My search for the motif for any 19th century painting of the Adirondacks opens questions – about the artist, the location and the culture at that time. Sometimes I can answer the questions. Consider, for example, David Johnson’s 1870 painting, Study of Nature, Dresden, Lake George.
The painting can be seen in Albany in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Johnson painted a strikingly similar painting, View of Dresden, Lake George, 1874, which can be seen in the catalogue for the 2005 exhibition at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, Painting Lake George, 1774-1900. » Continue Reading.
When I was younger, Christmas Eve was always a magical night. We finished off the decorations on the tree, which seemed better every year, in anticipation of Christmas Day and wonderful gifts and visits from relatives, festive food and drinks. But the night itself was a wonder like no other. As I look back, the life-enhancing quality this time of year gave everyone has gradually been replaced by the imposition of something quite different, as the holiday progressively morphed into an orgy of un-affordable acquisition, more and more hideous decorations and music, with “consumers” spurred on by a massive onslaught of greed-driven corporate advertising.
Sometimes I can still sense a glimmer of the original quality that set these days apart from all others, but it takes effort now to evoke the feeling of past Christmas Eves. In the clamor of today’s rushed holiday insistence, it’s hard to remember why we celebrate the great significance, the beauty, and the ultimate tragedy and rebirth of this cyclical myth, whether literally true or not, a story that has been embodied in various forms throughout human history. » Continue Reading.
I painted the eclipse of August 21, 2017. No, not a solid black background with an orange disk with a bite taken out of it. I went out to a favorite painting location and I painted the effects of the eclipse on the Adirondack landscape!
It was kind of a crazy idea, but I figured a 60% reduction of the amount of light coming from the sun should have some kind of an optical impact on the world around us. I considered several options and then went to the Harrietstown Cemetery hill, on Route 86, where there is an unobstructed view looking east towards Whiteface, Moose and McKenzie Mountains. They are always bathed in light during the afternoon, so I figured the reduction of light would effect the colors and values. » Continue Reading.
View, the multi-media arts center in Old Forge, is seeking artists working in all forms of watermedia for the 2017 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.
The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors is considered one of the top ten watermedia exhibitions in the nation, drawing artists and audiences from all over. Each year artists compete for a chance at over $14,000 in prizes and awards. » Continue Reading.
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) has invited the public to an opening Meet-the-Artist Reception on Friday, March 24 from 5 to 7 pm with Parmelee Tolkan, Stephen Horne, Eleanor Sweeney and Jon Prime for their group exhibit, Imagined Landscapes.
This new exhibit will be on display in the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 29. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 pm. Admission is free.
In Imagined Landscapes, four artists offer new paths into the traditional landscape through their personal explorations of the natural world. » Continue Reading.
There is an exhibit in the Heron Gallery at the Paul Smith’s College VIC that everyone should go see. It is a collection of oil and watercolor paintings, poetry and written narrative that has great merit. This show would command respect no matter where it is exhibited, but it is especially relevant here in the Adirondacks, as it was in Vermont, it’s state of origin.
I’m primarily a landscape painter and one could say I choose to paint wilderness landscapes that are “pretty”. That’s not aways why I actually chose something as my subject matter, but it probably comes across that way. I don’t often paint anything that’s man-made or unattractive. » Continue Reading.
The Paul Smith’s College VIC’s Heron Marsh Gallery will host an opening reception at 10 am Saturday, December 10th, for the art and poetry exhibit, “A Deeper Sense.” The public is welcome, and light refreshments will be served.
During the fall semester, area artists and poets shadowed Paul Smith’s College students during their ecological field studies and produced works of art based on those student projects. » Continue Reading.
Artist Winn Rea will greet visitors at The Heron Marsh Gallery, Paul Smith’s College VIC, from 2-4 pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016. This is the last day to meet the artist and see the artist’s painted topographic reliefs on view in her solo show, “Topo Shift 3: Woods Way.”
Each work is based on a particular hike or paddle Rea has taken in the Adirondacks. The artist takes photographs of shadows while on the trail. Back in her Keene Valley shop/studio she builds the topography out of layers of Russian Birch plywood then paints the reliefs with the colors, patterns, and shadows collected while hiking. » Continue Reading.
“Adirondack Impressions ~ Misty Waters, Foggy Mountains”, a solo exhibit by artist Milton Norman Franson, will be on display in the Judith Lowenstein Cohen Memorial Wing of the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., through November 30.
Franson has been a frequent visitor and admirer of the Adirondacks for the past 40 years. “We’ve been coming here (from Old Forge to Wilmington and Lake Placid and Tupper Lake) since our first ski trip visit in 1974 in a New Year’s Day snowstorm,” says the painter. “The inspiration is always fresh and exciting, whether a view from the top of Whiteface or a simple hike around Nick’s Lake with a glimpse of a red newt on bright green moss.” » Continue Reading.
Remember playing with chalk on the sidewalk? Well, if you want to see the very opposite of that, head over to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a wonderful show of pastel paintings. “A Convergence of Pastel”, featuring the works of a dozen nationally recognized artists, will only be on display until September 18. Local artists featured are Diane Leifheit, Linda Sweeney, Joyce Hanson and Ingrid Van Slyke.
It is everything but soft, fuzzy chalk drawings. There are impeccably detailed still life arrangements, exquisite portraits, landscapes of soft subtle colors as well as brilliant flashes of color, abstracts, florals, more figurative paintings, and plein air work. Having never used pastels myself, that is “real” pastels – pure pigment shaped into chalk-like sticks, I really don’t know how they work. I don’t know how the artists keep from smudging them, or how they blow off the accumulated dust. How they keep straight which color is which when they don’t have any labels or wrappers like our old-fashioned Crayola crayons did. I’d like to know how they get crisp, straight edges and even how they might erase or fix a mistake. I will likely stick to my paint brushes, as I do know how to use them. But this is a show that is well worth going to see – it will change forever your impressions of what can be done with pastels when you see the work of master artists. » Continue Reading.
View, the arts center in Old Forge, will hold its annual Plein Air Paint Out and Art Auction over Labor Day Weekend, September 1 – 3, 2016. Artists and guests are invited to visit View at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 3, the last day of the paint out, for the live art auction in View’s Gould Hall.
The Plein Air Paint Out and Art Auction attracts both renowned and amateur artists who have exhibited their works in New York, Pennsylvania, the New England states, and elsewhere. Many artists return year after year to participate and enjoy the camaraderie of the Plein Air event. Each participating artist is asked to donate one framed piece for the art auction. » Continue Reading.
The Long Lake Historical Society and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Public Library will present a lecture on Thomas Cole, a founder of the Hudson River School, by Matt DeLaMater on Friday, August 19th, at 7 pm at the Town Hall on Route 30 in Long Lake.
September, 2016 will be the 180th anniversary of Thomas Cole’s 1846 trip to the central Adirondacks and Long Lake. Many of Cole’s works were inspired by the Adirondacks and White Mountains , but it has largely remained a mystery whether there were any paintings remaining from Cole’s visit to the Central Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
View, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, will hold a reception celebrating the opening of the Adirondacks National Exhibitions of American Watercolors this Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, August 6, from 10 am to 12 pm, the Annual Walkabout Lecture and Brunch will take place with Juror of Selection Carolyn Lord. Brunch is $15 for non-members/ $10 for View members. Lord will discuss, in detail, some of her favorite paintings from the exhibition. » Continue Reading.
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has acquired a watercolor by the leading early American Modernist John Marin (1872-1953) titled “Lake George.” The painting, which depicts a view from Bolton Landing, was purchased at Sotheby’s auction house in June with support from the Museum’s Charles R. Wood Acquisition Fund, and it marks the first major outright purchase of a work of art by The Hyde in a generation.
It is also the first work by John Marin to enter the permanent collection. Marin was a major figure in early American Modernism, best known for his inventive watercolors. His work is held in private collections and prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. » Continue Reading.
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