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A Colorful History: Summer Place Community Conversation at Olana

 Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks, early morning color quotes: “Violet has the shortest wavelength of the spectrum. Behind it, the invisible ultraviolet. Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. Poor violet, violated for a rhyme.”

Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks, early morning color quotes: “Violet has the shortest wavelength of the spectrum. Behind it, the invisible ultraviolet. Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. Poor violet, violated for a rhyme.”

“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.”― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Today what is the role of the artist to place and place to artist? How do the colors of a place affect the creations in a place?  Why is art important to our place now? These and other big questions surrounding color, history, and art will be discussed at Instar Lodge’s upcoming FREE public Summer Place Community Conversation, co-hosted with Good Work Institute at Olana, June 24th at 3:00pm.  Join us in a walking talk, through the historic carriage roads created by famed artist Frederic Church at his home site in Hudson, NY.

Some book titles that lead to this month’s Community Conversation include: Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes by Jenny Dean and Karen Diadick Casselman, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours by Patrick Syme, Chroma by Derek Jarman, Bright Earth: The Art and Invention of Color by Philip Ball, The Invention of Art: A Cultural History by Larry Shiner, Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit, Walking the Line by Richard Long and Denise Hooker, and I Work like a Gardener by Joan Miro.

 These books and others inspire the prompts for this month’s walking Community Conversation.