Last weekend was full of activity, much of which worth noting. I’ll try to be brief. It started with a Friday trip to Schoharie County and a favorite stream bed of mine. The above image and the following one are examples of the plant fossils I continue to find up there. These two in particular are small but visually interesting to me. I often come away from there with back-breaking sized fossil laden rocks (ask my chiropractor about that). But this time the smaller pieces won out and the ibuprofen was saved for another day.
Saturdays in September are always full of art openings and events. And this year the schedule seemed to be especially packed. The afternoon began with the annual picnic of the Greene County Council on the Arts. For years this fine organization has played a crucial role in the cultural life of the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley. The event was held at the historic Beattie-Powers Place which overlooks the Hudson, directly across the river from Olana, the home of Frederic Church. Great food, fine music, and a large supportive crowd made the event a success.
From there it was a trip across the river to see my friend and brilliant multimedia artist, Brian Dewan, at a relatively new venue for art. CR10 (named after the county road where it resides in the small town of Linlithgo) is the brainchild of Francine Hunter McGivern, its founder and creative director. This “contemporary arts project space”, tethered both conceptually and aesthetically to the NYC art world, is a wonderful addition to the area. It’s the perfect place for the installation art that currently resides there. Supporting ventures such as this enhances the cultural richness of the area and encourages its further growth.
A few miles to the north, in the town of Hudson, we ended the day at BCB Art on Warren Street. A not to be missed solo show of new work by the acclaimed sculptor Ed Smith opened that evening. Ed is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors whose work is in the collection of The Hood Museum, Yale University Museum, The Albright-Knox Museum and many private collectors. On display along with his bronze sculptures is a selection of recent monoprints whose power and strength lingers in the mind long after viewing.
Sunday morning arrived with an email from overseas with great news – which I will share with you next week (I’ve written more than enough today!). I’ll leave you with a handful of fresh fossil images. I just needed to get my hands dirty digging out behind the studio.
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