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LMRD 683, Tuesday, August 4, 2018
Wilderness Within
~ Watercolors at Mississippi River State Park




Memphis from Martys Park

18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey


On exhibit through Oct 21, 2018
at Mississippi River State Park



Spirit Canoe
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey



Big Head Carp

18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey



New Orleans Full Moon from Algiers Point
18x24 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




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





Speyeria diana
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey





Orion, The Paddler, Over Buck Island

18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey




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


**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 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.

During exhibit 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 go to website.

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.




TVA Power Plant, Old Moon, Mouth of McKellar Lake, Dismal Point

24x18 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey


If You Go:

Take the Low Road from Helena:

The “Low Road” north of Helena runs along the base of Crowley’s Ridge and provides land access to the mouth of the St. Francis River, and the Three-Mile Boat Ramp also on the St. Francis River. From Helena you can drive to the mouth of the St. Francis by going north out of town on Franklin Street, cut over one block east and continue north on Holly Street which becomes the Sterling Road or the “Low Road” County Road 239. The Low Road is closed above 45HG due to flood water.

This is one of the most beautiful drives in the region with the unique environment of steep Crowley’s Ridge hardwood ridges with ash, pawpaws, persimmons, rhododendron, ferns and equisetum on one side and cypress bottoms on the other side of the road. Trees and plants that grow on one side don’t grow on the other. The road is the dividing line between two distinct biota, and so the driver gets a doubly rich safari! This gravel road is appropriate for bicyclists and hikers. Little traffic. Lots of side roads to explore, including roads to Horner Lake and Porter Lake. No maintained trails, but being National Forest you can follow game trails, or your own line of direction and wander through thousands of acres of ridges, ravines and wetlands without encountering a single other person! Avoid leaving road during hunting season. Watch for poison ivy, snakes, spiders, and lots of briars. Carry a map and GPS.

Get maps and directions from the Arkansas Visitor's Center at the base of the US 49 Bridge in Helena, AR.



Helena Bridge from Bottom of Buck Island
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey

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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

"Voice of the Lower Mississippi River"

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Celebrating our 20th Anniversary Year!




Snow Geese, Canoes, Beavers, Full Moon
18x24 watercolor 2017 by John Ruskey