Monday, March 22, 2010

Feasting on Heathcare Reform

Duck a L'Orange with braised carrots, sauteed string beans and mashed sweet potatoes, that I had prepared, was served as we watch Congress dine on sweeping health care reform last night during Joe Steele's birthday party for two. It was a beautiful day as we had awakened late yesterday morning from a late night of partying in Manhattan, with Reggie Van Lee and his partner Corey, where friends from New York, DC, Chicago, Rome, Brazil and other corners of the world cavorted in high spirits in celebration of Corey's B-Day and the surprise timing of the legislation that Reggie worked so diligently on. I reconnected with Nadia Fattah, who spoke of her global destinations and Susan Taylor who looked beautiful and energized by her project to find mentors for under served Black youth and other people equally delighted to be there. Norma Jean Darden and I reminisced about our fashion days together too, while dining on her delicious fare. Though it wasn't Joe's party he celebrated like it was, because he loves a good time with great people.

And better people we could not have enjoyed than Walter Allen and Brian Leister who took us to brunch with Julia Hotten the next day at the charming Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, the oldest hotel in America for Joe's birthday. The conversation was fast and witty and full of excitement about the pending vote that could provide opportunity denied for so many. The tasty brunch was served up with the delight of finding myself on the cover of the local newspaper that morning, The Register Star, in anticipation of an artist's talk I'll be giving at the Claverack Library on Sunday March 28th. Feeling fit and full of fun we settled in alone for the evening, preparing the dinner that satiated our taste buds, and monitored the wrangling of legislation that will change our lives. Joe and I have always been political junkies and we reached another highlight on his birthday. What a day!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

From Fashion to Fine Art

From Fashion to Fine Art:
An Artist’s Journey to Self-Expression

Glenn Tunstull
Sunday, March 25, 2010, at 3:00 P.M.

The latest in a series of Programs on “Local Art and Artists”
Sponsored by the Claverack Free Library

Admission is Free
A Claverack resident, Glenn Tunstull began his artistic career as a Fashion Illustrator in New York City, where his work graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, WWW, the New York Times, and other publications
His search for challenges as an artist, initially inspired by his fascination with the effects of light and water in different settings, led him to the painting of landscapes in water colors and later in oils. His travels took him to many far-flung places—Brazil, Bali, Australia, Italy, France, Japan--as well as closer to home--Cape Cod, the Berkshires, the Hudson Valley. His images extend from the pastoral settings of the Hudson Valley to the energetic colors of Bahia, Brazil.
Tunstull will give a PowerPoint presentation of his watercolors and oil paintings that demonstrate his development as an artist. He will also show some of his actual paintings.
Q & A session and light refreshments will follow

This event will be held on the lower level of the A.B. Shaw Fire Station
adjacent to the Library at routes 23B and 9H, Claverack, NY