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Lyceum Program Continues May 9 at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: May 4, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. – Nature’s Beauty by Design

Illustrator Wendy Smith says her purpose in life is driven by her love and fascination for nature as expressed through her art and the desire that it will spark a similar connection with nature in others. Her ultimate goal is to nurture concern and a call to action in the effort to conserve that which is irreplaceable. For over twenty years, Smith's life has been devoted to natural history illustration, a journey taking both her and her work to many places far and wide. She's currently involved in developing interpretive exhibits for wildlife refuges. Wendy Smith was an artist-in-residence at RMNP in 2000 and illustrated panels at the Fall River Visitor Center.

The theme of the 2009 Lyceum Series is “Celebrate our Natural World: Artists Who Are Inspired by the Environment.” This year’s series has a cultural focus. The presentations will highlight how the natural world influences and inspires artists. Artists of all types: singers, musicians, painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, performance artists, writers, quilters and photographers will be involved in this year’s Lyceum.

The Lyceum schedule runs through May 16, 2009. Financial support for the lyceum series is provided by the park’s nonprofit partner, the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Programs are free and open to the public. They are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call (970) 586-1206.

Did You Know?

a photo of folks throwing snowballs in front of the snow-covered Alpine Visitor Center

The coldest temperature inside the Alpine Visitor Center during the winter is rarely below 20 degrees. The snow insulates the building when it is closed for the winter.