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2009 Lyceum Series – Celebrate our Natural World: Artists Who Are Inspired by the Environment

Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. – Motivations of a Wood Carver. Art can be a deeply personal form of expression. Hear from Loveland woodcarver Paul Price about where he finds inspiration for his popular caricatures, critters, and hiking sticks. A little basswood or butternut, a good carving knife, and an eye for detail are just the starting points for his wood creations. Several of Paul’s pieces will be on display before and after the program.

Self described as “deep down a geek,” Paul is a computer scientist of 25 years with training in software engineering and artificial intelligence. He currently works for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Fort Collins, managing several terabytes of information. He mentions, “All of this left-brain stuff is fun, but for a long time I felt something was missing. In the 1990s, I rediscovered art as a way to satisfy the other half of my brain, and got serious about wood carving.”

He normally carves with wood and occasionally draws or works in clay. His favorite subjects are caricatures. Wildlife “critters,” Santa Claus and hiking sticks are other common themes. Paul is the founder and current president of the Loveland Carving Club.

The theme of the 2009 Lyceum Series is “Celebrate our Natural World: Artists Who Are Inspired by the Environment.” This year’s series has a cultural focus. The presentations will highlight how the natural world influences and inspires artists. Artists of all types: singers, musicians, painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, performance artists, writers, quilters and photographers will be involved in this year’s Lyceum.

The Lyceum schedule runs from now through May 16, 2009. Financial support for the lyceum series is provided by the park’s nonprofit partner, the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Programs are free and open to the public. They are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call (970) 586-1206.

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