Artist in the Woods Program

Release Date: Jan 17, 2013  

Contact(s): Public Affairs Office, (209) 532-3671 ext. 244

Sonora, CA...The Stanislaus National Forest, in partnership with 3 Forests
Interpretive Association,would like to announce the opening of the application
process for the 2012 Artist in the Woods program.  Professional artists can apply
for a two week residence in a historic cabin on the Summit Ranger District during
the fall of 2013.  A variety of art mediums are acceptable.

 Cripps at Ridge Lake by Joshua Cripps



















With the goal of creating a sense of stewardship for the beauty of the natural
and cultural resources of the Stanislaus National Forest, the Artist in the
Woods Program provides professional artists of all media an opportunity to
receive creative inspiration from the Sierra Nevada landscape, while pursuing
their artistic discipline.

Artists who are selected will stay in a historic
cabin on the Summit Ranger District for two weeks in September or October.
A stipend will be provided to the artist artist from 3 Forests Interpretive
Association for meals,a portion of travel, and a small portion of supplies.

In return, participating artists are asked to donate an original piece of artwork
(in the case of performing arts, this may be a performance) from and
representative of their stay on the Stanislaus National Forest and conduct
a workshop instructing the public in their discipline. 


Artist in the Woods Program, Joshua Cripps





















Landscape Photographer, Joshua Cripps and Watercolorist and Engraver
Dianne Stearns were selected Artists in the Woods maestros for 2012, each
conducting workshops last fall and producing art works for public display through
the Stanislaus NF and the 3 Forests Interpretive Association.

Donated copy of Watercolor painted by Stearns during
 her stay in the Stanislaus National Forest.























“Thanks to the Artist in the Woods program, dozens, if not hundreds of people,
myself included, have gained a richer understanding of the beauty, diversity, and
natural resources that exist in this special part of California. I’d love to see the
program expanded so that even more people can get in touch with the land,
love it, and learn to care for it,” said Cripps.

Cripps donated a breathtaking photograph taken in the Summit Ranger District
accentuated with dramatic lighting; and Stearns shared a beautiful watercolor
painting of the much loved Eagle Meadow area of the Stanislaus NF.

Stearns, by Jerry Snyder


















“I feel most alive and the most gratitude in the forest. It’s important we all know
this is our forest, it belongs to us,” said Stearns.

A digital copy of the donated works and detailed information about the program,
along with an application and registration instructions are available. If you
have questions or want more information, contact Marie Malo, Interpretive
Specialist at 209-965-3434 ext. 5343 or