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Final Presentation of Denali's 2007 Artist-in-Residence Program

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Date: August 28, 2007
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583

Artists and their work have played a significant role in raising public awareness of the natural wonders preserved within the National Park System even before the establishment of the first national parks. Today’s artists use a variety of mediums that continue to inspire park visitors, including those in Denali National Park and Preserve.

The public is invited to join Janice Kasper from Swansville, Maine as she presents “Two Norths: Paintings In Maine and Alaska” on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Murie Science and Learning Center, located at Mile 1.2 of the Denali Park Road. Kasper is the final Denali Artist-in-Residence of 2007, and in this program she will share her experiences of being a painter in Maine for thirty years along with those of her recent residency in Denali National Park and Preserve. She is an oil painter, producing poignant and whimsical portraits of wildlife and their environments. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the northeastern states.

This is the sixth year for Artist-in-Residence program in Denali National Park and Preserve. A total of nineteen artists, including Kasper and the other three artists-in-residence for 2007, have participated in Denali’s program. Many of the art pieces produced from the artists-in-residence from previous years are currently on display in the Denali Visitor Center.

Additional information on the Artist-in-Residence program, including how to apply, is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena.

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Did You Know?

a green hillside and a brown scar denoting where a landslide occurred

Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.