Terrific news: my work is now featured in a National Parks online exhibition (juried) featuring select artists who’ve participated in various National Parks Artist-in-Residence programs. It’s a gorgeous gallery, featuring work in multiple disciplines. I urge everyone to check it out!
Reminder to all friends and family in Wisconsin, especially in the Milwaukee area — there will be an Opening Reception for the “Summer Arts: Inspired by the National Parks” exhibition at Schlueter Art Gallery, campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. My poems and paintings (paired) are featured in the show! Reception takes place this Friday, July 12, from 4-7pm. Here’s the gallery’s announcement card – click to view full size.
Exciting news item to share: I’ve been included in an invitational exhibit at the Schlueter Art Gallery in Milwaukee! Driving down to deliver six watercolor paintings later this week — which will be paired with poems inspired by my work in the National Parks. Here’s the gallery’s publicity blurb:
In conjunction with Wisconsin Lutheran College’s popular Fine Arts Summer Arts in the Park concerts, Schlueter Art Gallery will host an art exhibit celebrating the work of U.S. National Park Artists in Residence. Artists, along with writers and poets, have played a major historical role in establishing national parks, inspiring Congress and the public to protect the unique and diverse landscapes of America because of their art. Artists continue the tradition today. Over 29 national parks, monuments and wildlife refuges select and host artists each year to make artworks reflecting the special qualities of each place and their individual response from a contemporary, current perspective. Wisconsin Lutheran College Schlueter Art Gallery is privileged to host a sampling of past artists in residence including Diane Bywaters, Kathleen M. Heideman, Kathy Hodge, Geri Schrab and Wisconsin Lutheran College art professor Kristin Gjerdset.
Schlueter Art Gallery, Wisconsin Lutheran College
8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Summer Gallery Hours: M-F 9 am – 4 pm plus Saturday July 6 from 9 am – 5 pm;
Opening Reception on July 12, 4-7 pm.
I’m honored to have been selected for this show, and I hope some of my friends and family in Wisconsin will be able to attend this gallery opening. Along with selections from my poetry manuscript “Department of the Interiors,” I’ll be showing a painting of the Sage Creek Wilderness area from Badlands National Park, a painting of the Tweddle Schoolhouse at Sleeping Bear Dunes, three paintings depicting the Tobin Harbor/Scoville Point area of Isle Royale National Park, and a painting of Rynearson Pond from my residency at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin.
I’ve received the good news that my work has been selected for inclusion in the National Park Service’s upcoming (juried) exhibition “Through Your Eyes.” Through Your Eyes will be a series of three online multimedia exhibitions, featured on the National Park Service website, to highlight the creative outcomes of artists-in-residence experiences.
My work (a photograph, a watercolor sketch, and an audio poem) are featured on the website of Badlands National Park, which has recently been updated to highlight the work of previous participants in their annual Artist-in Residence program.
I was in residence at the Badlands a year ago, and I’m currently editing some of the work I wrote during that (prolific) residency. This past week, I also received word that a poem from the Badlands project will be published in South Dakota Review!
In honor of both National-Parks-Week and April-as-National-Poetry-Month, my audio poem “Why I Want To Be a Park Ranger When I Grow Up” (plus a watercolor sketch depicting the wall of Saddle Pass, from my residency at Badlands National Park) are currently featured on the National Parks Traveler website. Please share with all the inspiring park rangers in your life!
In honor of National Parks Week, I’ve just read T. H. Watkin’s book Stone Time (Southern Utah: A Portrait and a Meditation), and Jon Luoma’s The Hidden Forest, which focuses on forest research being conducted in the Andrews Experimental Forest and other National Forest research stations. I’ve also downloaded dozens of brochures from the many National Parks, National Monuments and National Forests I’ll be visiting in May and June, and I’ve installed the “Park Maps” app on my new iPod Touch (the program contains a lot of popular park maps, but just the tip of the NPS/NFS iceberg, and no BLM maps at all).
Badlands National Park’s website (U.S. National Park Service) is now featuring an audio poem — my own ode to NPS really — in which I reminisce about my early encounters with Park Rangers, and their life-long, larger-than-life acorn-embossed influence on me:
On Friday, this article appeared in the Post Crescent newspaper, published in NE Wisconsin (where I grew up on a dairy farm, in the unincorporated town of Sugar Bush). As the boys on the street corners used to say, read all about it!