Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Contemporary Glass

 Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneun is currently exhibiting a terrific contemporary glass show.

"FIRED UP.  Glass Today."

Dante Marioni and John Kiley are Seattle-based collaborators who created this fascinating object.  
Marioni does the time-consuming and elaborate interior and Kiley creates the sculptural exterior.

"Florencia" above and "Angel Tear" below right are works by elderly Italian glass artist, Lino Tagliapetra.
When I worked in Columbus, Ohio, I saw many amazing works by Tagliapetra at a glass gallery that specialized in works by Dale Chihuly and Tagliapetra and their acolytes.

"New Spring Blue Group" is a recent work by North Carolina glass artist Alex Bernstein.
Bernstein fuses steel forms to his glass.  I wanted to step back for a long view, so you can't see the steel details in these blue glass forms.  Sorry.

The Czech glass artist Martin Janecky crafted the mesmerizing glass head "Van" in 2014.

"Singer" is an intricate 2014 work by Texan glass artist Micah Evans.

More tomorrow.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Parkville Paint Jam

 Two weeks ago, 23 Connecticut artists gathered to paint murals on doors of an out-of-the-way storage facility on the Pope Park Highway in Hartford.

Tim Rice was the event's organizer.  His "Dream" is on the left.  Ben Keller is a fine muralist who has numerous murals around Greater Hartford.  That is his dancer on the right.

Linked to Monday Mural.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Dahlia Season at Elizabeth Park

 I went back to Elizabeth Park during a quick visit to Hartford and West Hartford.

September is always dahlia season at the park.

A pretty bride-to-be was there to have her wedding photos taken.

The annual garden still looked good at the end of its run.

Saturday, October 1, 2022


Lola (pink nose) and Sequoia (dark nose) are daughter Susie's weimaraners.  It surprised me how many photographs of the dogs I have taken over the last decade.  And how many are of resting or dozing dogs.

The October theme for City Daily Photo members is "Rest."  Click here to see other interpretations.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Edward Steichen

 The noted photographer Edward Steichen lived on a 400 acre farm on Topstone Road in Redding from 1928 until his death in 1973.  Before he died, Steichen donated most of his farm to the town, reserving 12 acres on a pond for his Mid-Century Modern glass and stone home.  It is visible below, from the road.

Steichen's modern home on Steichen Pond passed into new hands in 2020.  
The donated land is now Redding's Topstone Park.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Lake View

A fine place from which to relax and view the lake.

Thank you to those who asked and those who expressed concern about my Naples house and Hurricane Ian.  I am still in Connecticut.  Friends in SWFL say that trees and branches are down in my community, the waters are high in the roads and lakes, and power is out, but so far I have not heard about water entering any houses in my community or injury to people or damage to houses.  It is still early.  Like everyone who is not in Florida now, I worry about the widespread devastation and I await specific information about my house.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

A Little Fair in the Park

 While the giant pumpkin weigh-off took place at one end of Ballard Park, a nice little fair took place in the rest of the park.

Henny Penny Farm brought a half dozen sheep for kids to pet and feed hay.

Karate instructors waged sword fights with kids.

And had them break boards with blows from their hands.

A box of "donuts" was a clever entry in the pumpkin decorating contest.

Pumpkin man handed out candy.

Cheerleaders from Ridgefield High School staffed a booth.

And four Suzuki violin students demonstrated the skills they have learned. 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

 The 10th annual giant pumpkin weigh-off took place yesterday at Ballard Park.

Local press did some interviews.

She and her "Prospects" have started growing giant pumpkins.  This is their first entry.

A farmer loaded his three entries onto a trailer after they were weighed and left the park. 

I also left before the results were announced.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

More From The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

The Statue of Liberty is 25 feet tall and is made from 114 carved pumpkins.

A couple sit on a bench and feed pigeons.

Two dinosaurs.

And a unicorn.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

 I went to this wonderful event in Sleepy Hollow for the second year.  It is fun to see what can be created with carved and lighted pumpkins lashed together.

In the section celebrating famous artworks, we learn why Edvard Munch's character screamed.  

The headless horseman was in pursuit.

Frida Kahlo.  With that headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane over her shoulder.

Jeff Koons' balloon dog was a natural for pumpkins, but where on earth did they find huge and perfectly formed pumpkins like this?

There is lots of local lore celebrated.  This is the Headless Horseman Bridge.

And a terrified Ichabod Crane racing to escape the headless horseman.