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Benefit to reading in Cherry Valley, NY? You just might meet Charles Plymell

Benefit to reading in Cherry Valley, NY? You just might meet Charles Plymell

Benefit to reading in Cherry Valley? You just might have Charles Plymell drop in for a listen and he just might ask you to his home for tea afterwords and you just might go and hear story after incredible story that makes your realize you have done nothing, absolutely nothing with your amazing life. And you won’t care. Because Charles did and still is.

In London by Charles Plymell

In London in a very neat
and sensible flat,
lives the one true genius
of contemporary American prose.

More like a poet
he veers and speaks both
naturally and subliminally,
Or more like a medium
he chats pleasantly
from a space apart,
or from a chamber
of spirits disguised
in a everyday world.

A tall man, slightly stooped
from the weight of all
the combinations and formulas
of all possible plots,

Mr. Burroughs rises
and leans against the window ledge
…could have been a St. Louis
merchant or farmer
about to speculate on the weather.

“Those birds,” he says, gesturing out
the window to a flock that caught his fancy,
“in mornings they fly one way
and in the evenings they
fly back the other way.”

And with that he reached for his hat
and we went to the local pub for brandy.

–June 1968

(from Neon Poems, 1970)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Plymell

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Photo Of His Farmhouse From Last Summer & A Ginsberg Quote

Photo Of His Farmhouse From Last Summer & A Ginsberg Quote

“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. ”
~Allen Ginsberg

20 liner poets Chris Shearer, Leslie Berliant and yours truly are reading tonight at the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY…home to Ginsberg et al.

“Cherry Valley has a long history as an artist and writer’s community. Willa Cather left New York City for the isolated village in 1911, writing O Pioneers! while there. Poet Allen Ginsberg bought a farm there in the 1960s, and the town became a haven and destination point for many of the major personalities of the Beat scene:

William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Herbert Huncke, Ray Bremser, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Harry Smith, Mary Beach, Claude Pelieu and many others all spent time either living or visiting there.

Poet Charles Plymell still lives in Cherry Valley (and I heard he gave a nod of approval to my iPhoneography show)—he and his wife Pam ran Cherry Valley Editions from their home, publishing small editions of major writers. Jazz pianist Paul Bley and Jeff Palmer are residents of the small town, as is artist/writer Jack Walls, artists Richard Saba and Mark Mastroianni, film maker James Rasin, and National Book Award nominated novelist Dana Spiotta.

The transgender pioneer, actress and Andy Warhol Superstar Candy Darling is buried in the historic Cherry Valley Cemetery. A significant portion of the award winning feature length documentary film about her life, Beautiful Darling (2010), was shot in Cherry Valley. The photographer Ryan McGinley has staged several photo shoots in and around the village, and the artist Dash Snow shot one of his last 8mm pieces, “Sisyphus, Sissy Fuss, Silly Puss”, there in late May 2009.”

Photo of Ginsberg’s farm…taken last summer.

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently and a “chin UP” via Henry David Thoreau

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Well, the opening reception is over and the photos are on the wall until the first week of May. The people partied and bought, the gallery was happy and I was happy, swanning about, introducing myself as “the Artist”.

You know, I have waited my whole life to be called the Artist.

In a way, I have to thank my lawyer and first CNY ex-boyfriend, David, for that.

When someone asked who he was with, he said…you mean “the artist”?

At first I was miffed, I thought, doesn’t he mean…his girlfriend?

Then I realized he called me “the Artist”.

F that girlfriend thing!

I don’t know why my journey to Artist has been so difficult when I have been one since I was born.

No one taught me how to see, I saw.

As a little girl, no one taught me to draw, I drew.

My eyes were my camera. I’d slip out the door and chase bugs and lizards and tiny things. I was obsessed with seeing. I was obsessed with nature. If I could have lived in a flower, you’d still find me there.

I don’t know how or why I lost my “Artists Way”…and now it doesn’t really matter because I finally renovated that castle and moved in.

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently
April 6- May 5
Cherry Branch Gallery
25 Main Street,
Cherry Valley, NY 13320 / 607-264-9530

Love Letter To Central NY And Photographer’s Props

Show Announcement And Props From My Photog Friends

I am nervous as hell but, as they say, the iPhoneography show must go on!

If you are in the area, please come to the Cherry Branch Gallery this Saturday for my LOVE LETTER to central New York…5-7 pm opening reception (with booze and music, too)

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Cherry Branch Gallery presents Vicki Whicker’s iPhoneography- Dunga Brook Diary: A Year of Seeing Differently

Saturday, April 6th, 2013….Cherry Valley, NY- Cherry Branch Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for central New York artist, Vicki Whicker. For the month of April, the gallery will feature a collection of her iPhoneography, Dunga Brook Diary: A Year of Seeing Differently.

“The Cherry Branch Gallery is tremendously pleased to represent Vicki Whicker and her iPhoneography. Whicker demonstrates a mastery of this genre through wit, heart, critical awareness, style, technique, and an infectious appreciation of her subject matter. Looking doesn’t have to get any better than this.” Kristen Henderson, Director, Cherry Branch Gallery

In 2011, Vicki Whicker left Los Angeles for central New York to renovate an 1820’s farmhouse that she found on Facebook and purchased, sight unseen. The rundown property, she would later learn, was named “Dunga Brook,” a once a thriving dairy farm spanning over 2,000 acres in Otsego county.

While waiting for renovations, Whicker explored the area using her iPhone to capture the world above and below her feet. It was this impromptu exercise that marked her personal awakening to the astounding beauty of New York State; beauty that has surely been here since Dunga Brook’s heydey.

Of the contemporary medium and her process, Whicker states, “iPhoneography as a mobile method for making art and as a creative movement was exploding around the world while I was stalking the flora and fauna of my new home.

Coming from LA, I was in a paradise- the lush trees, the long country roads lined with Queen Anne’s Lace big as pie plates, the crimson and gold fall leaves, those first pristine snow flakes. The more I shot, the more I saw; the more I saw, the more I wanted to see…by the time my house was done 6 months had passed and I had produced over 20,000 images.

Through the lens of my iPhone I fell completely in love with central New York.”

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year of Seeing Differently, is Whicker’s first iPhoneography exhibit and features her evocative 8″x8″ limited edition images printed directly on metal.

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 6, from 5-7pm.

Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY 13320 / 607-264-9530 Facebook: Cherry Branch Gallery / Twitter: @cherrybranchgal
Schedule of Events

APRIL 6th, Saturday, 5-7pm: OPENING RECEPTION Live Jazz with Jeff Palmer,
5-7pm (pre-sales 12-4pm)
APRIL 14th, Sunday, 3-5pm: Seeing Differently: Intro to iPhoneography Workshop w/Vicki Whicker. $45. Fee / Limited to 20 spaces
APRIL 20th Saturday, 5-7pm: Wine & Sweets, Poetry Reading with Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective members, Vicki Whicker, Leslie Berliant and Chris Shearer
APRIL 27th, Saturday, 5-7pm: Closing Party – SALES CLOSE @ 7pm

“Armed with just her iPhone , a keen eye and a voracious appetite for making pictures Vicki Whicker roams these hills and valleys of Central New York. Everywhere is everything. Her photographs sing of color and light – dogs and flowers, land and sky. Peeling away each season of a year that collectively they represent. A journey unto itself – from nowhere to now here.”
Mark Reinertson, Professional/Fine Art Photographer, NY, NY

http://rnrtsn.com

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Vicki Wicker for almost 20 years now, having first met her in Jack Grape’s writing class in Los Angeles. I was immediately struck by her honesty and vulnerability. She made me laugh, she made me cry, but mostly she made me feel. These were heady times, thick with words wrung from within. Vicki and I both came from the Midwest, originally, and Los Angeles was both a welcoming place and a hard place to warm up to. Through a sheer force of will, she flourished. But life’s circumstances has led Vicki on a new journey of discovery, ever a poet, she has taken up iPhoneography with the same zeal and power as her words.”                                                                                  Ellen Jantzen, Photographer/Digital Artist, St. Louis, MO

http://www.ellenjantzen.com

“Looking at Vicki Whicker’s work is like taking a vacation…whether it is a photograph of her dogs frolicking in the snow or a thistle at sunrise you are transported to a quieter time and place~ you are transported to Dunga Brook, I simply adore her work and can’t wait to visit!”
                                                       Susie McKeown, iPhoneographer, Portrait Photographer, Verona, NJ

http://www.susiemckeownphotography.com

“Clearly Vicki Whicker has a sophisticated eye and abundant design knowledge. But what I think is truly wonderful about her work isn’t her expertise; that is the underpinning. What is captivating about her work is its vivid, uncomplicated expression of joy and emotion laid bare. I think that’s why these photos resonate with people. With her Dunga Brook Photo Diary, Vicki captures the familiar that we all cherish–home, family, nature, community– and distills it. It’s gratitude in picture form. A celebration of what matters.”
Colleen Williams, Photographer, Montreux, Switzerland

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/colleen-williams.html

Upon first glance it is apparent that Vicki Whicker’s talents are not confined to the page or brush (Whicker is also an accomplished poet & painter). Her images provoke an immediate emotionality. What strikes one, are the details she pulls into focus, the ephemeral beauty of nature captured, whether awash in texture or throbbing with color or sharp-edged and bare. Whicker compresses moments into jewels and holds them up to the light for us to reflect upon —in her images reality mates with imagination revealing layers unseen to the casual observer. The spectator is left aching with the recognition of just how fleeting and magnificent our journey is.”                                                                     Ariana Trinneer, Poet, iPhoneographer, Artis Rep

https://www.facebook.com/copiousmanagement

Quote by Paul J. Toussaint, Patron Saint of Iphonic arts…and one of my attempts…The Little Bird That Stole My Heart

Quote by Paul J. Toussaint, Patron Saint of Iphonic arts...and one of my attempts...The Little Bird That Stole My Heart

Today, I am having a wonderful conversation with Paul Toussaint a photographer who has completely embraced iphoneography…

“my artistic visual eye has developed tenfold. I want people to look at everything because EVERYTHING is art. All the so called rules should be broken when it comes to taking a picture because with this technology all perspectives can become extraordinary.

I study lighting and the texture. If an object has potential to be stronger, I’ll bring that element out or if the subject has a calm, soothing look, I like to make the average eye feel calm and relaxed as they view the end result. I also love to use enhanced textured paper to make the image “pop” and to even make the viewer ask the question, “Is this really a photograph?”

He is light years ahead of me but we both feel this way…

“phoneography has changed my life and vision. For over two years now all of my photographs have been taken, processed and uploaded with only the iPhone. With the iPhone, my artistic vision has allowed me to produce a portfolio that at one time I only dreamed of having.”

I LOVE FB for the connections to those who INSPIRE!

Please join me on April 6th at Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley New York for the opening of my Iphonic art show….

Dunga Brook Diary: An LA Woman’s Euphoric Iphonic Discovery of Central New York (ok, a bit wordy as a slogan…but working on it).

XO,

V

I Love My Frickin Tree

Hi,

I hope you can make it to my opening at Cherry Branch Gallery on April 6 (at 5pm), Cherry Valley, NY!

See below for caveat…secret thoughts…things one shouldn’t share…

Deep inside I wish I hadn’t said yes to an iphoto show.

But since I did it is happening, with or without my current feelings about my consent vs content (ie what do I really have for the people?).

Is anyone else out there crippled with doubt when facing a showing of their work?

Thank YOU Kristen Henderson of the Cherry Branch Gallery, you are an angel without disguise. A one in a million human. You never waver in your love of my photos.

There are many more things in the Universe that should be avoided and having your own photography show isn’t one of them.

Therefore, I will go ahead and slap myself so you don’t have to.

See you there.

XO,

V

Poppies Make Me Cray Cray

Beekman 1802 Wildflower packet...

Beekman 1802 Wildflower packet…

I am trying to edit down around 20,000 iPhone photos for my April show at the Cherry Branch Gallery.

All is going well (at 4 in the morning) until I get to the hundreds (thousands?) of Poppy pictures I took last summer.

Just a few of my loves...

Just a few of my loves…

I am obsessed with my Poppies. I get why people boil them down to goo and smoke them (is that how it works?), I would too, as a matter of fact I thought about it many times last summer. There is something so hypnotic and narcotic about just looking at them, why not smoke them?

Cray, Cray. Total Poppy madness.

https://www.facebook.com/cherrybranchgallery?ref=ts&fref=ts

If the madness moves you…

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