MARSING, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the city of Marsing are inviting everyone to come enjoy artistry and outdoor activities for the entire family at the “Gateway to the Owyhees” Art in the Park on May 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Marsing City Park at Second Avenue W and Second Street N. This free event, sponsored by the Marsing Chamber of Commerce, will feature the works of local artists and will showcase the BLM Idaho Artist-in-Residence Program.
There will be entertainment for even young artists at a children’s art table. Cowboy music will be provided by Tom Angle. Food and wine-tasting will be available. At noon, there will be a live raptor presentation by BLM featuring birds native to the Owyhee Canyonlands.
“The Marsing Art in the Park promises to be the perfect venue to bring together entertainment and education for the public to celebrate the incredible Owyhee Canyonlands and promote a better appreciation of the public lands,” said Acting Owyhee Field Manager Michelle Ryerson. “BLM is thrilled to partner with Marsing and we hope many people will come and enjoy what will certainly become an annual tradition.”
In 2014, BLM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by launching the first year of its Artist- in-Residence (AIR) program in this unique, remote wilderness landscape. The BLM's AIR program encourages artists to use their creative skills to "translate" the resources--the heart of BLM's mission--into artwork that bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the public lands.
Marsing Chamber of Commerce President Luke Burbank said, “As a business manager and leader in Marsing, I am excited to see how well this has come together with us working in partnership with BLM on this first-ever event. It should be a fantastic day and I am hoping everyone will have fun on May 2!”
The Legion Hall located in Marsing at 126 S. 2nd Ave. W., has been reserved in case of inclement weather.
To learn more about the BLM Idaho’s Artist-in-Residence Program, go to http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/environmental_education/artist-in-residence.html.
For additional information about Marsing’s “Gateway to the Owyhee’s” Art in the Park, contact the Marsing Chamber of Commerce President Luke Burbank at 208-896-4168.