0905: A Flurry of Activity


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.



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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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040413 – A Couple of Rocks

IMG_9227_01_LR_12I was all prepared to visit the WayBack Machine once again as I am still caught up in digitizing early work of mine – images that I had all but forgotten about. But then the sun came out and I remembered a large fossil rock I had brought back from last week’s foray in the woods. It was covered with brachiopods. I knew that they ran throughout the rock and that any attempt to chop it up would only result in more combinations of fossils being exposed.

It did not disappoint. These first six images came from that one rock.

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The second rock is one I borrowed from my friend, Ann. This piece of coral probably came from this area but she wasn’t sure. Either way, it seemed to be a near-endless source for exploring. Here are just a few.

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A recent trip to Glens Falls resulted in this last selection. Cindy and I paid a visit to the Hyde Collection. I had always heard that it was a real gem of a museum – and it was. The interior was beautiful but, true to form, I chose instead to turn my camera to the grounds out behind the museum. Must have been the rocks…

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These last two are images of the paper mill down the hill (and the original source of the fortune that eventually created the museum).

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