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Mesa Verde Institute Announces 2009 Photography Workshops With Dr. Gene Balzer

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Date: July 10, 2009
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628

Every year thousands of visitors capture images of the spectacular, world famous cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park through a variety of media. The Mesa Verde Institute will offer two photography workshops led by Dr. Gene Balzer, Professor of Photography and Senior Faculty Member at Northern Arizona University.

The workshops are scheduled for August 14-16 and October 16-18, 2009. The workshops are limited to 13 participants each. Workshops begin at noon on Friday and end on Sunday afternoon. For further information and registration, please visit the Mesa Verde Institute website, www.mesaverdeinstitute.org.

Mesa Verde National Park is a photographer’s paradise; workshop participants will come away with once-in-a-lifetime images. Stunning photographs of cliff dwellings require magnificent soft light and excellent composition. During the workshop, participants will visit these sites during soft light and work on compositions of the Ancestral Puebloan architecture. The group will be in archeological sites at off hours and photographing at a leisurely pace. The workshops are open to both amateur and professional photographers using both digital and film cameras.

These workshops cater not only to the eye, but to other tastes too. From Friday lunch to Sunday lunch, the ARAMARK Mesa Verde Company will provide exceptional meals spotlighting sustainable foods and southwestern cuisine. These meals include two decadent dinners at the acclaimed Metate Room, which, perched atop Mesa Verde’s majestic landscape, was recently profiled in Nation’s Restaurant News and is rated one of the 10 best restaurants in Colorado. Tuition also includes lodging at Far View Lodge, and a camping option for the August workshop.

Inaugurated in 2006, the Mesa Verde Institute was established to offer visitors an expanded and in-depth experience in Mesa Verde National Park. Through single and multi-day seminars, workshops, educational hikes, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages may engage in enhanced educational and interpretive opportunities and gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners region. In this spirit, the Institute is dedicated to sharing Mesa Verde with the world. The Mesa Verde Institute is administered by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. Proceeds from the Institute as well as all Museum Association programs support Mesa Verde National Park.

For further information and registration, including photographic equipment needs and rates, please visit the Mesa Verde Institute website, www.mesaverdeinstitute.org.

 

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Did You Know?

Kiva courtyard at Spruce Tree House

A subterranean kiva remained 50 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. So for the Ancestral Puebloans, it stayed cool in the summer, and only a small fire was needed to keep it warm in the winter.