Authors and Artists Festival is so pleased to be able to show these images of the natural world by local photographers and other artists. All photos are by default copyrighted to the artist—take no pictures, leave no footprints—enjoy the online show.
2021 ART IS POSTED AS IT IS RECEIVED
Call for 2021 Art:
Email Reina Dastous: firstname.lastname@example.org up to 3 pieces, less than 2MB each with your name, town/state or country, website (optional), and 2-3 sentences about how your art honors nature or why you were moved to create this nature art.
In the meantime, please enjoy the new art…..
Art from our book anthology: Honoring Nature
Megan Adams, Northfield, MA
This photo was taken just down the road from my house. It showcases the autumn leaves changing colors as they do this time of year. This road is always a beautiful place to view the Autumn foliage.
2 photos below:
This icicle photo was not quite taken intentionally, but when changed to black & white, I noticed how dramatic the whole effect is. The contrast of soft clouds and sky to the sharp, pointy icicles are examples of all the different facets of nature.
Sunrises where I live are one of my favorite things to photograph at the moment. As nature is always moving and changing, I had to work fast to capture this particular moment. It is amazing to see all the different shades of color the sky can take on in a matter of minutes.
Martin Espinola, Northampton, MA www.lighteffects.shutterfly.org
This chipmunk peeked out at me from his home a good ten feet up in the tree in Enders State Forest. It can be challenging to get photos of these shy critters since they rarely stand still for even a few seconds in their endless search for food or a place to hide.
I spotted this snail on a rock on Monhegan Island in Maine. I have rarely seen snails and was surprised to see the artistic designs nature had drawn on its shell home. Another wonder of nature.
These mushrooms just popped up overnight in my front lawn. I’d never seen any out there before that morning. I have no idea what mysterious force causes them to grow so quickly where they do and only on certain nights.
Laura Kaye, Northfield, MA
Title: Cognitive Dissonance 22.5″ x 22.5″ Watercolor 2014
Statement: I was moved to create this painting after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines seven years ago. It honors the lives of people living in poverty-stricken areas whose dwellings cannot not stand up to the force of extreme weather, which is natural but profoundly altered by climate change..
Title: All of the Above 22.25″ x 17.50″ Watercolor 2018
Statement: This painting honors those who have stood up to resist the destruction of Nature caused by mining, pipelines, polluting industry, and unnatural barriers such as the wall on the US border with Mexico.
Title: Ripped Apart 16 x 16 Watercolor 2015
Statement: Even in a war zone, Nature survives, though its flourishing may be just a memory.
Betty Lynne Wolfson, Florence, MA
I have lived in the valley, here in Florence, for more than forty years.
In these times, after months of adoringly appreciating the beauty that is Western Massachusetts, I brought myself to the coast, to breathe in the sea air, and feel the sand between my toes, where the Dunes of Provincetown inspired this painting. Of Life, and Nature, of one thing we can rest assured, and that is change, in each moment, throughout time.
Richard St Clair, Northfield MA
American Sphinx oil on linen16″x14.5″
I was struck by the resemblance of rock formations in the west to figures and classic images from Egypt.
Kacki St. Clair, Northfield, MA
photo collage, each 20″x16
Beach rocks, sand, water trails – all evoke the beauty and peacefulness of Cape Cod on a warm late afternoon. These images were captured on one such an afternoon in late September. Use of collage allowed me to follow various inner mood swings and visual lines of action.
Karma Kitaj, Bernardston, MA
- “Old Wood” using wood scraps from neighbor’s lumber yard and found objects including bicycle gears, bamboo strips, copper. Inspired by unruly nature that at times picks up man-made items in its track.
- “Afternoon” Encaustic and tar on plywood board Inspired by afternoon sun on tree branch
- “Swirling through Space” Encaustic and mixed media, collaged elements on plywood board. Inspired by image of galaxies swirling in universe.