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Mesa Verde Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Jan Wright
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde National Park is pleased to welcome Jan Wright from Mancos, Colorado as an Artist-in-Residence. Ms. Wright has had over 11 one-woman watercolor exhibits in Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. Her paintings are in numerous private collections as well as the Salt Lake County Fine Arts collection, Wells Fargo Bank of St. George, Utah and the CEU Museum in Price, UT. Now in its fourth successful year, Ms. Wright's exhibit at the lounge at the Far View Lodge shows her keen observation and love of ancient cliff dwellings and rock art. Her large watercolor of Cliff Palace greets visitors at the check-in desk at the lodge.
Ms. Wright specializes in desert, archeological, and canyon landscapes of the southwest. Often an animal, bird or native being is hidden within the colors, textures, and reflections of a painting. Her watercolors tend to be more vibrant and intense in color and detail, different from the often looser, splashy approach to watercolor.
On Saturday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the park's Far View Lodge lounge (located above the Metate Room), Ms. Wright will present her paintings from her two-week Artist-in-Residence at Mesa Verde National Park. Her presentation will consist of showing the development from photos to more or less realistic watercolors to abstracted paintings using mixed media of each of several sites within the park. Each scene will be captured realistically and abstractly. "I expect these two weeks of intensely painting the archeological sites within the park to stretch my abilities and ways of seeing them" Wright said.
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 the 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.