Sixth Annual Exhibit
SUN SHADOW ICE & SNOW
seasons along the panhandle trail
featuring poetry inspired by the trail & woods
plus paintings & sketches from prior exhibits
prints of paintings and photos
handmade gift items inspired by the trail
Opening Friday August 23, 2019 5:00 P.M.
through Saturday August 24 11:00 P.M.
Panhandle Trail Quarry Area as part of Rock The Quarry
I’ve had a change in plans! ! had planned this year’s exhibit in early spring, well before I learned my hip was on its way out for usefulness and needed to be replaced, planned for October. As the exhibit drew near I found I couldn’t print and frame all the photos I’d intended, so I decided to save that idea for the future and instead introduce a new medium: writing! Really, what took me so long?
Typically I alternate a focus on paintings and photos with each year of the show, beginning with paintings in 2014. I had planned this year’s exhibit of four seasons photography well before I learned my hip was on its way out for usefulness and needed to be replaced, planned for October—in fact, at that point we thought it was a hairline fracture on its way to healing!
As the year wore on my hip joint made it clear there was no healing in its future, after I had already modified my schedule as a maker and as a vendor to the point where I’d only do this exhibit this year because I just couldn’t NOT be there. But as the exhibit drew near I found I couldn’t print and frame all the photos I’d intended for my “four seasons” gallery.
It’s difficult to convey how very physical is the life of a creative person, and for me it starts with walking those woods and trails for inspiration, and goes to standing at an easel, cutting a linoleum block, screen printing, gathering materials and making handmade gifts, carrying around large and small pieces of artwork, packing it all up with tags and signage and putting it all in my car, heading for a destination and setting up an entire shop inside a tent, standing all day, taking it all down and putting it back in the car and coming home, and putting it all away, until the next time. I actually used to come home, unpack my car and put everything away before I would let myself rest, often after 18 hours on my feet. I love it, every part of it, but it is physically taxing, and my artist friends and I support each other in that all the time.
I was disappointed and wondering what I’d do as a theme, then I decided to save that idea for the future and instead introduce a new medium: writing! Really, what took me so long?
I’ve created a small folio of my poetry inspired by my walks on the trail and in the woods with art and photos interwoven, and also created posters and gift items with some of those inspiring thoughts and images. I have eight poems written while actually on the trail or in the woods, or written afterward, gathered from my visual impressions, my experiences, my thoughts and dreams as I wander in nature’s welcoming spaces.
Here are a few lines of the featured poem as an example:
At a bend in the trail,
The scent of wild apples greets me.
A tree abandoned from an old orchard
Or sprung up on its own from old stock, wild and uncultivated,
Heavy with small round burnished apples.
The late summer heat releases their scent,
Sweet and tart, that the world may know they have reached their prime;
The wild perfume of the coming season.
From another tree one single leaf lets go
And falls, papery, dry and curled, slipping through branches
Clattering to the summer-hardened clay of the trail,
Loud in the silent heat of the August afternoon.
Winter lost her grip, and, one by one,
The wildflowers of spring began to bloom,…
You can read the rest of this poem on my writing website www.PathsIHaveWalked.com, or just wait until the exhibit!
Time spent in nature gives the the freedom to expand my thoughts, touching all my senses and leading me to a greater, deeper, even new understanding of myself and my world. Poetry is a perfect way to express that.
Also, each of my paintings and photos have a story of how they came to be. I found a magazine that was happy to publish not only the essay about “The Rope Swing”, but to publish the art as well. I’ll have that with me, and several copies you can purchase.
In addition I’ll have paintings and sketches from previous exhibits, prints of photos and paintings, and new handmade gift items featuring my art and photography of the trail: keepsake boxes, decorative trays, cabochon pendants, gift bags and coasters, and who knows what else.
I’ve been visiting the Panhandle Trail since 2002 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”.
From the very first show it’s been one of my best and one of my favorites. Most of all I love to get the chance to talk to others who love their trail and share with them both the familiar places and the extraordinary moments.
I will still offer all my handmade goods along with prints…
Below are the new gift items I added to my display this year. Click on each image to see the listing and purchase if you’d like.
Trees of the Trail Coasters
Trays Inspired by Trail Scenes and Wildflowers
Found Along the Panhandle Trail Keepsake Cubes
Wildflowers and Butterflies of the Trail Cabochon Pendants
Here is a gallery of images of my display.
Photography from Previous Exhibits
The following five photos were features in this year’s exhibit, all taken on the morning of March 10, 2017. To visit the page to purchase a photo, click the image.
When I reached the trail that day the sun was just beginning to break through small holes in the the clouds that cast beams of sunlight like spotlights. I knew I wanted a photo of an icy, snowy tree completely alight against the deep gray clouds of the storm as they left the area. The photo above was from the very beginning, as soon as I arrived at the trail and I saw the sun moving over the trees, changing every moment. I just began photographing, zooming in and out, capturing different lighting. Everyone who saw the photo recognized the bridge as the very first one on the trail and knew exactly where I’d taken the photo.
Though “Dramatic Light” was my first love from that magical morning, there was another photo I wanted to capture just as much. As I drove to the trail I looked at all the tree-covered hills that looked as if they were frosted with powdered sugar. I did photograph a few of the hills, but I knew that the steep hills surrounding the valley where the trail and Robinson Run were would be even more dramatic, and when I arrived, as soon as I’d photographed “Dramatic Light”, I turned to the hill on the left and it did not disappoint. The sun moved like a spotlight over the hill and I did capture several where one treetop of many was highlighted. But it was when a quick flash of hazy sun through thinning clouds touched the hillside that I saw what I’d envisioned: treetops frosted with white to fill the frame. As I organized my exhibit “Frosted” quickly captured me and I decided to use that photo as my feature at the front of my tent.
And here is the photo.
Both “Dramatic Light” and “Frosted” are matted with black core mats and framed with a 2.25″ matte black wood frame.
Photos always included in the exhibit
Clicking on any image in the gallery will bring up a full-size image, and you can also see the images in a slideshow. I know that some are missing from here because I decided at the last minute to include them.
Only a few of the images below are available on this site. Now that I know which ones are more popular at exhibits I will add them.
Paths I Have Walked
22” x 28”, pastel, $650
Running Through the Woods
16” x22”, pastel, $500
Other paintings and prints of paintings included in the exhibit
I’ll be previewing new works over the next few weeks. Clicking on any image in the gallery will bring up a full-size image, and you can also see the images in a slideshow (photos are below).
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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.
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 use to volunteer during the event, usually in the kitchen dishing out easy food, but this is much more fun.
For more information on the trail please visit www.panhandletrail.org.
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