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 »
Spring Artist in Residence-David Boye
Guitar Composer David Boye to Give Public Presentations
May 31 at 3:00 p.m. – North Cascades National Park Visitor Center near Newhalem, State Route 20, milepost 120
June 3 at 12:00 p.m. – North Cascades National Park Headquarters in Sedro-Woolley, 810 State Route 20
North Cascades National Park Artist-in-Residence, guitar composer David Boye will share his creative process during these two free public programs. His first influences were acoustic artists like Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Peter Lang, and later, Michael Hedges. He has since crisscrossed many paths and has performed many different kinds of music, including blues, rock, and jazz. He has now returned full circle to his original musical inspiration, instrumental acoustic guitar.
Mr. Boye will discuss the various fundamental guitar techniques and technological advances he uses to compose with, demonstrating some of the tools that aid the creative process. He also plans to improvise a brand new composition while narrating as he plays so that the audience can watch the creative process "in action."
"North Cascades National Park offers both an exciting opportunity and a unique challenge to an artist," said Mr. Boye. "As a source of limitless inspiration it is unequaled. The visions and wonders of the park such as the spectacular vistas, the mountain spires, the dense forests and remote wilderness, the abundant and magnificent wildlife, and the rich history created by the Native Americans and homesteaders are a creative artist’s dream. Yet the challenge of this environment is to not take it for granted. The timeless beauty and continuity of the park can become almost quaint to a visitor. The role of the artist in a place such as North Cascades National Park is to enhance and expand on its beauty in very personal ways that would allow the casual visitor to see with different eyes."
Mr. Boye plans to use this residency to achieve a long-time goal: to write an entire set of pieces based around a specific theme – creating several individual compositions based on different ideas inspired by my surroundings. "It could be anything: a thunderstorm, the flight of a certain bird, the way the light changes so much at dawn, the sound of the automobile’s encroachment, the jigsaw peaks of the mountains, or the flowers of a backwoods trail," said Mr. Boye. "Anything that strikes me as unique to that day and that moment in the park will be the inspiration."
During these presentations, Mr. Boye will discuss his impressions of the park as a first time visitor and as a source of inspiration. He will bring specific examples of the ideas he has begun to develop, and how he plans on molding them further.
Mr. Boye is part of a national program that invites artists to immerse themselves in the national parks and their people so that visitors, staff, and neighbors may explore the meanings and significance of park resources in new and unique ways through presentations, workshops, or performances.
Additional information about the Artist-in-Residence program is available at:
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.