Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary nominates Yates 2022 Artist-in-Residence | News, Sports, Jobs

Emily Drew Yates

ALPENA – The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Emily Drew Yates of Elkville, Illinois as the 2022 Artist-in-Residence. Yates’ residency will take place August 11-25.

During her residency, she will stay as a guest, housed by the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board, in a riverside condominium. While at Alpena, Yates plans to lead a workshop where she will teach the public her wabi-sabi lyrical painting technique and encourage participants to explore this technique.

Originally from Illinois, Yates has had a 20-year career as an environmentalist and seed curator, and that journey is reflected in her artistic creations.

Yates describes herself as a “painter and creator of colorful and joyful artwork in acrylics and watercolors – uplifting paintings and maps celebrating the magic and mystery of the natural world, plants and respect for the healing power of the great outdoors, inspiring the enjoyment of nature and life.”

To learn more about Yates, visit her artist website at You can learn more about the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and River Center at

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