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Listening To Raven at Audubon Opening Night party

Ben, thanks for the column in in Sunday's paper!

Everyone's invited to the opening from 5-7 pm July 9 at the Audubon Center at the top of Upper Canyon RD. The show runs through August 9th.

Listening To Raven ~ Drawings, Myths & Realities is an ongoing exploration of science and spirit. These detailed story drawings, created with pen and pencil, heart and mind, are a vision quest expanded by paying attention to small moments.

Dr.… Continue

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

Is that an egg in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

There's a new raven lurking in the lavender. How do I know? He's bigger and more cautious than my regulars,who swoop in to check a few times a day to see if I've put out uncooked chicken eggs.

The newbie, watching to see if the egg is really available, is stalking amidst the sweet-scented purple flowers, flying up to land on the creviced rock fountain, then back to the bushes.

Now he's on the rock, head swinging back and forth to see if he's alone. Ah ha! He's picked up the prize in… Continue

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 2:45pm

Raven stories

The stories we tell, either visually or verbally, really do make a difference. I come on this site, Ben's great gift to the community, and am so touched by the stories I see. When I began the Listening To Raven series of drawings, I had no idea that people would bring me such personal stories. The ravens are currenly on exhibit at the Charles Collins Gallery on the plaza in Taos. I was contacted by a woman… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 10:11am — 1 Comment


For the past year in New Mexico, I 've been making intricate raven drawings and writing stories to accompany them . My new series, Listening To Raven, has inspired people who never before looked at birds with much curiosity to now bring me stories the way a cat sets a mouse at its owner's feet. Their recognition of life heretofore unexamined develops a personal… Continue

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

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At 5:57pm on August 2, 2010, Sloan Cunningham said…
At 12:40am on July 20, 2009, Ben Swan said…
HI Beth, well, that's a first try. We'll see. Hopefully people will snoop around at your site and find the ravens entries. I enjoyed your blogs.
At 5:40pm on July 19, 2009, Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller said…
Dear Ben, Thanks for the focus group request for Listening to Raven in today's paper.
Images are at
I look forward to everyone's feedback.

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