Colorless Again

_MG_1857_01_LR_BW_12Before we dropped off into this latest deep freeze I managed to take some pictures of my favorite cephalopods in what is ordinarily a dry stream bed. The brief thaw exposed them and the melting snow had the creek running. Seems like I’m staying in that colorless world that I wrote about last week.

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But before I explore that I’d like to tell you about an opening set for Saturday the 26th (tomorrow) at the GCCA Gallery on Main Street in Catskill. Entitled Visitors, Visitations, Visions, the show will display the works of 21 Hudson Valley artists including the following three of my own.

IMG_5502_01b_LR_10The Lost Boys

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IMG_4068_01c_LR_10Enlightenment 1

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IMG_4069_01e_LR_10Enlightenment 2

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And in the upstairs gallery my good friend friend and wonderful painter Elin Menzies will have her work hanging as part of a two person show entitled Animal, Myth, Magic. the opening for both shows will be an early one – 2PM until 5 PM.

ElinElin Menzies, Crow and Crowboy Admire the Giant Poppy

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So here I am stuck in that colorless world again. What I have assembled this week is a mix of images from my library that I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play with. As you will see, they cover a range of subjects. Their obvious commonality is the lack of color. Are details and patterns more recognizable? Is there a greater purity to gray scale – no distractions? I don’t really have a position on that old argument about color versus black and white. A strong image is about content, composition, contrasting tonality, and a host of other considerations with color only being one. In this digital age, the image may suggest its fate.

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IMG_7688_01_LR_12Eiffel Tower from the Trocodero

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_MG_1128_01_LR_12The Louvre

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_MG_0681_01BW_LR_10The Pantheon

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_MG_0640_01_LR_12Jardin des Plantes

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_MG_0115_01_LR_10Place des Vosges, Paris

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IMG_7348_01BW_LR_10Saint-Eustache Organ, Paris

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_MG_0639_01_LR_10Paris Alley

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IMG_8934_01a_LR_10Route 32, Saugerties, NY

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IMG_8224_02_LR_12Snowy Landscape

________________MG_1844_01_LR_10Winterscape

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IMG_8216_01BW_LR_12Still

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IMG_5698_01BW_LR_10Jack & Jill

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Shows Abound

It’s a busy weekend coming up. First weekend after Labor Day and shows are occurring all over the place. And, on top of that, our annual Catskill Artists Studio Tour will have our studios open for visiting (Sat./Sun. – 11AM until 5PM). Scroll down to the bottom of this blog for info and directions for our Studio Tour. The tour will conflict with two openings that I have work in, so let me cover them first.

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“Sal’s Produce”

“Sal’s Produce”, an image from my New York series, was accepted into the 2012  Photocentric Exhibition, a national show held at the Garrison Art Center, in Garrison, NY, and juried by Robert Mann, owner of Robert Mann Gallery, NYC and Elizabeth Opalenik, internationally renowned photographer. Opening is set for 5PM until 7PM on Saturday, the 8th and runs through September 30.

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“Uniforms”

“Uniforms”, a recent image of mine, was accepted into a juried show at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. The show, entitled “POV: Social Commentary”, relating to the issues of our times, was juried by Karlos Carcamo, artist and curator. Opening is set for 4PM until 6PM on Saturday, the 8th and runs through September 30.

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Several friends, all accomplished and respected artists, are showing this weekend as well. Do yourself a favor and visit these fine shows:

Image by Rivka Katvan

Rivka Katvan has a marvelous show opening tonight (Sept. 6 thru Sept. 29) at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. Entitled “Broadway behind the Curtain,” the show is a fine collection of her insightful, candid, behind the scenes images of life backstage.

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Allen Bryan, another fine photographer and good friend, is one half of a two person show entitled “Narratives, Fabrications, and Other Lies.” The opening is set for Friday (Sept. 7) at the Muroff Kotler Gallery at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, NY.

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 Loel Barr, another fine artist and friend, one who has the finest hand I’ve ever seen, is displaying her stunning new drawings at the Doghouse Gallery in Saugerties, NY. Opening is set for Saturday (Sept. 8) 5-7 PM and will remain up thru the 30th.
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painting by Elin Menzies

And finally, Elin Menzies, a wonderful painter whose work intrigues and haunts on a primal and mystical level, will be displaying her paintings at Oriole 9 in Woodstock, NY. Opening is set for Saturday (Sept. 8) 5-7 PM and will remain up thru the 30th.

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Lastly, here is information for the Catskill Artists Studio Tour:

Catskill Artists Studio Tour – Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9 from 11AM until 5PM.

Drop by if you can. I will have maps for the rest of the tour, so start it here.

My address is:

400 Charles Smith Road

Catskill, NY

917-459-7849 (call if lost)

Directions:

1. From the town of Catskill:
East on 23A.
Left on Old Kings Rd. (just after crossing thruway)
Right on High Falls Rd.
Left at Stop sign (onto Charles Smith Dr.)
First drive on left.

2. From South:
Exit Saugerties Thruway exit
Left then quick right onto Rte. 32.
Right at Old Kings Rd. (veer right into left-hand curve)
Left on to SchoolHouse Rd. (2-3 mi.)
First right on to Charles Smith Rd.
Studio is 2(?) mi up on right (If you hit Stop sign – back up 50 yards.

3. From West:
East on 23A
Right at Rte. 32
Left on High Falls Road
Cross bridge in 2-3 miles and go straight (onto C.Smith Rd.
First drive on left.

Thanks for the visit to this post. Drop by the studio this weekend if you are around.

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