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Flagstaff AZ (February 2, 2012) – The National Park Service protects a variety of natural settings offering a great place for artists of different backgrounds and talents to be inspired and connect with monument resources.  Please join us as we welcome Michele Lauriat to Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monument.

Artist-in-residence, Michele Lauriat, will be hosting a Plein Air (French for painting in the “open air”) painting demonstration.  Please join us during this public Plein Air session.  Michele works with a variety of water soluble media.  Her magical and ethereal paintings focus on the tension between the big and small in the landscape, making Walnut Canyon and Wupatki the perfect subject matter for her experimental and contemporary work. 

WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT

Saturday, February, 4, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center – Plein Air Painting Demonstration by Artist-in-Residence, Michele Lauriat. Michele will be working on small-scale landscape drawings and paintings.

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT

Sunday, February, 5, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Wupatki Visitor Center – Plein Air Painting Demonstration by Artist-in-Residence, Michele Lauriat. Michele will be working on small-scale landscape drawings and paintings.

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 7.5 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928)526-3367 and on the web at www.nps.gov/waca.  Wupatki National Monument is 37 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928)679-2365 and www.nps.gov/wupa. The entrance fee is $5.00/person for visitors 16 and over.  America the Beautiful Passes are honored and sold.