Posted on January 6th, 2012 2 comments Add a comment >>
I recently wrote a blog for Adirondack Almanack about an art exhibit featuring the work of Anne Diggory, who often paints Adirondack landscapes. When asked which of her Adirondack paintings was her favorite, she replied that it was a scene of Panther Gorge as seen from Mount Marcy.
I thought people would like to see the painting, so I posted it above.
Diggory painted two studies of the scene in 2001—one a watercolor, the other acrylic—while visiting her daughter Ariel, who was then a summit steward.
“The watercolor set the composition and the smaller one (along with photographs) set the color,” she told me in an e-mail. “I had really liked how the sky felt like a roof, with Dix just about touching it.”
Note the boulder in the foreground. At the time, Diggory was painting a lot of boulders for her Sisyphus Series. Sisyphus was the Greek king condemned to push a huge boulder up a hill; each time he got near the top, it rolled back down, and he had to begin again. It doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend eternity, but Diggory has a different take. “There is the idea that Sisyphus actually enjoyed going up and down: just think what he could see each time,” she said.
The painting, called Boulder at the Top, is not part of the current exhibit at the Blue Mountain Gallery in Manhattan. The exhibit, titled “Turbulence,” will run through Saturday, January 28. The gallery is located at 530 West 25 Street in Manhattan.
You can view more of Diggory’s work on her website.
Posted on December 8th, 2011 Add a comment >>
Quick, think of an Adirondack photographer. What name jumps to mind? Is it Nancie Battaglia? Carl Heilman II? Mark Bowie? Nathan Farb? Perhaps the up-and-coming Johnathan Esper?
If you’re a fan of any or all of these pros, you should love the Adirondack View Finders exhibit at View, the new arts center in Old Forge.
View will be exhibiting the work of all five—and two other photographers, Clark Lubbs and Lesley Dixon—through March 3.
The Explorer frequently runs photographs by Nancie, Carl, and Mark, and we once ran a spread of Johnathan’s photos, including the one above. We could say a thousand words in praise of their work, but we’ll let their pictures do the talking.
View is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 (no charge for children twelve).
Posted on September 22nd, 2009 Add a comment >>
The history of Finch, Pruyn & Co. and its paper mill in Glens Falls is intertwined with the history of the Adirondack Park. Two years ago, the company sold all its lands, more than 160,000 acres, to the Nature Conservancy and its mill to Atlas Holdings. Much of the land is expected to added to the state Forest Preserve.
The Hyde Collection of Glens Falls will soon be exhibiting a piece of Finch, Pruyn’s history. The museum just announced that it received an oil painting by Douglass Crockwell titled Paper Workers, Finch Pruyn & Co. The artist, who died in 1968, was the first director of the Hyde Collection and an illustrator for such magazines as Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, and Esquire.
“This painting is a remarkable example of his endeavor as a fine artist–long before he became the famous illustrator of the 1940s and ’50s,” said Erin B. Coe, the Hyde’s chief curator. Done during the Depression, the oil painting shows two men at work, closely watched by a supervisor.
The painting was donated to the museum by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Hoopes of Bolton Landing. It will be sent to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center for cleaning and other treatment and before it’s put on display.
It’s uncertain when the painting will be returned to the museum,but Coe’s best guess is that it will be eight months to a year.
Posted on May 22nd, 2009 1 comment - Add a comment >>The July/August issue of the Adirondack Explorer will include two pages of paintings and photographs from “A ‘Wild, Unsettled Country’: Early Reflections of the Adirondacks,” an exhibit that opened today at the Adirondack Museum. It runs through Oct. 18.Lovers of art and nature may be interested in a similar exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts called “Expanding Horizons,” which will run June 18 through Sept. 27. The museum has assembled nearly two hundred landscape paintings and photographs created between the Civil War and the outbreak of World War II. The museum says the works portray landscapes in the United States and Canada in “an era of artistic and historical transformation coinciding with the westward expansion of the two countries.”The Montreal exhibit includes A Coming Storm in the Adirondacks, painted by Homer Ransford Watson a Canadian artist, in 1879. The musuem’s spokesman did not know if the oil painting depicts an actual landscape in the Adirondacks. It doesn’t look like anyplace I know, but if I were to speculate, I’d say it was inspired by the Hudson Gorge.
Anybody have another guess?