Nine artists and teachers have been chosen to hide away and work on their art in solitude within the beautiful landscape surrounding the Aspen Guard Station near Mancos.
This year's judges of the San Juan National Forest Artist-in-Residence Program are John Peters-Campbell, an arts historian who lives in Cortez; Deb Avery, the director of the Cortez Cultural Center; and Beth Wheeler, an artist who represents the Mancos Valley Arts Cooperative.
Ann Bond, who administers the program for the national forest, said Thursday that the judges representing the towns' arts associations feel that they have come up with outstanding creative people.
The artists will be:•Susan Tweit and Richard Cabe of Salida, will concentrate on writing and sculpture. Tweit, a field ecologist, plans to finish her book about how to cultivate a relationship with nature and the benefits of doing so.
Her husband will work on sculpture formed from sheet steel.
•Ed Singer of Gray Mountain, Ariz., hopes to paint a Navajo sacred mountain which is near the guard station.
•Juantio Becenti of Cortez, plans to create a new piece of music that will be computer generated and performed by computer, which he will present to the public.
•Robin Riley of Tucson, Ariz. will come to the guard station equipped with mosaic frames and tile and glass pieces.
She will assemble her mosaics on site.
•Jan Judy Dixon of Cortez, will write poetry.
•Frank Cope of Cortez, the founder and coordinator of the Artist-in-Residence program, will paint the area's scenery.
He'll also repair the cabin.
The Teacher in Residence will be: •Robyn Moore, of Cleveland, Miss., will work on prints and photographs.
•Pat Sheeran-Daggett of Meeker, the alternate, will paint.
Their residencies will take place this summer and fall. The artists will share their talents through free workshops and participate in an annual art show.
Applications for the guard station are accepted annually from January 1 to March 1. For more information, visit www.fs.