The July/August issue of the Adirondack Explorer will include two pages of paintings and photographs from “A ‘Wild, Unsettled Country’: Early Reflections of the Adirondacks,” an exhibit that opened today at the Adirondack Museum. It runs through Oct. 18.Lovers of art and nature may be interested in a similar exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts called “Expanding Horizons,” which will run June 18 through Sept. 27. The museum has assembled nearly two hundred landscape paintings and photographs created between the Civil War and the outbreak of World War II. The museum says the works portray landscapes in the United States and Canada in “an era of artistic and historical transformation coinciding with the westward expansion of the two countries.”The Montreal exhibit includes A Coming Storm in the Adirondacks, painted by Homer Ransford Watsona Canadian artist, in 1879. The musuem’s spokesman did not know if the oil painting depicts an actual landscape in the Adirondacks. It doesn’t look like anyplace I know, but if I were to speculate, I’d say it was inspired by the Hudson Gorge.
Anybody have another guess?
Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.