• Whiskeytown Lake from the Davis Gulch Trail

    Whiskeytown

    National Recreation Area California

Reception for Artist In Residence

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Date: February 26, 2008
Contact: Sheila Edridge, 530-246-1225
Contact: Steve Thede   , 530-242-3450

The public is invited to a reception Friday, February 29th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Whiskeytown National Recreation Visitor Center to view artworks donated to the park by Whiskeytown's 2007 National Parks Artist-in-Residence. The nonprofit group Friends of Whiskeytown sponsored the 2007 Artist-in-Residence Program that brought two Resident Artists, and two Guest Artists who stayed in a cabin at Whiskeytown and completed artworks inspired by the beauty of the park.

Olive Ayhens, a New York artist and 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, has two watercolors on display. One piece is the view of the path which leads to the Artist's Cabin at Whiskeytown where Olive stayed for four weeks, the second is a unique prospective of the Whiskeytown dam. While most artists, when painting landscapes, avoid the influence of manmade structures and opt to reproduce nature untouched by man, Ayhen's approach is to juxtaposition nature with manmade structures.

Marissa Carlisle a Napa, California photographer has donated a large photograph of a maple tree. Carlisle, who was a Resident Artist in October, was able to capture the changing of the leaves at Whiskeytown in autumn.

Additionally there are pieces donated by "Guest Artists" Lynne Cunningham of Davis, and Debbie Holland-Olson a Weaverville artist. Both women stayed at the Whiskeytown Artist's Cabin and each has a different approach to communicating through their work how, they were influenced and inspired by the visit.

The artwork will be on display at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center until March 17th. The Visitor Center is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located at the corner of Kennedy Memorial Drive and Hwy. 299 West.  For more information, call 246-1225.

Did You Know?

Shasta Bally

Shasta Bally is the highest point in Whiskeytown at 6199 feet. Snow can usually still be seen through June.