January, 2012

An artist’s view of Panther Gorge

I recently wrote a blog for Adirondack Almanack about an art exhibit featuring the work of Anne Diggory, who often paints Adirondack landscapes. When asked which of her Adirondack paintings was her favorite, she replied that it was a scene of Panther Gorge as seen from Mount Marcy. I thought people would like to see the painting, so I posted it above. Diggory painted two studies of the scene in 2001—one a watercolor, the other acrylic—while visiting her daughter Ariel, who was then a summit steward. “The watercolor set the composition and the smaller one (along with photographs) set the >>More


December, 2011

View exhibits work of seven photographers

Quick, think of an Adirondack photographer. What name jumps to mind? Is it Nancie Battaglia? Carl Heilman II? Mark Bowie? Nathan Farb? Perhaps the up-and-coming Johnathan Esper? If you’re a fan of any or all of these pros, you should love the Adirondack View Finders exhibit at View, the new arts center in Old Forge. View will be exhibiting the work of all five—and two other photographers, Clark Lubbs and Lesley Dixon—through March 3. The Explorer frequently runs photographs by Nancie, Carl, and Mark, and we once ran a spread of Johnathan’s photos, including the one above. We could say >>More


September, 2009

Finch, Pruyn in art

The history of Finch, Pruyn & Co. and its paper mill in Glens Falls is intertwined with the history of the Adirondack Park. Two years ago, the company sold all its lands, more than 160,000 acres, to the Nature Conservancy and its mill to Atlas Holdings. Much of the land is expected to added to the state Forest Preserve. The Hyde Collection of Glens Falls will soon be exhibiting a piece of Finch, Pruyn’s history. The museum just announced that it received an oil painting by Douglass Crockwell titled Paper Workers, Finch Pruyn & Co. The artist, who died in 1968, was >>More


May, 2009

Art and nature

A mysterious Adirondack painting in Montreal