For local printmaker Jean Gumpper, whose preferred subject matter is water, an artist residency in Death Valley last April presented some very literal challenges. But as she discovered during her time there, water and the life it provides are abundant even in the hottest desert when you’re paying attention.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see Gumpper’s prints inspired by her time in Death Valley.


8 Responses to In the Shadow of the Valley of Death Valley, Part 1

  1. Susan says:

    What a great opportunity for such a talented artist. Can’t wait to see the art that resulted from this residency!

  2. Sean says:

    Great story & photographs. Jean’s a marvelous artist. Looking forward to tomorrow’s TBS.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Some pretty cool photos. Of course they make me miss the Desert Southwest in general and Death Valley specifically. Have visited DVNP a couple times. On one trip it snowed on the valley floor which is a pretty rare event. FYI: Easily one of the 5 most beautiful natural spots I have ever been to (not covered in these photos) is located at the remote far N end of the Park – the Eureka Sand Dunes. Truly extraordinary!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Thanks, Jean, for once again opening our eyes to unexpected beauty.

  5. Mary says:

    Wow Jean! Wonderful photos and info. Well done. I’m looking forward to part 2. I’m also looking forward to seeing the art you created from this experience.

  6. Very Very cool Jean. Some times the most desolate places have the most vibrant life. That lizard was somthing else! Thanks for sharing your outstanding work with us. Later bff, Mary

  7. Samantha says:

    Wow, Jean. Thank you for sharing. I have one of your yummy prints. I look forward to seeing the work your sojourn to the desert will have inspired!

  8. Monica E. says:

    Jean – such beautiful photographs, great hearing you – I look fwd to Part 2 and seeing your woodcuts from such a unique place.


November 25, 2015 | NPR · A bipartisan bill to overhaul the criminal-justice system has hit a snag. Its higher bar to prove guilt is something the Department of Justice says could benefit top-level executives.

Photolibrary RM/Getty Images
November 25, 2015 | KHN · The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals are rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.

November 25, 2015 | NPR · Although the city remains on high alert, schools, businesses and subway stations are reopening — with the conspicuous addition of armed soldiers and police officers around the city.

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Design Studio Press
November 25, 2015 | NPR · Illustrator Simon Stålenhag has put together a compilation of short stories to accompany his haunting, gorgeous paintings of an alternate Sweden full of aliens and strange technology. And dinosaurs.

Taji Marie for NPR
November 25, 2015 | NPR · Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you’re ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America’s Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.

November 24, 2015 | NPR · What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That’s the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.


Courtesy of the artist
November 25, 2015 | NPR · One of Nashville’s secret piano-playing treasures discusses his new musical biography of the great Jimmie Rodgers, and the changes taking place in Music City.

Sony Legacy
November 25, 2015 | NPR · “It’s these fresh vocal cords that haven’t been abused yet, broken in yet.” Susan Stamberg dives into Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air, a box set of rare radio broadcasts.

Courtesy of the artist
November 24, 2015 | NPR · The singer’s career has been a story in numbers, and not just the ones in her album titles. She discusses motherhood, stage fright, the Spice Girls and more in an extended chat with Ari Shapiro.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac