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Meet Leslie Jorgensen, our featured artist of 2023 and creator of the 2023 FIBArk poster. 

2023 featured artist

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A Note From Leslie...

A Note from Leslie…


I want to thank Lindsay Sutton-Stephens and the amazing FIBARK committee for choosing me to create a special work of art for this year’s 75th anniversary event. I’m a huge FIBARK fan and I’m beyond thrilled to participate in this way.


As I explored the theme artistically I created several paintings of the Arkansas River, the skilled athletes who paddle it, and the sheer force of the water, all of which inspire me. Though I’m not experienced, I love any chance to paddle the river. The Arkansas is magical and forceful. The ways we experience are a foundational layer of our community. FIBARK strengthens and celebrates all of it.

The original painting will be auctioned at the kickoff party and money raised will support some wonderful projects, including boating education in Salida. I’m so honored to be a part of this event in this momentous year. Happy 75th Anniversary, FIBArk!


– Leslie

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