Humans of the Catskills: Elaine Mayes

Journey to the Catskills: I came to the Catskills because of Helen Levitt (the great American photographer and cinematographer) who invited me. We stayed six weeks, and I mostly cooked and made a video about where we were. “Summers with Helen” can be viewed on Vimeo. Vocation: Film and photography*. Avocation: My photography is also my hobby. Happiness Is: Enjoying life every day. Favorite Dish: Freshly picked … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Elaine Mayes

Pandemic Art – Heartfelt Stories from The Catskills

by Simona David “I have a feeling that in art the need to understand and the need to communicate are one,” remarked Hedda Sterne, revered Surrealist painter.  Coming out of a 14-month once in a century pandemic, we take a moment to reflect on this monumental experience and make sense of the changes we have witnessed around us thus far. Artists have extraordinary perceptual abilities, … Continue reading Pandemic Art – Heartfelt Stories from The Catskills

Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse”

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) in partnership with Longyear Gallery presented Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse” Saturday, October 11 at 1 pm. Landscape painter Ellen Wong and friends talked about their artistic process as informed by nature. Participating artists included painter Helene Manzo, and photographers Frank Manzo and Elaine Mayes. Participating writers included Lynn Domina, Leslie T. Sharpe, Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and … Continue reading Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse”