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Lights + camera = action

Judges for the 3rd annual "Winter Wing Fling" benefiting the Sullivan County food pantries included The River Reporter's Jonathan Fox, left, Thunder 102's Michelle Semerano, Mike Sakell and Miss Sullivan County Jennifer Nolan.

January 29, 2014

Let’s face it: the weather outside is frightful. Arctic blasts and powerful gusts have combined to create record-breaking temps across the country and right here in the Upper Delaware River region. To add insult to injury, I live on top of a mountain, exposed to the elements, teetering on a precipice, constantly flirting with the kinds of challenges that life in a trailer (that’s right) provides. That said, there is plenty of action in the mountains. When the snow flies, it blankets the hills and valleys in stunning detail, creating photo-ops worthy of a postcard, pretty as a picture and (for the armchair observer) warm and dry. For visitors, this is swell. For those of us who call the Catskills home? Just another day in paradise.

While the schools have seen an increase in snow days and delays, the majority of us workaday folks brave the frigid temps, shovel our way to the garage and hit the road with care, leaving some wiggle room in our schedules for the occasional slip and slide. Like many of you, I have missed out on a few events due to circumstances beyond my control, but wake each morning determined to celebrate the world of arts and leisure provided to us throughout the area. Running out of words to describe the bitter cold, I decided to make my way to Main Street in Liberty, NY to check out the newest art installation happening behind the Green Door ( In conjunction with the Outsider’s Studio Collective (, Akira and Ellie Ohiso opened their doors and bared their walls to allow curators Andrea Brown and Elizabeth Ennis to invite scores of artists to participate in their latest pop-up gallery show, titled “Crowd.” The exhibition, based on the theme “People and their Pets,” showcases paintings, sculpture, photographs and multi-media expressions of that concept and there are some (IMHO) amazing works on display through March 1. During the opening reception, Brown was overheard to say that “In the dead of winter, one does not often encounter a crowd; we were looking to create that atmosphere with this show.” With over 150 people (and one pet) in attendance, it was more of a mob scene, with plenty of action, but now that the crowd has died down, one can peruse the gallery space at leisure and stand back to admire.