PLAYA Current Residents

Caryl & Jay Casbon

Caryl Ann Casbon, NW Poet and Writer, authored: The Everywhere Oracle: A Guided Journey Through Poetry for an Ensouled World (Wyatt-McKenzie Publishing, 2015), finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards, and was recognized as one of the top spiritual writers...

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Pat Clark

Master Printmaker Patricia Clark founded A6 (also known as Atelier 6000) in 2007 in Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon’s only publicly-accessible printmaking and book arts studio, Atelier 6000 was modeled after the traditional French atelier, or working studio. Clark moved...

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Heida Diefenderfer

Heida Diefenderfer, Ph.D., is an ecosystems research scientist. Her studies emphasize multi-scale phenomena, frequently involving watershed or landscape connectivity with riparian and littoral interfaces. She is engaged in large-scale ecosystem restoration as praxis...

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Jim O’Connor

Jim O’Connor is a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Portland, Oregon. He is a Pacific Northwest native long interested in the processes and events that shape the remarkable and diverse scenery of the region. Following this interest with a Geological Science...

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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson grew up on a farm in Dayton, Oregon and discovered art while a forestry student at Oregon State University in the 1960’s. Today he continues his creative work having returned to live and work on that same farm following a 30-year academic career. He...

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Alison Rust

Alison Rust is a volcanologist who combines laboratory experiments with analogue materials (e.g. syrup for magma) and studies of erupted rocks to understand how and why volcanoes erupt. Her PhD at the University of Oregon, focused on bubbles in magmas and included...

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Katharine Cashman

Katharine Cashman is a volcanologist who studies links between chemical and physical factors that control magma ascent, eruption, and emplacement on the Earth’s surface. She received her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University in 1986 and accepted a faculty...

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Haena Kang

Haena Kang is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited in New York City, Ann Arbor, Portland, Auburn and Taipei. Colors, patterns, and anything texture, have always peaked Haena’s interest. Her maker’s instinct guided her to attend The Cooper...

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