My humble little studio in late afternoon. It’s an old cabin that sits tucked in the woods off a quiet country road. Kaaterskill Creek, familiar to the Hudson River Painters as well as Rip Van Winkle, turns into stunning waterfalls just through the trees. I tend to refer to this area as “dying and going to heaven.”
In one week, on September 8 and 9, I will be participating in the Fifth Annual Catskill Artist and Gallery Tour. A wonderful and diverse group of artists and galleries will be opening their studios from 11 AM until 5 PM on those two days. Any and all of you readers are most welcome to drop by, see some of my work as well as the many fossils I photograph. It’s a fine time of the year to visit, especially for all of my friends down in NYC. Take a day trip, breathe in some fresh country air and stretch out in a place adopted by artists almost two hundred years ago.
This long tradition – this relationship between artist and the Catskill Area – continues to flower today. The list of artists participating this year is a testament to that. To many of us, the relationship with the local landscape, that experience of nature, seems to take over and direct our work. At the very least, the locale informs and affects out creative processes.
All the images in this post, in fact, both landscape and fossil, were taken within just a few miles of my studio.
From the tour website:
From monster teddy bears made out of barbed wire to space-age yurts with amazing views, from Hudson River villas to restored gallery buildings and renovated churches, our past tours have celebrated some of the most significant talent and amazing locations, private and public, in the region and the state.
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A Pre-Tour Preview Party will take place at the M Gallery, 350 Main Street in Catskill on Friday evening, Sept. 7.
Next week I’ll be filling you in on some shows I’ll be in that same weekend. Also coming up, I’m getting busy working on fresh images from the Museum of the Earth. The good folks at PRI allowed me back to photograph from their amazing collection. Much to look forward to.
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