On-line Art Show

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.

Photographic Art

Marty Espinola
Great White Egret

by Marty Espinola, Northampton, MA

Great White Egrets are always beautiful to see up close but even more so in the soft light of the evening.  I was lucky to be able to catch it in what I call it’s “princess pose”.

Cate Woolner
Trillium

by Cate Woolner, Northfield, MA

Trillium are harbingers of spring. I made this image to capture the delicateness and robustness of this plant, which always makes me smile.

Cate Woolner
Moonrise in Grand Canyon

by Cate Woolner, Northfield, MA

Last summer I took a course in night photography in the Grand Canyon. It is amazing how much light there is when the moon is out, and, one takes a long exposure. In that way, the camera can capture way more than the naked eye. Also, being in the canyon when no one else is there, except the other photographers, was magical. 

Bernie Kubiak
Cape Woods

by Bernie Kubiak, Amherst, MA

Two themes run through most of my photos: imperfection, particularly that through the passage of time and geometric forms, particularly fractal geometry, the way patterns repeat themselves. Coastal forests don’t grow straight and tall, the trees get stunted by poor soils, twisted by the winds. Walking the trails through woods on Cape Cod, these forests suggest the haunted frightened trees leading out to the windy beach Dylan mentions in Mr. Tambourine Man.

Marty Espinola
Mill River Autumn

by Marty Espinola, Northampton, MA

This is the view looking down the Mill River from the bridge at Smith College. The warm evening light and the brilliant fall colors presented a special scene not to be passed by.

Marty Espinola
Gunn Brook Falls

by Marty Espinola, Northampton, MA

When I finally got down to the base of the falls I was delighted to see how much water was flowing that day. I used a slow shutter speed to accentuate the flow and glow of the water in those dark woods.

Cate Woolner
At the Book Mill

by Cate Woolner, Northfield, MA

In the days when we could, going to The Book Mill in Montague is a favorite spot for making images. And hanging out. This day was gray, still cold. The visual and sound of the Saw Mill River is different depending on season and time of day, but always captivating.

Bernie Kubiak
Pemaquid

by Bernie Kubiak, Amherst, MA

Rocks along the Maine coast seem to embody the wave forms of the ocean.  The flows in clouds echo the flows in the rock while the ocean appears still.  More of my photographs are at www.berniekubiak.zenfolio.com

Bernie Kubiak
Sentinel

by Bernie Kubiak, Amherst, MA

There’s a bit of a silhouette in the rock nearest the sea, facing out.  I came upon this on a cold morning on Lucy Vincent Beach, Martha’s Vineyard,  “silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sand.” This I am told was once an arch, worn then shattered by the ocean. A worn path makes its way around the triangular and curved forms of the rocks.

Paintings

Martin Bridge is proudly carrying his family tradition forth as he lives, creates and teaches in the hills of Western Massachusetts. His work spans a wide range of media from Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Theater Design and Site Specific Installations to Performance. One of the most central themes to his work is an exploration of the natural world and our place as humans in relation to the web of life that we are a part of. As an avid Permaculture designer he strives to create work that improves his own awareness of how he relates to the natural world and invites viewers to contemplate how to live in better balance with the world around us. His Permaculture works have been shared in international publications and educational material. Through his work he hopes to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of mystery and possibility in our experience of the world. www.thebridgebrothers.com

  • “Trametes Versicolor” is a beautiful omnipresent mushroom with incredible medicinal qualities. This was the first wildcrafted mushroom species I was introduced to on a walk in the woods in 2006, the same walk where I was pointed to the work of Paul Stamets and his text “Mycelium Running” which drew me rapidly and deeply into my interest in mycology. This work is now in Paul’s collection.
  • Apis- Acrylic and Beeswax on Canvas.  This work was simply honoring the importance of Bees in our ecology and critical role in our food systems.
  • Iris- This work is intended to serve as a part of “The Tao of Gaia” a collaborative project with Biologist and Poet Dr Stephen Trombulak

Artist’s Statement: My paintings are a statement of the positivity and complexity of the natural world. I try to convey the movement and energy, changes of season, changes by the moment that we experience in New England. I live in a house in Bernardston that has a clear, nicely framed view of Mt. Monadnock outlined by lots of trees. I gaze out at this from my studio. The changes in the sky and the vegetation are a constant source of inspiration. The hot tub is on the deck and the night sky from the tub is also a wonder to behold. I hope you enjoy my paintings and will look further at my website: www.KitajArt.com

  • Earthly Possessions by Karma Kitaj, Bernardston, MA. Encaustic on found pieces of cut lumber.
  • Daisy in Bloom by Karma Kitaj, Bernardston, MA. This is an encaustic mono print made on a Hotbox. One draws with encaustic painton a heated aluminum plate and places art paper on top. Paints are used that have a doublecolor when applied to heat for a long time. All of my abstract paintings are representations of nature of all seasons, looking from different vantage points.
  • Horizontal Clouds by Karma Kitaj, Bernardston, MA. This is made from encaustic wax on plywood, with burnt shellac which makes the filagree image.


Artist Bio: ARTmuffin is a visionary artist residing in Northampton, MA. You can find more of his work at www.artmuffin.com or on Instagram at #artmuffin_studio

  • Hexagonal Microcosm: This piece was a commission for a sacred beekeeper. I did some research on bees, bee anatomy and their link to the universe and must say I found a lot of really interesting information. This really got my imagination flowing and I brought the pieces together that were standing out to me. It was fun to start working on this piece and watch it unfold. As I connected lines and dots things just kept falling into place…the internal microcosm within the bee, the circles and shapes that became the heart chakra, it all just kept creating itself. I just had to hold on to the pencils and brushes and let it happen.
  • Taking Root: I’ve always been fascinated with our role as humans within the universe and within nature. Knowing that we all die and end up ‘out there’ in one way or another raises a lot of questions for me and becomes the driving energy behind a great deal of my work. I have so many questions therefore I paint so many questions. When I’m not painting questions I make up my own answers and paint those too. I imagine other cultures in other dimensions living their lives their way, possibly similar to ours. They record their history, tell their stories, teach their children, spread their word. They face the same problems with mortality. Their bodies deteriorate and are somehow dealt with, possibly through ritual. Perhaps they are planted in their ground, becoming their landscape. Or reduced to a fine dust and distributed in the wind that whistles past, becoming everything and nothing. I like to paint the mystery.
  • Green Skull: Flowers and vines, symbols and angles, different pairs yet so closely related. So much math and hidden, sacred geometry within nature. We try to understand, expand our minds, do the math, ride the ride. Somehow humans interrupt nature’s system, possibly causing misfires and miscalculations, but nature grows on and pushes through us.
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