Repetition illustrates both how water was the underlying theme in the shaping of Schmeeckle Reserve and how it continues to be a driving force behind Schmeeckle’s mission to foster a community of research, recreation, and refuge.
Focusing on the gem of the reserve, Lake Joanis, the contours of the twelve individual watercolor pieces align to form an aerial view of the beloved body of water. Each row of squares depicts one of the three avenues in which Schmeeckle Reserve is connected to water. The top row portrays refuge, followed by recreation in the middle, and finally research on the bottom.
“Working with a water partner who shares my love for Schmeeckle Reserve was the highlight of the Flow Project for me. It was so rewarding to learn more about the role of water in the nature reserve and has given me an even deeper appreciation for Schmeeckle and all of the people who devote their time to its upkeep.” –Bartz
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anna Bartz is a junior at UW-Stevens Point majoring in Web Development and minoring in Art and Psychology. Since childhood, Anna has had a passion for design and exploring her creative side. From coffee shop murals to pet portraits, she takes advantage of any opportunity to create art for others to enjoy. As a regular visitor of Schmeeckle Reserve, Anna was excited to create a work of art that showcases the beauty of the nature reserve. After graduation, she plans to utilize her artistic skills in the digital realm as a UX/UI designer. See more of Anna’s work here.
ABOUT THE Water Partner
Melissa Ruether joined the Schmeeckle Reserve team in 2022 as our Outreach Coordinator. She has a B.S. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in zoology and an M.S. in environmental education and interpretation from UW-Stevens Point. Melissa served as Schmeeckle’s graduate assistant from 2015 to 2017, researching the development of inter-generational nature programs. Melissa enjoys exploring the great outdoors, baking, trying local cuisine and drinks, and spending time with her black lab, Odin.