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LMRD 667, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Solstice Celebration:
"Wilderness Within"
at the Mississippi River State Park


Spirit Canoe


Wilderness Within
Watercolors by John Ruskey


Opening Reception Tonight
June 21st from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Everyone Welcome!


Snow Geese, Canoes, Beavers, Full Moon

“Wilderness Within”

Watercolors by John Ruskey

Mississippi River State Park


Helena Bridge from Bottom of Buck Island

**NEWS RELEASE**

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tära Gillanders
June 1, 2018 870-295-4040 / tara.gillanders@arkansas.gov

John Ruskey Watercolor Exhibit at Mississippi River State ParkDelta Artist to Exhibit Work at Mississippi River State Park

Local artist, John Ruskey of Clarksdale, MS, will have a collection of his watercolors on display at Mississippi River State Park Visitor Center from June 21st to October 21st. His work is created using water from the Mississippi River. John Ruskey is worker bee in the colony of his queen, the Lower Mississippi River. He carves canoes, paints, and guides others into the wildest place remaining in the center of North America, the verdant floodplain of the big river, which reaches fullness in her last thousand miles of free-flowing joy to the Gulf of Mexico. He is author of Rivergator.org, one million words, photos, paintings, maps and videos describing the Mississippi River for paddlers.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, Mississippi River State Park and the Friends of the St. Francis National Forest will host an opening reception June 21, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. John Ruskey will be on hand to meet with visitors. During the display, visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase his artwork. Any pieces sold before the end of the exhibit period will remain on display until Oct 21st. Join the park for the opening reception or any day between 8 and 5 to experience John Ruskey’s vision of the Mississippi River.

For further information, contact Mississippi River State Park at (870) 295-4040 or http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver/events/.

Mississippi River State Park is located four miles southeast of Marianna on Arkansas Hwy 44.

Mississippi River State Park exists to provide quality access to the St. Francis National Forest and to inspire personal connections with the River, Delta, and Ridge.


Orion, The Paddler, Over Buck Island
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey


Canis Major, Orion, Moon over South Pass
(backed with South Pass Island, Rouseau Cane, Windy Day)
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey



Big Head Carp
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey


Speyeria diana
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey


Memphis from Martyrs Park
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey



New Orleans Full Moon from Algiers Point
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey

View Downstream from St. Charles
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey



TVA Power Plant, Old Moon, Mouth of McKellar Lake, Dismal Point
24x18 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey

Mississippi Map Turtle, Port View
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey

Mississippi Map Turtle, Starboard View
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey

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