Hudson River Fact of the week

Moon jellies turn the color of the food they eat.  Pink jellies eat mostly crustaceans, while orange jellies have been dining on brine shrimp.  They can be found in warm and temperate coastal waters; mainly along the estuaries during the summer months.  They are enjoyed by sea turtles, large fish and marine birds.  This brings up the major problem of plastic bags looking a lot like jellies.

William D Martin; Artist of the Week

William Martin is an artist, designer, and creative technologist. He is a resident of New Jersey, a graduate of Pratt Institute, and long time student of the late David J. Passalacqua. He is currently studying at the Dalvero Academy.

Professionally Mr. Martin has held lead roles in creative and technical disciplines. He has worked as a Creative Director, an Illustrator, a senior developer for leading agencies, and adjunct faculty member at Sussex County Community College, and NJIT/Rutgers.

His designs and illustrations have been featured on album covers, tour books, posters, first day cover prints, and in local galleries.

“Star” fish – Shad

Shad; the largest of New York’s herring and at one time the most important commercial fish in the Hudson River. The Hudson was known as one of the most productive rivers of shad in North America. It’s latin name means “most delicious”. They are anadromous – born in freshwater, but live in the ocean and return to the river of origin to spawn. Today, their numbers are at he lowest point ever.

Ann’s Sneak Peek

What I have done for the “Fish Tales” exhibit is to use objects that represent how I see the wetlands and food chains. Capturing childhood, food and parenting through the use of found materials from my past or belonging to me that relate.  Toys, kitchen utensils, and the pantry items used, are all a part of who I am as an artist, as a mother and the inner child within.

Ann Ladd; Artist of the Week

I am a painter and come from a family where art runs deep in our veins.  Recently, I have been inspired by my father and son (the latter of whom is also participating in the show; Jude Ferencz) to create three-dimensional sculptures out of found materials cluttering my studio.  The subject matter I am particularly drawn to conveying is the wealth of life in the wetlands along the Hudson River.  I was given the opportunity to work on a mural with The William Jackson Elementary School in MT Vernon where we focused on the food chains.  Using “recycled” left over paint we represented the abundant river species that are a part of one of the most amazing eco systems in the world.

Herring and Schools of fish

Pearl essence, a silvery substance extracted from the scales of herring, and other schooling fishes is one of the many fish by products used.  Pearl essence is important to the manufacturing of lipstick, nail polish, paints, ceramics and costume jewelry.

The Hudson River is the largest river entirely within state borders that is home to all members of the herring family.  They spend the bulk of their lives in the ocean and only return to freshwater to reproduce.

Joe’s Sneak Peek

Swimming bass in colors of the rainbow!  Gyotaku is a method of printing that allows me to merge my passion of fishing through my love of art and natural interest in science.   My educational workshops (for all levels) are led hand in hand with these topics and issues of sustainability, bringing awareness.   Discussions also involve the number of fish species that live in the local waters and the importance of caring for our environment, hence all species that are connected to the river.

Artist of the Week: Joe Mullins

I went on vacation to Indian Lake in the Adirondacks in 2005.  I was introduced to a form of nature printing called gyotaku which literally translate into “gyo”, meaning fish, “taku” meaning rubbing.  The artist in me, was amazed at the wonderful details captured and beauty of the translation of the fish in print.  At the same time I was becoming re-acquainted with a childhood passion of mine, fishing.  I grew up spending my weekends and summers on Shinnecock Bay with my brother and a row boat.

From this day on, I set forth on a mission, to educate myself about fish and fishing.  Everywhere I went on vacation I packed my fishing pole, paper and ink.  Every fish, I made prints of; from an alligator gar I caught in the Everglades to a barracuda from Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Soon I was making “trophy” prints for local fisherman.

Eventually the process was formed into an educational workshop that combined my passion for not only art and fishing but the concern of the declining fish “stocks” and the importance of caring for our environment.

Beth’s Sneak Peek

Beth’s comment:- The Lenape Indians thought it was rude/wrong to point a finger at another. When they wanted to get the attention of another in that direct way- they held up a feather.
So- in my painting, the Lenape woman is holding a feather up to us- in an attempt to draw our attention to the abundance and wealth of resources at our disposal. It is a cautionary gesture. Her other hand is pointing downward toward the bed of oysters she stands on. In the water we will see fish and water-life revealed as well.