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Mightier than the sword: Local writers plan pre-inauguration resistance event

Mightier than the sword: Local writers plan pre-inauguration resistance event

“Hudson Valley Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” will bring a collective of writers and musicians to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday, January 15 – the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a few days before the inauguration – to celebrate the power of words, compassion, equal rights, free speech, social justice and environmental issues.

Black Dome Press publishes Nora Scarlett’s photo collection Trunks of the Gunks

Black Dome Press publishes Nora Scarlett’s photo collection Trunks of the Gunks

Nora Scarlett, a serious studio photographer whose portfolio includes work as an assistant to the great Irving Penn and several major advertising agency assignments, is now based in New Paltz. While on a hike in the Shawangunks more than a decade ago, she writes, “I was captivated by a tree that appeared to be kissing a boulder.” That was the inspiration for Scarlett’s first serious departure from studio work: a series of large-format photos that she called “Trunks of the Gunks.”

The Vly’s Dutch history lives on in Lucy Van Sickle’s book

The Vly’s Dutch history lives on in Lucy Van Sickle’s book

Vly-Atwood, known hereabouts as “the Vly,” was a hamlet where people attended school and church, and gathered for social congress. Named from the Middle Dutch word vley or valeye, meaning valley or swamp, the Vly is actually situated in an upland area of the Town of Marbletown, above the buried aqueduct that takes water from the Ashokan Reservoir to New York City, and the Esopus Creek, which flows through a narrow canyon below.

Renato returns

Renato returns

Renato After Alba proceeds in fits and starts, unlike Renato, The Painter, allowing what plot twists there are, and final rising to something life-affirming and almost ethereal, to come about with the naturalness of life’s small elements of life that capture the painter’s attention as he returns to the world, and eventually the art that shaped his life before his partner’s passing.

From royalty to refugee

From royalty to refugee

Now that millions of people are seeking refuge from the war-torn Middle East, it’s instructive to read the memoir of a Hudson Valley resident who spent her early childhood in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II.