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The Verde River
An Artist’s Adventure
June 14 – November 30, 2014
Terminal 2, entry way and three display cases pre-security
Officially designated Wild and Scenic, the Verde River is one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers. Located in central Arizona, the Verde not only provides riparian habitats for an abundant, diverse wildlife population it also supplies the city of Phoenix with 30% of its water helping to make life in the desert possible for humans. The Verde River offers recreational opportunities, including hiking, bird-watching, fishing and kayaking and its lush scenery is a source of endless inspiration to artists.
To increase awareness and conservation of the Verde River Corridor, Verde Valley Land Preservation, an Arizona nonprofit, challenged visual artists to participate in a river experience, gain inspiration and create artworks to share with the public.
This exhibition features artworks by nine nature-loving artists that took the challenge, spending three-days rafting and camping along the River. Their paintings, drawings and prints are evidence of their emotional connection with the natural world and their Verde River adventure.
Lynette Kovacovich, White Cliffs of the Verde, 2010, oil on canvas, 40 x 28”
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Thom Dougherty, Slanting Light, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 40”