Author: Frances Figart

  1. Taking A Little Time For Fun

    Taking A Little Time For Fun By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate Doing our part to try to flatten the curve means changes for everyone. With school systems closing, many of us who are parents are schooling our children at home. These are days that our children will remember as they grow up, and I hope that my daughter Emily will look back on this Read more...
  2. Looking Forward to 2021

    Looking Forward to 2021 By Karen Key As the senior publications specialist (fancy for graphic designer) here at GSMA, one of the projects I am working on right now is the 2021 wall calendar.  The subject matter for next year’s GSMA wall calendar will be butterflies and moths. I got a head start on this beautiful subject matter when I designed our newest Read more...
  3. Celebrate Spring with a Video

    Celebrate Spring with a Video By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate Is this the hundredth day of March? Well, the good news is that tomorrow is the first day of April finally. What a tough time of year to stay put. It's the time of year when nature awakens, but most of us are probably experiencing cabin fever right about now. Take heart! We' Read more...
  4. Decision to close the Smokies builds on legacy of paradox 

    Decision to close the Smokies builds on legacy of paradox  By Frances Figart, creative director A week ago, the solemn headline atop a Smokies’ press release read: Park Closes to Support Regional Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Efforts. The same day, Grand Teton and Yellowstone made the same choice, following the decisions of dozens of other national parks to close to the public.  Why? The Read more...
  5. Keep on Discovering: Products to Support Discover Life in America

    Keep on Discovering: Products to Support Discover Life in America Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Smokies Life.  We all feel an unnatural distance because we can’t come to the park, yet we can still learn and connect with the natural world. To give you a daily dose of the park’s magic, starting on April 1, we will be sharing our Smokies Species-a-Day perpetual calendar on Read more...
  6. Make Social Distancing BEARable

    Make Social Distancing BEARable By Hayley Benton Bear down, everyone. Putting the pieces back together is what Americans do best! Wherever it is you’re hunkered down for the next few weeks, show your love and support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and keep yourself occupied with this handsome, poster-sized 550-piece black bear puzzle. While you wouldn't want to Read more...
  7. Nature Marches On

    Nature Marches On By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate Do wildflowers continue to bloom, even if there is no one there to see them? Yes, of course! Our park may be closed, but nature marches on. And because you can’t be here to see it for yourself, we want to share this lovely video from years past of spectacular early Read more...
  8. Welcome to Smokies LIVE

    Welcome to Smokies LIVE   Welcome to Smokies LIVE, a collaborative virtual magazine for Smokies lovers brought to you by Smokies Life and Great Smoky Mountains Association. Born out of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency and the March 24 closure of the park, the project is our communal, cross-partner, and cross-park effort to bring the park to you! Read more...
  9. Great Smoky Mountains Association Chooses Sue Wasserman for 2020 Writer's Residency

    Great Smoky Mountains Association  Chooses Sue Wasserman for 2020 Writer's Residency

    Great Smoky Mountains Association has announced Sue Wasserman of Burnsville, North Carolina, as the winner of the second annual Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency. A GSMA member, Wasserman learned about the residency from GSMA’s digital newsletter, the Cub Report. Recently she has written two articles for Smokies Life magazine focused on the artists and artisans of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.

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  10. Behind-the-scenes of a Smokies Life Cover

    Behind-the-scenes of a Smokies Life Cover

    The cover of the Fall 2019 issue of Smokies Life features a man who, for many, was the face of the Smokies for more than four decades as he hosted nearly half a million overnight guests on the park’s third-highest peak. We interviewed David Brill who wrote the cover story, Dan Thompson who took the cover photo (could he be related to Jim Thompson?), and, of course, Mr. Le Conte himself, Tim Line, about how it all came together.

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