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  • The Roads of North America - Part 6

    San Francisco Bay and Sausalito Houseboats

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 14th, 2017

    This is our second article from the San Francisco area and continuation of The Roads of North America. More than 50 photographs accompany this report. The views along the Bay and other discoveries are well worth seeing - no doubt!

  • The Roads of North America – Part 5

    Sketch: Cruising the Golden Gate Bridge

    All photographs by Astrid Hiemer
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jul 19th, 2017

    Picking up this series after some time, we are continuing with reports about our travels in North America. We flew to San Francisco to attend a theater conference and to discover the city once again, followed by visits to Muir Woods and California’s wine country. There will be other sketches drawn from different locations and events. Here my personal photo-perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge, arguably the most famous bridge in the USA.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

    A Visual Journey Through History

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 18th, 2016

    President Barack Obama officially opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016, on the Washington Mall. It is actually the 19th Smithsonian Museum. My daughter Olivia and I got up early on a December day, to stand in line for one of the circa 100 free daily tickets. Otherwise, tickets can be reserved online months in advance. The short text and extensive photo essay convey our experiences.

  • Cape Cod - After the Storm

    Total Fog at Ocean's Edge

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 22nd, 2017

    While spending time near an Ocean in the USA or Europe, as well as Africa, I have always been drawn to the beach after a storm, while rough weather and high waves were still present. So did I venture recently onto a beach in North Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in stormy weather and took these accompanying photographs.

  • WOW at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mssachusetts

    What a World of Wearable Art

    By: Astrid Hiemer - May 10th, 2017

    A recommendation for the Peabody Essex Museum to see particularly the special exhibition 'WOW' came in an understated manner, or I just did not pick up quickly enough what a delight the show would represent. We drove to Salem from Gloucester, where we were visiting, on a rainy and miserable afternoon and that made our day!

  • Sand and Seas – Part One

    A Summer Tale for Winter Days

    S&S
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 29th, 2016

    It takes time to collect and develop a photo project. The subject may have spooked around my head for days, weeks, perhaps months. The raw material are thousands of digital photographs, which include the subject matter at hand. Then questions arise: What is there to work from? What do I want to say? What can I show? How many images do I need to convey my ideas? Too many sub-categories for one essay? Yes! So, please peruse the first part of 'Sand and Seas.'

  • Sand and Seas - Part Two

    Reflections and Anticipation

    S&S
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 07th, 2016

    Sand and Seas - Part One found hundreds of viewers and readers. What delight! We are offering in Part Two long views and nearly abstract images and textures that oceans and beaches offer to a keen eye and a camera lense.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany: Part Two

    Not Just a Family Affair – in English and German

    HH
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 26th, 2016

    The second article begins with our Family Reunion on Easter Monday, which nearly 40 people from 11 families attended. What a festive affair and the three hour brunch just flew by. The meeting ended with a new official family photo. ~ For the remainder of our week we explored the city again, downtown Hamburg, where we kids grew up. Even then, the city was a wonderful playground.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany - Part One

    A Family Affair and Much More - English/German

    HH
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 17th, 2016

    We set off on a 10 day trip to Hamburg, Germany, from two airports: Albany and Washington, D.C. and arrived per schedules - what a relief. Our hosts came with two cars to transport us all to Ahrensburg, in southern Schleswig-Holstein, just outside of Hamburg, my home town. Nearly 40 family members met on Easter-Monday in Hamburg for a family reunion, which we orchestrated from North Adams, MA. What a wonderful experience! We ventured into Hamburg a few times per U-Bahn, subway transportation. The city always shows its best side to visitors, even sometimes in the rain. On our first trip into the city we were enthralled to see the 'Miniatur Wunderland,' the biggest railway system exhibition there is. Here an account of our adventures in English and German.

  • Icelandic Portfolio

    Arni's Birthday Party 2015

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Oct 03rd, 2015

    Recently Pippy Giuliano and her family, husband Yuri Tuvim, and daughter Sarah traveled to Iceland. Yuri has family there and they have been frequent visitors over many years. The occasion was to celebrate Arni's birthday. Pippy, a gifted artist, created a stunning portfolio of images. They richly convey the rugged natural beauty of a spectacular landscape.

  • Charles Giuliano's Honky Art

    A 1968 Sketch Book

    Honky
    By: Charles Giuliano - May 14th, 2016

    During the late 1960s there was such a proliferation of experimental art forms that they were gathered under umbrella terms like Pluralism and Post Modernism. It was a time of radical social and political change. In 1968, while working as a journalist in the underground press I devoted a sketch book to developing the concept of Honky Art. Some related works were used as illustrations for the alternative weekly Avatar. The idea was to conflate the consumerism and humor of Pop art with a more sarcastic social and political edge.

  • Dorrance Dazzles at the Guggenheim

    Bringing the Art of Tap Dance to a Museum

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 19th, 2017

    Michelle Dorrance proves once again that the “Genius” award she received in 2015 for her tap-dancing brilliance (the same year as Lin-Manuel Miranda received his for “Hamilton”) is abundantly deserved!

  • Railroad Street Youth Culinary Arts

    Culminating Event for Apprenticeship Program

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 12th, 2016

    Railroad Street Youth Projects annual culinary arts celebration dinner highlights youth with a work based apprenticeship program in Berkshire county.

  • More Honky Art

    Giuliano's Collages and Watercolors from the 1970s

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2016

    Honky Art was an attempt to created a movement of art in the late 1960s and 1970s. Little of the work has survived and what remains has been posted here. Decades later Honky Art has an uncanny and timely relevance.

  • From Port of Los Angeles, CA to Hamburg Harbor, Germany

    From Harbor to Hafen

    Harbor
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg are two of the busiest and most important harbors around the world. One in the USA, the other one in Europe where I lived nearby for the first 20 years of my life. The word and photo essay allows for a glimpse at both ports. One series of photographs were taken in a matter of minutes, the other one during a visit of Hamburg Harbor in 2011 along memory lane.

  • ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow at Guggenheim Museum, NY

    Otto Piene an Artist and Mensch

    Zero
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 17th, 2014

    The Guggenheim Museum in New York will close the ZERO exhibition on January 7, 2015. It is a comprehensive survey, highlighting more than 40 artists from 10 countries in Europe, South America and Japan. They were members of major artist groups and developments post WWII during the 1950s - 1960s.The second part of this article is dedicated to Otto Piene at CAVS/ MIT - and all who came to work or knew him and The Center.

  • Scorton Marsh, Sandwich, Cape Cod

    A Poetic Photo Story

    Scorton Marsh
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 30th, 2014

    We live in the Berkshire Hills and forests, near lakes. Growing up close to the Baltic and North Seas draws me to oceans still. So we recently spent a wonderful and sunny week on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A photography project follows: From a thousand new Cape photos, we photo-shopped 100, then selected approximately 40, further enhanced or painterly distorted them (or not) for this story and poem.

  • A Secret Passage Way - 2014

    Global Call to Participate in Photo Project

    Passages
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 17th, 2014

    From February to May we invited participants to submit photographs and words via email and Face Book representing passages in any way real or imagined. Collaborators expanded the project in amazing and unexpected directions. Here is the resulting digital exhibition:

  • Londoners

    People and Places

    Lon
    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 29th, 2014

    Taking the pulse of people and places while out and about in London. Catching the vibrant rhythms and social flavors of a great city.

  • Dubliners

    Town and Country

    Dub
    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 24th, 2014

    Fulfilling a lifelong dream to hoist a pint of Guinness in a Dublin pub on my birthday. We were in and out of the city connecting with the Irish heritage of my mother and her ancestors. Encountering the whimsical poetic people in the city and touring the lush countryside and craggy coast there was much that rocked my bones and rattled my DNA. Here is a portfolio of images capturing the essence of that experience.

  • The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Newgrange

    A Photo Essay

    Rocks of Ireland
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 16th, 2014

    A photograph is worth how many words? You decide! Our trip to Ireland and England included a couple of days experiencing the land, people and natural wonders of Ireland by bus. We returned with rock-solid photographs (pardon the pun!) and long lasting memories.

  • 250 Year Old Southern Live Oak Tree

    Hosting Epiphytes: Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern

    Live Oaks
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 27th, 2013

    A series of photographs with a short report will remain on the BFA Project Space. These 16 photos were a gift, received from a very old Southern Oak Tree and the people, who care for the massive tree, hanging Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern.

  • Venus of Willendorf

    Poem Inspired by Vienna Viewing

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 23rd, 2013

    While in Vienna Astrid Hiemer viewed the Venus of Willendorf. It inspired the poem reposted from Maverick Arts Magazine.

  • The Roads of North America, Part Four

    From DC to Georgia and Home

    Travel 4
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 14th, 2013

    When we started planning a trip south, Savannah, Georgia, was the first location that came to mind. Actually, John Berendt’s novel, 'In the Garden of Good and Evil,' triggered our thoughts and imagination. We wanted to explore Old Savannah, as he had portrayed it. Other stops along the way fell into place after that.

  • The Roads of North America, Part Three

    A Drive South from the Berkshires to Georgia – 2013

    Travel 3
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 07th, 2013

    Part Three you wonder? It's our second road trip which we chronicled in daily entries, noting all roads by numbers. And what an adventure! The stops in this report include days in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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