September 3, 2014
Contact: Ken Hires
, 509-699-2080 ext. 13
September 2, 2014 – Sedro Wooley, WA - Two new Artists-in-Residence in the fields of music and writing will join the park mid-September through early October to produce work inspired by the wilderness of the North Cascades.
Portland, Oregon composer Christina Rusnak, has been chosen as the fall Artist-in-Residence for Lake Chelan National Recreation Area at Stehekin. Christina’s music is written for groups as diverse as jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras.
Ms. Rusnak’s music is strongly influenced by wilderness landscapes. “My intention is to follow in the footsteps of past and present composers who have been inspired by our National Parks. As a composer, cultural explorer and writer, my premise is that wilderness is not a static place – that the landscape is a vibrant dynamic place, constantly evolving via wind, climate, fire and regeneration.”
Poet Paul Willis, from Eastmont College in Santa Barbara, California will share a poetry writing workshop at the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem, Saturday, Sept. 20, 1-3 pm. Beginners are welcome and participants may walk some short trails if weather permits. Class size is limited, so please call 360-854-7304 to register; walk-ups allowed as space permits. Mr. Willis will also be reading poetry at some of the evening campfire programs in late September during his residency.
Visit the North Cascades National Park Service Complex website at: www.nps.gov/noca