Dunga Brook Diary

The rural life through the lens of an iPhone and notes from the field…

Archive for June, 2013

Martha’s Vineyard Memories

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Like LA is Nashville with a tan, Martha's Vineyard is Pacific Palisades with an island vibe. Made me miss SoCal and made me glad I'm living on the east coast.

I'm back in cNY today, listening to the birds wake up. My son is upstairs, asleep. It's a gorgeous sunny morning before the clouds roll in.

I've been gone a week and my garden is a jungle. I've got more tomato plants coming up than is prudent.

I've discovered cilantro. My broccoli looks almost ready, flowers are sprouting. My wild peonies are a bit water logged. What a wet start to the summer we are having. I love it.

I've got to get to Bank Gallery in Sharon Springs, today. I'll be packing up my iPhoneography exhibit and moving it to Cooperstown.

Come by tomorrow night, 5 to 7:30pm, Cooperstown World Village Gallery, 52 Pioneer St. (Across from The Smithy art opening).

XO, V

A Love Affair Unfolding, Geras-Tousignant Gallery, And A Brush Of Edgar A. Payne

Big News! I am now represented by Geras–Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco (@437 Pacific Avenue).
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“Art comes into being in that abstract interval between a thought and reality, and no one – not even the artist who created it – can remeasure the influences that caused it.” ~ Edgar A. Payne
Two years ago, I bought a house sight unseen from a post on Facebook by a man I barely knew. “Who wants to be my neighbor?” was his query along with the picture of a small white farmhouse mired in snow. It was March. That snow looked fresh. I was in LA, where the sun was relentlessly shining as it had been for the past 25 years of my time there. I was so done with LA, I wanted that little house in the snow dress.
Two years ago, I had no idea what was in store for me. I had a vague idea that I was going to live in a campground for the month of July while my 1820’s farmhouse was being demo’d and renovated. While I was waiting on the house I took photographs with my iPhone. To stay sane.
What I thought might be a few months of renovation stretched into 8 months of waiting deep in the countryside. And, thank god, because of a dearth of cell towers my iPhone didn’t work as a phone anymore and it was only useful as a camera…because between July and January of that year I took over 20,000 photographs with it.
And because I posted so many pictures on my Facebook page, a gallery in central New York asked me to have a show in their gallery. My iPhoneography of the local flora and fauna made people smile, the images moved people and instantly I had collectors who bought multiples of my work.

And now, two months after my first show and two years, almost to the day, of moving to central New York, my iPhoneography takes me all the way back to California to a gallery in San Francisco.

WOW.
See the link below for the images and for more information contact James Scott Geras, gerastousignant@gmail.com 415.986.1647
Thank you, iPhone and thank-you, Margo Steines, Connors Page and Xav Jimenez…my cNY muses.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.513904978675357.1073741859.100001675783180&type=1

My Artist Statement:
“To deify and illuminate the ordinary, this is what moves me. Each photo is a memory, a photographic attempt at capturing a love affair unfolding- a glimpse of “love at first sight” infused with my present and my past. My daily rebirth is in each frame- a swan dive into the deep end of the pool, lit by color, texture, and emotion. My macro images are meant to convey the glory of nature, things we would never see unless we fell to our knees. One of my life mentors, Miss Pamela des Barres, imagines that if my images were music they would sound like Beethoven, Sinatra and the Beatles combined. I’ll take that.”

Peonies. Enough Said.

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Art In The Palm Of Your Hand…A Quote On iPhoneography By Brent Ridge, Fabulous Beekman Boys

Art In The Palm Of Your Hand...A Quote On iPhoneography By Brent Ridge, Fabulous Beekman Boys

Say “Hey” to my newest art collector, Kathryn Rehrig of Syracuse.

Kathryn saw my work at BANK Gallery in Sharon Springs and remembered The Beekman Boys post about my work on their blog- which featured the image Baby Steps- and requested a 10 x 10″ of Baby Steps (sold out in the 8 x 8″ series of 5 at Cherry Branch Gallery).

http://beekman1802.com/palm-of-your-hand/

Kathryn now owns Baby Steps 1 of 5. There are 4 left, pm me for more info before the 10 x 10″s are gone, too.

Baby Steps is an iPhonic image of a Chickadee landing in my hand to feed on a cold winter morning. I had been feeding the Chickadees out of a bird feeder but had forgotten to feed them for a day, this little one started flitting about and tapping me on the shoulder to remind me to fill the feeder. Before I did, I thought I’d see just how hungry he was and held out my hand full of seeds. He landed promptly, grabbed a sunflower seed, again and again. I love these little guys. Alas, it is summer and they can get their feed in other places so no more tapping me on my shoulder as I walk the dogs. Yes, I held the iphone/camera in one hand and the Chickadee in the other.

XO,

V

Origins at Carefree and Dunga Brook Diary

Origins at Carefree and Dunga Brook Diary

Discover Cooperstown’s best kept secret…Origins Cafe at Carefree Gardens.

Locally harvested food in a gorgeous greenhouse setting…this is the brainstorm of two equally gorgeous Cooperstown, NY, sisters.

http://www.celebrateorigins.com

Kristen and Dana Leonard have lovingly crafted a creative breakfast and lunch menu full of fresh local and organic ingredients.

Free spirits and staunch supporters of the Slow Food Movement, and of our local farmers, these women really know how to make things happen in a delicious way.

Lucky for me, the girls love my iphoneography and now Origins at Carefree Gardens keeps a mini gallery of my work on their cafe/greenhouse wall.

Address: 558 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone:(607) 547-9744

The floral and veg images were gathered from my daily walks around my 1820’s farmhouse and my drives around Otsego County, including the beautiful Cooperstown area.

Each 8 x 8″ photograph is infused directly to aluminum, float mounted and ready to hang, each one is signed and numbered (5 in a series).

The photos are limited editions and once the tourists arrive in C-Town they will sell like organic panini.

To view the photos, stop by the cafe and say hello to the Leonard sisters and their parents, Brent and Mary (who fell in love at Cornell and founded Carefree Gardens over 28 years ago).

Buy a plant, have a smoothie and a panini, and you will fall in love with the Leonard’s and C-Town, just like I did.

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