While photographs are a great way to remember a national park vacation, artworks are equally as memorable and wonderful to collect.
Currently, the Sola Café in Bozeman, Montana, is featuring Ms. Karle’s watercolor paintings through May. The show features more than 50 of her original paintings and drawings of Yellowstone wildlife, wildflowers, landscapes, and geyser basins. Thirty percent of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in honor of their 30 years serving the communities of the Yellowstone region.
Sola Cafe's owner-manager Tiffany Lach regularly hosts shows of the work of artists in and donates 20 percent commission from the sale of the art to the local "good cause" of the artist's choice. Ms. Karle selected the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for her good cause, and was pleased to add an additional 10 percent of all sales proceeds to the donation.
Ms. Karle first worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park 30 years ago, the same year that the Greater Yellowstone Coalition was created. She later spent 11 years as Yellowstone's chief of public affairs, retiring in 2004.
"Over the years I watched the Coalition take on more and more complex issues and effectively engage the entire regional community in efforts to honor and preserve the way of life we are all so grateful for here. It was an easy decision to name the GYC as my 'good cause' for this show,'" she says.
Ms. Karle's work has been shown widely in the region, and for the past several years her fine-arts cards and prints have been sold in the National Park Service visitor center in Yellowstone and other local outlets. Her work has been accepted in such prestigious national competitions as Birds in Art and Paint the Parks.