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The National Park Service’s Southeast Utah Group has a new Community Artist in the Parks.

Madeline Logowitz is the first artist to focus on desert flora and fauna. Her ink and watercolor paintings will showcase the unique life forms that call this landscape home. In addition, she will present activities that celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this year.

She rediscovered sketching while working on ecological research in Moab. As her understanding of the area deepened, so did a desire to share her love of the desert with others.

“The sparseness of the desert invites you to notice each beetle, each tree, each lizard standing on its own,” Logowitz said. “Creating art affords me a way to share my wonder of this small-scale world.”

Created in 2009, the Community Artist in the Parks program highlights the connection between a local artist and the surrounding landscape, particularly Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

The Community Artist creates works within the parks at least 24 hours per month from April through October, and shares his or her inspiration and creative process with visitors from around the world. A selection of the artist’s work is then sold in the Arches and Canyonlands visitor center bookstores, by the Canyonlands Natural History Association, during the artist’s tenure.

For more information about the program, please see the National Park Service’s park websites at www.nps/gov/arch, or www.nps.gov/cany. More information about the artist and her scheduled visits to the park will be posted on the NPS park websites in mid-March.

Madeline Logowitz to work with Southeast Utah Group parks in 2016