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August 23, 2014
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Stop. Look. Listen.

Bradley Diuguid, Catskill Arts Center’s executive director, left, competed against Marius, 8, and Erin Burch of the Catskill Mountainkeeper in a lettuce-eating contest at the launch of The Weather Project in Eldred, NY on Saturday. Burch was victorious.


Having stopped for a few hours to listen at Bethel Woods the night before, I decided to hit Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY on Saturday (www.artsalliancesite.org) and look at the new art show, “Half Hidden,” featuring the prints of Carol Radsprecher and E. Morisot’s exhibit of paintings, titled “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe” (the luncheon on the grass). Inclement weather prevented Radsprecher from attending the opening, but Morisot was at the DVAA, and I chatted with her briefly about her work. “Le dejeuner,” a painting by Edouard Manet, inspired Morisot to reinterpret the famous work featuring black and white cows, which appear in many of her paintings. “My cows (and bulls) are bold and playful, with a dynamic lightness in a more abstract way,” she said, “but everything has a match: the sun and moon, the mamelle and the couilles.” Some of Morisot’s canvasses are huge, covering entire walls in the Loft Gallery upstairs, and although she may not be around to interpret, the work speaks for itself and is on display through the end of the month.

Having stopped, (if only to catch my breath) listened and looked, the opportunity to do all three at once appeared in Eldred, NY as the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) kicked off its yearlong project-in-the-works (www.facebook.com/theweatherproject) with a festival, stilt walkers (www.ottawastiltunion.ca), musicians, art projects and plenty of audience-participation activities. The NACL has big plans for the year, culminating with a performance based on the community involvement that the company seeks, which (IMHO) should be an event to be reckoned with.