ROAM: A XTINA PARKS GALLERY brings the world of wildlife, nature, adventure, and ongoing conservation efforts to New England. Located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains, on the campus of MASS MoCA, the gallery will increase awareness of the global efforts being made by nature and wildlife photographers, and organizations that work to protect habitats and endangered wildlife.
Founded by wildlife photographer and emerging conservationist Chrystina (Xtina) Geagan Parks, a portion of all gallery sales will be donated to two organizations we believe make a huge difference in helping protect wildlife around the world: WildAid and the African Wildlife Foundation.
Chrystina’s heart is with the wild animals that call Africa home. Having traveled extensively for many years throughout the continent, she organizes and leads research teams to study habitat and the causes of destruction, observing wildlife populations and behavior – all to support local governments in making improvements to their policies, that in turn encourage stronger wildlife protections.
It is of strong importance that local peoples and communities be involved with conservation efforts in their homelands, and Chrystina is committed to learning about their cultures, their histories, and their desires for themselves and their families. She is dedicated to not only protecting land and habitat for wildlife, but to also honor those that live in these areas by respecting their cultural heritage.
Chrystina splits her time between her home in Botswana, with living in Malibu, California, The Berkshires of Massachusetts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Pebble Beach, California. She works with an amazing group of animal lovers here at the gallery in Massachusetts who hold down many forts, and for which she is grateful.
All of us here at ROAM: A Xtina Parks Gallery direct our energy, resources, and efforts to bring the world of wildlife, to you.
The Sound Inside
This season, ROAM: A Xtina Parks Gallery became a sponsor of the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival. Specifically, we sponsored The Sound Inside, a world-premier drama written by Adam Rapp and directed by David Cromer. This incredibly moving performance, starring Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman as a professor and student, has garnered rave reviews from patrons and the New York Times alike.
Come To Your Senses
On June 23, 2018, ROAM: A Xtina Parks Gallery opened its doors for a very special event. Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, has opened a new exhibition at MASS MoCA. Her exhibition, Come To Your Senses, is being displayed in Kidspace. This exhibition is an extension of her Consenses project.
"Come to Your Senses asks visual artists, poets, dancers, musicians, perfumers, chefs, and sculptors to use one another’s art as a catalyst to create their own work. “It’s like a game of telephone that unfolds through all the senses,” notes Sally Taylor, “and inspires us to see the world through others’ eyes.” At Kidspace, the initial works of art, through which all other works were inspired, were created by 5th grade students in North Adams and Northern Berkshire schools. Come to Your Senses is the capstone of Kidspace’s “Art 4 Change” project that has encouraged visitors and students in its school partnership program to develop positive habits of mind (empathy, optimism, and courage) with which to approach complex problem-solving through art experiences." -MASS MoCA
ROAM was honored to host a cocktail hour and brunch to celebrate Taylor and her work.