0410: Springing

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What a lovely sight – the Catskills and a snow-free field. Signs of Spring abound. The peepers are peeping. The crocuses are crocussing…

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…the honkers are honking (during a brief stopover on their journey north)…

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…and the gobblers are strutting for the hens!

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Once again, with the snow gone, I’ve been taking a fresh look at the newly uncovered fossil-laden rocks that surround my studio. What caught my eye this time were the large pieces of coarse sandstone. Often they are, layer upon layer, filled with wide varieties of marine invertebrates.

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These images result from a few pieces that I cracked open with my hammer and chisel. A good rock can yield seemingly endless compositional possibilities. It takes persistence – but the results are worth the effort.

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Here, two cephalopods crisscross, with a piece of coral breaking through one of them. Imagine this sea floor 385 million years ago – with this density of life forms.

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A few days ago, I arrived early for the monthly meeting of the Beacon Artist Union. And, as I sat in the car in a steady rain, I realized I had a fine unexpected shooting opportunity…

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This was exactly what it all looked like through the windshield.

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No tricks. No filters. Just a steady rain.

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During that meeting we dismantled the last show (Thanks to all my friends who visited). And we prepared for the upcoming show set to open this Saturday, April 12, 6-9 PM. The group show, entitled “Tasteless,” should be interesting! Who knows just where it will lead, but rest assured, this is a terrific group of artists and they are full of surprises. I’m glad to be a part of the group.

Here is one of my contributions, entitled “All American Dessert.”

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Saturday will be busy starting with openings (upstairs and down) at WAAM in Woodstock. 4-6 PM. This work, from last week’s blog, was accepted into the juried Small Works show.

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Then we go across the street to Oriole 9 for the opening of my Devonian Drawer show, 5-7 PM. If you are in the area please join us.

And from there we head down to Beacon for the Tasteless show, 6-9 PM, 506 Main Street. Also at bau, in Gallery 2, we will have a selection of works from our represented artists.

I hope to see you there.

0403: Finally Spring!

IMG_0062_01_LR_12Seems as if Winter lasted forever. It really didn’t, of course. But, here in the Catskill area, the last few years of mild winters had left many of us a bit spoiled. That’s the past. Right now sun and mild temperatures have changed attitudes dramatically!

IMG_0134_01_LR_12Like seeing friendly faces after a long separation, my fossil garden has resurfaced after a winter of snow cover, much to my own delight. And the cephalopods are beginning to look more like exclamation points greeting the good weather.

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IMG_2718_01_LR_12For me, the good weather has meant my first trip of the season to the neighboring quarry. That’s the eastern escarpment of the Catskills in the distance – always a great view from up here. Directly behind me (from where I took the picture) sits a thirty foot tall pile of rocks – most of which come from a bulldozed layer thick with fossils. Nothing earth-shattering about these fossils from any scientific standpoint – but shooting possibilities abound.

IMG_0181_01_LR_10Plenty of brachiopods…

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IMG_0190_01_LR_10You never know what will appear in the next overturned rock…

IMG_0138_01_LR_10…and that’s the fun of it all. That and the joy of being out and about on a beautiful day in beautiful surroundings!

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IMG_0195_01_LR_10I also made a quick trip to a nearby road cut full of crinoid stems and ossicles (the little round things). I have shown crinoids many times in the past – they look like flowers on long stems. When the stems break down, what are left, essentially, are circular crosscuts of the stem. It’s a bit more involved than that but, for me, the random circles present endless creative opportunities.

That same trip led to this discovery:

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A couple of final notes – I’ll be gallery sitting at the bau Gallery this Sunday from noon until 6 PM. It’s the last day of my show (and our group show). So, if you are in the Beacon area please drop by.

Also, I just got back from hanging a show of my Devonian Drawer series at Oriole 9 in Woodstock. The opening is set for Saturday, April 12 at 5 PM. It will be up this weekend (hours are 8:30 ’til 4:30) for any of you who might be traveling to Woodstock for the Photo Now opening at the Center for Photography

I’ll leave you with Tuesday’s sunset from down the road. It was a special one.

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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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