News & Events

News & Events

Mesa Verde Foundation holds several events throughout the year for foundation members and the general public. These events raise funding and awareness for Mesa Verde Foundation’s mission to preserve and protect Mesa Verde National Park for generations to come. Our featured upcoming event is the 2nd annual Rims to Ruins plein air paint out, luncheon and art auction, May 17, 2014.

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 (middle picture) Artist Mian Situ paints in Mesa Verde National Park last May. (photo far right) Long House oil by John Burton.

Feel the magic of the Mesa, see the sunlight radiate off the ruins, bring home the beauty of the bygone

MESA VERDE - This May, 26 nationally renowned artists will have the opportunity to hike into exclusive areas of Mesa Verde National Park where they will paint, draw and sculpt the earliest works of man and capture the beauty of extraordinary scenery. The artwork they create will celebrate many of the ancient ruins like the park's crown jewel Cliff Palace, and the magnificent wildlife and wildlands.

 

Veryl Goodnight painting in park

After three days of working, the artists' work will be auctioned off during the second annual Rims to Ruins Art Event and Sale at the park's Visitor and Research Center on May 17.  Additional paintings and sculptures of the park will be displayed and sold during an art show and sale in Denver this fall. The events are being presented by Mesa Verde Foundation (MVF) and Mesa Verde National Park (MVNP.)

 

"Mesa Verde Foundation is very pleased to be presenting the second annual Rims to Ruins art event in 2014.  This program that debuted last year has helped the foundation raise critical funds for Mesa Verde National Park, a cultural and archaeological treasure here in Colorado of which we all are so proud," Judy Grant, Chair of the Board of Directors for MVF, says.      

 

"Golden Wings" bronze by Sculptor Gerald Belciar
 

This year, even more Southwest and Western artists from around the nation are joining the event, along with a few select sculptors such as Gerald Balciar, best known for his bronzes of animals.  He plans to sculpt an animal indigenous to MVNP for Rims to Ruins.

 

"I hope this will draw attention to the park and bring in more visitors. I also hope it would make the public more aware that it's over there, especially people in the Denver area. Some of them have never been to that corner of the state," Balciar says.

 

Funds raised during the two art sales this year will benefit projects in Mesa Verde National Park.  Last year, Rims to Ruins raised funds for critical projects in the park.

 

"Because of the success of Rims to Ruins, we were able to help fund the re-establishment of the park's historic horse patrol program and to sponsor the Four Corners Lecture Series that will take place in the park this summer. We look forward to welcoming patrons this year to celebrate outstanding western art while helping preserve a true American icon," Grant says.

 

Tickets for the May 17th Plein Air Luncheon and Art Auction are $50/person.  Please CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.  For additional information or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Ben Duke,Executive Director at Ben@mesaverdefoundation.org or 303.321.3120.

 

More paintings and sculptures of MVNP will be for sale during a reception at the Wildlife Experience Museum near the Denver Tech Center on November 5, 2014. There, patrons will have a chance to meet and talk with many of the artists about their paintings and sculptures. The art will stay on display and for sale at the museum through January 19, 2015. 

About Mesa Verde Foundation

Mesa Verde Foundation acts as the main philanthropic partner for Mesa Verde National Park, which is located in Montezuma County, Colorado, in the southwestern corner of the state. Because only a small portion of entrance fees paid to the park actually go toward the preservation of Mesa Verde, extra funding is necessary to keep this ancient treasure intact for future generations.  

 

Mesa Verde Foundation exists to fund capital improvements, projects and educational endeavors for Mesa Verde National Park in order to promote an understanding of its cultural and natural resources. For more information, please contact Executive Director Ben Duke at 303.321.3120 or Ben@MesaVerdeFoundation.org.

 

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The following celebrated artists to attend the event:

  • William Acheff
  • Joe Anna Arnett
  • James Asher
  • Greg Beecham
  • Joe Bohler
  • John Burton
  • Lorenzo Chavez
  • Jerry Cohoe
  • Doug Dawson
  • John DeMott
  • Mike Desatnick
  • David Drummond
  • Barry Eisenach
  • Gerald Fritzler
  • Veryl Goodnight
  • George Hallmark
  • Hyrum Joe
  • Oreland Joe
  • Buffalo Kaplinski
  • Gary Niblett
  • Ralph Oberg
  • John Poon
  • Jim Rey
  • Laura Robb
  • Rosie Sandifer
  • Jim Wilcox



 
 


 

News from last years Rims to Ruins event
 

ARTISTS, PARK DISCOVER GREAT TREASURE IN RIMS TO RUINS 

Inaugural plein air event in Mesa Verde National Park raises thousands of dollars

MESAVERDE – Surrounded by art carved into cliff dwellings with rudimentary tools more than a thousand years ago by Ancestral Puebloans, 23 top western painters in Mesa Verde National Park this week created artwork they hope will also live on forever. The artists took part in the inaugural plein air fundraiser called Rims to Ruins held by the 
Mesa Verde Foundation (MVF).
James Asher, one of the participants and an award-winning artist said, 
"We can show a larger audience what exists here through our paintings. Not only the beauty of the dwellings, but the environment, the history, the vegetation." 
 
During the three-day paint out, accomplished oil painter Joe Anna Arnett created five paintings from different remote locations. Arnett was most moved painting inside the park’s second largest cliff dwelling, Long House, on Wetherill Mesa.
 
“Knowing how rare it was to stand there and paint, studying it from the inside looking out and feeling a continuum of artists who had been there before and made a handprint,” Arnett said. “This was a chance to do something that really matters for a long time.”
After two days of painting at various locations in the park, a morning “paint out” was held at Step House ruin and overlook on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. 

Members of the public and art collectors purchased tickets to the event and were able to observe the artists painting on site.  At the conclusion of the paint out, the works produced that morning were auctioned off to the attendees.  

The bidding was, at times, fierce. The top bid was for Mian Situ's painting, a 9" x 12" oil of the overlook of Step House that sold for $4,300. 

More formal paintings created by the artists will be displayed and sold during a special gala reception at the Denver Public Library’s Vida Ellison Gallery on October 22, 2013.
 
Proceeds from the sale of art works at the “paint out” and the formal show will go to the Mesa Verde Foundation and Mesa Verde National Park.
 
“The Rims to Ruins event was a win-win for the park and the artists. The Mesa Verde Foundation was a catalyst for making it all happen,” Justin Estoque, MVF board member, said. “The park will benefit from funds raised and the artists benefited from an opportunity to paint where no one has painted before. And they were thrilled.”
 
“We are very pleased to have the participation and support of such an incredible and accomplished group of artists at our first plein air event.  We look forward to the formal show in October,” said Marilyn Alkire, MVF board member and event chair.

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I.jpgMVNP VISITOR & RESEARCH CENTER OPENS

 “Welcome.”  Such a simple greeting marked the very moment a 40-year-dream came true. The Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center opened May 23rd, 2013, at the entrance to the park as Native Americans beat drums and said a blessing and more than 200 supporters and honored guests celebrated.
 
“Every rock, every piñon, every arroyo here has something to say…Civilizations rose and their people shaped the earth into remarkable buildings and graceful pottery, and their stories speak to us across time,” John Wessels, Regional Director of the National Park Service, said. “Helping us preserve and tell those stories is one of our primary missions. And today we celebrate the opening of a Visitor and Research Center that will significantly advance those goals.”
 
Governor John Hickenlooper and other dignitaries cut the ribbon and officially open the building, which like a map, will guide tourists to hidden treasures inside Mesa Verde National Park; petroglyphs, ancient relics, 600 cliff dwellings. Inside the Research Center, there are more than three million artifacts from 4,000 Ancestral Puebloans who lived here for 700 years around A.D. 500.e.jpg 

“This is one of the most beautiful places on earth,” Governor Hickenlooper, honorary co-chair of the Mesa Verde Foundation (MVF), said. “There’s something about being in the actual place where people lived hundreds of years ago that’s more than words can ever describe.

”People walking through the new building, shaped like a stone, washed in earth colors and environmentally green, say it belongs here.“It compliments the land, the park, the culture, it compliments everything. It’s so good. It feels like it should have been here all along,” former NPS employee Bethany Mills, said.  Mills was the contracting officer for the project.
 
“It’s satisfying to see the end product of a project a long time in the making. To know that all the hard work paid off,” Mills said.
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complete dedication by a consortium of people led by the Mesa Verde Foundation 

(MVF) to secure the $16.5 million of federal funding and 37 acres for the project.

Former Park Superintendent Larry Wiese, former Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, U.S. Rep. John Salazar (D-CO), U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), Mesa Verde Fo
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undation board members Kathy L’Amour, Dr. Fred Lau and Miss Jane Fogleman and Pueblo of Zia Tribal Administrator Peter Pino are just some of the key individuals involved in the project year after year after year.
 
“I like to say ‘If it’s worth doing, get it done,’” Wiese said. “Everything we say, everything 
we write, every action we take or don’t take matters forever. And that’s how this visitor’s center got done.”
 
During the ceremony, Zia Tribal Administrator Peter Pino said a prayer in native language for the new building while wearing a special bolo tie.“This bolo signifies the end of the trail. It’s the end of the trail for the visitor’s center in Mesa Verde after many years. It gives me pride,” Pino said.
 
Mesa Verde has 24 affiliated tribes with descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans, which worked with Mesa Verde National Park and Mesa Verde Foundation to develop the center.  Among other things, the center will educate tourists about the richNative American history, culture and traditions.

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News_Events_Dinner.pngMVF Fellows Dinner September 24, 2013 - 5:30 p.m. Kent Denver School, Englewood, Colorado At this dinner, we’ll be celebrating Southwestern cuisine and the Ancestral Puebloan tradition. For more information, contact Mesa Verde Foundation at 303-321-3120 or at ben@mesaverdefoundation.org. Inaugural Rims to Ruins Art Sale and Reception October 22, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. Vida Ellison Gallery at the Denver Public Library, Central Branch The artists who painted at Mesa Verde National Park in May will be showcasing their finished works in this special exhibition and sale. For more information, contact Mesa Verde Foundation at 303-321-3120 or at ben@mesaverdefoundation.org. Continuing Rims to Ruins Exhibition October 23 – November 3, 2013 Vida Ellison Gallery, Denver Public Library, Central Branch The Rims to Ruins artwork will be on display for one and a half weeks at the Vida Ellison Gallery.

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Mesa Verde visitor center
New facility a welcome flagship for park’s significant resources

Durango Herald article published on May 19, 2013

Mesa Verde National Park is a treasure trove of archaeological and natural resources, abounding with sites and artifacts that divulge a rich history of the region’s former inhabitants. Until recently, though, it was easy to drive by the landmark without a hint of what lay down the park’s road. With the opening of the long-awaited Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center, that has changed dramatically. The park and its supporting organization, the Mesa Verde Foundation have earned a crowning achievement with the center.   Read more about visitor center 

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Painters are glad to be in ruin(s)
Mesa Verde paint-out draws top artists

The Durango Herald, 05.13.13

The wonders of Mesa Verde National Park, man-made and naturally occurring, are thousands and millions of years old. And yet next week in a display of artistic piling-on, 28 nationally renowned painters will do their best to further immortalize the already-ageless marvel. Read more of the Durango Herald article.

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Rims to Ruins
Mesa Verde launches national art event and Visitor Center

by Stew Mosberg of the Durango Telegraph May 2, 2013

Mesa Verde is about to celebrate an extraordinary artistic event, fundraiser and the dedication of a state-of-the-art visitor center and research facility.  Read more of the Durango Telegraph story
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Open Mind, Excitement and Passion: Veryl Goodnight’s Real World Art

By Janneli F. Miller   April 2013, Free Press

On a blustery afternoon in early spring, Veryl Goodnight is in her studio painting sled dogs.  There are six of them, each dog a specifically different individual, which is why sheloves them.  “Individuality of a subject excites me,” says Veryl.  “Think of your own dog,or horse, or family member.  Animals are as much individuals as people are.”  Goodnight explains that the world would be boring if we all had the same stature, facial features, hair color, and so on- and notes that this pertains to the animal world as well." READ MORE