SUN SHADOW ICE & SNOW
seasons along the panhandle trail
original paintings and sketches
opening friday august 22 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
through saturday august 23 noon to 9:00 p.m.
panhandle trail quarry area as part of Rock the Quarry
FEATURED WORK: “The Rope Swing” 14” X 22” Pastel
Original art included in the exhibit is listed below.
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I’ve been visiting the Panhandle Trail for nearly 15 years with my bike and on foot, for exercise and inspiration, more inspiration than exercise, packing in with backpacks of camera equipment and art supplies. I’ve taken thousands of photos along the trail and off in the woods, but I’ve also done a number of sketches while there in pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolor, and arriving home in my studio to do more from photos. I’ve collected a number of these for an exhibit, but not in a gallery—right on the trail, where I’ve spent so much time and found these inspirations. It’s the place where I found the scene of one of my favorite paintings, “Dusk in the Woods”. The response of local residents and trail users has made this exhibit my favorite of all because there is no other exhibit where I feel my work is generally so appreciated, and viewers are excited to see a place familiar to them as a piece of artwork.
You’ll find me in my tent during Rock the Quarry, the annual fundraiser for the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail. I’ll have my exhibit set up and also have a small display of prints, photos and notecards I’ve created over the years of scenes from along the trail and off in the woods. Once Rock the Quarry is over, they all come home with me so this will be your only opportunity to see them all together, although I will set them up as an online gallery as I have been setting up each of my exhibits.
A portion of sales of art and merchandise during Rock the Quarry will benefit the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.
So join me at Rock the Quarry August 22 and 23
I use this trail all the time, and part of my giveback is to maintain their website and the little bit of social networking that we do, along with photographing things. I always volunteer during the event, usually in the kitchen dishing out easy food, but this year I’m giving something different.
What’s the quarry? The Panhandle rail line, which was removed to built the trail in the old rail bed, runs right through a century-old limestone quarry, a portion of which is still actively quarried. The quarry ponds are there and that and the woods around make a natural gathering place.
Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, bonfire, fire trucks, fun for all ages.
For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.
For more information on the event including maps and parking, please visit www.panhandletrail.org.
WORKS IN THIS EXHIBIT
Original art included in the exhibit is listed below. Some have sold, but nearly all are available on this site as originals or prints. If they are on this site, the title and image will be linked to the page where you can read more and purchase the original or a print .
1. The Rope Swing
14” x 20”, pastel, sold, prints available
THE SIGNATURE IMAGE FOR THIS SERIES OF EXHIBITS
In 2014 when I imagined organizing an exhibit of landscapes I’d on sketched and painted on, and of, the Panhandle Trail, this image was the principal image I envisioned and became my symbol for the exhibit, “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow: Seasons of the Panhandle Trail”.
I hadn’t done this painting yet, but for years I’d planned a painting of this iconic rope swing, which everyone who’d grown up in the area knew about. For all the years I’d considered having an exhibit like this, on the trail, as part of the annual event, the decision to finally paint this also made me decide this was the year to do it. I usually volunteer a few hours in the kitchen and walk around to take photos (I also manage the website) but this would be way more fun.
How did we kids live through our childhoods with things like rope swings available to us? I was thrilled to find a rope swing the first time I went exploring off the trail years ago and took a few swings on it myself just for fun, and when my great nieces and nephews came to visit from Savannah, a visit to the trail and the rope swing were tops on the list.
I pictured this painting to be in high summer, at noon when the sun is bright and hot overhead and the woods are dark and cool, and just coming upon the tree and the swing, the stream running past, standing in the deep darkness underneath looking at the lacy sunlight on the leaves of the tree and lacy shadows on the packed dirt beneath it and the swing itself silhouetted against the brightness beyond, in that moment when the potential is there, just before you decide to go for it.
The spot where this swing hangs is also one of my favorite places off the trail, and I visit there each time I use the trail, in all seasons—in mid-summer to have a dip into Robinson Run where there’s a nice pool there with water that’s always cool, and in winter to see the stream in winter, covered with ice and snow piled in the woods.
So there it is, the old rope swing, waiting for you off in the woods. Go and have an adventure!
2. Leafing Out
8” x 6”, pastel, $75
3. The Cabin
4” x 4”, ink, $40
5” x 7”, white and black charcoal, $40
5. Winter Sunset Reflections
7” x 17”, pastel, $200
6. The Swimming Hole
17” x 8”, pastel, sold, prints available
7. Colorful Winter Sunset
10” x 8”, pastel, $75
8. Robinson Run in Spring
10” x 8”, pastel, sold, prints available
9. The Spring Woods
8” x 12”, pastel, $150
10. Winter Trail
10” x 12”, pastel, $75
11” x 7”, pastel, $150
12. Colorful Autumn Trail
8” x 12”, pastel, sold, prints available
13. Charcoal Dusk
8” x 6”, white and black charcoal, sold, prints available
14. Path Uphill
4.5” x 6.5”, charcoal, $50
15. Thanksgiving Walk
5” x 7”, pencil, $40
16. Trail Sketch
4” x 6”, pencil, $35