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2009 Lyceum Series - Celebrate our Natural World: Artists Who Are Inspired by the Environment
Saturday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. “The Art of Seeing Rocky Mountain National Park”
Join artist Jim Disney as he presents “The Art of Seeing Rocky Mountain National Park,” a discussion about finding artistic inspiration in the natural beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park combined with a digital presentation of photographs, paintings & drawings. Jim will discuss what has inspired him to create so many incredible images of the park. Jim has a true love of the park and has been a tireless advocate on a variety of park issues.
Jim began his artistic career in 1963. His paintings and drawings are in collections throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He has twice served as the Artist in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park. He has also twice served as the Visual Artist of the Year for Larimer County Park & Open Lands.
Jim served two four-year terms as the Larimer County Commissioner from District III from January 1993, to January 2001. As commissioner he played a principal role in developing, a first of a kind, joint Land Use Code between Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park for the Estes Valley. In 1996, he received the Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Park Service, in Rocky Mountain National Park, for his work with the federal and state government to achieve a permanent ban on commercial sightseeing flights over the park.
In 2007, he created the White House Christmas tree ornament for Rocky Mountain National Park.
Jim is an avid hiker, backpacker, rock climber and mountaineer. He has climbed over 350 peaks in the western United States, and over 500 ascents in Rocky Mountain National Park, including all 126 named summits. Jim has also climbed all 54 fourteen thousand foot peaks in Colorado.