Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014
Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »
Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures
The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »
Re-opening of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex
The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »
Artists Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the park in the Stehekin Valley
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7365 ext 13
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of North Cascades National Park
Through Art in Stehekin
Golden West Gallery Print Show Celebrating the North Cascades
A new exhibit Impressions: Celebrating the North Cascades through Printmaking opens in the Golden West Gallery in Stehekin on September 12th. The exhibit features intaglio, relief and serigraph prints from nine northwest printmakers: Jean Behnke, Nicholas Brown, Renee Hudak, Cynthia Nawalinski, Gary Sirguy, Mark Scherer, Dan Tuttle, Jean Vavrek and Thomas Wood. The exhibit will be on display during North Cascades National Park’s 40th anniversary until October 31st. There is an opening reception on September 12th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the printmakers speaking at 8:00 p.m.
The gallery, located in the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin, is operated by Arts and Humanities of Stehekin (AHS), a non-profit organization providing exhibits and programs that promote understanding and appreciation of the North Cascades through the arts. The gallery operates in a cooperative venture between Arts and Humanities of Stehekin and North Cascades National Park. For more information, contact AHS at 360-854-7365, extension 14.
Stehekin Fall Artists-in-Residence Offering Free Art Workshops
North Cascades National Park Service Complex is also announcing two fall Artists-in-Residence for Stehekin. Janette Hopper, an art professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is in Stehekin during the month of September. Janette uses a variety of media in her art, including drawing, sumi ink painting, watercolor, and oil painting. She states that this allows her to "express my feelings for nature and to impress people with the need to conserve our wilderness and landscape." Janette is offering two free public programs during September.
Saturday, September 13: Plein air oil painting "Show and Tell" at the one-mile swim dock in Stehekin at 9:00 a.m. Janette will give instruction and demonstrate the techniques she uses to paint directly from a landscape. She invites anyone to bring their own paintings, drawings or other art or craftwork to ‘show and tell’.
Saturday, September 20: Sumi/pen & ink drawing workshop at Rainbow Falls in Stehekin at 9:00 a.m. Sumi uses a special brush to draw with ink. Brushes, ink and paper will be supplied. If you prefer to draw with a pen, bring one with you.
Composer Craig Weston is looking forward to combining his two passions, music and the mountains, during the month of October as the fall’s second Artist-in-Residence. Craig will be on sabbatical from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where he is a music composition professor. His goal is to compose a piece for chamber orchestra "specifically tailored to the inspiration of the mountains, the Stehekin Valley, and its residents and visitors." Craig will also be offering public workshops and/or presentations while in Stehekin.
The Artist-in-Residence program is part of a national interpretive and educational program that invites artists to immerse themselves in the national parks and interact with visitors, staff, and neighbors so they may explore the meanings and significance of park resources in new and unique ways through presentations, workshops, or performances. The artists also donate a work of art representative of their residency to the park. Additional information about the program is available at: http://www.nps.gov/archive/volunteer/air.htm
Did You Know?
The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.