Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Poem: One Night, Adirondack

adirondack night

One Night, Adirondack

How Much Would You Pay

For One Night of Quiet Solitude

By A Crackling Campfire

Under the Stars

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

New Adirondack Jazz Quartet books series of gigs

Adirondack Jazz Quartet

Almanack “regular” Bob Meyer sent in this notice…he’ll be performing some dates this winter with The New Adirondack Jazz Quartet.

Featuring Steven Frieder, tenor and alto saxes; Luke Franco, guitar; Bryan Copeland, bass and Bob Meyer, drums & cymbals.

Gigs:

Friday, Feb. 4th @ The VIC Paul Smiths 7pm

Saturday Feb. 5th @ The Recovery Lounge Upper Jay 7pm

Sunday Feb. 6th @ the Tannery Pond Center, North Creek 3pm


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Poem: Every Day

Every Day

On every day that we breathe,

We give thanks.

On every day,

Free from suffering, want, despair,

Free from fear,

Free,

We give thanks.

Every day we have lived through,

Loved, learned, struggled through,

Has made us what we are.

For what we are, and what we can be,

With the help of grace, mercy, compassion,

With grateful humility, every day,

We give thanks.


Sunday, November 7, 2021

Murder mystery set in the Adirondacks

murder mysteryBACK DIRT unfolds in Ski Country in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. A murder suspect from Colorado has surfaced there. Does an archaeological dig for old bones at the Battle Ax Ski Resort find fresh blood? Television reporter JC Snow digs for the truth at the winter hot spot.

The author, Phil Bayly has been a journalist for over four decades.

He anchored the #1 rated morning news at WNYT-TV in the state capitol of New York, Albany, for fifteen years.

He was also a reporter at KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado and WTAJ-TV in Pennsylvania.

He’s been a skier his entire life, much of that time enjoyed as a ski racer. Sometimes he was fast. Many times, he wasn’t fast enough.

Phil was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.  He was educated at Denver University and Colorado State University. He now lives in Saratoga County, NY with his wife.

More info: https://www.murderonskis.com/


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Creative Adirondacks: David Kanietakeron Fadden

david fadden, photo by linda Friedman Ramirez

The faces in David Kanietakeron Fadden’s paintings grab you immediately, they are full of joy and kinetic energy.  I was able to interview David at the Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center  in Onchiota, New York, where many of his paintings are currently on exhibit. David, who is an Akwesasne Mohawk and whose name Kanietakeron means Patches of Snow,  helped me understand how attaining this skill to portray such emotion had been a process.  He remembers the moment that he was leaving the Metropolitan Museum of art, and nearly out the door when he saw in one of the last rooms, a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Although David had already been painting for many years, he felt that portraying expression and human anatomy were eluding him.  When he saw the paint strokes, reflections of color on the skin, and softness of Franklin’s portrait at the Met, he described the moment as “jaw dropping,” and it inspired him to learn how to accomplish the same. For David, painting faces full of  life and expression is fundamental to his art and evident in the work he has on exhibition at Six Nations.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Adirondack Waters Finally Flowing in New York City

anne at live streaming

More than a year ago, my painting exhibition, Live Streaming, was postponed due to the pandemic shutdown of New York City galleries. On September 7th those painted waterways finally started flowing in the city. Thirty-five paintings and drawings can now be seen at the Blue Mountain Gallery on 27th Street through October 2. What a relief to finally be able to share them. Although the Delta variant is making art-lovers more cautious and vaccinations are required to enter all galleries, the New York art scene is reviving. At the reception I am pictured (above) with “In Suspension,” which was featured in a previous Almanack article, Art in the Pandemic – Distraction, Solace and Direction.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Creative Adirondacks: Painter Susan Whiteman

touch the earth, a painting by susan whiteman

I was supposed to be interviewing Susan about her art, but many conversations later, there was more to talk about. Susan has such wide ranging interests and is such an avid reader, it is hard to compare her energy with the peace and tranquility found in her paintings. Susan’s schedule is always packed. Besides being a member of the cooperative gallery, North Wind Fine Arts, at 85 Main Street, Saranac Lake where she serves as President and helped with their recent move, she is also a member of the Saranac Lake ArtWorks Board.  She is originally from New Jersey, but she and her husband relocated to the Adirondacks in 2017. 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Call for Artists: 2021 Open Juried Show at the LPCA

lpca open juried art show

Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is encouraging artists of all genres and media to submit work for the annual LPCA Open Juried Art Show. This show is designed to celebrate the talents of our regional artists and highlight the creative visions of residents in and around New York’s North Country.

More information including the prospectus and online entry form can be found at https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/gallery/upcoming-shows/lpca-open-juried-art-show or by calling Anya Villeneuve at 518.523.2512.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Poem: Breathe

breathe

Author’s Note:  Greetings. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone. Your reads, RETWEETS, FACEBOOK shares, compliments & comments have all been so all greatly appreciated. I especially want to thank Editor Melissa Hart & all the great folks at Adirondack Explorer & here at The Adirondack Almanack. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity they have given me to share some of my adventures & stories with all of you.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tupper Arts, Wild Center mark 50 years of Barney Bellinger’s art

barney bellingerTupper Arts is excited to be collaborating with the Wild Center on joint shows that celebrate Barney Bellinger’s unique and authentic art pieces, all sourced and inspired by nature and our environment. It’s an honor for Tupper Arts to exhibit a collection that represents 50 years of Barney Bellinger’s original art and design masterpieces.  These works range from Barney’s groundbreaking 1970’s rustic furniture that he infused with paintings, bamboo fly rods and guide boat yokes, to lighting fixtures of roots, copper, gold and glass, to tables of precious woods and hand-shaped metals.   All art pieces in this collection will be for sale, and on view for the public to enjoy, July 1 – September 15, 2021, at Tupper Arts Center. Through April 22, 2022, visitors to The Wild Center will be able to view an exhibition of Bellinger’s sculptures in an outdoor setting. Visit the Wild Center and Tupper Arts Center, 5 minutes apart, to experience the vision, passion, and labor of an iconic Adirondack artist. Click here to read more about Bellinger and these two exhibits in the Adirondack Explorer. Artist Barney Bellinger and one of his sculptures. Photo provided by The Wild Center.

If you go

The Tupper Arts Center exhibition ends Sept. 15, but, shortly after, by October, a smaller, more minimalistic Bellinger exhibition will take its place, including new, steel sculpture furniture pieces, new paintings and new light fixtures.

The Forest Music Loop at the Wild Center will display “Welded Steel: Shape, Form and Light” through April 1, 2022.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Museum celebrates “A Woman’s View – Recognizing Artists in the Adirondack”

 

shirin neshat's artwork for a womans view art show at the adk history museum

ELIZABETHTOWN:  A gala reception welcomed museum patrons and art lovers to the formal celebration of the art show, “A Woman’s View ~ Recognizing Artists in the Adirondacks” in the Rosenberg Gallery at the Adirondack History Museum.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Creative Adirondacks: Writer Yvona Fast

yvona fast

I’m probably not the only person who clips and saves Yvona Fast’s superb articles about food and recipes from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.   I still have her recipe Leek fritters are a traditional Sephardic Hanukkah Dish [1] that I hope to try this winter.

But there is much more  to know about Yvona’s writing and accomplishments, and interviewing Yvona in Lake Clear, I have been captivated by her life experiences, living on three continents and speaking multiple languages.

My favorite story of Yvona is how she came to write her first published article, Happenings in Siberia, but that comes later……

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Adirondack Plein Art festival happening this week

plein air painter

The 13th Adirondack Plein Air Festival started Monday Aug 16 as artists checked in and began painting. Around 40 artists will be attending from all over the country. They will have 5 days to paint and then the paintings will be displayed in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake, NY. A Special Preview Party will be held Friday Aug 20, from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are $20/person, food & beverages will be served, and attendees will have the first look and opportunity to purchase the artwork produced during the week. Saturday, Aug 21, the Show & Sale will be FREE and open to the public, from 12 – 5 pm. Don’t miss this chance to bring home a “piece of the Adirondacks”!

Preview Party tickets may be purchased online HERE or at the door. Masks will be required. See more for  the complete schedule and list of participating artists here: https://saranaclakeartworks.org/plein-air/


Monday, August 16, 2021

New opera co-written by Russell Banks tells Adirondack story

harmony graphicWORLD PREMIERE –August 20 at 7:30 pm

Set in Keene Valley, NY, with numerous Adirondack references, the Seagle Festival’s world premiere opera tells the story of young composer Charles Ives, his love for high-class Harmony Twichell, and the interference of Twichell family friend Mark Twain in their betrothal – based on true events.

More here: https://seaglefestival.org/2021-season/

 


Monday, August 9, 2021

Amazing convergence of Adirondack art, music and literature this Friday

Saranac Lake ArtWorks announces a convergence of Adirondack “arts” on Friday August 13th: Literary, Fine Art, & Music. BluSeed Studios starts the night with a book reading by Christopher Shaw at 6 pm. (https://www.bluseedstudios.org/event/153626/the-power-line-reading-by-chris-shaw). The author will read from “The Powerline” – which the Schenectady Daily Gazette website  described as “taking readers on a journey to Lake Aurora and Saranac Lake and through time, going back to the years following World War I. It weaves together fictionalized memories of longtime residents with well-known regional landmarks and highlights how much the area has changed.” The reading starts at 6 pm, the admission fee is $10/person, and there will be time for questions and answers.

In the BluSeed gallery space, “Three Perspectives” is on display. (https://www.bluseedstudios.org/collections/164032). It is a special exhibit by 3 veteran Saranac Lake area Adirondack artists: pastel painter Diane Leifheit, plein air oil painter Nancy Brossard, and oil painter Stephen Horne.

Then with just a 15 minute drive to Paul Smiths, the VIC is hosting a 7 pm concert by well known Adirondack performers. (https://pscvic.square.site/product/concert-dan-duggan-and-peggy-lynn-8-13-21-7-8pm-/589?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=15). It’s a little tight and you might miss part of the beginning – but well worth it. From the VIC email newsletter, “Join regional treasures, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn, when they take the VIC stage. Come out for an evening of songs, stories and laughs”. Admission is $10/person.

This is an amazing convergence of Adirondack art, music and literature that rarely happens all on one night and for just $20 total.