Saturday, June 5, 2021

Creative Adirondacks: Fused glass artist Marie Cogar

Marie CogarMarie Cogar’s devotion to expanding her artistic range with fused glass is evident in the beautiful fused glass art that she creates.  The tools and materials in the studio and gallery reflect her dedication to detail and precision, and the energy in Marie’s life. Her pieces seem to capture Marie’s approach to life, as an opportunity to learn and experiment with a variety of glass techniques.  It’s not surprising to learn that Marie is not only a visual artist but is also a musician.

Not all glass has the same COE (Coefficient of Expansion), therefore the same type of glass can only be fused together. Marie uses Oceanside 96 glass which comes in transparent, opaque, iridescent and dichroic sheets to name a few.  Fused glass pieces start with flat glass in sheets, which must be cut and then fired in a kiln.  It is  important to note that to fuse glass pieces there must be at least  two layers of glass. Some of Marie’s glass pieces are free formed, while others are given a form  by firing a second time using a mold.  Her fused glass art is both daily functional and decorative. The variety and versatility of the medium is inspiring.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Poetry: Opening

Opening

(To thank our dear nephew, Chris on his opening of the family Camp)

Young man returning to his ‘church’,

North Country cathedrals of pine and spruce,

Not visited for a rift of darkest time, an unforeseen breech,

Letting sun filter through the fertile canopy,

Forever wild,

On this day of Camp re-opening.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Adirondack Theatre Festival announces summer 2021 line-up

Adirondack Theatre Festival logoTickets are now available for this summer’s 2021 Adirondack Theatre Festival, which includes a comedy, a musical tribute and a new play reading at the Wood Theater, as well as a free PB&J Cafe show for children at City Park. Nightly 30-minute music performances next to the Wood on festival show nights will also take place. 

“After a long intermission, it seemed appropriate that we open our summer with a comedy,” says Martha Banta, interim producing artistic director, of the play “Slow Food.” “Theater is a lot about human connections and what better way for audiences and actors to return together and connect through laughter.”

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Poetry: Painting in Morning

Painting in Morning

Perfect light reveals

Deep texture in a canvas sky.

Finest of brush hairs dot a mosaic landscape,

A seascape, devoid of birds.

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

2021 community arts grants announced

blues at timbuctoo posterThe ADK Quad-County Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA/Arts Center) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 DEC Grant awards. With funds made available by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), ALCA’s DEC program is regranting a total of $91,720 for 30 projects throughout the four counties the Arts Center, as the region’s DEC site, serves: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.

The statewide DEC Grant Program was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. The program forms the cornerstone of the partnership between NYSCA and local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link between NYSCA and portions of the community that might not otherwise be able to access funding from NYSCA.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Adirondack Center for Writing hosts free virtual retreat for teens

Mahogany L. BrownHigh School Writing Retreat

↠ Wednesday, April 21, 2021 // 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm ET
↠ LIVE ONLINE on Zoom // Sessions are recorded for registrants only to view to help alleviate any scheduling or tech issues
↠ Free! There’s no cost to be a part of the High School Writing Retreat thanks to our supporters: Cloudsplitter FoundationCharles R. Wood FoundationSaranac Lake Public School Education Fund

Register for a day of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, swag bags (limited supply), and a meet ‘n greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any homeschooled and high school students and classes, no writing experience necessary!

Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne (pictured here), Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.

Schedule is as follows:

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Band Nite Train pens High Peaks tribute

COVID-19 has affected all of us in one way or another, and hopefully things are winding down. For those of us in upstate New York, getting back to a sense of normalcy seems just around the corner, and listening to some bluesy folk music about the Adirondack High Peaks may be the perfect way to hold us over until we can return to the outdoors ourselves without fear.

Upstate New York-based band Nite Train is back with their newest album “Cat on a Mission,” named after band leader Ken Briggs’ newly adopted blind cat, whose other senses have turned up to overdrive. The cat zooms around with some serious conviction, and the phrase “cat on a mission was born.”

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Serenade of the loon and the journey of healing

Loon

(All loon photos courtesy of Peggy Ivimey)

*A Brief Author’s Note: I first drafted “Serenade of the Loon” several years back. I had plans to submit it to Adirondack Life magazine, but lacked the loon photographs I felt I needed to complete it. so I never did.

Peggy Ivimey and I graduated from Saranac Lake High School together. She still lives in the Saranac Lake area, where she is a photographer specializing in loon & eagle photography on Lake Colby and throughout the Tri-Lakes area. I’m sure many of you already know Peggy and her top notch Adirondack bird imagery. When I first saw it, I found her photography’s high quality striking. In my humble opinion, some of the very best work I’ve seen.

Long story short, we recently reconnected via Facebook and decided to collaborate. “Serenade of The Loon” is the result.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Poetry: Dragonfly Dreaming

Dragonflies,

Gossamered in gold iridescence,

Fluttering in double-winged prescience,

Shimmering faery lights,

Trembling in an out

Of reality, magical,

Nearly corporeal, yet,

Nearly not,

Flickering one and one and one,

Bobbing, sentient, sapient,

Perched precariously on single blades,

Among seas of swaying grass,

Blanketing them, gilding them,

In a resplendent dream,

Of Spring,

Like souls of before,

Come again.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Summer reading

book stackReady to read a good book by a mountain lake? That’s a pleasant thought after a troubling year, and the time for it is creeping up on us. Maybe this summer we’ll even feel safe to mingle in bookshops, or do our reading around others in coffee shops.

Remember those days?

With high hopes, we at the Adirondack Explorer are assembling a summer reading list and some reviews, for recent books with Adirondack themes or interests.

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Poetry: Wind Dancing

Wind Dancing
Yes, it goes the way the wind blows,

This I say about today,

And it’s true of tomorrow too…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Spring comes to the mountains

springBy Patti Reiss Brooks

With windows shut, curtains drawn, and doors firmly latched against a long cold winter, no one heard her come on a breeze scented with sunshine and earth. She wore a fluttery light green dress that left her slim arms bare. Her slippered feet appeared to float over the hardened snow and in her wake birds, like bridesmaids, flew, singing their joy in following her.

If they had been looking they’d see how the drifts parted as she came down the mountain pass.

North Wind noticed and was not pleased with the ease she slipped in, softening his winter’s work. He reigned with a force that snapped trees as though they were twigs. Everything sought shelter and shivered when he howled. They cowered when he blustered. But this one … she didn’t lower her head in proper acquiesces when he blew.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Spring’s promise

 

spring melt

Winter’s Winds Wild

Ice Trickles Flow

Melting Deep Drifted

Sunlight Bright On White Snow

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Virtual Howl Story Slam LIVE

story slamFriday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
Theme: “March Madness”

The same beloved Howl Story Slam, revamped to be enjoyed at home.

This event is LIVE via Zoom featuring 5-minute true stories, with no notes. The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required in advance for storytellers and audience members, sign up here.

Free to tell stories and to attend. If you are able, please please add a suggested $10 donation to your registration for the Howl team to split.

Click here to register
The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio. Photo: Gretchen Koehler tells a story at the Howl Grand Story Slam, December 2019. Photo credit: Baylee Annis, Adirondack Center for Writing

Monday, March 8, 2021

Poetry: Hunger as Focus

Hunger as Focus

Wads of newspapers
New York Times
Glens Falls Post-Star
Albany Times-Union
With flames to pulp
kindling ignores news
Favors votes to get
dinner on the table

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.