Create a Living Testimonial at Free Mesa Verde National Park Artists-in-Residence Program

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Date: October 1, 2014
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Contact: Laurel Rematore, 970-529-4445

You're invited to join artist team Sonja Horoshko and Ed Singer in a free program on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Far View Lodge Library. While serving as Mesa Verde National Park's Artists-in-Residence from September 29 through October 12, Horoshko and Singer will work independently in their separate mediums to create artistic letters to their grandchildren, consisting of Singer's place-based drawings and Horoshko's recordings of sites, experiences, and museum research. Program participants can replicate the artists' project by creating and sending a letter or drawing of their own. All workshop materials and guidelines will be supplied by the artists. Your art may also be included in Horoshko and Singer's final project, to be compiled into one volume in 2015.

Horoshko and Singer's grandchildren are very young. "We intend to catapult our experience into our grandsons' lives through our personal correspondence with them now," says Horoshko, "seeding their interest in the future understanding of the implicit responsibility inherited by all US citizens beyond our lifetime. By 2074, our grandsons will have reached our current ages, and will possibly have grandchildren of their own. We hope that the land-base we record today will remain intact for them and for all interested grandchildren who seek as adults to support that national/public mission."

Ed Singer, Diné (Navajo), was born in Tuba City, AZ. He attended boarding schools in Arizona and Utah, and studied fine arts at Southern Utah State College, Northern Arizona University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Singer works in almost every two-dimensional medium and has won acclaim from collectors and critics for his contemporary blend of content and old-master technique. He says that the most meaningful commendations come from his peers and contemporary Native people who are also the core subject matter for his work. As such, he is sensitive to the stereotype that exists in many southwestern painting collections and works to eliminate all references to demeaning caricatures in landscape as well as figurative compositions. His work is found in corporate, private, and museum collections throughout the US and Europe, and in the humble hogans neighboring his home on Gray Mountain. "My portfolio offers an opportunity," he says, "for Diné to participate in our own pride, to see ourselves as we are today – alive, thriving, secure in our Navajo way of being."

Sonja Horoshko is a writer/visual artist who has worked in the Four Corners region for more than two decades. She served as editor and feature writer of Southwest Colorado Arts Perspective Magazine for many years. Her award winning journalism has been published in the Four Corners Free Press since 2008. She covers natural resources, business, culture, and the arts as a monthly staff journalist. Horoshko attended Bread Loaf School of English on an Annenberg Rural Challenge fellowship where she studied the impact of culture on place-based narrative.

Recent work by Ed Singer can be viewed at Mick's Coffee Cortez, Pepperhead Restaurant, and Main Street Brewery, while Horoshko's work can be viewed at Stonefish Sushi & More and Spruce Tree Espresso House, all located on Main Street in Cortez, CO. Websites include: www.edsinger.weebly.com/ and www.fourcornersfreepress.com/?p=1791.

Mesa Verde National Park's AIR program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. This year's artists were selected from 65 applicants by a jury of four consisting of a park ranger and three professional artists. Learn more at www.nps.gov/meve/supportyourpark/artists_in_residence.htm.

 

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