Cowboy Joe is a volunteer at GAIT throughout his teen years. He has learned to work with both children and adults with varying disabilities and how to work with horses of varying sizes and personalities. He is responsible for the daily feeding and stall cleaning chores for the horses. I photographed him over the weekend at GAIT’s 16th birthday bash.
Tea Pot Sculpture by Lindsay K. Gates, who is a studio artist working out of Milford (located in northeast PA, along the Delaware River where NY, PA & NJ meet). She was recently awarded a 2005 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She is represented by the Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts and Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine and Surface Design Journal as well as numerous other publications.
Photos by Alex Cena
We were planning on enjoying a nice dinner with some dear friends who own a vacation home nearby. They were going to bring up some take-out Chinese from one of our favorite restaurants in New Jersey. Our role was to supply the wine and dessert so I stopped by the Hotel Fauchere’s Patisserie to pick some of their wonderful delights, including the classic Fruit Tart. I love the look and taste of this dessert with its sweet pastry crust that is filled with a rich and creamy pastry cream. But what makes this dessert so special and eye catching is the fresh fruit arranged in concentric circles. In this case, the tart was made with vibrantly colored berries. It was also absolutely delicious so I am glad I photographed it before I indulged in my gastric needs.
Milford, PA-based Marie Liu, who I recently photographed in her studio, is an artist specializing in oil paintings recognized by their dynamic composition and expert handling of color. Her technique is a slow, methodical layering of oil paints to ultimately achieve a flawless pattern of shapes and colors. Her charcoal portraits (people and animals) are sensitive renderings that involve the use of brushes to achieve the likeness of smooth skin and soft fur.
The inspiration for her images has varied widely through the years. From humorous “Traveling Cows” – large scale paintings depicting heiffers travels around the world; landscapes that reflect her love of the undisturbed natural areas abundant in the tri-state region; portraits of people and animals; large scale public paintings and her most recent paintings that portray poignant, timeless moments in life.
After receiving fine art training at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, she returned to the Hudson/Delaware region, where she has honed her craft for 20 years. Her works are widely collected and she works frequently on commission, teaches art and restores oil paintings.