Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Joanne Agostinelli
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde is pleased to have Connecticut pastel artist Joanne Agostinelli as its current Artist-In-Residence (AIR).Ms. Agostinelli has worked primarily in pastel and colored pencil for the last few years. Her ambition as an artist is to find ways to share the universe as she sees it – as a sparkling, scintillating, ever-changing light-show.
Ms. Agostinelli was the President of Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. from 2005 through 2009 and has been a Web Designer and Council Member since 2001. Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. was founded in 1929 and provides a forum for women's artwork and continues to emphasize the importance of art in our society today.
She has participated in Juried Art Shows as well as solo exhibitions. She recently joined with other professional artists at Weir Farm National Historic Site for a day-long plein air art event. She is constantly searching for new ways to use pastel and colored pencils to express her love affair with magical effects of light. Ms. Agostinelli states, "As an artist, an ardent hiker and an armchair anthropologist, I am excited by the prospect of immersing myself in the rich legacy of Mesa Verde."
She will be at her Mesa Verde Hogan for a "Show and Tell" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16.
Begun during Mesa Verde National Park's 2006 Centennial, the Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program provides accomplished writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo People and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The park provides a historic, rustic residence to selected participants for 4 two-week periods.
For further information about Joanne Agostinelli, and to view some of her artwork online, go to www.agostinart.com. For additional information about Joanne Agostinelli and the AIR program, please contact AIR Coordinator, Frank Cope, 970-529-4607.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.