Slocum featured as EagleFest 2005 artist


NARROWSBURG, NY — As arts and sciences merge in the river valley’s annual celebration of the bald eagle on January 15, the official poster for EagleFest 2005 will feature images fashioned by yet another artistic Narrowsburg resident.

Featured artists of the past two festivals, Heidi Morse and Margo Spoerri, chose to focus their poster compositions on eagle personalities: Spoerri’s mixed media collage, “American Eagle,” presents a portrait of an eagle that’s both humorous and heroic, and Morse’s oil painting, “Sunset on the Delaware,” presents the dramatic scene of two eagles engaged in mating ritual by an Upper Delaware cliff.

Linda Slocum, the featured artist for this weekend’s fourth annual EagleFest, has presented a selection of five photographs of Upper Delaware River landscapes. Four are her photographs and the fifth is a striking aerial picture of the Narrowsburg Bridge, taken by Mike Brauser.

“This is the habitat of the eagle,” Slocum said of her poster last weekend, sitting inside Spoerri’s studio and gallery on Main Street.

“I’m honored to be selected as this year’s featured artist,” she said.

Tony Ritter designed the eagle silhouette graphic and produced the poster.

“Every view of the river is different,” Slocum said.

Prints of Slocum’s poster, as well as posters created by Spoerri and Morse, will be on sale for $25 throughout the day of EagleFest, January 15, at the Narrowsburg Elementary School auditorium. The annual silent auction of posters created by local artists will take place at the River Gallery on Main Street until 4:30 p.m.

The three artists were the judges for the festival’s children’s art contest. A first this year, children in kindergarten through sixth grade were asked to design and create 8 1/2 by 11-inch posters. Slocum, Spoerri and Morse awarded first, second and third prizes as well as two honorable mentions, which will be announced at the opening ceremony on Saturday morning in the school auditorium.

Morse studied art at Parsons School of Design, Slocum earned a BFA at Pratt Institute, and Spoerri studied at Indiana University.

TRR photo by Charlie Buterbaugh
Linda Slocum, featured artist of the fourth annual EagleFest, stands behind Heidi Morse, left, and Margo Spoerri, featured artists of past festivals. (Click for larger version)
2005 Slocum / Ritter / Brauser
Linda Slocum’s landscape photographs will be featured in the official EagleFest 2005 poster, shown above. (Click for larger version)