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Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit
Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs National Park is bidding farewell to the “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist Journey” and welcomes the public to a special reception on September 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to honor artist Linda Williams Palmer at the Cultural Center on Bathhouse Row.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of Hot Springs National Park.  The Cultural Center is located at the former Ozark Bathhouse and it is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The final day of the Champion Trees exhibit is September 20.

According to the National Park Service, more than 2,400 visitors have browsed and enjoyed the Champion Trees exhibit since its opening in January 2015.

The exhibit features large and detailed drawings and documentary photographs of 18 trees designated as “Champions” by the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Palmer’s research and documentation of the champions began in 2007. The exhibit is the culmination of five years of work and more than 10,000 miles of travel across the state.

“Hosting this exhibit has been a very rewarding experience for us and for the thousands of visitors we serve,” said Josie Fernandez, Host Springs National Park superintendent.  “By collaborating with Linda, we have provided a different dimensional experience for our guests to enjoy the “outdoors” through art.”

“Linda has also been extremely gracious and generous by donating a portion of the proceeds of the sales of her prints to the Friends of Hot Springs National Park,” said Fernandez.  The Friends’ mission is to enhance the park’s visibility and support the preservation and protection of the cultural and natural resources of Hot Springs National Park.

The current focus of their fundraising efforts is the continued restoration of the Maurice Bathhouse so it can be re-opened for public use.

In January the Friends of Hot Springs National Park hosted the grand opening of the Champion Trees and Palmer’s artwork with a reception and panel discussion featuring Palmer; Matthew Voskamp of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and Carole Adornetto, director of production for the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

The exhibit is featured in an original 60-minute documentary produced by AETN.  The film “Champion Trees” explores the state’s natural wonders and how they inspire people. Its next venue is the Delta Arts Center at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Ark.