May 302014

Petrified Forest National Park will begin its summer Artist In Residence Program with artist Nori Thorne, who will be at the park from Sunday, June 1, through Saturday, June 14.

Thorne is a graduate in Studio Art from University of Pittsburgh and also spent a semester at Habib Bourguiba University in Tunisia “painting in the souk and skipping French class.”

She has taught art and art history, and received recognition for her canyonscapes at the 2013 Moab Plein Air Festival, winning first place in pastels. In March 2014, three of her landscapes were juried into the 34th annual Art Exhibit at Sedona Arts Center, where one garnered first place in dry media. She is working on a series of paintings inspired by ancient ruins and pictographs found in the red rock canyons near Sedona.

Thorne will hold a two-hour presentation and demonstration workshop from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark located in the national park. Aside from normal park entrance fees, this workshop is free to the public and will be limited to the first 20 people. Participants will learn about pastels in art history, observe a demonstration of pastel techniques and engage in a discussion about stewardship ethics in our national parks. Participants will then have opportunity to photograph/paint from Kachina Point.

Nori Thorne

Nori Thorne