0808: As Summer Races Along

IMG_2128_01_LR_10Corn every night from Story’s and an occasional ice cream from Circle W are two of the many things that make this time of year so special around here.

IMG_1257_01_LR_10It has been a very busy time for me in the studio lately. And I am happy to say that it’s getting even busier. So I’ll keep this pretty brief.

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IMG_1372_01_LR_10Last chance to see the Small Town Parade Show at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory  (SPAF). The show has been extended through this weekend, August 10-11. All of us involved are most grateful for the response we received from the community at large. It was a great project for the eleven of us. Drop by if you can. Several of us should be around. including Rivka Katvan, seen below at the opening with her work.

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My main focus at the moment is my (rapidly approaching) show in Vermont. We hang the show next Thursday on Isle La Motte, as lovely a site for a show as any I have ever found. On this island sits the Chazy Fossil Reef, formed 480 million years ago. It’s a fascinating place, much of which has been saved thanks to the hard work of Linda Fitch and her associates. Their efforts led to the establishment of the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust, the organization that looks after things up there.

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The show is a collection of images I made from our visit over a year ago. The gastropod above is one of twenty five pieces that will be exhibited. I’ll try to have more on the show before we leave on Wednesday. In the meantime, I have a stack of prints and frames to attend to!

The opening will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 18 from 1-5 PM at Fisk Farm.

Fisk Farm is located directly north of the Fisk Quarry Preserve

3849 West Shore Road
Isle La Motte, VT 05463

I’ve been working on a number of gastropod images, so wouldn’t I start seeing them wherever I go – the other day in Woodstock, the wet sidewalk seemed to be weighing in!

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On another note, a stroll in Hudson the other day yielded this pair of color pieces.

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IMG_2161_01_LR_12It was the “ow” that caught my attention. It was speaking to me. The stroll was catching up with me – a herniated disc introduced itself while on my recent artists’ residency at Platte Clove – and it seems to want to hang around for a while. Despite it, that time spent up there was magical. And two of the images from that stay will be part of a show at the end of the month at the Catskill Center in Arkville. I’ll have more on that upon my return from Vermont. Here are the two that were chosen:

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IMG_1796a_01_LR_10Back to the framing for me. Thanks for your time today.

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0627: Small Town Parade

MangerRegular readers of this blog might remember this image of mine, entitled “American Manger.” It was taken last year (July 4, 2102 to be precise) and is part of a show set to open on July 5. The show, entitled Small Town Parade, is the product of eleven photographers (myself included) who gathered together to cover the annual Saugerties, NY Fourth of July Parade.

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Like parades occurring in thousands of small towns all across the country that day, they each reflect the local community pride as well as the collective love of country. While they all share common elements, they each have a flavor unique to their respective community. As a group we set off to capture these various elements and, encouraged by the results, we now wish to share our observations with the community. Please join us if you are in the vicinity.

SMALL TOWN PARADE

EXHIBITION

Opening Reception – Friday, July 5, 2013

6 – 9 PM

 Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF)

169 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties, NY

 Through July 26

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Each of the images appearing today are part of this exhibit. Each is followed by the name of the particular photographer which links to their respective websites.

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Waving to the crowd  at the traditional July 4th Parade in Saugerties, NY-2012.Allen Bryan

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BenjaminSwett03Benjamin Swett

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Parade Overlook, SaugertiesDan Burkholder

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#58 MilitaryHarry Wilks

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girl_on_tractor_amJill Skupin Burkholder

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ban the bomb glassesKen Tannenbaum

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MichaelNelson04 copyMichael Nelson

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Moshe 01Moshe Katvan

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Rivka 3Rivka Katvan

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Lindley_03Tom Lindley

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Seldom do we photographers have the opportunity to work with others, photography being  a rather solitary pursuit. This project allowed for it, much to the benefit of each of us. A wonderful sense of joint purpose and camaraderie infused this effort and we believe is present in this exhibit.

01aI’ll be back with fossils next week.

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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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