Bandelier National Monument Artist-In-Residency

I was honored to be selected as an Artist-In-Residence at Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico) for the first two weeks of October. This is my fifth park residency since 2016. During the residency I lived in the park, held demonstrations, and (of course) modeled my masks in the beautiful park. Bandelier is a gorgeous place with a rich Native American history. I also enjoyed exploring Santa Fe and nearby Los Alamos. I highly recommend the residency!

Bandelier AIR Selection Committee Chair  Carolyn Florek with Jym.

Bandelier AIR Selection Committee Chair Carolyn Florek with Jym.

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Summer in the Rocky Mountains

I was lucky enough to spend three weeks camping and making artwork in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this summer.  I first visited Rocky Mountain National Park in 2015 and it was the first western park that connected my creativity to the natural world.  It was great to revisit places in the park like Moraine Valley, Trail Ridge Road, and Alberta Falls.  I also explored new wilderness areas in the White River National Forest in the Aspen area.  You can see my Colorado masked model photos at my instagram page.  

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Big Cypress National Preserve Artist-In-Residency

I was honored to be selected as the March Artist-In-Residence for Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida.  Big Cypress Preserve shares a contiguous ecosystem with the Everglades so I was able to work and play in one of the largest areas of protected land in the North American lower 48.  I took a boat ride out amongst the mangrove islands, hiked into chest deep swamps, and explored the nearby Miami art scene.  At the end of the residency I had an Art Show / "Meet and Greet" at the Swamp Welcome Center.  This is my fourth National Park Service Artist-In-Residency in three years.  

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