State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam
After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »
Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues
A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »
Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014
Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. 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?
Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.