Kris Eitzen Paints Mural At Estes Park Memorial Observatory
There is a new addition to the local art scene, thanks to artist, Kris Eitzen who has painted a mural in the lobby of the Estes Park Memorial Observatory. The mural is a huge wall painting (16 ft. x 9 ft.) depicting a Native American folk lore story of how the stars were created. It tells how the Rocky Mountain coyote placed the stars in the heavens using his bow and arrow to position them in patterns portraying the coyote’s animal friends. There is an accompanying storyboard telling the coyote story next to the mural.
Kris is a long time friend of Michele Johnson whose family was instrumental in building the observatory. Kris donated the painting as a gift to Michele and her family. Kris has a keen interest in Native American history and art. Her painting style mimics the plains Indian art style of the mid 1800s. Recently Kris’ work has been featured in the Southwest Art magazine and can be seen in galleries in Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona.
The observatory and mural will be available for viewing free to the public on Open House nights on the third Saturday of the month ( October 17, November 21 and December 19, 2009). Also, the observatory can be reserved for private functions by going to the calendar page on the observatory website (www.angelsabove.org). Open House nights begin at 7 p.m.