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Painter JanyRae Seda is Mesa Verde National Park’s Next Artist in Residence

Studio and impressionist painter JanyRae Seda of Boise, Idaho, will be Mesa Verde’s next Artist in Residence from September 17 through 29, and will offer two programs.

“Explore Mesa Verde with a sketchbook” – Thursday, September 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Meet at the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum Lobby. JanyRae will lead visitors on a hike to visit some of the places that inspire her work, talk about process, and do a series of quick, creative sketches of key locations. This program is free to the public. Space is limited to 10 participants, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Materials provided.

“Plein Air in Mancos.” Saturday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Meet at the Mancos Makers Space next to the river by the library and plan to explore the community on foot and with paintbrush in hand. There is a fee for this workshop. Register on-line through Mancos School of the West A materials fee will be collected at the class.

JanyRae Seda, a 4th generation Idahoan, loves to paint the western sky and landscape. She has always enjoyed creating with paper and pencil, spending countless hours imagining and drawing as a child. JanyRae states, “I am always looking for a balance between my experience with the environment and the physical reality of paint on canvas. I believe the marks, strokes and gestures of paint express the forces of nature, vibrancy, and power.” During her residency, she plans to create an oil painting series to explore the fragmentary and partial way in which we experience natural landscapes, systems, and processes. JanyRae’s style uses thick bold paint to illustrate the vibrancy and power of Mesa Verde as a living link between past and present. As a member of Preservation Idaho, a statewide non-profit, she hopes to further illustrate how this land and its heritage need to be preserved for future generations.

After graduating with a BFA from the University of Idaho, JanyRae had multiple careers while raising three children. She is the winner of numerous awards, and has experience as artist in residence in public lands throughout the West. She purchased her 1895 house/studio in Boise five years ago, where upwards of a 100 oil paintings are done each year.

Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long established tradition of artists creating art in our national parks. The AIR program is managed for the park by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association. Learn more at and at

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“The Origins of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum”

Mesa Verde, CO:  Dr. Tara Travis, Supervisory Museum Curator at Mesa Verde National Park, will present “The Origins of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum” Friday, September 21st, at 7:00 pm at the Chapin Mesa Museum, Mesa Verde National Park. Come and explore the benefactors and influences on one of the National Park Service’s earliest museums. This program is part of the 2018 Four Corner Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Did you know that the Chapin Mesa Museum opened its doors in 1925? Or that its early benefactors included auto adventurer Stella M. Leviston and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr.? What did Jesse L. Nusbaum and John D. Rockefeller Jr. envision for exhibits? Come and explore the benefactors, the architecture, and the Santa Fe connection to one of the Four Corner’s most intriguing historic buildings.

Dr. Tara Travis has worked as a public historian in the NPS for over 20 years including the Office of Indian Affairs, Intermountain Region, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. She began her museum career working at the Indian Arts Research Center, School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is interested in the intersections of art, architecture, cultural landscapes and comparative culture heritage. Dr. Travis has a B.A. degree in Art History from Northern Arizona University, a M.S. degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a PhD in History from Arizona State University with concentrations in twentieth-century United States, American Indian History, and Public History.

The Four Corners Lecture Series features presentations about the archaeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations; Edge of the Cedars; Friends of Cedar Mesa; Canyon Country Discovery Center; San Juan Basin Archaeological Society; Hisatsinom Chapter Colorado Archaeological Society; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Cortez Public Library, KSJD Dryland Community Radio; National Park Service; Bureau of Land Management; Mesa Verde Museum Association; Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Department of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies. For a list of other programs in the series, go to or


More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at