Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

If he who has travelled and observed the skies of other climes will spend a few months on the banks of the Hudson, he must be constrained to acknowledge that for variety and magnificence American skies are unsurpassed.

Thus spoke Thomas Cole, who was born and grew up in England, but once discovered the beauty of the Catskills he remained forever faithful – so much so, that he went on to found America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School.

Study for ”Catskill Creek”, c. 1844-45. Oil on wood
View Near Catskill, 1828-29. Oil on wood panel
Sunset, View on the Catskill, 1833. Oil on wood panel
North Mountain and Catskill Creek, 1838 [detail]. Oil on canvas
The view across the valley to the Catskill Mountains that can be seen from the porch is one that Thomas Cole painted more than any other.
Wooden Painting Stretcher for Catskill Creek, c. 1840s. Wood and graphite on chalk

Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, N.Y.

July 26th, 2019

The Clearwater

And the sun setting on the Hudson

The story:

Clearwater was founded by Pete Seeger, legendary musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate, and one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. In 1966, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, Seeger announced plans to “build a boat to save the river.”  At the time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. Seeger, along with many other concerned individuals, believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Inspired by that vision, the organization began with the launch of the sloop Clearwater in 1969 —a majestic 106-foot long replica vessel. [source]

June 29th, 2018