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Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Linda Beach
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde is pleased to welcome Linda Beach as an Artist-in-Residence. Ms. Beach is a fiber artist whose love of nature is reflected in her work and life. She has served as the Artist-in-Residence in Denali National Park, Alaska in 2005, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado in 2007 and Acadia National Park, Maine in 2008 prior to coming to Mesa Verde.
During her stay in Mesa Verde, she will be giving a free public presentation about her work on Thursday, September 29, 2011, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the downstairs "library" of the Far View Lodge.
Linda's work can be found in numerous private and public collections nationwide. She is a longstanding Professional Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) as well as serving on the Board. She has also been featured in several magazines and publications, the most recent being 1000 Artisan Textiles where her artwork was also on the cover. Linda's work has been juried into several prominent national exhibitions including Quilt Visions 2008 and 2010 as well as ArtQuilt Elements 2010. For more on Linda and her work, visit her website at www.lindabeachartquilts.com.
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 each year. For additional information about the Mesa Verde AIR program, go to park's Artist-In-Residence webpage or call AIR Coordinator, Frank Cope at 970-529-4607.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.