ANNUAL AUCTION & GALA December 7th

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December Glen Canyon Lecture Series

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents

“The Anasazi Project” by Don Kirby and Joan Gentry

Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.

Perhaps you will be lulled into the Pueblo perception of a world where everything is alive and connected and filled with spirit, including you… Sitting with Joan and Don’s photographs spread on my old library table, I marvel at the way they capture this perception. Much as an x-ray goes beyond the skin to capture bone structure, their visual language reveals a world beneath the surface world, a ground truth of energy gathered temporarily into form. In shades of silver and ebony, lightening flashes on cresting sandstone, flames leap, the deluge descends. The play of light and shadow, the tracings of water and wind offer metaphors for spirit, metamorphosis, migration. The photographs imply all this and more. — From the Introduction to the book The Anasazi Project by Ann Weiler Walka

Emerging from college with advanced math and science degrees, Don Kirby worked in aerospace on the West Coast while escaping frequently from the city to maintain sanity. He became a backpacker, mountain climber, and river runner, always carrying a slide camera to document his and his friend’s activities. A decade and a half later, for reasons still not clear, B/W film replaced slides, subject matter changed, a darkroom was built, and serious study of expressive photography began, utilizing workshops by Bruce Barnbaum, John Sexton, Ansel Adams, and ultimately teaching with Bruce, Jay Dusard, Stu Levy, and Huntington Witherill. Aerospace was abandoned a few years later. Don’s photography in the ensuing 37 years has been landscape oriented, concentrating on the lands west of the 100th meridian. Major projects include over 20 years (1989 to the present and continuing) of periodic work on the Ancestral Pueblos of the Colorado Plateau, 15 years (1991-2006) in the Wheatcountry of the Northwestern US, and lately 5 years (and continuing) in the National Grasslands and other grasslands in the US. Most recently he has begun a series of projects focused in Santa Fe. Don’s photographs have been exhibited in more than fifty individual and group exhibits. Additionally, his photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman House, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Joy of Giving Something, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Portland Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, New Mexico History Museum, and private collections. Don met his wife Joan Gentry in 1992 and eleven years later Joan, a New Mexico gal, led them home to Santa Fe. They run a photography workshop program and travel the country in a pop-top camper in pursuit of their photographic interests.

Admission is free. The Glen Canyon Lecture Series is sponsored by Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Powell Museum, and Page Public Library.

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December Artist of the Month & Holiday Open House!

December Artist of the Month – CORDELL NASEYOMA 

And HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at the POWELL MUSEUM

Friday December 13th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Cordell Naseyoma was born in Keams Canyon and grew up in the village of Hotevilla-Bacavi on Third Mesa in northern Arizona. After completing his education, Cordell decided to make katsina carving his profession using the “old” methods he learned from elders and his friend and contemporary, Ed Seechoma.

The katsinam portrayed by Cordell’s carvings are believed by the Hopi to be spiritual messengers. They represent all aspects of life including insects, animals, plants, water, characteristics of man and prophecies. The katsinam visit the Hopi people during the months of December through July. During this time the Hopi send their prayers with them for good life, and for moisture in the form of rain or snow, not only for the Hopi people, but for all mankind and living things on this earth. The Hopi people believe that the katsinam make their home in the mountains of the San Francisco Peaks and in late July, they “go home” until their return the next year.

In the traditional way, Cordell collects all of his materials from nature. He gathers natural pigments from native plants and minerals in northern Arizona for his paints. He also collects feathers and cottonwood root which he carves using only a file.  Cordell is able to re-create dolls which have been used in ceremonies for hundreds of years.

Cordell’s katsina dolls can be found in various galleries in Arizona; however, collectors seek his work from across the United States and Europe. He has received numerous awards for his work, most recently at the Annual Hopi Show at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

When he is not carving Cordell lives simply, spending time with his family and tending to his corn and bean fields.

Join us Friday December 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Powell Museum for an Artist’s Reception and Holiday Open House! Enjoy 13% off bookstore items (additional 20% off for Museum Members), free gift wrapping on all purchases, free museum admission, and door prizes. Holiday refreshments will be served! 

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November Glen Canyon Lecture Series

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents

“’Inside’ Ancient Deserts of the Western U.S: The Glen Canyon Page Sandstone Core” by Sandy Lindquist

Wednesday November 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.

In 1986, as an outgrowth of several years’ use of this area for an “applied-geology” field trip, more than 100 feet of Page Sandstone core was acquired from just northeast of the Glen Canyon dam near Page, Arizona. Local Page Sandstone knobs and mesas — and underlying Navajo Sandstone cliffs seen downriver from the dam — are the rock record of vast inland and coastal deserts nearly 200 million years old. This drilling project was undertaken jointly by geologists and petroleum engineers from the hydrocarbon exploration industry and from academia. The purpose was to better understand how fluid might flow within a defined volume of this type of rock, a volume which also could be mapped and visualized around its outcrop perimeter. Sandy Lindquist recently donated the original core and data acquired to the National Park Service at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Join Sandy as she describes this fascinating project and relates it to the regional geology of the area.

Admission is free. The Glen Canyon Lecture Series is sponsored by Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Powell Museum, and Page Public Library.

 

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November Artist of the Month

November Artist of the Month – FRANK TALBOTT

SKY | Frank Talbott

“I spent some time this summer sitting on my deck, I soon became overwhelmed by the beauty of the sky. I began taking pictures of mostly just the sky with a little horizon in the distance. The big sky is evident to anyone who passes through this part of the country, and so I wanted to try to capture some of the beautiful and dramatic scenes that passed before me. It’s almost embarrassing to photograph the sky because it is so inadequate in representing the simple experience of just watching the big Arizona sky.”

Frank Talbott began his career in photography in the U.S. Navy. He attended Navy Photo School at Pensacola, Florida and spent three years on board two ships working as a photographer. After the Navy he attended Glendale College where he met his wife Pat. After college he and Pat lived in Venice, California and worked as an assistant in a photo studio. He started his own studio in 1970, and after thirty years in California, Frank and Pat moved to Greenehaven, Arizona to retire. Frank now does digital photography for web sites and enjoys working on the Colorado River as guide for the float trip through Glen Canyon. He also teaches a class in beginning digital photography at Coconino Community College. Frank’s work will be on display at the Powell Museum during the month of November.

See more of Frank Talbott’s work at: www.franktalbott.net

Join us Saturday November 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for an Exhibit Opening Reception. The event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Also join us for the 11th Annual Balloon Regatta vendor fair and Art Walk on the Museum’s front lawn. Local art, live music and entertainment will be provided before and during the magical balloon glow!

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October Glen Canyon Lecture Series

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents

Keynote presentation for the Big Water Dinosaur Festival by Dr. Joseph Sertich

Friday October 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Page Safety Facility, 808 Coppermine Road – Page, Arizona

 

Dr. Joseph Sertich, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Department of Earth Sciences, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, looks at the effects of global changes, like climate and shifting continents, on the evolution of dinosaurs and crocodiles. During the Mesozoic, shifting continents and fluctuating sea levels created a dynamic global system, influencing the distribution of animals and the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems. New fossil discoveries in western North America, Madagascar, and Africa are the focus of his research.

Admission is free. The Glen Canyon Lecture Series is sponsored by Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Powell Museum, and Page Public Library in partnership with the Big Water Dinosaur Festival for this special event!

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October Artist of the Month

October Artist of the Month – JIM O’HARA

“IMPRESSIONS OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU”

Jim O’Hara received his Master of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He served as the Director of Studies in Sculpture at California Institute of Art, and his career eventually brought him to northern Arizona, where he teaches visual arts for the College of Art at Northern Arizona University. Many of his sculptures can be enjoyed throughout Arizona including “Benchmark,” a brushed aluminum and steel sculpture,  located on the Northern Arizona University campus, as well as site sculptures in Tucson, Phoenix, and Chandler, Arizona.

In my work, I attempt to visually qualify various aspects of myself. I do so within the guise of non-threatening architectural settings and functional objects such as walls, windows, doors, chairs, tables and stairwells. These personality constructs, often with the addition of wave forms, take on a stage like quality; like a set waiting for actors to appear.  One may suddenly realize that the actors are in fact at hand and the performance is already in progress.  The materials in my sculpture, aluminum, bronze, glass, stone, and neon, create types of visual dynamics which enhance this enigma.  They are at one time sympathetic and stressful upon one another; hard and soft, opaque but transparent, open yet veiled.

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“Impressions of the Colorado Plateau,” a collection of glass work sculptures inspired by areas visited by artist Jim O’Hara  will be on display at the Powell Museum during the month of October.

 

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September Artist of the Month

September Artist of the Month – SUZANNE SCHMALTZ

Artist Reception Friday September 13th 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Powell Museum – 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd.

“THE FINAL HONOR”

Suzanne Schmaltz, a resident of Greenehaven, Arizona, brings a fresh and original style to her two chosen mediums; beaded skulls and basket sculptures. Her current body of work is the result of a lifetime of exploration in numerous mediums with the culmination of combining many different materials into her finished pieces, creating truly extraordinary sculptures.

Suzanne’s beaded skulls are inspired by the Huichol Indians and their method of bead application. Inspired by a lifetime in the western United States, it is easy to see the influence of the America’s Indians, and the abundance of nature…all brought together in her own voice and style.

 “Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, the Lake Powell area re-energizes me daily. The expanse and remoteness of my physical surroundings interject themselves into my work.”

Suzanne’s work has recently been featured in Western Art Collector, Western Art and Architecture, Cowboys & Indians, and Phoenix Home and Gardens magazines.

This exhibit will be the largest available collection of beaded skulls ever on display at one time.

www.suzanneschmaltz.com

Join us Friday September 13th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Powell Museum for an exhibit opening reception. The event is FREE to the public, and refreshments will be served!

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August Glen Canyon Lecture Series

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents

“Nasutoceratops titusi and the Ceratopsians of Laramidia” by Dr. Alan Titus

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.

Nasutocetatops titusi is the latest named Ceratopsian dinosaur from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; and the first to be named after the Monument’s paleontologist, Dr. Alan Titus. Joining an ever-growing list of impressive species of horned dinosaurs, Nasutoceratops joins the likes of Diabloceratops eatoniKosmoceratops richardsoni, and Utahceratops gettyi that are contributing to a new understanding of Late Cretaceous paleontology in North America.

Join Dr. Alan Titus as he presents on the Mighty Horned Dinosaurs of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!

Admission is free. The Glen Canyon Lecture Series is sponsored by Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Powell Museum, and Page Public Library.

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August Artist of the Month

August Artist of the Month – SALLY FOTI

Powell Museum – 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd.

Native Californian, gone ‘crazy’ for Glen Canyon, Sally Foti has been visiting and painting the Page-Lake Powell area since 1985.

“Since my first visit here I knew I had found my favorite place on Earth. I returned, year after year, exploring, taking photographs and drawing the scenery, taking in as much as I could. It was never enough. So, when I had the chance to live here, I grabbed it. Although I have only lived in the area a short time, I have a natural sense of belonging, it is my dream, my home. The beauty of the area, with its color, texture, culture and history are a never ending inspiration for my art.”

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