Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Artist talk and demonstration

Lewis Bryden will discuss the making of "Nature as Muse"

Artist and sculptor Lewis Bryden will give a talk at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 24 on the making of his bronze sculpture, “Nature as Muse,” which is a permanent installation in the Mallinckrodt Garden at View. The talk will be held in Gould Hall at View, where Bryden will present a series of short videos that show the different stages of making this sculpture. There is no admission charge to attend the talk.

"Nature as Muse"
Bronze sculpture by Lewis Bryden
in Mallinckrodt Garden at View
Bryden, who has been a professional artist for 30 years, used a process called “lost wax casting” to create “Nature as Muse.”

“I chose the lost wax method, in which the finished clay sculpture is remolded in wax, coated with ceramic material, and then poured with molten bronze. Everywhere the wax was, the bronze now takes its place,” he said.

Bryden created the full-size clay sculpture and then collaborated with other artisans to create the bronze cast. The process is complicated and can permanently destroy the sculpture if anything goes wrong.

“[The process] involves many steps of repeated creation, destruction and recreation all of which are beautiful in themselves,” he said. “The process is, in a way, a perfect example of the need for communal effort and mutual trust.”

The videos that Bryden will show demonstrate the lost wax process and highlight the skills involved in creating such a large sculpture.

As part of the creative process, Bryden created a maquette, or small scale model of the sculpture, which is of a young girl reaching up to a bird. “It helps the artist and others to visualize the sculpture and to identify problems early,” he said. He also did a portrait study as an exercise to explore the character of the young girl.

The portrait has been donated to View’s permanent collection, and the maquette has been given to View as a raffle to raise money for View. Both the portrait and the maquette will be on display before the talk and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

Bryden is well-known as a landscape painter, but in the last three years he has turned his attention to three-dimensional work in marble and bronze.  “Nature as Muse” was a gift to View last summer by Bryden and his wife Betsy Mallinckrodt Bryden to commemorate the lives of Betsy’s grandparents, Elizabeth Elliot and Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr., who were longtime summer residents of Old Forge and avid art collectors.  

For more information about View, visit www.ViewArts.org or call (315) 369-6411.
--By Leslie Bailey, View staff

Monday, July 1, 2013

Home Grown Attractions

Home grown attractions
Mart Allen

Column for the June 18, 2013 Adirondack Express 

     Have you ever thought about home grown attractions? I have and it never ceases to amaze me how local people often times take them for granted. Maybe it’s not so much that they are taken for granted but that it takes time to really appreciate such things and time is a precious commodity. In the workaday world locals pass by what others travel miles, spend days and pay to experience without ever noticing what they are missing. Time is the key component in this scenario and in every other facet of our modern lives.
     There are a great many attractions here in this recreational oriented area in which we live but finding the time to enjoy them is a huge problem. In every day and every way technology is making it harder to apportion our time. The older people get the greater become the demands on their time. I have just recently become more cognizant of that fact. The past weekend of the eighth and ninth brought that fact home loud and clear. We had three different occasions that we wanted to be a part of and agonize over before deciding to split our allegiance. My wife went one way to a family obligation and I to the community day invitation to View.
     View, is the Arts Center, as most people who frequent the area know. It came about as a result of a great deal of planning and hard work by many people. Of those people none deserves more credit than Miriam Kashiwa. The original Arts Center location across from View stands out in my memory as a happy place where my grandchildren went to preschool. It is being carried on as part of the activities at View.
     It was my first opportunity to visit the center and I was impressed as I am sure all others viewing it for the first time are. I have to admit however that I was not surprised because to use an old Adirondack expression its predecessor was no cotton sock outfit. Impressive in every aspect is the way I would describe it.
     The architecture interested me almost as much as the exhibits. The workmanship was grandiose to say the least. The planning and layout of the exhibits and the flow from them to the other functions is a revelation. Professionalism is what I would have to say it exudes, and now for the art work.
     I could not pretend to know how to describe the artwork. It was incredible. How any human being can create the paintings and woodwork on display is unimaginable. The pottery exhibit and workshop followed along the same lines. I have never before been exposed to such a variety of art on the scale exhibited there. I was truly impressed.
     My favorite room was the one dedicated to Hank Kashiwa with its display of Adirondack flora and fauna. I could relate to that more naturally than the art work, but that in no way diminished my appreciation for it. Hank was one of my favorite people. I regret that I did not get to know him better. But once again that all goes back to the matter of time. We both had growing families and commitments that came ahead of everything else.
     The people that created and made View can be extremely proud. Not many if any communities the size of ours can boast of anything as professional. It has to be seen. To waste something as beautiful would surely be a sin.
     Old Forge has more of one thing than any other community I ever knew and that is spirit. View is not the only attraction worth seeing. They are all worth a local taking the time to see from the inside what our seasonal visitors do.  
    The thought for the week is: A person should be like a pencil.
1.      Everything you do will always leave a mark.
2.      You can always correct the mistakes you make.
3.      What is important is what’s inside of you.
4.      In life, you will always undergo painful sharpening’s, which only make you better.
5.      To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.
--Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff
Re-printed here with permission from Mart Allen and the Adirondack Express.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

View Celebrates its 62nd Year

Press Release

View, open year-round, is celebrating its 62nd year in Old Forge.    A $4.5 million-dollar campaign is underway to sustain View into the future.  Since its launch in 2010, the Moving Mountains campaign has raised $1,618,428.   View’s development committee is actively working to meet its 2013 goal to raise $1 million.  
“View’s Board of Directors is very pleased with the progress we have made since moving in 2011,”  said Helene McAleese, President.  “Our programs continue to grow each year, and View is increasingly becoming a destination for Adirondack residents and visitors alike.”

View welcomes three new staff.  Linda Bamberger of Old Forge began work in April as part-time Operations Manager, overseeing finance, human resources, guest services and information technology.   Wende Carr of Old Forge is serving as Interim Exhibition Manager. Pam Caryl of Otter Lake begins work at the front desk beginning June 13.  Searches are underway to fill two key positions-- Exhibitions Manager and Marketing Manager (see View’s website for details).  

A full schedule of performances, workshops and exhibitions is scheduled for Summer 2013 at View, the arts center in Old Forge.    With more than 20 performances ranging from jazz, blues, folk and classical music to plays and musicals, View’s Gould Hall will resound with performing artists.   The galleries will show off pastels, woodworking, ceramics, photography, watercolors, “Little Things,” quilts and more.

Workshops for artists of all ages and levels of experience from beginners to seasoned artists are on tap working in media ranging from glass to painting, pottery to basket making, photography and writing.   Yoga and Zumba are offered most days.   View’s website has the full schedule of classes and programs at www.viewarts.org.

Special events this year include Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts, the 39th Annual Antiques and Vintage Show and Sale, View’s Annual Gala, House Tour by Boat, Plein Air Art Auction, Stems and Steins and Running Colors.  In addition, there are eight weddings scheduled at View this summer and fall.    These events help support View’s operations.

Since moving to its new facility in 2011, View’s staff has increased from 5 to 12, membership has increased by 25 %, admission has increased 13%, and registration in workshops has increased 34%.   Many of View’s performances sell out during the summer so regular patrons have learned to purchase tickets in advance.

Board member Deb Carhart said, “View faced many challenges as we transformed the organization in recent years.  The board and staff have worked hard to ensure that View can be sustained well into the future.  Not only are the arts programs strong but View has quickly become an important regional economic driver and community gathering place.”

Jennifer Potter Hayes, View’s Executive Director, welcomes all to participate in this summer’s festivities.  “Everyday offers something special for visitors at View.   Check the website for all the details !   We invite everyone to stop in, to enjoy a performance, tour the exhibits including the ever-popular Kashiwa Eco Gallery, or take a class. Bring your family and friends to see what View has to offer!”
--Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Intern's Prom Experience

By Nicholas Daniluk, Performing Arts Intern

This entry is a little bit late. We've been pretty busy, and there have been a lot of changes here at View. I'll fill you in on the details next week. But for now, here is the last post I wrote: June 3rd, 2013
Day 13
I have known for a while that View was going to be hosting a local prom, and that staff members would be needed to supervise their use of our space. Events like proms are the kind of thing I am used to from my years of working for the student activities department of Pratt Institute. There we had a couple of sorority dinners and dances in our student union space where I was in charge of monitoring their use of our tables, chairs, and sound equipment while also making sure they cleaned up after themselves. I imagined that this prom would be similar so I volunteered to help out. Though to be honest, previous experience was not the only reason I volunteered.

I did not go to my own prom in high school. Which is not something I regret. My late teens were more troubled and awkward than most, and knowing what I was like back then going to prom would have been a horrible experience. But who I am now would probably have enjoyed it. And I have always been a little bit curious as to what a prom is actually like outside of portrayals in popular culture. Additionally a good friend of mine owed me a date after I had accompanied her to her friend’s wedding. A job I know well, a friend to dance with, and getting to see the real thing. Plenty of reasons to volunteer.
Sadly, my date had to cancel on me. But other than that the evening went quite smoothly. The kids were there for set-up early and got the job done with time to spare. The DJ they hired sounded pretty good in our space and the kids danced the night away. Though I question the taste of some of the songs played. Two trouble-makers and a thunderstorm were the only things that put a damper on the kid’s fun.

This weekend we have the Spitfire Grill, a musical based on the hit movie of the same name. It's about a feisty young woman working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. I've never seen it, nor heard of it. But my supervisor is excited, and that is a good sign.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

View seeks nominees for Board of Directors

Press Release--

View, the arts center in Old Forge, is looking for people who are interested in serving on its Board of Directors or in serving on the Nominating Committee. Board members are required to be a member of View and to attend 10 board meetings annually in person or by teleconference.  Each board member serves on at least one committee and is expected to be actively engaged in View activities. The Nominating Committee is charged with reviewing names for the Board of Directors and presenting a slate to be voted on at View’s annual membership meeting (this year on Tuesday, August 27).  

If you are interested in serving, or would like to submit names of individuals whom you believe would be interested, please contact Leslie Bailey at (315) 369-6411, ext. 212 or Lbailey@viewarts.org with contact information and a brief bio, as soon as possible. Names submitted will be shared with the Nominating Committee.

View was founded more than 60 years ago, and is a year-round, multi-arts presenter of visual and performing arts located in Old Forge. Its signature exhibition schedule includes pastels, watercolors, fine arts, and quilts. Performances include music, theater, dance, and film. The member-based, non-profit organization also offers workshops, lectures, and special events. The facility, a 28,000 square-foot, LEED-certified building on Route 28, is also used for weddings, meetings, and community events.

View is a growing organization, currently employing 12 people with seven interns in the summer. As part of its mission, View serves as a catalyst for encouraging the creative spirit that has long been an Adirondack tradition. The Board of Directors guides the organization in meeting its mission and reaching its goals.

--By Leslie Bailey, View staff

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

An Interns First View Performance

By Nicholas Daniluk, Performing Arts Intern

I was excited for Sunday’s performance of Great American Songbook as done by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts as it was the first time I would be truly put to task as the Performance Intern. The first time I would actually be setting up lights, sound, and bar for an act here at View. Load in was scheduled to start sharply at 10am, but was delayed. By around 11am the sound tech from the ALCA had arrived and we began to load in some equipment.

Here at View we have some recently purchased QSC K12 speakers, and Presonus Studiolive soundboard. Excellent equipment for a performance space like Gould Hall. The sound tech had apparently been working several venues which did not have their own audio systems and was very relieved to see not only that he would not be required to unload his own soundboard and speakers. We disconnected channels 1-5 in the sound booth and did a direct input line to his wireless microphones.

As part of my in-office work I have been reading the manual on our Presonus board, and have learned several things. This is a unique system in that it does not have separate frequency gain  knobs for each input channel, but has selection button on each channel which links to a single more expansive chain of adjustment knobs. This gives you more options for each sound input that are clear and easy to read without taking up more space on the board. This whole system is something I have yet to toy with myself, though I was able to instruct the ALCA tech on this feature.

The performance itself was quite stellar. I will admit, I am not the biggest fan of musicals but the performers did such an exceptional job as to even get me to smile and hum along. I particularly enjoyed one young woman’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. In addition to the songs, the pianist told the audience about the composers, some history, and humorous anecdotes, which added to the experience and drew the listener deeper into the songs, watching for specific lyric or melody structures which the various composers were known for.

Coming up on June 7, at 7:30om we have the International Jazz Trio, a performance I am more excited for as it will be not only a fantastic opportunity to learn more about running an event, it is also a chance to hear some good tunes.

This has been an excellent first week at the View, and I am looking forward to many more experiences like this.

New Performances Intern: Nicholas Daniluk

Hello there!
To all of the readers and attendees at the lovely View arts center I would like to introduce myself. My name is Nicholas Daniluk and I am one of the fresh new interns here. Specifically, I am the Performing Arts intern. I will be helping with lightboard, soundboard, and various other aspects of putting on the various acts you see here. So you most of my ramblings will be about the events we have coming up in Gould Hall, but will also be filling you in on some of the day to day details of an outsider learning about life in this mountain town.

A little bit about me; I am originally from Dryden, New York, a small town outside of Ithaca and I graduated from Pratt Institute in 2011 with a bachelors in Fine Art, after completing the two year foundation program at Munson Williams Proctor in Utica, New York. My concentration was in drawing, and I have mostly been working with chalk pastels the past four years, though I have recently started working with oil paints again. You can find my work here.
<http://facebook.com/nicholasromanoviii> . I am hoping to spend this summer gaining experience which will expand my career opportunities while also developing my portfolio for graduate school.

This weekend will be my first day working a performance here at View; the Great American Songbook at 2pm. The  Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will be putting on a show with songs from American musicals from the 1920’s all the way to the 1960’s. Classic americana on memorial day eve. The performers will be bringing in most of their own sound equipment, so I believe I will mostly be working lights. But you never know what will happen, and everything that needs to be done. I will be sure to let you know how it goes, and what it’s like setting working with these, and all the other performers at View.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Do you like Zumba®? Do you like poetry?

Zumba Pantoumba

By Leslie M. Bailey

Once a week I exercise
By dancing to a Latin beat
It’s good for me, I realize
To swing my arms and move my feet

While dancing to a Latin beat
With head and shoulders, knees and toes
I swing my arms and move my feet
I start to sweat, my body glows 

With head and shoulders, knees and toes
I slide, then jump, and “gracefully” turn
I start to sweat and my body glows
The moves are hot, the calories burn
We slide, then jump, and gracefully turn
We dance in step like sexy soldiers
The moves are hot, the calories burn
We shake our booty and shimmy our shoulders 

In a Rockettes row, like sexy soldiers
My heart beats at an increased rate
We shake our booty and shimmy our shoulders
Although I’m always one beat late

My heart beats at an increased rate
As I mimic the moves, left-handed
That’s why I’m always one beat late
Oh no, I think I’m stranded 

The class turns right, but I’m left-handed
--no Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire
I look so silly. I think I’m stranded
I just don’t have the Latin flair 

I channel some Rogers and Astaire
‘Cause sitting won’t be my demise!
So what if I don’t have a Latin flair?
Looking foolish beats death, I surmise

I worry that sitting will be my demise
So I Zumba -- it's trademarked, you bet
Looking foolish beats death, I wisely surmise
But the value is all in the sweat 

So I Zumba – it’s trademarked, don’t forget
 It’s fun, and I do realize
It won’t mean a thing unless I sweat
 during my weekly exercise 

A Pantoum is a poetry form where, among other rules, the 2nd and 4th lines of each stanza are repeated as the 1st and 3rd lines of the following stanza. The poem ends by repeating, in reverse, the 1st and 3rd lines of the first stanza, so that the poem begins and ends with the same line.

Zumba® is an awesome exercise program held at View.  Right now, it is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  
--Leslie Bailey, View staff

Friday, February 22, 2013

Warren Miller’s “Flow State” at View March 1 and 2

View will present Warren Miller’s ultimate ski and snowboard video Flow State on the first weekend in March. There will be two showings, one with a spaghetti dinner. On Friday, March 1 at 7 pm, come see Flow State only or come see it on Saturday, March 2 and enjoy a spaghetti dinner served from 6 pm to 7 pm, and the movie will start at 7 pm.

Immerse yourself in the Flow State with Warren Miller Entertainment and experience the ultimate winter from a lens of absolute clarity. If you saw last year’s movie, “Like There’s No  Tomorrow,” then you know you’re in for a treat.

The Flow State exists anywhere crisp winter air shocks your lungs and sunlight refracts off snowflakes. So buckle up, because Warren Miller’s 63rd annual ski and snowboard film will take you into the zone…the moment…the groove…the center…the Flow State.

Warren Miller’s Flow State guides viewers to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next  workout. Winter is here, and it is time to enter the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.

Flow State showcases celebrated athletes including Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise. Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety takes on Alaska’s mighty Chugach, Julian Carr bombs down Utah’s famed Wasatch, Jackie Paaso explores the Norwegian Arctic, and Chris Anthony makes Warren Miller history on 70-year-old, 10th Mountain Division ski equipment.

Once again, Warren Miller raises the bar with Flow State, offering filmgoers a magnitude of ski and snowboard action that can’t be matched anywhere else. When asked about the film, director Max Bervy said, “The Flow State is a place where the impossible becomes possible – where time slows down and a perfect moment becomes attainable. This film reveals what it is like to be completely immersed in the present…completely immersed in the snow, in the mountains, and in the enjoyment of winter.”

Flow State is sponsored by McCauley Mountain, Holly Woodworking, and the Polar Bear Ski Club. Film-only tickets on Friday, March 1 are $8. Film with spaghetti dinner tickets on Saturday, March 2 are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show. To view the trailer and to purchase tickets online for Flow State, visit
www.ViewArts.org. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call View at (315) 369-6411.

--posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Enjoy a Hot Lunch in a Chili Bowl!

Next Tuesday is the annual chili bowl luncheon at View, where you can escape winter and warm up with homemade meat and vegetarian chili. Chili is served with handmade bowls created by talented View, and regional, potters. Lunch includes chili with all the fixings, garlic bread, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy live entertainment as well as complimentary admission to The Wild Life exhibition.
There are dozens of bowls to choose from, with variations in color, size, and design. There will also be additional pottery -- trays, mugs, serving bowls, and decorative pieces -- made by regional potters that will be for sale.
Lunch with a bowl costs between $18 and $25, depending on the bowl you choose. You can also purchase lunch without a bowl for $10. 

--Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff

Friday, February 8, 2013

Painted Feathers on display at View

Paintings on Feathers by Constance B. Smith

The artwork of Constance B. Smith is on display in View’s Rosenau Gallery until April 28 in conjunction with “The Wild Life” exhibit.  A special focus will be on her wildlife paintings created on turkey feathers.  Although the feathers will be featured, no surface is safe from her brush… she enjoys painting on various surfaces such as tree fungi, saw blades, snowshoes, tin ware, and wood.

Maintaining a working studio gallery (originally a General Store) on the bank of the Black River in Forestport, N.Y., Connie endeavors to create beautiful Adirondack landscapes, still lifes, and wildlife art. She works in watercolor, and acrylic, and she is also a print maker. Working on commission, she will paint pictures of camps, homes, animals, people or whatever is needed.  She says, “My art is a source of never-ending joyous hours spent engaged in what I love, and I consider myself one of the ‘ lucky ones’.”

Born and raised in Clinton, N.Y., she majored in Art and studied at Pratt Institute School of Interior Design, Brooklyn, N.Y.  After marriage and raising four sons, she worked as an Interior Designer and also free-lanced, designing many showrooms and business interiors in New York state. Recently, she has worked on redesigning and restoring a turn-of-the-century Adirondack camp.

To learn more about View programming visit www.ViewArts.org or call 315.369.6411.

--Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy 100th Birthday to Ceil Buckley

The family of local resident Ceil Buckley celebrated her 100th birthday at View last Sunday with a birthday party, complete with cake and balloons, and a proclamation presented by County Legislator Patrick Russell announcing “Ceil Buckley Day.” More than 80 friends and family attended the festivities to wish Ceil Happy Birthday. 

Ceil Buckley is queen for a day at her 100th birthday party.
 Decorations included several of Ceil’s quilts. Photo by Loretta Lepkowski
In lieu of gifts, her family asked for contributions to the Silver Needle Award given annually by the Pointed Pine Quilters in Ceil’s honor at View’s Quilts Unlimited Exhibition. This award is given for the best hand-stitched quilt in the exhibit as a tribute to Ceil’s skill with a quilting needle. More than $800 was raised at her party toward endowing this award!

The award will be presented at the Quilts Unlimited reception on Saturday, Nov. 2. The exhibit will run from Nov. 2 until Jan. 5, 2014.

--Leslie Bailey, View staff

Saturday, January 26, 2013

What’s in a name?

Note: This article was written by Adirondack Express reporter Chrissy Prichard for the grand opening Gala at View in July, 2011. I thought our blog readers might enjoy this thoughtful perspective. Chrissy’s article is reprinted here with permission and was posted by View stafferLeslie Bailey.

A New Name, A Fresh Start

by Chrissy Prichard

Over the winter, the Arts Center/Old Forge moved across the road to a new, custom-built, environmentally friendly facility featuring many upgrades and lots more space. With all the changes and new things going on, the staff and board members thought this would be a good time to consider giving the organization a fresh new name.

"We want people to see us in a new light and with fresh eyes," said Executive Director Jennifer Potter Hayes.

The announcement was made at a media open house held on Wednesday, May 18. The art center's new name, "View," was chosen for its simplicity and because the word conjures up visions of arts, artists, and the reason many visitors come to the Adirondacks: to see the view.

Hayes hopes the name will make people stop and think. The name is open to interpretation and means different things to different people. For example, works of regional and national artists are on view, viewers come to see the view, workshop students come to create their own view.

The name is a reflection of all the new possibilities that the new facility provides. "The organization has really been transformed," says Hayes. "We moved from an 8,000 square foot building to a state-of-the-art 28,000 square foot building built specifically for the arts."

When it was time to decide on a new name, the board quickly realized they didn't have the expertise, and needed an objective opinion. Howard Fish of Points North Communications was brought in as a consultant on the new name.

"We chose him because he has lots of experience in the Adirondacks, and we really liked what he did at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake," says Hayes.

Fish interviewed over 20 board members, long-time volunteers, and staff. He surveyed artists, art center members, and people in town. He also pored over files filled with the history of the 60-year old organization. As he digested all this information, he noticed the word "view" kept popping up over and over.

"We liked the simplicity of a one-word name," says Hayes. "We realized the old name was a little too specific and really narrowed people's perspective."

The board was advised against using terms like "Adirondacks" or "Old Forge" because although there is a strong base of local and regional artists and patrons, the center is hoping people will recognize them on more of a national level. "Our viewers, artists, students, instructors and performers come from across the U.S and Canada, and I don't think everyone realizes that," said Hayes.

Fish also suggested that using the words "Arts Center" in the name would cause people to make assumptions. Hayes agrees that it may narrows people's view of what is offered. "Everyone has some sort of arts center where they live, which gives them their own idea of what an art center is or should be," says Hayes, "but chances are, it's not the same as this."

Jody Pritchard, View's graphic artist, says the new name and simple logo are fun to work with. "The clean lines make it good for layering," she says. "It's like a lattice through which art can be viewed."

Members of the press were taken on an in depth tour of the new facility led by Pritchard, Events Coordinator Elise Carlson, and Performing Arts Coordinator Alan Saban. In the design of the new building, no detail was overlooked. Flexibility is built into every space to make it very useful and to accommodate almost any scenario. In the old building the gallery, performance space, and events space were all one and the same, making it difficult to have more than one thing going on at a time and really limited what could be offered.

"Anytime there was more than two things going on at once, it got crazy," says Pritchard.

It is now possible for multiple exhibits, performances, workshops, and meetings to take place simultaneously without disturbing each other, since each has their own designated area in the building.

On any given day, visitors can find exhibitions in any or all of the five spacious galleries. Gould Hall, with its sprung floors, state of the art lighting and sound, retractable seating for 200, Steinway piano, and a "green room" for performers will not only provide a venue for performances, but also doubles as event and banquet space. The adjacent outdoor courtyard serves as an extension of Gould Hall, providing an indoor-outdoor space for large events, as well as a place to display "outdoor art" such as sculptures.

The commercial kitchen will be used for catering and food preparation for various events, and also as a space for culinary education. The studio wing houses workshop space for anything from jewelry to pottery. The new pottery studio features a large outdoor gas kiln, a glaze preparation room, and a spray booth.

Upstairs there are more rooms for conferences and workshops, featuring room dividers that can be opened and closed to accommodate different sized groups. Kinderwood preschool has a suite that includes a restroom, storage, and office space. An office area accommodates the majority of the staff, in a bright space that also includes a lounge. Also upstairs is the lighting and sound booth for Gould Hall.

Behind the building is a large generator capable of powering the whole facility. In the event of a long-term power outage or natural disaster, people can seek shelter at View. The entire facility is heated and cooled by an energy efficient geothermal system. The building will soon receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for using green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance.

Other issues like parking and handicapped accessibility were addressed with a large paved parking lot, an elevator, and handicapped accessible restrooms.

A full summer season of events are planned to highlight and showcase all that View has to offer. "Everything we do is being developed and grown, building on a strong foundation of workshops, exhibits, and performances," says Hayes. "We are also able to add new areas with the addition of our events manager and performing arts program manager."

Thanks, Chrissy, for this point of View!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Science on Sunday

Kerry Rogers will speak at View this Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 pm as part of the Henry M. Kashiwa Eco Gallery series of talks and demonstrations called “Science on Sundays.” Kerry will present an overview of the “green” technology employed at View. He will also discuss the process of the building’s development, from the onset of construction through occupancy, and how View has taken measures to protect the environment.
The presentation, illustrated with a slide presentation, will focus on 1.) water-efficient landscaping, 2.) renewable energy, 3.) energy performance, and 4.) building with FSC (Forest Certified Council) certified wood and recycled materials.
Kerry is a board member of View. He and his family have been life-long seasonal residents of Old Forge. Since 1980, he has been self-employed in the construction industry as a structural engineer.
View received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification for the “green” technology incorporated in the design of its new building. 

Upcoming Science on Sunday talks include aquatic invasives by Ron Smith, on Feb. 3; unexpected effects of tropical storm Irene on the aquatic ecosystem in a Catskill mountain river by Barry Baldigo and Scott George on Feb. 17; and the migration of Monarch butterflies in and beyond New York by Ernest Williams on March 3. Talks are usually held on the first and third Sundays of the month. More information can be found on our website.

The Eco Gallery has permanent and rotating exhibits about the natural world. Currently on display are paintings by Mitch Lee and photographs by Gary Lee as well as several permanent displays.

There is no admission charge to attend the Science on Sunday talks.

 --Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff