Musician Marilyn Kroeker Returns as Mesa Verde National Park Artist in Residence

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Date: September 23, 2015
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Musician and vocalist, Marilyn Kroeker, will serve as Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist in Residence from September 28 through October 11, 2015. Marilyn and her band, Sweetwater Station, will give a free public performance on Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Far View Lodge Lounge, upstairs from the Metate Room, in Mesa Verde National Park.

Marilyn will spend her residency exploring the park and composing music with her bandmates - Chris Rasmussen, Raymond Rose, and Paul Berkowitz. All members are involved in composing for the band, and Marilyn has recorded four CDs to date. "We certainly hope our local fans will visit us in this setting. We expect to have some new material from the residency ready. Just knowing we are going is an inspiration," said Marilyn. “We look forward to reflecting our experience musically."

Sweetwater Station has been together for two years. They are distinctive primarily for their female vocal duo. The vocalists are accompanied by solid bass and lead mandolin. They play regularly throughout the region, and have performed on the main stage at Mancos, Dolores, and Cortez festivals this year, as well as The Tavern on Elm Street and the Sunflower Theater. Their upcoming appearances include the Mancos Balloon Festival on September 26 and 27.

This is the second time Marilyn has been chosen as a Mesa Verde Artist in Residence. In October 2009 she was awarded a residency for her watercolor work. In addition to her musical pursuits, Marilyn is a potter and the proprietor of Raven House Gallery in Mancos, CO.

Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist in Residence program offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. This year’s Artists in Residence were selected from 45 applicants by a jury consisting of a Mesa Verde National Park ranger and three professional artists. Other 2015 Artists in Residence include photographer Jerry Fleury, musician/composer David Arkenstone, plein air artist Milt Beens, and saddle maker Lisa Skyhorse. Learn more at


Last updated: September 23, 2015

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