The publication of an article in a prominent magazine for Alan Petersen is just one more example of his passion for the arts. Petersen, an instructor in the Fine Arts department at Coconino
Community College for 18 years and curator for the Museum of Northern Arizona for 5 years, has earned the honor of having his article published in the Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. This world-renowned magazine is infused with artwork that is hand picked by some of the most prominent art authorities across the
globe. It gives major collectors and art enthusiasts an in-depth look at the inspiration behind the beauty and an insiders look into tools to solidify any enthusiast’s next purchase. Petersen ventured to make his voice and expertise heard in this well-known publication because he wanted to get the word out about the artist Gunnar Widforss. “I was really jazzed about being published in such a respected magazine!” said Petersen. Petersen’s article is titled Gunnar Widforss: Visions of Light in the January/February 2010 issue. In Petersen’s article he follows the life and art of Gunnar Mauritz Widforss, a Swedish water colorist (1879-1934) who was able to put his brush to canvas and capture the beauty of the American landscape. Through his article, Peterson tells of the inspiring and stimulating paintings of America’s national parks and of the dreamy lifestyle Widforss led while traveling around the country as a vagabond in search of America’s most beautiful treasures. Petersen has studied Widforss’ work since he discovered the artist in 1976. His ability
to create an informative and inspiring article is to be expected from one of our own, adding to the list of accomplishments of staff and faculty at CCC. If you would like to learn more about
Widfross, and his work, you can attend Petersen’s upcoming lectures on February 6th at 2:00 pm at the Museum of Northern Arizona or his April 21st lecture at 7:00 pm at Cline library, Northern Arizona University.