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Green Guardians: Artists Standing Strong for the Verde River

April 26 - October 11

NHI Art Gallery Presents

Green Guardians
Artists Standing Strong for the Verde River

April 26, 2024 – October 11, 2024
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Embark on a journey with the Natural History Institute to protect the Upper Verde River. The Green Guardians exhibition showcases a diverse array of artworks, each a visual manifesto in support of the federal designation of the Upper Verde River as a Wild and Scenic River. Through paintings, sculptures, and other installations, artists lend their voices to the chorus, calling for responsible conservation measures. Immerse yourself in the details of life on the riverbanks, feel the rhythm of the flowing waters, and experience the rich cultural heritage tied to this vital waterway. Green Guardians is more than an art exhibition; it is a collective call to action, urging us to appreciate, protect, and advocate for the Upper Verde River’s designation as a Wild and Scenic River. This exhibition aims to bring together influential voices in the realms of art, conservation, and policy.


Featured works by
Roger Asay and Rebecca Davis, Gary Beverly, Tom Brodersen, Julie Comnick, Edie Dillon, Deborah Ford, Jordan Ford, Filmer Kewanyama, Cathy Krieger, Jan Marshall, Shawn Skabelund, Bonny Stauffer, Carol Rawlings, Carol Russell, and Matt Turner

Save the dates for the following in-person Green Guardians events:

Grand Opening Reception

  • Friday, April 26, 2024
    • Meet the artists of Green Guardians from 5pm to 7:30pm

Wild Colors of the Verde River

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024
    • Join naturalist, artist, and explorer Roseann Hanson at Rio Verde Ranch for a hands-on wild pigments workshop
    • Register Here

Protecting One Of Arizona’s Last, Best, And Wildest Rivers

  • Thursday, May 9, 2024
    • A special presentation by Rachel Ellis, the Associate Director of the Southwest River Protection Program at American Rivers
    • Register Here

Lost Worlds of the Upper Verde

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024
    • Learn about the cultural value of the Upper Verde River on a day-long excursion exploring a hilltop site with archeologist Michael Kellett
    • Register Here

Fourth Friday Art Walks

  • May 24th, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd, and September 27th. 
    • Visit the NHI Gallery between 5pm and 7pm on fourth Friday’s to peruse the exhibition after hours and enjoy complimentary refreshments

Stewards of the Verde River Watershed

  • Saturday, June 8th 
    • Volunteer with the Prescott National Forest to learn and conduct watershed stabilization practices
    • RSVP to rachel.jones2@usda.gov or call 928-910-5701.
Stay tuned for more details about each of these events! 


April 26
October 11
Event Category:


Natural History Institute


Natural History Institute
126 N Marina St
Prescott, AZ 86301
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