0905: A Flurry of Activity

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I’m happy to say that the above piece, entitled “Buy Now, Pray Later,” just won the Juror’s Choice Award at the Woodstock Artists’ Association and Museum (WAAM) show opening this Saturday afternoon. You’re right – it doesn’t remotely look like fossils. The theme of the show is “In the News” (Art expressing a point of view about current or past events). I thought this image combined the nutty taste of run-amok evangelism with the ominous clouds of imperiled consumerism. I shot it a few years ago in the parking lot of the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston. 4 – 6 PM Saturday in Woodstock.

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That Renaissance Guy up the road, my good friend Harry Matthews, has work currently up at the Mountaintop Arboretum in Tannersville. His balanced stone sculptures are delightful and mystifying. And set in such a beautiful location, with the Catskill peaks filling out the view, it’s a great reason to take a drive up Kaaterskill Clove and enjoy the last days of Summer or even early Autumn colors (it’s up until October 14).

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You might remember this one. It’s a favorite of mine that’s making the rounds lately. This double crinoid image, taken at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History made it into the PHOTOcentric 2013 show at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. I’m happy to say that this is the third year in a row my work has been accepted into this national juried show. The opening is Sunday, September 15 and it will run through October 6. Unfortunately, I will miss the opening. I will be in Italy, preparing for my September 20 opening at the Florence Natural History Museum.

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One last show to report on – this piece “Window” – was selected for the 2013 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition, being held this year at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. It will run from October 15 through December 29.

I bring this up now because we had to run the print up there today (85 miles away) and used the trip to view a terrific show at the Hyde that only has ten days left. The show is entitled “Modern Nature. Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George”. It’s a small but very thoughtful exploration of O’Keefe’s days on Lake George and how it shaped much of her future (and more famous) work. And there are more than enough gems to make the trip worthwhile.

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For the first time (thanks to the curator’s choices) I was able to see her influences – from Arthur Dove, to Kandinsky, and even Braque. What a wonderful exercise! And what did I get hooked on? Her trees, of course! A subject that has certainly captured my attention these past few months. I never knew (or remembered) that she specifically painted them. It made for a great day.

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O’Keefe was quoted in 1927 as saying “If only people were trees…I might like them better.” Spending most of my days in my little studio in the woods I must say I’m beginning to understand.

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It’s only fitting that I give you a couple more tree images from our recent trip to Isle La Motte, including these two trees fighting over a rock.

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I’ll end with one last picture from Isle La Motte – our last night there.

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Thanks for visiting.

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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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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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