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Harvey Locke Kicks Off Flathead Art Exhibit in Kalispell, MT

Y2Y's Harvey Locke will speak during the grand opening of the Flathead Art Exhibit hosted at Kalispell's Museum at Central School.

November 9, 2015

Kalispell, MT – The Museum at Central School in Kalispell will host the Grand Opening of a history and conservation-related art exhibit on Thursday, November 12, from 5 to 7 PM. Harvey Locke, who conceived and co-curated the exhibit, will speak at 6 PM during the opening event.

Conservation groups from Canada and the United States, including Y2Y and Headwaters Montana, are working to promote expansion of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park by protecting one third of the Flathead River Valley in British Columbia (B.C.).

Art has been important to conservation since the very first national park and wildlife conservation efforts in North America. The Flathead Wild art exhibit, which highlight's the beautiful but unprotected Flathead Valley, is a continuation of this grand tradition. In the summer of 2012, six artists -- Dwayne Harty, Tara Higgins, Joseph Cross, Simon Haiduk, Denise Lemaster and Laura Nelson -- camped, hiked and sketched their artistic impressions of the proposed new National Park area for this exhibit.

Combining artists' perceptions and conservation science, the Grand Opening speaker, Harvey Locke will take the audience on an artistic expedition from B.C.'s Flathead Valley, to both ends of the Yellowstone to Yukon region. 

Locke is the editor, co-curator and co-author of Yellowstone to Yukon: the Journey of Wildlife and Art, a continent-spanning exhibition of wildlife art that was housed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Whyte Museum in Banff, Alberta.

Locke is also a co-founder and strategic advisor of Y2Y, and a recipient, in 2013, of the J.B. Harkin Medal for Conservation, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, he received the Fred M. Packard Award for outstanding service to protected areas by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. 

The Flathead Wild art exhibit will remain on display at the Museum through the winter into next spring.

The Museum at Central School is located at 124 2nd Ave E in Kalispell, MT. Call 406-756-8381 for more information.


For interview requests with Harvey Locke, please contact:

Fraser Los, Y2Y Communications Manager
403-609-2666 x5