Friday, March 23, 2012

One, Two, Three...Shoot!

Who hasn’t played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”?  You know, when you’re too lazy to get off the couch to let the dog out (or back in, or out again), you turn to your couch-mate and say, “I’ll shoot you for it.” One, two, three…shoot: paper covers rock, rock dulls scissors, and scissors cut paper. Loser lets the dog out.

“Rock, Paper, Scissors” is also the theme exhibit currently on display at View, in conjunction with “Paper Anniversary,” an invitational exhibit of paper art, and “Solar Botany,” paintings by Bert Leighton  in the Eco Gallery. The theme exhibit is an open show of visual and written work. This sculpture by Kim Dittrich is called "Totem." In the background, you can see two of the paintings in the show.

This year, there are also three creation stations for viewers to add their own interpretations of the theme to the exhibit.

Created works are displayed on bulletin boards in the gallery. Come be inspired at View. You won’t believe what some artists can do with paper, or how much creativity can be generated from a simple game. Add your creativity to the mix. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite entry in the theme exhibit. The winner gets a prize!
--Leslie Bailey, View staff

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Exhibit at View

Three new exhibits opened in the galleries on March 10, with a nice reception featuring music by Paul Case.

“Paper Anniversary” (an invitational exhibition) celebrates our first year in the new building, with a variety of art work and sculpture made from paper. The exhibit is too varied to capture with one photograph, but here is one of the pieces on display. It is hand-cut paper by Angie Pickman, called “Carrier.”

Also on display is the annual theme exhibit (an open show), which is “Rock, Paper, Scissors” this year. Again, too varied to capture with one photo, but here’s an entry.

It’s called “The ‘View’ Rocks!!” by Connie Smith. If you look in the middle, you can see a pair of scissors made from darker stones. There is a lot of creative interpretation of the theme, in both the visual and written works. Also, there are creation stations set up so you can add your creativity to the display.

These exhibits will be on display through May 6.

The Eco Gallery has an exhibit of solar paintings by Bert Leighton on display. She gave a demonstration at the opening reception on March 10.

She has a nice write-up in the gallery about her work. Here’s a brief summary of what to do. On a windless, sunny day, gather interesting items from nature, like leaves, seeds, grasses, and twigs. Then, in a sunny spot, submerge a piece of paper in a flat pan with about ¼ inch of water in it and arrange the found items on the paper under the water. Add watercolor paints to your pan by pouring, dribbling, splashing, or flicking the paint onto the paper. The piece should not be disturbed until the water has evaporated and most of the paper’s surface is quite dry. Lift the items off. You may need to blot the paper a little under where the items sat on the paper.

Here’s her painting titled “Fern Forest.”

Her work will be on display until May 13.
--Leslie Bailey, View staff

Friday, March 9, 2012

Learning to Cook Adirondack

A free lecture "Learning to Cook Adirondack" will be offered at View by author Nancy Pulling Best on Sunday, March 11, from 1 to 3 pm.
Nancy Pulling Best, a fourth generation Adirondack native, is originally from Thendara. Best comes from a long line of Adirondack folk. Her great grandfather, David Charbonneau, was one of the first settlers of Old Forge. Her grandfather and grandmother, Cliff and Edith Charbonneau, lived in Old Forge almost all of their lives. Her parents, Betty and Bill Pulling, were brought up in Old Forge and raised their family in Thendara. Best was born in the area as were her children and her first grandchild.
Nancy has loved writing since junior high school. She credits her junior high school English teacher, Annette Eyre of Old Forge, for her love of writing. After many years of writing, Nancy published
her first book "Learning to Cook Adirondack." The book includes memories, many historic photos and recipes from Inez Rudd, Carol Schmid, and Doris Griffen Best from Inlet; Ida Mae Winter
from Big Moose; Annette Eyre, Terry Lehnen, and Midge Daiker from Old Forge; and Louise Watson, Ceil Buckley, Ruth Brussel from Thendara, Muna Pulling from Saratoga, and many more.

On Sunday, March 11, from 1-3pm, attendees will hear Nancy describe the local flavor historically and will also get a chance to sample of some of the recipes from her cookbook. Coffee, tea, and
punch will also be served. Signed copies of her cookbook will be available at View for purchase. Nancy’s book is also available at Old Forge Hardware, the Naked Moose, Town of Webb Historical Association, Adirondack Reader, Barnes & Noble in New Hartford, and on her web site View is a non-profit multi-arts center. To learn more about workshops at View visit

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

View introduces Long View Council

The Long View Council at View is a leadership group of individuals who seek to sustain the arts center for years to come through annual giving support or an annual donation to View’s Moving Mountains Campaign for debt retirement.

The LVC was created in order to recognize donors who give $1,000 or more to View each year. Some give to the Moving Mountains Campaign for debt retirement, others help underwrite the programming budget or donate prize money for awards. Many donors contribute to more than one area. Some give once a year, others give throughout the year. We need – and appreciate – all of our donors and their variety of interests and levels of support.

As our way of saying thank you, members of Long View Council receive a distinctive package of benefits and recognition. First, LVC members receive View membership benefits at the highest level of membership – the Benefactor level. This includes complimentary admission to all exhibitions, a household membership to give as a gift, and a copy of the annual watercolor poster, as well as membership discounts and mailings. All members have voting privileges at the annual meeting (in person or by proxy).

LVC members also are recognized in the Noonan Entrance Gallery at View and receive special name tags to wear at View receptions and events. They also receive complimentary beverages at View exhibition receptions and are welcome to bring guests to any of our exhibits at no charge. LVC members also receive a complimentary copy of the annual watercolor catalog and invitations to special LVC events.

Donors may join the LVC directly with a $1,000 donation to the LVC Fund (payable over the course of the year, if you wish – just let us know your intentions). When you join the LVC directly, ten percent of your donation will go toward building View’s endowment.

Or donors may give to the areas of their choice and will receive membership into LVC based on total annual giving to View.

If you would like to join the Long View Council or would like more information, contact Leslie Bailey at (315) 369-6411, ext. 212, or email You can also join online at

Monday, March 5, 2012

View announces winner of Battaglia Photograph

View is pleased to announce that Susan Knight from Remsen has won the One Square Mile of Hope photograph by Nancie Battaglia. View would like to thank all who purchased tickets for this drawing. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and View.