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

Humans of the Catskills: Kevin Moore

Journey to the Catskills: Most New Yorkers get tired of the city at some point and need some relief. I chose Central Catskills not knowing a soul because I always like the remoteness, high altitude and what seemed to me like ancestral Scottish weather. But I realized later, it looks like the Ozarks, where my grandparents lived, and I often visited as a child. I … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Kevin Moore

Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

As we’re coming out of the pandemic, 2021 appears to be a year dedicated to women in the arts as several museums and art centers in Europe and the United States are hosting programs devoted to female artists, far too long left out of the history books. When speaking with art historians and scholars, the often-cited reasons that left women behind were: they had no … Continue reading Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

What Is Art All About?

Everything we do is a matter of taste and training – I’m paraphrasing physicist Brian Greene, author of “The Elegant Universe.” How we then form appreciation for and understanding of aesthetics? The individual journey to learning and self-discovery is what forms and cultivates one’s taste. What is art? Roy Lichtenstein argued that “Organized perception is what art is all about.” Émile Zola thought that art … Continue reading What Is Art All About?

Featured Destinations: Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site

I interviewed Betsy Jacks, Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, Greene County. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in partnership with Olana State Historic Site are co-hosting River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, an exhibition that will open this Sunday, May 3, and run through November this year. The exhibition, featuring twenty-eight contemporary artists inspired by the works of Thomas Cole … Continue reading Featured Destinations: Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site