A Nevada resident since 1988, Mark Vollmer explored the state first as a geologist then as an award-winning photographer, workshop instructor, and writer. He shares his love of photography via teaching, publishing images and articles, and presenting slide shows to community groups and schools. Jim Eaglesmith is a lifelong songwriter, performer and storyteller, entertaining in Nevada and internationally since the early 1980s. He has written and directed music for local adult and youth theater companies.
Vollmer and Eaglesmith passionately offer their StorySongs program and workshops to all ages.
They bring together Mark’s stunning outdoor photographs and Jim’s inspiring music to demonstrate the importance of connecting with nature. Audiences see and hear fascinating stories of local geology and humans’ relationship to animals and the earth. Jim’s singing, songwriting, and lively storytelling culminate with audience participation. The goal of StorySongs is for participants to gain a deeper understanding of how the earth supports life in a harmonious way, and that each of them can be an integral and welcome part of it.
Vollmer and Eaglesmith have presented throughout Washoe County in schools and libraries, through the Pioneer Center Youth Program, and at the Great Basin Outdoor School at Lake Tahoe. Their music DVD "StorySongs: From the Soul of the American West" was funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.