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Contact: Lisa Myers, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is pleased to introduce two Artists-in-Residence (AIR) this month. Tricia Warner of Holt, Michigan and her sister, Anita Skehen of Kansas City, Missouri are living in the Lakeshore for three weeks, immersing themselves into the natural wonders of the dunes, forests, beaches and into the varied cultural landscapes this national treasure provides. They will also present a public program highlighting their crafts on Friday, September 29, 2006.
Warner was selected from over 30 applicants for her innovative approach to stained glass in which she incorporates natural elements including stone and driftwood. Her sister’s participation is a bonus to the park as well as to the artist. Skehen is an artist and writer who mainly paints with oil, but also enjoys watercolor, drawing, and after a long hiatus, is getting back to encaustic painting, which is an ancient form of painting with colored wax. “Coming here with my sister is a dream come true,” said Warner. “We feel so lucky!” The sisters, who grew up in Marquette, MI, never have the chance to spend this much time together, not to mention be able to focus on their artwork and just being creative.
On Friday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., Ms. Warner and Ms. Skehen will present an informative program about their artwork and residencies. This one-hour presentation is free, open to the public, and will take place in the auditorium of the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center on Highway 72 in Empire. Works of art by previous Artists-In-Residence are on display in the auditorium. Please call 231-326-5134 for more information.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has sponsored the AIR program for over a decade 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, Artists-in-Residence 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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