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BLM seeks artist in residence for Idaho wilderness

WILDERNESS — Here's a wild opportunity for professional artists looking for immersion in a canyonland wilderness landscape:

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Idaho will host two week-long Artists-in-Residence, one for the Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness and the other for the Owyhee River Wilderness.

Southwestern Idaho features some unique and dramatic landscapes, including winding rivers, deep canyons and vast areas of sagebrush steppe habitat, all of which can provide inspiration to an artist with an eye for color, shape and shadow. 

Applications for the positions are due in May.

Read on for the details from BLM:

Zoologist turned artist paints the real deal

FISHING — A friend, who loves fishing and the outdoors, was asked by the company what he wanted for a retirement gift, he thought long an hard about the choice for such a momentous occasion.

His decision:   An acrylic painting by Spokane artist (and zoologist) Melissa Cole, who specializes in fish and other creatures from the water.

Check out Cole's online gallery.

Cole graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology. She has spent time working in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in environmental education, as a dive guide in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and as a naturalist guide in Baja, Mexico. She has written more than 30 children's natural history books and travels with her husband, Brandon, a wildlife photographer specializing in marine life.