SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD | ARTISITC DIRECTOR | FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Sibylle Szaggars Redford is a German born Multimedia Environmental Artist. She has dedicated her life’s work to creating art informed by her spiritual consciousness of our connection to life, the land, and the world by raising awareness of our environmental unsound practices. Redford’s inspirations stem from nature, ancient cultures such as the Hopi, the Moroccan, or as in her most recent work the monsoon rains in the New Mexican High Desert.
She has exhibited her work throughout England, Germany, Italy, Monaco, France, Peru, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, and often collaborates with various musicians and choreographers. Her large oil painting series “Shape of Color” was her first collaboration with the world-renowned cellist Nina Kotova which was presented during the International Classical Music Festival in Cortona, Italy and later in Singapore of 2008.
In the summer of 2010, Szaggars-Redford began creating her “Rainfall” series, inviting rain showers to become a major instigator and her collaborator with Nature. In this series Redford provides the paper with her abstract watercolor pigment compositions – she then waits for the monsoon rain in the New Mexican High Desert and places her work in these showers. To highlight her fascination about this process, she created her Rain Painting art film and invited Icelandic Musician/Composer David Thor Jonsson to score music to her film.
In 2013, Redford and Jonsson designed the concept for a staged art performance piece, “The Way of the Rain.” An Homage to planet Earth and its Universal Elements. This performance would incorporate different art forms like music, dance, spoken word, film, and light. Wherein Szaggars Redford designed her first stage backdrop of multiple large Rain Painting Silks that would symbolize falling water from the heavens. The Way of the Rain was first performed in 2013 at the Highland Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 2014, Szaggars-Redford formed a new collaboration with American musicians/composers Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, and Chuck Palmer. They brought together an all star team with choreographer Desmond Richardson, lighting designer Steve Cohen, video artist Floyd Thomas McBee, sound designer Ron Saint Germain and spoken word performed by Szaggars-Redford’s husband, Robert Redford. This collaboration created a site-specific version of The Way of the Rain that was performed at the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami, Florida.
The Sundance Film Festival of 2015 invited The Way of the Rain as an “Official Selection” which was performed in Salt Lake City at the Complex Performing Arts Center. It included all of the Miami collaborators and special guest performances by Sussan Deyhim, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marc Roberge and Richard On of O.A.R., and Robert Redford.
In November of 2015 Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded the Way of the Rain, Inc, a New Mexico Nonprofit Organization. It is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, and/or educational purposes, including the specific purpose of developing, producing, and performing educational and artistic performances themed and designed to promote public awareness and support for protection of the Environment. Szaggars Redford continues to create and exhibit new art constantly.
GREGORY LEON BAIRD | DESIGN | PRODUCTION COORDINATOR | ART ADVISOR TO SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD | MANAGING DIRECTOR
Associate Director and Art Consultant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford
since the inception of The Way of the Rain,
The Way of the Rain - Albuquerque, The Way of the Rain - Miami and The Way of the Rain - Sundance. As Art Consultant to Sibylle Szaggars Redford, Mr Baird has collaborated and managed Szaggars Exhibitions for the past 6 years. Mr Baird graduated with a BA of Architecture and is a Residential and Interior Designer and an
18th Century Style French Ecole des Beaux-Arts Architectural Watercolorist who is in the Permanent Collection: Architecture & Design-New York M.O.M.A., The Royal Collection of H.R.H. Prince Charles of Wales and S.A.S. Prince Albert ll of Monaco to name a few. Further work and Private Collections may be viewed on the website.
FLOYD THOMAS MCBEE | FILM RESEARCH |EDITING AND ART PROJECTIONS
Floyd Thomas McBee is a film and projections artist who has been a contributor and collaborator for “The Way of the Rain” since the summer of 2010. Through his lifelong love of nature and under the guidance of Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s holistic artistic vision, he has helped to provide and shape aspects of the ever-evolving visual narrative; from camera work and digital storytelling to atmospheric projections, Mr. McBee has endeavored to be a seamless and harmonious part of the greater collaborative spirit of “The Way of the Rain.”
KARSTEN STAIGER | PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHER | ART PROJECTIONS | DOCUMANTARIAN AND WEBMASTER
Karsten Staiger's introduction to "The Way of the Rain" all began with a simple invitation from two friends to photograph a recording session in NYC. The only information he had: Montana Studios, performance piece, music, dance and a fellow German lady who creates paintings with help from the rain. Staiger knew he needed to captured it on video and since February 2014, he has been producing "The Way of the Rain" in video, photos and online. He could feel something special happening: a new family was forming. That was the beginning of his amazing adventure and now he is delighted and honored to be a part of an inspiring group of creatives. As an artist and commercial photographer in New York City, for over a decade, Staiger has built his career shooting advertising campaigns for luxury brands and corporations, including Hugo Boss, DeBeers and Nextel from his Chelsea studio. Always a passionate and committed artist, when not shooting "The Way of the Rain," Karsten Staiger can be found on the rooftops of NYC creating a photographic ode to NYC called New York Love Story. Evolving out of Staiger’s desire to approach New York from new perspectives and spectacular heights he continues on a journey to create a beautifully photographed, expansive collection of exceptionally high-resolution large format photographs come rain or shine.