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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) welcomes 2017’s September Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Amy Falstrom, an Indiana artist currently working and living in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Falstrom’s evocative abstracted landscapes express her inner experience of outer nature and draw on memory and sensory impressions gathered from different places she has lived and visited. Playing with form and materials, Ms. Falstrom gives a total effect of landscape or nature as she experiences it. Light, color, movement, weather, and seasons become the subject matter. An illusion of space gives way to an implied space, one that is arranged and felt in almost a childlike manner. Paintings are begun with the slimmest of intentions and in the process, she discovers odd relationships and unexpected color harmonies.
On Saturday, September 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Ms. Falstrom will host a Salon-style Gathering; a casual event for discussion and free exchange among artists, art lovers, and curious minds. Ms. Falstrom’s work will be on display in the studio at the property, and she will share her experience and thoughts on the creative process.
This salon is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Tweddle farmhouse. Take M-22 one mile south of the visitor center and turn right on Stormer Road. The farmhouse is at the end of the road on the left.
The National Lakeshore has sponsored the AIR program since 1993, and it is open, through competition, to American writers, composers, and visual artists, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by the outstanding features that are protected by the National Park Service and enjoyed by millions of visitors year after year. In exchange for the opportunity to live in the park for a short period, AIRs donate an original piece of art to the park, interact with visitors while conducting their craft, and offer at least one public presentation of their work in a formal setting. There are only two sessions (September and October) available each year. For more details, please go to www.nps.gov/slbe/parkmgmt/artistinresidence.htm.
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