Sunday, September 15, 2019 - So sorry... I must admit I am disappointed with myself. I returned home last night and completed the above video featuring some of the things I saw at the festival Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately when I got home, I discovered the lens on my main camera was dirty and most of my recorded video is unusable. Too bad because there were many interesting performances that I videotaped that will never be enjoyed. I must remember to ALWAYS clean my lenses before videotaping! Remind me if you see me.
The festival continues today, but I will be attending a family celebration in Buffalo so I will not be in attendance. Have fun!
Friday, September 20, 2019 - Mt. Arab / Lake Durant in the Adirondacks
Only a few days of summer are left to enjoy a hike. I drove to the Adirondacks to take advantage of the nice weather and clear skies to climb Mout Arab near Tupper Lake. It was a perfect hike; only a mile up and a spended view from the fire tower at the summit. Later I camped out at Lake Durant near Blue Mountain. While there, I videotaped myself playing Cohen's "Hallelujah" with the lake and part of Blue Mountain in the background. That was a nice change from my couch. I enjoy playing outdoors but rarely do so. Here are my videos...
Blue Mountain / Lake Durant
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Capo Tree
Okay, I am a garbage picker - I admit it. (I even have a stick with a nail sticking out of the end to pick up trash out front. I hate litter! But that is another story...)
A few months ago, I noticed that a neighbor had tossed a cool tree sculpture out in the trash. It was just sitting there - seducing me...
I smiled back and decided I could use it to add a touch of class to my humble yet beautifully decorated apartment... so I took it home. I love minimalism and I had the perfect place for this wonderful piece of art foolishly discarded by someone who obviously does not appreciate fine art. But who am I to judge?
After lovingly placing my new sculpture on the shelf where I store some of my electronics, I got to thinking.... Ya know, I could put that tree to work. Art can be functional too! I decided to hang my guitar capos* from that tree so that I would not have to search for them when I needed them! Brilliant!!!
* Musicians commonly use a capo to raise the pitch of a fretted instrument so they can play in a different key using the same fingerings as playing open (i.e., without a capo). In effect, a capo uses a fret of an instrument to create a new nut at a higher note than the instrument's actual nut.
Months later it suddenly dawned on me what that tree was really for. I vaguely remembered having seen jewelry organized on a tree like that somewhere. Hmm... so I looked online and sure enough... there is a whole world of jewelry trees out there! And I've got one! What a great idea! Certainly hanging jewelry from such a tree is much better than tossing it into a box where things can get all tangled up. Works great for capos too!
Okay, so I don't know everything...
Tree sculpture --->
Capo tree --->
Jewelry tree --->
I think that I shall never see a finer looking capo tree.
Friday, September 27, 2019 - Niagara Falls
I attended my granddaughter's swim meet in North Tonawanda today and since I was in the neighborhood, I decided to revisit the Cave of the Winds at the Falls.
All the decking you see in this video is removed before winter each year and rebuilt in the spring by a crew of eight. They start in March and have to carry all their supplies and tools to the site. No electric tools are used. Great job!
My grandsons have hockey and football games this weekend. Hockey pretty much all the time. And me, I just take pictures...
American and Bridal Veil Falls
The Cave of the Winds was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls. The cave was some 130 feet (40 m) high, 100 feet (30 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) in depth. It was discovered in 1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus's Cave, after the Greek god of winds.
Guided tours began officially in 1841, through Goat Island and descending down a staircase closer to the falls, into the cave. A rock fall closed the tour in 1920. It officially reopened in 1924, bringing visitors to the front of the Bridal Veil instead of behind it, on a series of decks and walkways. Tropical storm-like conditions can be experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph underneath the falls. The cave was obliterated in a massive 1954 rockfall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang. -Wiki
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - Utica, New York
The Kopernik Memorial Association hosted an Open House with new exhibits titled “Polish Folk Clothing: Pure Joy”. A parade of regional and national costumes with live models was featured. The presentation of costumes included a talk on Zofia Stryjeńska, a prominent Polish artist of the early 1920’s, whose work shows the colors, motion, and detail of the costumes.
The Polish Cultural Center is located on the second floor of the Polish Community Home at 810 Columbia St. Utica, NY. It offers a variety of programs and activities throughout the year. CLICK HERE to view my photos and videos.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - University of Rochester / Polish Feminism
The Skalny Center at the U of R is sponsoring an event today. Parking is not a problem for evening events, but part of this will be in the morning; so that means I will bike to the campus. There was a time I did this on a regular basis, so no big deal. I will have to stuff my backpack with cameras though.
On October 10th two celebrated visual and performing feminist artists from Krakow, Poland will visit the University of Rochester to host participatory public art activism projects (10am-12pm), deliver artist talks (5:30-6:30), and discuss their work during an opening reception (6:30-7:30). Details about the artists are below this, followed by specific event information. See event discussion for posters. These events were organized by SBAI Associate Academic Director, Tanya Bakhmetyeva, and sponsored by the Humanities Project and the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies.
About the artists:
Monika Drożyńska is an artist and activist from Krakow, Poland. Working with hand embroidery and fabric, she focuses on socially engaged art in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited in the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle, the Contemporary Museum in Wrocław, Mumok in Vienna, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Bozar in Brussels, the Bunkier Sztuki collection at the National Museum in Krakow, and in the Museum of Contemporary Art Mocak in Krakow. She has held a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and was a participant in the Visegrad Artist Residency Program. Drożyńska is a winner of several national competitions, including Bodybuilder of Program 3 of the Polish Radio and Kulturalne Odloty, "Gazeta Wyborcza." She is the founder of the Golden Hands: An Embroidery School for Ladies and Gentlemen.
Cecylia Malik is a painter, performer, activist, and educator living in Kraków. Her work has developed in close collaboration with scientists and local communities. It blends artistic practice with ecological campaigns and social activism. Her most important projects include Iconostasis Miasto, Concert at Mr. Żul (Galeria Zderzak Kraków), 365 Trees, and 6 Rivers. Together with Justyna Koeke, she created and executed the following projects: Smolekńsk 22/8 Street and Modraszek Kolektyw (an action in defense of the Krakow Zakrzówek Landscape Park, which united many Krakow environments, gained wide media coverage and significantly influenced the city's decisions about protecting green areas ).
Participatory Art Event:
October 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Rettner Hall, University of Rochester
Monika Drożyńska will present a socially engaged art piece “Urban Embroidery,” inviting passers-by to participate in creating a piece “3,5%” – an embroidered banner to be displayed in the SBAI space.
Cecylia Malik will present a similarly socially engaged piece “Genesee Braids” (after her earlier project “Bialka’s Braids”) inviting passers-by to braid fabric together creating several long braids evocative of the waters of the Genesee and meant to call attention to protecting local rivers.
Artist Talks and reception:
October 10th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Hawkins-Carlson Room and Humanities Center, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester
"Disappearance of Monuments"
This exhibition consists of a series of about 40 postcards from the 1960s to the 1980s, acquired at the outdoor flea market Hala Targowa, in Krakow and representing street views from various Polish cities.
"365 Trees" is a socially engaged art, a performance in public space, and photography) “Starting from September 25, 2009, I climbed one tree a day for a year. This is how an extraordinary series of 365 trees was created, inspired by the novel by Italo Calvino from 1957 "Tree Baron."
"Polish Mothers on Stumps" Malik combines the aesthetics of a protest with a purely artistic performance on the verge of a photo reportage and an arranged, surreal situation. This project is a reaction towards a legislative amendment resulting in countrywide mass logging.