Sneeze and make up (boy howdy)

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

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.

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