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Artist-in-Residence - North Cascades National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
"Just as national parks have become a crucial part of American culture, so has the art inspired by these special places.

The jagged mountains of the North Cascades divide the park into a wet west and a dry east: Skagit and Stehekin. Their landscapes vary in natural features, remoteness, and park community but, for the past decade, both have welcomed and inspired visiting artists.

Whether you're an interested artist or just interested in the arts, learn more about:

• North Cascades Arts and Past Resident Artists
• Art in Stehekin
• Art in the Skagit
• Current Artist-in-Residence Program"

"Art in Stehekin
The Stehekin community is in a small, remote valley in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, part of North Cascades National Park Complex. This narrow valley lies in rugged mountains east of the Cascade crest. You can't drive to Stehekin. Travel is by foot, floatplane or passenger boat.

The Stehekin valley has 13 miles of interior road leading to North Cascades National Park, and three wilderness areas. It is home to a rich variety of wildlife and 95 year-round human residents. Stehekin's landscape is animated by a restless river and forests where fire is restoring the diversity of plant and animal communities. Stehekin's history can be experienced in century old buildings at the Buckner Orchard and the one room log school house built in the 1920s. The Stehekin valley has been an inspiration to artists for centuries beginning with the unknown painters of our pictographs.

Stehekin's isolation will not be comfortable for everyone. Services are limited: one small and very limited convenience store, a post office, a summer season bakery, one public phone, limited internet access, and no cell phone service. All groceries and supplies must be brought in or ordered from the town of Chelan or via mail order.

Learn more about Stehekin here.

Residency is envisioned as a partnership. Artists present a minimum of two public programs. These can be workshops, talks, or other educational presentations.

Please submit all proposals and documentation with the Stehekin Artist-in-Residence application.

Potential proposals should consider one or more of the following:
1) Landscape and the geological forces that continue to shape it
2) Surrounding wilderness
3) Varied and abundant populations of plants and animals
4) Human history and its stories
5) Role of natural processes including fire and flood in our seasonal dramas
Spring - January 15
Fall - June 15

Stehekin Artist-in-Residence Coordinator
Mark Scherer
360-854-7365, ex 12
e-mail us"
washingtonstate  lakechelan  cascades  stehekin  residencies  art  skagit  northcascades 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Grass roots keeps town tiny - High Country News
"Nestled in a narrow valley at the remote north end of Lake Chelan, Wash., there's a tiny town that can only be reached by boat, float plane, or a hike over the North Cascade mountains. Now it will stay that way.

For nearly seven years, a developer threatened to boom Stehekin's size by almost 15 percent (HCN, 11/9/98: Even in the remote West, growth happens). Many of Stehekin's 100 residents worried that the planned condominium development was too big and intrusive.

"Scale is everything in this relatively unspoiled area," says Myra Bergman Ramos, a Stehekin resident.

The scale will remain small because in February, the National Park Service and the Conservation Fund, a national land preservation group, completed a $1 million deal to buy the land, preventing the construction of condos within the town's 459 acres.

"This is the best possible outcome we could have hoped for," says Ramos. She says the victory is proof of a grassroots effort that worked, and if necessary, "we can do it again."

The victory ends wrangling between the landowner and the Park Service over a possible land trade. Stehekin is a small pocket of private land surrounded by the 62,000 acre Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Originally, developer William Stifter refused to accept cash for his land, saying he didn't want the federal government getting more land in the valley. Instead, Stifter wanted to trade for other public land in the area.

Conservationists say Stifter tried to force a lopsided exchange to put more land in private hands. Stehekin Alert, a coalition of local residents and environmentalists, objected to the Park Service trying to trade away land they say included sensitive wildlife habitat and wetlands. Following a flood of comments opposed to the swap, the agency pulled its land from the offer.

When the stalemate broke this winter, Stifter told the Seattle Times that he would accept cash instead of a land trade, because, after seven years, "I wanted closure."

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stehekin  washingtonstate  lakechelan  myraramos  2000  myrabergmanramos  1998 
august 2014 by robertogreco

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