Sneeze and make up (boy howdy)
Who doesn’t hate the chamisa bush? A sagebrush wannabe, this dandelion of the desert grows everywhere from arroyos to backyards and is the bane of allergy sufferers when it blooms in the fall. Last year, filmmaker Stryder Simms had begun ripping the high-country weed out of his property when he seized upon the idea of weaving together chamisa, apache plume, and other local shrubs to create fantastical giant scarecrows. Stryder admits that the appeal of his creations is more aesthetical than it is practical. “These scarecrows are more likely to attract crows than repel them,” he says. On YouTube, he has released Full Pollen Moon, a homemade film in which he and one of his scarecrows break down the barriers between flora and fauna and fall passionately in love. His creations are on display and for sale at The Sangre
Scarecrow show, which opens Sunday, July 18, with an artist’s reception that runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tropic of Capricorn, 86 Old Las Vegas Highway. For more information, call 983-2700.