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Join Adkins Arboretum for CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—July 6, 2017)

Artist Dale Chihuly has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the everyday experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces as well as exhibitions in museums and gardens worldwide. For the first time in more than 10 years, Chihuly’s artwork is on view in a major garden exhibition in New York. CHIHULY, on view through October at the New York Botanical Garden, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Join Adkins Arboretum on Sat., Oct. 28 for an afternoon and evening adventure to NYBG to view Chihuly’s breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light and form in both day and night.

Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see as the Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature shapes and brilliant colors. The exhibit includes a monumental reimagining of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, with new works enlivening the Garden’s water features and reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light. One-of-a-kind installations highlight the synergy between Chihuly’s organic shapes and the natural environment.

The trip includes CHIHULY Nights, when the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. The after-sunset atmosphere is thrilling as the exhibition is infused with magical energy, heightened drama and luminous colors and forms when works are lit under the evening sky.

This trip is offered during the final weekend of CHIHULY and CHIHULY Nights. The bus departs from the Easton Firehouse on Aurora Park Drive at 10 a.m. and from the Route 50 westbound Park and Ride at Route 404 at 10:20 a.m. An additional stop at the 301/291 Park and Ride will be added upon request for Chestertown-area residents. The bus will depart for home at 8 p.m. The program fee of $150 for members and $205 for non-members includes transportation, admission to NYBG and CHIHULY Nights and driver gratuity. To ensure the trip proceeds, please register by Friday, September 29, 2017 at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Walking into Light, Landscape iPhoneography by Karen Klinedinst, on view at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
June 6, 2013

Karen Klinedinst “paints” with her iPhone. Each landscape she creates glows with the breathtaking beauty and nuanced details of nineteenth century Romantic paintings. On view at Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through Aug. 2, they capture trees, meadows and waterways in a magical dance of light and shadow. There will be a reception on Sat., June 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.

“Winter, North Meadow” is one of several works shot at Adkins Arboretum. Light plays across its bending grasses and silhouettes the delicate needles of its pine trees, while white clouds touched with gold spread across a cerulean blue sky. But this is not just a photograph. You can practically see “brushstrokes” in the seed heads of the grasses and the textures of the clouds.

“It’s not straight photography,” Klinedinst explained. “I’m interpreting what I’m seeing. I shoot everything with my iPhone, and I also use the iPhone to process the images by using many different apps. Sometimes they’re made out of multiple images stitched together, then I layer textures and colors until I get them exactly how I envisioned them.”

Printed with archival ink on bamboo fiber paper, “Golden Tree” captures one of her favorite trees growing amid the rolling hills of her family’s land in Pennsylvania. Ghostly textures resembling intricate tree branches or grasses are woven into the image. They create a sense of time and memory and reveal Klinedinst’s deep feeling for the landscape she has visited all her life.

Walking and image-making are Klinedinst’s two great loves, so every weekend she leaves her home in Baltimore to visit parks or mountains. Taking her iPhone along, she photographs the landscape and processes her images right there in the field.

Klinedinst said, “I’m a big walker and I do a lot of hiking, so that’s part of the process of just being there and experiencing and moving through the landscape. And with the phone it’s just so freeing and unencumbered. I don’t have to go back to my studio and sit in front of my computer screen. I can do it there.”

Capturing the feeling of a landscape is all-important for Klinedinst. In “The Advent of Spring,” you instantly feel the primordial stirrings of new life as woodland flowers bloom and skunk cabbages spread their broad leaves along the Arboretum’s winding creek. With shadowed edges reminiscent of a vintage photograph, “Day’s End” has an achingly beautiful clarity and sense of passing time as pale wintry light filters through its bare waterside trees.

A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Klinedinst feels a strong affinity with two schools of art that emerged in the nineteenth century. Reacting to the rise of science and industrialization, Romantic painters focused on the emotional and spiritual power of untamed nature. Pictorialism developed as artists took photography beyond the mere recording of factual images to develop its creative and interpretive possibilities.

Likewise, Klinedinst turns her high-tech iPhone and up-to-the-minute apps into tools for exploring the intangible emotional qualities of the landscape. Like a plein air painter, she works outdoors studying the landscape and its changing moods firsthand. What she brings to light is the magic of our shared relationship with the land, something that most of us don’t take the time to consider as we live our hurried lives.

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through August 2 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

Photo: “Winter, North Meadow” is one of Karen Klinedinst’s landscapes, all shot and edited with her iPhone, on view through Aug. 2 at Adkins Arboretum.

“Winter, North Meadow” is one of Karen Klinedinst’s landscapes, all shot and edited with her iPhone, on view through Aug. 2 at Adkins Arboretum. Submitted Photo