Chicago painter named NH forest artist

Posted July 18, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.

CAMPTON, N.H. — Chicago painter James Kao has been named White Mountain National Forest artist in residence.

Forest spokeswoman Colleen Mainville said Kao will stay at Mead Base in Center Sandwich from Aug. 2-23. She said while there he will create new work inspired by the forest. He also will lead several workshops and share ideas on how art helps people relate to forests.

Kao is an abstract painter who has had recent one-person exhibitions in San Francisco.

The artist in residence program is being introduced this year. It is a partnership of the White Mountain National Forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

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