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National Park ServiceNews Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 16, 2013
Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514
Learn About Printmaking from Artist-in-Residence
Bring the whole family to join Homestead National Monument of America’s Artist-in-Residence Erica Shirk for printmaking demonstrations and workshops! Shirk will be at the monument August 26 -September 9to create a series of 9 prints telling the story of homesteading. During the monument’s Labor Day Weekend Living History Extravaganza,August 31 - September 2, Shirk will demonstrate her printmaking and teach visitors how to make prints themselves using potatoes from1 p.m. – 3 p.m.Families and kids will then be able to place their potato prints on a large canvas mural to create a one-of-a-kind, collaborative art piece to be housed at the monument. In addition, on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. the Artist-in-Residence will hold an in-depth program where she will explain the process of woodblock printmaking, describe her work as an artist, and share some of the pieces she has created during her residency. All programs will be held at the Education Center. There is no fee or registration necessary.
Shirk is a teacher, and looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge of printmaking with participants. Don't miss this chance at inside knowledge and a hands-on, family friendly experience with this unique art form! This is the monument’s fifth year of the Artist-in-Residence program, and Shirk, from Des Moines, Iowa, is the fourth to arrive of six who were selected this year.
"We look forward to hosting another very talented artist who will no doubt contribute something very special to the monument and its visitors. Shirk's prints are phenomenal, and we can't wait to see what she'll create here," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, or 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/
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