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Linda Lantzy, Artist in Residence, 208.667.3325

(Coeur d’Alene)-Photography and nature-it’s a natural pairing. Professional landscape photographer Linda Lantzy, from Coeur d’Alene Idaho, has been selected as the Idaho Conservation League’s 2017 artist in residence. ICL is a statewide advocacy group working to protect Idaho’s air, water and public lands. According to Lantzy, she is excited to explore Idaho’s public lands and capture their incredible beauty through the lens of her camera during her yearlong residency.

Lantzy’s images represent some of Idaho’s most stunning wild landscapes-as well as those close to her home. She’s a native Idahoan who travels the state, knows it well, and has a commitment to safeguarding the beauty and health of the landscapes she captures.

"I have photographed some of the most wild and beautiful landscapes Idaho has to offer. Nothing speaks to Idaho preservation more intimately than having been there to see and capture the majesty that is Idaho. Because I am so immersed in the Gem State, protecting that majesty for future generations is of utmost importance to me," said Linda Lantzy. Her images are widely used, not only as fine art but also in books, magazines, websites and more.

This year, Lantzy will focus her work for ICL on Idaho’s public lands. ICL has asked Lantzy to curate a Facebook group page for ICL that celebrates Idaho’s public lands through photography. The group, which will run all year, is called "Gems of Idaho-Our Public Lands" and is open to everyone.

You can see Lantzy’s work online and find out about her summer workshops ¬†at her website and on Facebook.

Each fall, the Idaho Conservation League solicits interest from Idaho artists, selecting an artist in residence based on the applicant’s images and the way they complement the nonprofit’s program work. ICL’s artist in residence program, designed to explore the nexus between art and nature, is on its fourth artist and has showcased the work of photographers and painters since 2013.