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 »
Click here to view Kathleen's mural she painted with local elementary school students.
Kathleen Durkin is a developing artist, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, who spent six months of 2010 living in the North Cascades, where she excelled as a community mural artist. She completed her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 and her artist residency brought her to the North Cascades National Park, where she contributed both to the park and the local community. Kathleen’s art has been showcased at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the MICA Fine Arts Department Exhibition, at Concrete Elementary School and now at North Cascades National Park Visitor Center. She is well versed in painting, drawing, and print-making. Kathleen completed three large murals as she worked with the students at Concrete Elementary, the First Bloom Program and on the ‘Kids Corner’ at the Visitor Center.
Needham is a sound artist and composer who travels worldwide documenting soundscapes and creating artistic works from the recordings he gathers in the wilderness and the airwaves. The sounds he records are part of a landscape and a layered acoustic ecology. He seeks to preserve and interpret natural sounds and creates opportunities for listeners to consider the artistic and philosophical meanings of natural sound and silence.
Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer living in Boise, Idaho after 30 years as an artist/educator in Southern Black Hills of South Dakota. He was a professor of art at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Fall 2010, Skagit
As an artist and an illustrator of the natural world, nothing intrigues Mele more than the smaller forces at work and their resilience: the undergrowth of forests, colonies of lichens on ancient rocks, mosses, fungi, and ferns in their periods of dormancy and sudden, teeming growth. Mele illustrates miniature landscapes, tiny ecosystems and detailed unseen microhabitats rendered larger-than-life.
The World of Small: Mele presented her fascination with lichen and her work completed in Stehekin painting microscopic lichens through the eye of a microscope. The audience had the opportunity to look through the microscope to see what she was creating.
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.