildlife and how they are being treated What do you think has been the impact of your art on your community? Now that I've been doing it for 25 years, I'm beginning to see the impact more clearly because a lot of people have taken up recycling and especially bordering the national parks which have a lot of snares to snare animals, and people realized that you can actually make little animals out of snare wires so it's become an economic breadwinner. You use the wires to make these little animals and then you sell them to tourists. Apart from that, the Kenyan middle class is growing, and they are tending to appreciate wildlife. For a long time, black Kenyans absolutely hated wildlife because we associated wildlife with white people, that they love animals, thinking 'If I bump into a little baby leopard, I will just take it to a white man’s house, because they love leopards, they love animals.' But we also need to love animals, we need to pick up a little antelope on the side of the road that has been left by its mother and take care of it. We are beginning to do that. Kioko Mwitiki is a renowned artist who founded the Pimbi Art Gallery in 1992, which has been at the forefront of conserving the environment through education, recycling junk metal and promoting conservation and sustainability issues through art. He is one of DW’s eco ambassadors who will be speaking at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum 2025.

Barack Obama, former US President, saw Mwitiki's work on display at Kenya's State House in Nairobi on a visit in 2015

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Reminder: Landscaping

HCD Park Inspection Due to weather and still plenty of snow on the ground, the Housing and Community Development (HCD), will postpone the inspection toward the end of the month of April. Exact dates are to be announced and keep an eye out for the repost of the new notice on Monday (4/8/24) next week. The office will send out a separate e-mail regarding the inspection.

Each homesite must be landscaped and planted with an appropriate mix of ground cover, shrubs, flowers and trees compatible with local weather conditions. Grass is not required, and drought-tolerant landscaping is encouraged. Decorative rock, wood chips or bark may be used as a ground cover on pathways; however, it should be kept free of weeds, pine needles and other debris and should be maintained to provide a neat appearance. 1. Paved, concrete, or wooden walkways may be installed, but require Management's written approval and must be maintained. Any walkway must not allow water to drain underneath the home, and be designed in such a way as to avoid a potential drainage hazard (See Rule 7.C regarding drainage). 2. Trees: Management must approve the type of trees to be planted, and their location PRIOR to any tree being planted. No tree or shrubbery is allowed which may develop a root structure which causes cracking, buckling, or otherwise interferes with streets, driveways, utility lines, or Park facilities. 3. Site improvement: Existing drainage patterns and grading of the homesite may not be changed without the written consent of Management. Resident will be responsible to correct any drainage problems, and pay for any damages resulting from the installation or modification of the landscape, hardscape, or topography on Resident's homesite, regardless if such work was approved by Management. 4. Landscaping improvements: All landscaping and other improvements to the homesite become a part of the real estate and shall remain with the site upon the Resident's termination of tenancy. The Park Management may, at its sole option, require the Resident to remove, renovate, repair or paint, at the Resident's sole expense, any improvements which are in disrepair, unsafe, or unsightly or were installed without Management's written approval. Upon the termination of tenancy, a Resident shall leave the homesite in a neat and uncluttered condition, with the original grade intact. (See also Rule 10.D -Sale of home).. 5.

Pick up after your pet Any messes left by a pet in the Park must be picked up immediately and properly disposed of (This includes cleaning up messes on the homesite). Bags are available throughout the RV park and Dog Park. Dog owners should carry plastic bags to pick up any messes and dispose of them in the proper receptacles, in the event there are no park bags available. Do not let your dog(s) mess on other homesites or RV Park sites. If this happens, please clean the mess up. Messes must not be disposed of in the utility easement area of the homesite. Reminder: External Structures All steps, porches, decks, awnings, cabanas, mudrooms, and other structures on the homesite and appurtenant to the home must be approved by Management in writing prior to construction and must comply with HCD and all other regulatory agency standards. Once approved by Management, the Resident is responsible for securing the necessary permits for the construction from HCD/regulatory

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We would be glad to advertise for those of you who are part of the Coachland community. Just email Tina at tschwartz@robertsrc.com

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Owners of this mountain tea shop are Cindy Shippy, Coachland resident, and daughter, Tina Peek.

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Coachland’s Community Breakfast Saturdays, April 13th and the 27th 8:30-10:30AM Join us for delicious breakfast with bagels, egg dish, hot coffee, juice and MORE!

Other Events at Coachland or in Truckee/Tahoe Area

April 13 - Complimentary breakfast at clubhouse April 22 - Earth Day Arts & Crafts at Coachland April 27 - Complimentary breakfast at clubhouse May 4th - Free Tacos all day at clubhouse

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