Art sale helping preserve Mesa Verde National Park for future generations

Sale benefits Mesa Verde Foundation

DENVER - A trip to Mesa Verde National Park inspired 26 well-known American Western artists to create masterpieces which will be sold to help preserve the park for future generations.

The art will go on display Oct. 22 at Denver's Central Library at 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.

The artists traveled to the park in May. Its ancient cliff dwellings and Native American history sparked their creativity.

"One artist, John Burton, actually painted 40 paintings he was so inspired by Mesa Verde," said Ben Duke, executive director Mesa Verde Foundation.

The artists' works will be auctioned off to help projects and programs in the park.

"With the cuts in federal funding, it's been really important to have organizations like the Mesa Verde Foundation which support various projects and programs in the park, that the federal government can't fund," said Duke.

The foundation is working to stabilize the cliff palace, which is one of the park's most iconic sites. It is also helping to reestablish the historic horse patrol program and develop an internship for Native Americans.

The Rims to Ruins: A Fine Art Sale and Reception is Oct. 22 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Central Library. It is $75 per person.

The art will remain on display and for sale October 22 through November 3 at the library's Vida Ellison Gallery.

You can also purchase the art online.

For more information, visit www.mesaverdefoundation.org