(East) Coastal: Photographs by Jerry Novesky

Venue: Amity Gallery in Amity, NY

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, from 5 – 7 pm

Exhibit: Month of April, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4 pm

(East) Coastal reflects more than 15 years of travel up and down the Atlantic Coast from Key West to Nova Scotia. The photos in this exhibit focus on major elements of the very special coastal environment. Where sea and land and sky meet, things seem to be just a bit more intense, more beautiful, more powerful.

Co-founder (with his wife, Janet Crawshaw) and former editor-in-chief of The Valley Table magazine, Jerry Novesky grew up in Middletown and earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (poetry) from Ohio University. He has published dozens of articles and photographs in diverse publications ranging from Darkroom Photography and The American Fly Fisher to Audubon Action and American Health, and has edited more than two dozen books on natural history, outdoor recreation and Hudson Valley history.

Claire Gilliam – Life Lines

I began the series Life Lines two or three years ago, after coming into the possession of recent MRI scans of my brain.


I began the series Life Lines two or three years ago, after coming into the possession of recent MRI scans of my brain. The scans, which I spent hours pouring over, both fascinated and horrified me. Even though I’d always known the seriousness of it, I was suddenly confronted with visual evidence of the long ago but significant brain injury I’d sustained as a baby. A large dark mass on the left hemisphere still declaring loudly, after 40 years, my narrow escape. Around the same time, I also experienced a difficult and continuous period of profound familial loss.

Both these episodes left me thinking about the body in a very different way than I had before: I became interested in the biology and physiology of our bodies and the seemingly cruel, capricious way a body can behave, vacillating between strength and fragility. I began to make drawings from the MRIs, at first visually recording the brain itself, to understand how its structure and pathways form to activate the circumstances of the individual being we become. As the series has developed, the imagery has dissolved into abstraction, capturing something more existential. 

Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, November 2 from 5.00-7.00pm (the Amity Gallery will be open to visitors from 1 pm)

The Gallery is open every weekend from 1.00-4.00 pm.


Taos Journey: An Exhibition of photographs by George J. Nicholson

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For over 20 years, composer, author, producer Bettina Covo and I have shared something of a similar creative simpatico. The projects we have collaborated on are of an eclectic mix, but all have one thing in common – our creative spirits inform one another in archetypal space.  It’s no surprise we share a deep appreciation for ancient mythology and the lore of indigenous peoples and places of atmospheric wonder.
This past summer we met to put the finishing touches on a book we are in the process of publishing, A Winter’s Tale. This fairy tale myth, penned by Bettina, carries my book design and is amply illustrated by a selection of my winter photography.  Bettina noticed proofs of my Taos Journey book as I readied it for publication. She asked me if I’d share a copy of the book’s design with her and wondered if I would mind if she composed music to possibly accompany the inaugural exhibition of Taos Journey.
I hesitated at first, and we both knew why:  My strong predilection for a particular style of modern instrumental – so-called ambient – music.  Although I had heard some striking work she’d done in a similar vein, I knew Bettina mainly for her powerful, deep, shadowy songwriting and melodic compositions produced with her husband, flutist, composer, producer Brian D. Taylor.
Instinctively, Bettina knew what would break my silence Can you share with me music you might have in mind? She read my mind, as I had already assembled a mix of Brian Eno/Harold Budd musical compositions from various albums that I planned to loop in the gallery.  I sent her my mix along with a PDF proof of Taos Journey and indicated the images that would highlight the exhibition.  Furthermore, I offered her a promise: Do your thing. You know what I like. Surprise me. I am not going to ˜art direct what you do.
I kept my promise.  A few weeks later, I downloaded a handful of mp3s carrying such titles as Conversations with the Sun, Junkyard Angels, Desert Oceans, Cold Shivers.  I was blown away.  Bettina informed me she had others in mind and within a short time Ascent to Arcadia and Indian Mother arrived.  And this in the midst of personal tragedy – as her husband and lifelong musical collaborator, Brian, died unexpectedly.  (Brian’s gentle, magical presence and masterful flute performance can be heard on the album).
Her Rogers had lost its Hammerstein.  I quietly pondered how she could finish the project (and certainly didn’t raise the point), as the cuts were rough and in need of technical fine-tuning. I don’t know how, as she has been truly overwhelmed in the aftermath of Brian’s passing, but a rather refined mix of the entire album will play during the Taos Journey exhibition at the Amity Gallery.  Distribution of the album on a USB drive attached to a card I’ve designed (see below) will follow in the near future.
I am blessed by this creative partnership and look forward to sharing some of its fruits during the exhibition.The first run of A Winter’s Tale, hot off the press, will be available for the opening reception. Additionally, a Jungian psychology-based œart❠project we collaborated on 24 years ago, Echoes & the Muse, will be on display.
I hope to see you on one of the upcoming November weekends – remember, the show runs the entire month and I’ll be present each weekend!
Autumn cheers, George