Rondezvous in Kingston

November 10, 2014

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Jan posing as Roundout Sea Captain at the Hudson River Maritime Museum http://www.hrmm.org/

Jan and I have been friends since our daughters, now in their 30’s, were in an art class together in Lyndonville, Vermont. Over the years, we’ve all moved around quite a bit and sometimes didn’t get to see each other for a year or more,  but we’ve always kept in touch. It’s the kind of longstanding friendship that anyone would treasure. The kind where no matter how long it’s been since you last talked, the conversation continues like it was only yesterday.

We’re both living in the northeast again so it’s a bit easier to actually see each other in person and we are getting better at putting dates on the calendar to be sure that happens. So, this past week we met in Kingston, NY, which is conveniently about a 2 hour drive for each of us. Perfect for a girl’s day out for lunch at Hoffman House and several coffee breaks*, walking along the Roundout, a bit of shopping and dropping off the old iMac at Tech Smiths to see if it’s worth reviving.

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Deb behind the pink cutout at the Hudson River Maritime Museum http://www.hrmm.org/

We stopped in at several shops along Broadway in the Roundout area. Was hoping to see Erik Richards  to see canvas options for a new series of images, but I neglected to plan ahead and The Storefront Gallery was not open when we stopped by.We continued down the street and met Karen Berelowitz at KARMABEE – the graphic designs – especially the turtle was calling me in and when we realized the shop name is a combo of ‘Karma and Bee’ it was a direct sign to enter! (See my honeybee posts ;-)

 

Our last stop was at Olivieri Art - a very eclectic space filled with great art supplies like RF Encaustic Paints, a Café  and some of the most resourceful functional art by artist/owner Felix Olivieri who runs the place with his wife Sarah. I was especially intrigued by the 3D printer which was creating a bust while we were there. This is the first one I’ve seen in person so of course this was my top pic at this stop!Will be back to Kingston when I get the iMac diagnosis.

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Felix Olivieri posting with his built in, functional wall storage made from interior of an old refrigerator door! www.olivieriart.com

Hope to see a few more new and familiar faces on the next visit ;-)

 

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Oreo's morning walk-hunt along the Delaware River

September 2014 Oreo out for his morning hunt along the Delaware River

I’m writing from my studio with an absolutely priceless view overlooking the Big Eddy on the Delaware River. Early on this September morning I woke to the sounds of geese practicing their travel honks and flight formations.  The fish were joyfully leaping out of the river and a small flock of ducks was out for their morning swim. The warm sun and cool air carries the message that the autumn transformation is approaching quickly. I can already see hints of color on trees across the river. The cool weather is energizing and of course with the sights and smells of autumn is the sense of urgency to complete garden and yard tasks before… winter arrives.

But today, with the fresh air and nature sounds so prevalent, I’m feeling energized and in a bit of a planning ahead mode. I’ve known for the past 2 months that I want to refocus on the creative work that I love and to be honest, I’m finally very concerned about the story I’ll be telling over the next 20 years.

Nature is and has always been my source of inspiration.

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Another September photo of ducks our for a morning swim in the Delaware River

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Golden Glow Delaware River Narrowsburg NYI’ve been more than behind in posting on my own site. Have been downright absent since JUNE!

But, in my own defense, I have been very busy helping clients with their new websites and social media/pr.
What I did continue to do was share on social media and today I am delighted to say that this image of my million-dollar view has been getting a bit of share-attention on twitter. Enough to get me to write a short blog post ;-)

Thank you to all of the people who have already shared this image on Twitter: @DelBayBliss, @DSchvejda, @valentin_tintin, @sexymissy34, @francisjean6, @JosephSapia, @theWeatherboy, @NWSNARFC, @jesstutt, @dcbat, @rolypolypunk, @Frackingfrei_DE, @kevinpflug, @VieraPhill1ps !

This image is available as a fine art, archival print on paper or canvas in your choice of size at friendly, reasonable prices ;-)
Contact me at: debra (at) debracortese.com

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I’m more than a bit behind in my posting, but wanted to share a few images from the outstanding art salon at Mildred’s Lane from last Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

and click on the next image for The Band at Mildred’s Lane

click here to see slides of The Band at Mildred's Lane

 

Mildred’s Lane Art Salon – May 31, 2014

Keynote Speaker : Mary Jane Jacob

Live Jazz/Blues in the field with musicians, Rusty Lewis, Doug Vanderhoof,
Alastair Gordon, Kevin Vertrees, and Bob Lohr
Host: J. Morgan Pruet,
Bonfire Design : Amy Yoes with Paul Bartow.
Guest Chef : Cheryl Edwards, 2014 Digestion Choreographer

photos by Debra Cortese 

 

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