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My other life…

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I don’t go on about this much but for the past 27 years,  I have run a business as a specialist in antique map and print pigment reconstruction/restoration.  This field was a direct result of having studied printmaking with master woodcut artist Antonio Frasconi at SUNY Purchase, a life-long fascination with visual history, and the good fortune of meeting a veteran mentor, Maria Barnett, with whom I apprenticed for 5 years.  I also received a grant from the Rotary Foundation which sent me to study old master techniques in Perugia, Italy for a year.  I love this job, I’m very good at it but restoration is a discreet line of work and I do it best if I don’t focus on it too much.  However, I do come across some amazing imagery and fortunately, I was able to share this with the festival organizers for the New York City Village Halloween Parade and they made some very cool puppets with copies of  antique print details that I sent them over the summer.  If I hadn’t been immersed in the Walkway Over the Hudson Parade, organized by the same crew at Superior Concept Monsters, I would have thrown myself into helping with the 2009 NYC Halloween Parade!  Click here to see more images (and a brief film!)

Denizen from Terra Incognita by Hermann Schedel

Denizen from Terra Incognita by Hermann Schedel

Puppets by Superior Monster Concepts for the NYC Village Halloween Parade

Puppets by Superior Concept Monsters for the NYC Village Halloween Parade

Abraham Ortelius Sea Monsters from "Islandia"

Abraham Ortelius Sea Monsters from "Islandia"

Ortelius Sea Horse from "Islandia" by Superior Monster Concepts for NYC Village Halloween Parade 2009

Ortelius Sea Horse from "Islandia" by Superior Concept Monsters for NYC Village Halloween Parade 2009

Emblem Show at G.A.S. Visual Arts Space in Poughkeepsie

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The Emblem Show opened at G.A.S. Visual Arts Space and it was the first time I got to study the Emblems up close and personal.  Franc did a wonderful job hanging them all plus he had a movie of the Walkway on a continual loop throughout the evening.  It was fun to browse and think “Oh yes! That is SO Hurley!” and even nicer was to connect with the other Walkway artists and recap what we went through to mobilize our towns for the event.  Consider a visit to the Walkway and then, make a trip to 196 Main Street to see the show.  They say over 100,000 visiters have made the crossing since the opening this past October 3!

Emblems and the Walkway….

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Before I  arrived at the Emblem Show opening at G.A.S. gallery, I made time to cross the Walkway Over the Hudson at sunset.  I hadn’t been there since the opening parade about a month ago so I was curious to see what it would be like on an ordinary day.   The weather was lovely, hovering around 60 degrees, and although  I started out from foggy Phoenicia, once I hit the valley, the sun was out and the clouds were confined to the mountains.  I didn’t know where the trail head was on the Poughkeepsie side but I figured if I kept close to the water, it shouldn’t be hard to find. Wandering the tree-lined streets of a quaint Hudson River town with clapboard houses and corner grocery stores, I was startled to see a huge 19th century trestle bridge looming over the skyline and filled, absolutely filled with people! Walking, riding, running, strolling…

Walkway from Water Street Video

Walkway from Water Street Video

Walkway Entrance from Poughkeepsie Side (near Water Street)

Walkway Entrance from Poughkeepsie Side (near Water Street)

It isn’t easy finding the path (let alone any kind of parking) but I improvised and in about 5 minutes, I was with the crowd…
and slowly, like an ambulatory airplane, I strode through the trees, past the last of the fall leaves, past the second story windows of the clapboard houses, over the streets below, the rooftops and finally, above the City of Poughkeepsie and towards the great river ahead!
poughkeepsie walkway view

Poughkeepsie Walkway Video

Over the river:

Emblem Show!

Monday, November 9th, 2009
Shandaken Emblem for the Walkway

Shandaken Emblem for the Walkway

On Sunday, November 15th, G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space will have an opening of the Emblem exhibit from 3-5 PM.  That means one can hike the Walkway and then come down from the 212 foot high span and join us at 196 Main St. Poughkeepsie about 6 blocks south.  Phone: 845-486-4592.

Got Flags?

Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Shandaken Flags for the Walkway

Shandaken Flags for the Walkway

Flags are now due! They are arriving daily from all over Shandaken…there are flags with stars, flags with mushrooms, flags with fruitstands, flags with rubber ducks, flags with eagles, flags with Paul Bunyons*, flags for non-profits, flags for businesses- you get the picture! Over all, we are looking at 35 flags representing our town (10 more than the minimum number required-good work!).  So if you still have one, please get it to me- I will come and pick it up in my Walkway Flag Mobile.  Speaking of vehicles,  I can’t underline enough that no one will be allowed to drive to the event in their own cars!   Security is going to be really tight and no vehicles are allowed within a mile of the commencement point in Highland.  What marchers need to do is to make a reservation on our town’s bus (which is leaving at 10:30 from the Town Hall) which will drop us all off at the parade’s starting point.  I’ll distribute buttons to identify participants as members of our group, and also a pole to carry one end of the flag “chain” with a partner.  We start crossing the bridge at 1:15 and should finish the round trip at 3:00pm when the bridge is then open to all.   Then our bus will pick us up and take us back to Shandaken so we should be home by 4:30.  If you have friends who want to march with us, thats wonderful but again, they need to get on our bus.  The Walkway folks will not let random people participate in the parade (but viewers can see what is going on above from large screens mounted in nearby Warsyas Park  in Poughkeepsie).  Reservations for the bus can be made at: 688-5004.  This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime, remarkable event.  There will be film crews, press and photographers (a coffee-table book is being prepped about the event).  Some of us plan on wearing raccoon “Daniel Boone” style hats to distinguish our contingent so if you have something rustic to wear, feel free! And Shandaken, thank you for all you have done!

*the unofficial mascot of Phoenicia

Walkway Water Parade Rehearsal…

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Walkway water parade rehearsal

Walkway water parade rehearsal

photos by Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles

photos by Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles

This is just one part of the enormous Walkway parade happening on Oct 3.  The water procession honors the history of travel and life on the Hudson River complete with replicas of ships and fish.  The other parts of the parade are the Trains (representing the Industrial Revolution and steam travel) , the windsocks (representing  wind power and the future of green technology) and the Parade of Towns (50 towns from Ulster and Dutchess march with their community made flags).  Make a point of coming and marching with your town or, if you don’t have a one, join our town of Shandaken!

The Shandaken Emblem is Ready!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Shandaken Emblem for the Walkway

Shandaken Emblem for the Walkway

Shandaken Emblem for the Walkway
Shandaken Emblem for the Walkway

The Emblem representing the Town of Shandaken for the Walkway Parade happening Oct 3 is finally ready!  It has two sides: one depicting a rainbow trout entwined with a wild daylily and the other is a typical Shandaken creek view with the Catkill mountain skyline beyond.  The only problem is that  although made from canvas and thin veneer, it is a bit heavy and needs to be carried for at least 3 miles.  Anyone with serious guns out there who wants to be the Emblem Bearer, feel free to contact me!

Flagshop at KIDSTOCK on Belleayre Mountain…

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Working on a flag for the Walkway parade

Working on a flag for the Walkway parade photo: Larry Litt

The biggest flag workshop in Shandaken for the Walkway Over the Hudson Parade happened this past Sunday at KIDSTOCK on Belleayre Mountain.  KIDSTOCK was produced by Mary Gormley and Michael Lang (the same Michael who put together the original Woodstock Concert) and sponsored by Friends of Snuffy, a local non-profit that helps animals in need.  The festival was a magical musical celebration of children and their world complete with facepainting, arts and crafts, a rockin’ fashion show, an air guitar contest (with a genuine Gibson guitar as first prize!)  and culminating in a rock and roll “magical journey” thru the woods where participants encountered actors portraying legends such as John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan and many others!  Children and their parents created flags for the Walkway procession happening on Oct. 3 and learned all about the opening of the world’s highest pedestrian bridge!  More photos of kidstock can be seen here.  Thanks to my dear friend, Larry Litt who photographed the Flagshop table so beautifully!

By the way, if you want to be a part of the upcoming procession and make a flag for the Walkway, come to Shandaken Day Saturday, Aug 29th and visit the Phoenicia Rotary Booth – there will be fabric galore and hands to help! Thank you Rotary!

Facepainting during Kidstock photo by:  Franz Edlinger

Facepainting during Kidstock photo by: Franz Edlinger

A "Cat"skill flag!    Photo:Larry Litt

A "Cat"skill flag! Photo:Larry Litt

Spider-Boy works on a flag for the Walkway

Spider-Boy works on a flag for the Walkway photo: Larry Litt

Mushroom Flag!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Making a mushroom flag for the Walkway Parade

Making a mushroom flag for the Walkway Parade

The flags are happeining! I have asked my Shandaken Town Flag Makers to make a flag about what they love about the Catskills and “Shroom Dog” and “Chantereleanor”  came up with some wild mushrooms!  The two of them are  mycologists and hike the Catskills in search of the many fungus that grow in the woods here.  Pictured on the flag are a Chanterelle, a Destroying Angel,an Amanita Muscaria and Deadly Galerina.  ”Shroom Dog” is a remarkable cook and has made many wonderful Fritattas, Risottos and Tapinades using Catskill Mountain mushrooms.  Other flags are in the works- at Kidstock, children made flags depicting skiers, cats and even “Old Glory”!  Photos to follow…

Shandaken’s Next “Flagshop” for the Walkway!

Friday, August 21st, 2009
kidstock Aug 23 12 noon at Belleayre Music Festival highmount New York

kidstock Aug 23 12 noon at Belleayre Music Festival highmount New York

The child-centric event of the summer is almost upon us! Think fun for the Woostock Generation but family friendly  and all for the good of pets and you have “Kidstock”!  There will be music, games for the family, a rock and roll musical journey, face-painting and a FLAG WORKSHOP for the Walkway OVer the Hudson procession!  Yes, I will be there with flags, cloth and glue to help kids and their loved ones make flags for the huge Quadricentennial Event happening on Oct. 3.  Its exciting as Uncle Rock will be on stage with the famous “School of Rock” band, there will be air guitar battles (first prize: a real Gibson guitar!) and all on the grounds of an amazing mountain side in the Catskills…So come one, come all, there is no admission fee, just bring the kids (or the kid in you) and join us for what promises to be a beautiful day! More info about Kidstock, click here.

For more info about the Walkway Procession, click here and be sure to stop by the “flagshop” table and make a flag for Shandaken!