September Artist of the Month Reception

Join us Friday September 14th from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. for an

Artist of the Month Exhibit Opening Reception for Christopher K. Eaton.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Our atmosphere is alive with energy…tornadoes, hurricanes and cyclones, haboobs, volcanic eruptions, aurora borealis and aurora australis, derechos, monsoons, thunder and lightning… It literally swirls with energy in the form of the jet stream and trade winds… Our atmosphere is easily disturbed, bringing instability in many shapes and forms. Photographically speaking, the sky is most interesting when it is full of Atmospheric Disturbance.

Monsoon Season on the Colorado Plateau is a great example of this. From July through September, warm moist air is injected from the south into the atmosphere above the American Southwest. With it comes almost daily threats of thunderstorms, haboobs, and flash flooding.

Christopher K. Eaton is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker living on the Colorado Plateau where he works and plays on some of our nation’s most amazing public lands. Originally from Southern California, he has called Northern Arizona his home for more than seven years. Trained with a filmmaker’s eye, Christopher is always looking for the uncommon in his surroundings; whether it be the subtle play of light on small objects, hidden patterns in the landscape, or sweeping vistas off the beaten path, the Earth is filled with creative opportunities in every corner. Terra Photographica is the photographer’s life-long goal to capture both the grand scale and the intimate beauty of the landscape as well as document the human presence on it.


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September Glen Canyon Lecture Series

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents TWO Lectures for September 2012:

A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest” by William deBuys

Wednesday September 19, 2012, 7:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.

In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear the heaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States. Examining interrelated factors such as vanishing wildlife, forest die backs, and the over-allocation of the already stressed Colorado River-upon which nearly 30 million people depend–the author narrates the landscape’s history-and future. He tells the inspiring stories of the climatologists and others who are helping untangle the complex, interlocking causes and effects of global warming. And while the fate of this region may seem at first blush to be of merely local interest, what happens in the Southwest, deBuys suggests, will provide a glimpse of what other mid-latitude arid lands worldwide–the Mediterranean Basin, southern Africa, and the Middle East–will experience in the coming years.

Writer and conservationist William deBuys is the author of seven books, which range from memoir and biography to environmental history and studies of place. A native of Maryland, he attended the University of North Carolina, where he was graduated with highest honors in 1972. Soon afterwards, the writer and social critic Robert Coles brought him to New Mexico as a research assistant, initiating deBuys’s deep relationship with the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest. DeBuys’s books include Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range, which won a Southwest Book Award; River of Traps, which was recognized as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction in 1991; Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California, which won the Western States Book Award and several other prizes; and Seeing Things Whole: the Essential John Wesley Powell. DeBuys’s shorter work has appeared in Orion, The New York Times Book Review, and High Country News.

“Finding Everett Ruess” by David Roberts

Wednesday September 26, 2012, 7:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.

Finding Everett Ruess is the definitive biography of the artist, writer, and eloquent celebrator of the wilderness whose bold solo explorations of the American West and mysterious disappearance in the Utah desert at age 20 have earned him a large and devoted cult following. More than 75 years after his vanishing, Ruess stirs the kinds of passion and speculation accorded such legendary doomed American adventurers as Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless and Amelia Earhart. Wandering alone with burros and pack horses through California and the Southwest for five years in the early 1930s, on voyages lasting as long as ten months, Ruess also became friends with photographers Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange, swapped prints with Ansel Adams, took part in a Hopi ceremony, learned to speak Navajo, and was among the first “outsiders” to venture deeply into what was then (and to some extent still is) largely a little-known wilderness. In this definitive account of Ruess’s extraordinary life and the enigma of his vanishing, David Roberts eloquently captures Ruess’s tragic genius and ongoing fascination.

David Roberts is the author of twenty books on mountaineering, adventure, and history including In Search of the Old Ones, Pueblo Revolt, and A Newer World: Kit Carson John C Fremont And The Claiming Of The American West. He has written for National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and Smithsonian. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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 Reception

Join us Friday August 17th for the Friday Night Art Walk and Artist of the Month Exhibit Reception for Kyran Keisling. The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy live music, art and refreshments!

Kyran Keisling

Photographer, Musician & Guide

Kyran was born and raised in Page, Arizona just a few short moments from the shores of Lake Powell.   From his many adventures in the canyonlands of northern Arizona and throughout the western United States, he has developed a deep appreciation for his natural surroundings. This appreciation has led him to use natural materials such as wood and rock to create the frames for his photographs.   Kyran is a true jack of all trades with special talent in music, drawing, outdoor adventure, and professional photography.

As a guide on the Colorado River for many years, Kyran is experienced in capturing moments of extreme adventure, distinctive landscapes, and unique wildlife images.  Kyran’s photography is distinguished by his participatory adventure shots, especially in the rock climbing community. His combined experience in outdoor adventure and guiding has also enhanced his style of in portraiture and documentary photography.

Kyran currently teaches photography full time for the Page Unified School District and is the head coach of the High School wrestling team. He also writes and performs his own original music, and owns/manages This Side of That Guide Service on Lake Powell.

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June Glen Canyon Lecture Series

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents

“Arizona: 100 Years Grand” by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam.

“Arizona: 100 Years Grand” is a geographical, historical, and cultural collection of our state’s best and brightest people, places and events during the first century of statehood. As the official book of the Arizona Centennial, this treasury celebrates our unique history, highlights our struggles and triumphs, presents our crown jewels, and leaves any reader dazzled by our state.

For Arizona residents who love our state, this is a retrospective of its greatest hits. From Gov. George W.P. Hunt walking to the statehood ceremonies to Gov. Rose Mofford greeting Mother Teresa, our political path is traced. Our social events – from the opening of the Arizona Inn to the centennial of El Tovar – live in these pages, along with Navajo Code Talkers, Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, thriving museums and treasured churches.

For newcomers and novices, “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” educates while it entertains…with tales of how the Chapel of the Holy Cross came to the red rocks of Sedona; what goes on behind the innocuous entrance to the Navajo Army Depot; who Sharlot Hall was before she became a profile on a museum sign.

Surprising anecdotes await even those who know our state well: about the manager of a drugstore on the Winslow “Standin’ On A” corner who always wore a hat; about Buckey O’Neill’s statue barely arriving at its own dedication; about a baseball game between a team of Tucsonans and Japanese-Americans — played a half-century later than planned.

“Arizona: 100 Years Grand” is a visual hymn to a colorful place like no other.

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger’s love of Arizona is as deep as her roots; the town of Sedona was named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly. For 30 years, Lisa has been a journalist, finding and recording Arizona’s stories, first as a newspaper and television reporter, then as a columnist and author. She has written six books about aspects of Arizona, and countless articles. Her work on “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” began six years ago. “Even the research was so much fun, it was the first time in my life I ever forgot to eat,” she says. Besides writing our state’s official centennial book, Lisa serves on the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and the Arizona Centennial Commission, as well as the Centennial Foundation Board. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Tom, son Rye Schnebly, daughter Sedona Lee, and dog Leupp.


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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SAVE THE DATE – Powell Symposium 2013


Join us for the 7th Annual POWELL SYMPOSIUM


Beautiful photography is no longer the stuff of large, bulky cameras and chemicals in the dark room. High quality photography has become accessible to most everyone today with affordable entry-level DSLR cameras that are better than the “pro” cameras just a few years ago. But, it is not just the classic 35mm format single lens reflex camera that makes capturing awesome photographs so reachable – it is also a large selection of great point-and-shoot cameras that also achieve results comparable to pro cameras from 10 years ago, and especially the inclusion of a camera on most modern mobile telephones including the the extremely good camera on the latest iPhone.

 This multi-day event will be filled with workshops and field trips to help you, the casual photographer, learn how to get the most out of your camera (or cameraphone) here at the ‘hub of the visual universe’ as Gary Ladd refers to Page, Arizona and Glen Canyon.

Join us in Spring 2013 as the Powell Symposium introduces the Heart of the Colorado Plateau to the Casual Photographer! 

More information will be posted soon. Check the event website for more information:


The Powell Symposium is sponsored by the Powell Museum, Page Public Library, and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association.

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June Artist of the Month Reception and Art Walk on June 1st!

Join us Friday June 1st for the Friday Night Art Walk and Exhibit Opening Reception for Suzanne Schmaltz, featured Artist of the Month for June.  

Local artists will start setting up their artwork on the Museum’s lawn at 4:00 p.m.  If you are interested in displaying and selling your artwork, call (928) 645-9496 or email

Stop by and see the incredible variety of work! 

An Exhibit Opening Reception for Suzanne Schmaltz, Artist of the Month for June, will be held at the Museum from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (MST) Suzanne will be present to answer questions about her unique style of artwork.

“The Final Honor”

The event is FREE to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

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 brings a unique vision to both her basket sculptures and beaded skulls. 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.

Suzanne alternates her basket sculptures and beaded skulls so that her work stays fresh and energized.

Using the methods of the Huichol Indians in Mexico, thousands of tiny seed beads are hand placed into a specialized beading wax base on the skulls. She created her first beaded cow skull in 2000. There was an immediate and endearing connection with the art form.

Suzanne’s basket sculptures are very much influenced by her surroundings in northern Arizona and southern Utah. The colors, textures, elevations and natural elements all find their way into her work.

The possibilities with each new piece, whether in basketry or beading, are endless, and each new sculpture is a building block from the last. For Suzanne, there is comfort in the knowledge that the learning and exploration process is never ending.

Suzanne’s love of nature and its complex simplicity come to fruition in the finishing details of her work. Each element stands on its own but when viewed as a whole, her homage
becomes evident.

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Museum Annual Meeting May 23rd

We invite you to attend the Powell Museum’s


at the Ranch House Grille – 819 N. Navajo Drive, Page, Arizona

Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.  (Mountain Standard Time)

Meet new Museum supporters and catch up with old friends!

New members to the Board of Directors will be elected at the meeting, as well as a vote to ratify our newly revised Bylaws, which can be reviewed at:

A sample ballot can be reviewed at:

Attendance is free for Museum members.

Renew or become a member of the Powell Museum online:

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Call for ARTISTS!

The Powell Museum is accepting applications for the 2013 Artist of the Month Program.

A downloadable application can be found on our website:

Applications must be received by November 1, 2012.



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Special Exhibit Opening & Lecture -The Colorado: River of Possibilities

Glen Canyon Lecture Series Presents

 The Grandest Muse: The Colorado River Through Grand Canyon” by Christa Sadler

Friday May 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam

 This is a special presentation in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit “The Colorado: River of Possibilities” which will be on display at Carl Hayden Visitor Center.

The Colorado River has been explored, studied and contested, painted, photographed and written about by Europeans for almost 500 years. The river has inspired and provoked, terrified and humbled us from the moment we first found our way to its waters. The river and her canyon are celebrated as the subjects of hundreds of books, thousands of articles and perhaps millions of photographs. Yet despite our familiarity with the place, a trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon remains one of the great voyages on our planet. Although the trip is no longer the sole purview of intrepid explorers, scientists and imaginative entrepreneurs, a new breed of traveler continues to find inspiration on these waters. From two billion year old geology to endangered fish, river travelers are inspired to learn about the past, present and future of this landscape and our planet as a whole; through the beauty of place and challenges to self, travelers learn about courage, community and compassion-lessons that often extend far beyond the river. Join veteran Grand Canyon river guide Christa Sadler on a photographic journey down the river to learn about the powerful lessons of place that the river imparts.

Christa Sadler has worked in the outdoors in one form or another for more than twenty years. She is a river guide, geologist, educator, writer, and naturalist with a serious addiction to rivers, deserts, and mountains. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology and Archeology from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Beyond he more than twenty years working as a naturalist and guide throughout the American Southwest as well as to Alaska, Baja California and Ecuador, Christa’s adventures have included research in archaeology, geology, and paleontology across much of the globe, including searching for dinosaurs in Montana, fighting off dust storms and overly curious camels in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and steering clear of annoyed marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.

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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Annular Solar Eclipse Events & Lecture May 18-20, 2012

Glen Canyon Lecture Series presents:

“Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in the National Parks” by Tyler Nordgren

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time)at the Wahweap Marina Campground Ampitheater, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

This is a special Keynote event to celebrate the “Ring of Fire” Annular Solar Eclipse passing over Page, Arizona and Glen Canyon on May 20, 2012. Night Sky Viewing will follow the presentation.

Tyler Nordgren is an astronomer and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Redlands in California. He earned his BA in Physics from Reed College and a MS and Ph.D in Astronomy from Cornell University. Before coming to the University of Redlands he was an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona where he helped build a new type of telescope to directly observe the size and shape of such household stars as Pollux and Polaris (the North Star). In 2004 he was part of small team of seven astronomers and artists who converted the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Rover camera calibration targets into functioning sundials and saw them land safely in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum. He continues to be involved in scientific research and outreach to the public.

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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