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Yosemite Art Exhibit Features Diverse Works by Artists-in-Residence

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As if the natural wonders at Yosemite National Park aren't enough to see, there is a unique art exhibit underway at the Yosemite Museum Gallery that showcases works from seven artists, all part of the Artists-in-Residence program.

Open now through Nov. 8, 2009, the exhibit features paintings, prints, drawings, fabric art and sculptures by John Barnett, Jane Culp, Tom Killion, Bruce Klein, Hearne Pardee, Bonnie Peterson and Gina Werfel.

The Artists-in-Residence program, established over 20 years ago, is coordinated by Yosemite Renaissance. Professional artists are invited to live in the Yosemite for one entire month which allows them to immerse themselves in the park, visiting the spectacular expanse that is Yosemite and capturing the hidden gems behind the traditional icons.

Yosemite Renaissance, a non-profit corporation, encourages diverse interpretations of the Yosemite and the environment of the Sierra Nevada. Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment.

Yosemite Museum Gallery is located just west of the Visitor Center. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to -4 p.m. daily.

The Yosemite Museum, next to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, has displays that interpret the cultural history of Yosemite's native Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present. Demonstrations of basket-weaving, beadwork, and traditional games are presented. The reconstructed Indian Village of Ahwahnee behind the museum is always open. The art gallery is open periodically and often exhibits pieces from the Yosemite Museum collection.

For more information about Yosemite Renaissance visit the Web site at

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