I am happy to report that the above image, entitled Gilboa Tree Fossil, has won an award at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum’s upcoming show “Earth, Air, Water.” The opening is Saturday, June 16, 4-6 PM and will run for a month.
The proper name of the fossil is Eospermatopteris and it comes from the floor of the world’s oldest forest in nearby Gilboa. I’ll have much more on the topic of Gilboa in the next few weeks. In the meantime, let me tell you a few things about WAAM.
Since its establishment in 1920 it has served as a hub for art and artists throughout the wider Woodstock area. In its earlier days membership included such luminaries as George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, and many others. An article about Woodstock, appearing in Life Magazine (August 22, 1938), referred to WAAM: “The ‘Local Louvre’ houses many a violent art controversy during its annual summer exhibits.” And referring to an aerial photo of the town, it went on: “In midsummer, little of Woodstock surmounts the trees except steeple of church which few artists attend. Nearly every barn is a studio.” I wonder how much has changed and how much has stayed the same.
These days it’s a great place to show one’s work, and a great place to view interesting and stimulating work. While it might appear to sometimes vacillate from “venerable and creaky” to “interesting and thought provoking” (depending on one’s perspective at any given moment) it is always well worth a visit.
Summer is just about here and that means visits to other local gems. This one is the Indian Ladder Trail at Thatcher Park. The park is located on the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the best fossil-bearing formations in the entire country.
Cold ice cream. fresh local fruits and vegetables. And, thanks to my friend and neighbor, Bo, a garden that always puts on stunning displays. So, for a change, instead of fossils, I’ll end with images from that beautiful garden.
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