What's in a name?

What’s in a name? We needed a name to call ourselves. But, what name, and why…it started with:

com·pass rose

noun: compass rose; plural noun: compass roses

1 a circle showing the principal directions printed on a map or chart.

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Give it a spin and what do you get??

‍rose com·pass

verb: Rose Compass; plural verb: The Roses

1    Rose Compass: a group of six women artist charting a journey of discovery.  Our project is the exploration of the watershed of the Santa Ynez River and our exhibition at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature coming in 2018 is titled: “A River’s Journey.” But, first, we needed a name to call ourselves. But, what name, and why…

We decided our name should be “Rose Compass”; a spin-off of Compass Rose, the ancient navigational tool found on, or featured in, almost all navigation systems, the earliest of which is the nautical map. The pretty circular design of the compass rose has points that look like rose petals and display the orientation of the cardinal directions, north, south, east and west.

Our logo is a compass rose with a center core that symbolizes the common passion all six women artist have for ART. And the watercolor brush depicting true north defines the direction by which our project “A River’s Journey” is guided: GOUACHE PAINTING. So expect a show full of beautiful gouache paintings depicting our journey discovering the Santa Ynez River and the watershed that feeds it.

2 The Roses is how we affectionately refer to each other in our many communications. The Roses name clearly suggests the feminine of which we are all proud to be as sisters in this unique journey.

AN INVITATION: The Rose Compass invite you to join us on “A River’s Journey.”

We make regular posts on this blog about our travels throughout the Santa Ynez watershed. We also love to share what we are learning along the way from our own discoveries and from the generous institutions with whom we engage and are providing us with both historical and current information about our watershed.