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No strings attached

Puppeteer Ramona Jan manipulates some strings with marionette Lucinda Sparkles at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, NY.


March 6, 2013

I would not describe myself as someone who’s afraid of commitment. In fact, there are times when I overextend and then find myself flailing about as I seek to honor the many promises I’ve made while my life unravels, creating loose ends that eventually need to be tied up, lest knots occur. Seeking to avoid such chaos in the weeks and months to come, there’s no time like the present to take stock as we prepare to change the clocks and spring forward into a season of warmer temps and the many events happening throughout the Upper Delaware Valley.

In the wake of the debacle known as Valentine’s Day, I went out on a limb and asked someone to join me at the opening reception of the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center’s (www.catskillartsociety.org) “Near and Far” in Livingston Manor.

“That sounds cool,” was the response, “as long as there are no strings attached.” Sigh. “What could that mean?” I asked the wonder dog. “It’s not like I proposed!” She gave me a quizzical look and scampered off in search of the right outfit to wear to the reception, leaving me to my own devices. Apparently “no strings attached” means that it’s perfectly acceptable to bail at the last minute and (surprise) I found myself attending the art show alone again, naturally.

Three photographers—Judith Meyerowitz, Gordon Gilbert and James Carney—have joined forces at the gallery to create an exhibit of triptychs, which my dictionary defines as “a set of three associated artistic works tied together.” Having committed to arriving punctually to hear the artists’ commentaries, I made haste and arrived in time to meet Bradley Diuguid, the center’s new executive director. “It’s exciting to see such a great turnout for the reception,” he said, eyeing the crowd. “Is it always like this?” Assuring Diuguid that the community is committed to supporting the arts, I took my seat as each photographer addressed the crowd, illuminating their processes and explaining how each of the triptychs came into being. As they shared how, in setting up the exhibit, they discovered a common thread of form, color or emotion that tied their individual works together and the end result is (IMHO) a series that works.