Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Wild Ones: Creatures of the Catskills

Hanford Mills Museum features "The Wild Ones: Creatures of the Catskills" Exhibit by Treadwell Artist Bertha Rogers 
Treadwell Artist & Poet Bertha Rogers
Hanford Mills Museum will open a new exhibit with by Treadwell artist Bertha Rogers on Saturday, September 24. "The Wild Ones: Creatures of the Catskills," will remain open through Saturday, October 15."The Wild Ones," an interdisciplinary installation with painted and drawn portraits of wild creatures as well as artist books, photographs, poems about the wild creatures who live in Delaware County and the Catskills, and an interactive video that incorporates images, sounds of wild animals, and readings of her poetry by Rogers. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 Co. Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY 13757.
     It is the second exhibit in Rogers's Natural Catskills series; the first was "Planting Wildness," which was exhibited in 2014. The aim of the exhibit is to familiarize the people of the county and surrounding region with the creatures who also inhabit this beautiful region of New York, including the many creatures who returned after forests were planted to replace those removed when the region was cleared and settled. Among those creatures, most of whom are rarely seen by humans, are bobcats, mountain lions, bears, fishers, foxes, and even the occasional moos
"Blue Beak" by Bertha Rogers
e. The reading and workshop will encourage community members to write about and illustrate their experiences with these animals.
      Bertha Rogers, artist/poet/teaching artist, has received numerous grants for her interdisciplinary installations in and about Delaware County and the Catskills, including the farm series, the Beowulf exhibit and video; the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poem series (which included artifacts from Hanford Mills & DCHA and which is currently being shown at the Dan Welden Gallery, Inspiration Plus in Sag Harbor, NY); the Even the Hemlock series; and others. In addition, her work is in the permanent collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and other locations. She has received grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the A. E. Ventures Foundation as well as the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Saltonstall, Pocantico Hills, Jentel, Caldera, and Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland. She is the Poet Laureate of Delaware County.
      Jack Schluep, who produced the video with Rogers, has worked on numerous projects with Joseph Stillman, Paloma Productions, Oneonta, NY; Drew Harty, Treadwell, NY; and many others, traveling throughout the US and abroad, to record and film poets, scientists, and others in the arts. He has also collaborated with Bertha Rogers on audio and videography exhibits and projects since 1994. Together they have produced many audio and video programs.
     This exhibit is made possible with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Special thanks to Liz Callahan and the Hanford Mills Museum for supporting the exhibit, which will travel, in late October, to the Delaware County Historical Association Museum and, in November, to the Roxbury Library, also supporters of the project. For more information, contact or call 607-278-5744.

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