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Mesa Verde Artist-In-Residence Sue King to Speak on September 12
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde Artist-in-Residence Sue King to Speak on September 12
MESA VERDE, CO: On Thursday, September 12, 2013, textile artist Sue King from Lancaster, Ohio, will speak on her work as an art quilter and demonstrate the use of silk screening as a form of surface design. Participants can make a textile post card as a memento of their visit to the park, or screen a design on an item of their own clothing. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the library downstairs at Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, and is open to all. Supplies will be provided but participants must bring their own item of clothing, such as a tee shirt, to screen if desired.
King has always been fascinated by history and enthralled with old photographs. Of her figurative work, composed entirely of textiles, King says, "I search for a way to connect our present experiences with those who came before. They call forth the ghost into the room." As a clinical social worker, King searches for connections with others, the commonalities of experience that define what it means to be human. Her current work focuses on themes of hardship, sacrifice and survival.
King will serve a two-week residency at Mesa Verde National Park in early September. She was selected by a jury of accomplished local artists, who lauded her vast number of presentations, publications, public collections, and solo exhibitions as well as the intricate quilting of portraiture as particularly noteworthy. More information about King is available at www.SueKingArts.com.
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 in our national parks. The AIR program is managed by the nonprofit 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, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde. Proceeds from all association programs support Mesa Verde National Park. Learn more at www.mesaverde.org.
Did You Know?
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.