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Ute Mountain Ute Art Show at Mesa Verde
Contact: Laurel Rematore, 970-529-4642
Contemporary Ute Mountain Ute Tribal art is now on exhibit in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum gallery and Museum Store in Mesa Verde National Park. This special opportunity for the public to view and purchase tribal artwork including paintings, pottery, baskets and beadwork, is the result of a partnership between the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association, and the National Park Service. The exhibit and sale runs through Sunday, October 30, 2011. Admission to the Museum and gallery exhibit is free, but visitors must pay an entrance fee when they enter the national park. The Museum is currently open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Beginning October 16, the Museum will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The public is also invited to attend a special "Meet the Artists" reception with artists Norman Lansing and his daughter Babe Lansing on Monday, September 12, 2011, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum gallery. The artists will be on hand to introduce their works, share their inspirations, and answer questions in an informal setting.
The present Ute Mountain Ute Tribe reservation is located in the southwest corner of Colorado, the northwest corner of New Mexico and a small area in Utah. Featured Ute artists in this exhibit include Norman Lansing, along with various Ute Tribal artisans from the areas in and around Towaoc, Colorado, and White Mesa, Utah. Proceeds from all show purchases support Mesa Verde National Park as well as the artisans and the tribe.
Since 1930, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA) has provided educational and interpretive materials and experiences to visitors of Mesa Verde National Park through an active publishing program, volunteer and membership opportunities, the Mesa Verde Institute, and operation of retail bookstores in the park, at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez, and online at www.mesaverde.org. Proceeds from all MVMA programs support educational, research, and interpretive programs in Mesa Verde National Park.
For additional information, please call the Mesa Verde Museum Association at 970-529-4445.
Did You Know?
Approximately 600 of the over 4700 archeological sites found in Mesa Verde National Park are cliff dwellings. Other sites include mesa top pueblos, farming terraces, towers, reservoirs, and check dams.