Along with paints and brushes and the like, a select group of artists are adding hiking boots and topographical maps to their studio materials.

The Carbondale-based conservation watchdog nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is bringing five artists into the woods this year through its artist in residence program, drawing applicants from the Roaring Fork Valley, across the U.S. and around the world.

On a recent morning, shortly after dawn, North Carolina painter and Wilderness Workshop artist-in-residence Michelle Podgorski set off on a rugged, rarely used trail in the hills above Marble. With a workshop guide and this reporter in tow, she studied a map in search of a lily-strewn lake and an old U.S. Forest Service station.

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