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Mesa Verde Artist-in-Residence Siri Beckman to Demonstrate Relief Printmaking

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Date: April 30, 2013
Contact: Laurel Rematore, 970-529-4445

Siri Beckman, Artist-in-Residence at Mesa Verde National Park, will give a free demonstration of her technique of cutting into wood in order to create an original print. The public is invited to attend her program at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Far View Lodge Library in Mesa Verde National Park.

Beckman creates her prints using two techniques--wood engraving and woodcut. Both are forms of relief printmaking. A mid-westerner by birth, Beckman moved to Maine in 1975 and discovered wood engraving by chance. Instantly drawn to the medium, she taught herself how to engrave in hard, dense woods like English boxwood and maple. In 1992 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arts in Philadelphia.

"Indigenous architecture has been a source of curiosity and inspiration for me for many years," says Beckman. "During my residency, I'll visit park sites with sketch book, watercolors and camera so I can record the details necessary to complete a series of prints."

Mesa Verde National Park's Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed by the Mesa Verde Museum Association, the park's innovative educational partner that inspires life-long stewardship of the Mesa Verde region's cultural and natural heritage. Through the operation of park bookstores, free or low-cost seminars, workshops, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages gain a new, in-depth understanding of Mesa Verde. Proceeds from all association programs support Mesa Verde National Park. Learn more at www.mesaverde.org.


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Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.