Year’s End 2013

IMG_5800_01_LR_12Kaaterskill Creek passes within a hundred yards of my studio – a pleasure to view anytime of year. Yesterday it looked like this.

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We’ll be on the road this holiday season so this will be my final post for the year 2013. As I reflect on the past twelve months I must acknowledge the good fortune I have experienced, all thanks to the wonderful people I have been fortunate enough to meet. Many people to thank. The following images, personal favorites of mine from 2013, often reflect the kindness of others. I am most grateful for their interest and assistance.

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img_1796a_01_lr_10My thanks to everyone at the Catskill Center in Arkville. This image was created while participating this past summer in their Platte Clove Artist-In-Residency Program.

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img_7810_2b_lr_12A product of Paris – part of the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Show currently on display at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

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img_9475_01_lr_10Auctioned off for “Hungry For Music“, a group that raises money for kids who can’t afford musical instruments.

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img_0071_01_0076_lr_12My thanks to Susan Butts and Derek Briggs at the Yale Peabody Museum who opened their doors to my camera. The twin “portrait” of crinoids was the result of exploring their backroom storage shelves.

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ilm_2306_lr_10And this image of crinoid ossicles, looking like a pile of buttons, was a favorite at my show this past summer on Isle La Motte in Vermont. These were fossils found there at Chazy Reef, some of the oldest I have ever photographed. My great thanks to Linda, Donald, and their friends and associates for the fine reception they gave this work.

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img_1698_01_lr_12Tile floor at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

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Uniforms_LR_12Thanks to my friends, both old and new, with whom I shared in a wonderful project that led to a successful and well-received show, Small Town Parade, held at SPAF in Saugerties. It was an honor to share the experience with them.

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img_0999_01_lr_12A surprise find on the road, just outside Cooperstown – Wood Bull Antiques.

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img_9427_01_lr_10I met a guy on the street in Hudson one day. This box sat in the back of his pickup truck. He saw my interest, snapping away from the curb, so he gave it to me. Thanks again whoever you were.

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img_9442_01_lr_12A friend gave me this old rusted bicycle seat. Seeing it there, sitting in my drawer, conjures up thoughts of the Hindu God Ganesha.

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img_9357_01_lr_12My favorite gastropod, sitting in my Devonian Drawer with metal mesh salvaged from a burned down factory.

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img_2735a_01_lr_12An empty studio in Florence. Even empty space looks great there!

None of these images from Italy wold exist were it not for my dear friends who invited me to exhibit with them at the Natural History Museum on Florence. Many Thanks!

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img_4802_02_lr_10Rome Building Lobby

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       img_4177_01_lr_10And, finally, a misty hilltop in Tuscany. To all my Italian friends “Buon Natale.” And to everyone else, Best Wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday time and Good Fortune for 2014.

And thanks, as always, for your kind support and interest.

0502 – Old Business and New

IMG_9756_01_LR_12 I was finally able to gather together links to two recent events I have referenced recently. The first is a link to the terrific profile that Mik Horowitz did for the Hudson Valley Almanac. Peering into Deep Time is the title of the article. The full version (PDF with original layout) can be found by clicking on Deep Time in the Nav Bar above. The web version can be found here.

Also, the recent radio interview I did with Ann Cooper is currently archived at WGXC Radio. The full 45 minute interview can be found HERE.

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More good news arrived late yesterday. I was informed that I was chosen for the Platte Clove Artists in Residency Program. This is a program sponsored by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. Since 1969, The Catskill Center  has worked to protect the natural resources of the Catskills and promote the economy for communities throughout the Catskill Park, Catskill Mountains and the entire Catskill Region.

Regarding the program, their website states:

The Catskill Center also offers the Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence program – the only one in the country situated in the historic area where the first American school of landscape was initiated in 1825 (The Hudson River School of Painting) by Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Thomas Doughty, Frederic Edwin Church and others who searched the Frederic Church,Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain Region for untainted wilderness.The Platte Clove cabin sits where mountain and valley meet, providing a tranquil and rustic workplace and retreat for artists working in a variety of disciplines in the living landscape where American art began.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to post some images from a project I did a couple of years ago tying the artists of the Hudson River School to the early geologists who together hiked Platte Clove.

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The above images are from the Thomas Cole House and are part of a collection that belonged to Cole himself. While Platte Clove, as far as I know, has no fossils it does have rock formations and landscape that those early explorers captured in their drawings and paintings. More from my project (with respect to those painters):

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IMG_3802_01b Seven days in the cabin atop the Clove. I can’t wait. My great thanks to the Conservancy.

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One last note – The Hungry for Music silent auction is scheduled for 4 PM – 7PM on Saturday at Opus 40 in Saugerties. Come out to bid on this print of mine and work by 30 artists – all for a great cause.

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0425 – Read All About It

img_5543_01_lr_10-1Regular readers of this blog probably remember this trilobite image, the result of a visit last Summer to Ithaca. Well, I’m happy to say that it now graces the front page of the Almanac section of this week’s Woodstock Times. It accompanies a two page profile about me written by Mikhail Horowitz. The article clearly shows not only how wonderful a writer Mik is, but also just how well he understands this “fossil” thing! Thank you, Mik, for such a thoughtful and perceptive article. (As of this writing, the article had yet to post. It will probably show up tomorrow (Fri.) and is already on the newspaper racks.)

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IMG_9475_01_LR_10Prints of the images above and below will be auctioned off on Saturday, May 4, at Opus 40 in Saugerties,NY. Hungry For Music is the non-profit organization behind this fund raiser, the goal of which is “Providing the gift of music to underserved children with a hunger to play.” Thirty area artists (myself included) are donating art for a silent auction with the money raised going to the purchase of musical instruments for those children.

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Musical Visions: Instruments Altered by Artists.

4-7 PM Saturday, May 4 at OPUS 40.

Come for the auction, the food, and the music

A most worthy cause in my book.

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And now time for some fossils. One of the first things I realized once the good weather arrived was how remiss I was last Fall regarding leaf clean-up. So the other day I got out the blower and uncovered the many mounds of fossil-laden rocks I have created all around my little cabin studio in the woods.

IMG_9641_01_LR_12Different light, different moods make these once used subjects fresh all over again. The above cephalopod mold is more than 7″ long and 3″ wide. And the following image is an impression of a very large brachiopod (not local, but instead dragged here from up north during the last Ice Age).

IMG_9587_01_LR_10The remainder are various brachiopods, all local, all found within a few miles of my studio.

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