Created in 2009, the Community Artist in the Parks program has “highlighted the connection between a local artist and the surrounding landscape, particularly Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments,” according to a news release from the Park Service.
As this year’s artist, Supplee has the added honor of serving during Canyonlands National Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Park Service officials said.
The community artist creates works within the parks during a minimum of six visits each month, April through November, and also shares his or her inspiration and creative process with park visitors during those monthly work sessions in the park. The artist’s work will be sold in the Arches and Canyonlands park bookstores in cooperation with Canyonlands Natural History Association.
Supplee said she is “looking forward to engaging visitors in both the front country and the backcountry,” including the river corridor.
“I’ve primarily made my living at the Grand Canyon and I felt it was time to return to the homeland,” Supplee said. “I’m excited about being in the parks and sharing the raw, primitive and expansive nature of our amazing landscape.”
For more information about the program, Supplee and scheduled visits to the parks, visit the National Park Service website for Arches National Park at www.nps.gov/arch, or Canyonlands National Park, www.nps.gov/cany.
Inquires may be directed to Sharon Brussell at 435-719-2142 or emailed to Sharon_Brussell@nps.gov.
Chad Niehaus, the Community Artist in the Parks liaison, may also be contacted for program information at 435-259-9314 or by email at Chad@waterpocketpress.com.