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Mystical photographs at Sugarwood Gallery by Ramona du Houx

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Mystical watercolor like photographs at Sugarwood Gallery by Ramona du Houx

From the Daily Bulldog in Farmington:30faa9c364a568ad-ScreenShot2018-10-27at103441AM
Ramona du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like watercolor paintings evoking a sense of wonder. Many have found they relieve stress, as they are relaxing, thought proving and mystical.Her new work will include images of landscapes of Maine’s Western Mountains, fields and flowers created with her technique she first discovered in 1979.FARMINGTON – Starting on Nov. 8 the SugarWood Gallery, of Farmington, will feature new fine art photography of Ramona du Houx. The open house will be held on Nov. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

9d4aa6d4ad2ed7ca-ScreenShot2018-10-27at103412AM“I’m excited and honored to be showing my work at SugarWood. Many of the new pieces depict the magnificent lands surrounding Farmington,” said Ramona, of Solon. “I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. I translate what I feel when I’m outside, merged within nature’s embrace, through my art work, thereby bringing the energy and peace of the natural world into the lives of folks who view my images.”

Ramona du Houx is currently represented by Fukurou Gallery, 20 Main Street, Rockland Maine, owned by the Solon Center for Research and Publishing. She’s also represented by Gallery Storks of Tokyo, Japan.

She uses the camera with a painter’s eye. Her technique uses movement to create a sense of wonder through colors, textures, memories, energy and the seasons. Everything within the viewfinder becomes visibly interconnected when objects merge with the motion of the camera as the image, the “lightgraph,” is taken.

bfe9f728f3c8cf75-ScreenShot2018-10-27at103432AM“Many Native American’s believed that everything is interconnected. I try and depict the energy and emotion that makes those connections tangible. But the technique can be challenging, as I never know exactly what the results will be,” said Ramona.

“Scientists, innovators, and inventors throughout history took the time to observe the connective rhythms in nature. Ben Franklin’s electrical experiment depended upon his observation of those connections. Aerodynamic technologies that make cars, planes and athletes faster have relied upon recording those rhymes. But the innovators of tomorrow may be in jeopardy for now society plugs us into the Internet, and while that can open doors, sometimes too much of being Internet-connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world — that can be transformational.”

5490b13363599efc-ScreenShot2018-10-11at93531AMBy the time Ramona was 12 she couldn’t be seen without a camera. By 18 she was teaching photography and industrial design at Collegio San Antonio Abad in Puerto Rico.

During college she worked with three New York City photographers. In 1979 she landed jobs to take political photographs of Sen. Ted Kennedy, and President Jimmy Carter. The same year she discovered her “lightgraph” technique and held her first exhibit in Huntington, Long Island. Excited by the new way of expressing herself she took her “lightgraph” images to the Museum of Modern Art, where they were put on file.

The Zen nature of her work became obvious to Ramona so she continued her studies in art, and philosophy in Kyoto, Japan while teaching. Her travels in the East led to numerous exhibits in Japan and lifelong connections.

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In England and Ireland, she explored the mythology of the region, while raising three children, ghost writing a novel, and forever taking photographs. After returning stateside to Maine, she started a publishing company, Polar Bear & Company, with her husband and was hired as a consultant by a local artist. During this time she also explored more about the mysteries of motion in her lightgraph technique, worked for newspapers and wrote a children’s novel. By 1998 she was given access to a color darkroom at the Lewiston Creative Photographic Art Center to print a backlog of work in exchange for advising the Center’s photography students.

In 2005 Ramona started a newsmagazine, Maine Insights, which continues to this day. She worked as a photographer for the 2008 DNC convention in Denver, Colorado, and photographed President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration in 2012.

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For the past three years she’s been consulting, writing, exhibiting, organizing and always taking photographs. Recently she organized the Elected Officials to Protect America’s Lands, a group comprised of veterans who are also lawmakers, to send a letter to Sec. Zinke requesting he support the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF supports millions of dollars of projects, in every county in Maine and in every state, for the upkeep of our parks. As the47d17500a0d3011a-ScreenShot2018-10-27at103421AMorganizer/photographer she traveled with the EOPA delegation to Washington, D.C. where they made their case to seven US Senators.

“The Senators and their staff were incredibly supportive of our mission, wanting to protect our public lands,” said Ramona. “I see my political work as an extension of my art work. I’m passionate about protecting our public lands, without them we loose sight of who we are as a people.”

SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ramona du Houx’s intro exhibit to Fukurou Gallery of Rockland, Maine

Ramona du Houx’s art

I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. Putting the images into categories was extremely challenging as everything is interconnected. Please enjoy the work and check back for more additions regularly added. All images are limited editions for sale and represent over 35 years of work. To purchase any of these images please contact me at duhoux2@tds.net.

I’m represented by Gallery Storks in Tokyo, Japan and Fukurou of Rockland, Maine.

TO VIEW THE ART: Please click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the work.

Nature reveals herself

 

There are no boundaries in nature, with everyone and everything interconnected. Where a river stops cannot be defined, nor can the end of the sky. In my lightgraphs no objects have clearly defined borders as they merge their core essences together creating visual abstracts of light. In some cases the images resemble microscopic images, as if the core elements of what is being photographed has emerged to be recorded. It’s my hope that with these elements revealed the viewer has an opportunity to discover something about the natural world representational photographs cannot convey as nature reveals herself.

 

N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism at Farnsworth Art Museum

From Maine Insights 

by Ramona du Houx

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland presented an opening lecture the museum’s Curator Michael Komanecky by for the exhibition “N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism.”

Wyeth’s illustrations in two anthologies were inspired by Americans’ long-standing familiarity with and appreciation for poetry, and in particular its love of works by the so-called “Schoolroom Poets” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others.

Komanecky’s presentation focused on the context in which the two anthologies of poems were created, including Wyeth’s role as illustrator.

The exhibition “N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism” opened to the public on June 16, 2018. At the members’ preview the evening before local children dressed up in the traditional Revolutionary War Blue Coat uniforms.

EXILE  SPACE: ENCOUNTERING ANCIENT AND MODERN AMERICA by Esther Pasztory

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STONE AGE CIVILIZATIONS IN THE NEW WORLD

More about Esther Pasztory —

Esther Pasztory is Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor emeritus of pre-Columbian Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She has published extensively in the field of pre-Columbian art, including the first art historical manuscripts on Teotihuacán and the Aztecs.

DSC_0374Born in Hungary, she emigrated to the United States in 1956, after the anti-Communist revolution. She attended Vassar College and Barnard Collage, where she received a BA in art history. With her dissertation at Columbia, entitled The Murals of Tepantitla, Teotihuacan, she received her PhD in 1971.

Other books by Esther Pasztory:

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Order online on the donations page of the non-profit publisher: Polar Bear & Company. Indicate the book and make sure you include your address!

Or phone in your order, email solon@tds.net, or send your check or money order for $17.95/copy to: Polar Bear & Company, P.O. Box 311, 8 Brook Street, Solon, Maine . 04979.

Along with this information:

Name:

Address:

How many copies:

Email if you wish notification of it being sent.

Thank YOU!!

Conversations with Quetzalcoatl and Other Stories by Esther Pasztory

Patrick McGowan’s thrilling novel – One Good Thing

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A Maine adventure novel with purpose-

Mac McCabe, the owner of Allagash Air, flies his customers into the wilderness to unforgettable and often life-changing experiences, camping, fishing, and hunting. But these days it seems that it’s harder to make ends meet, even as the rich get richer and flock to Maine on vacation.

When the local paper mill is to be chopped up, stripped and closed, and the man behind the deal slams Mac’s airplane into a deadly spin with his jet, Mac dreams up a plan to get even. He recruits the military discipline of his brother-in-law Jackson Gunther and the skills of a journalist on the run from the mob. With the computer expertise of one more companion, they are involved in an offshore network to lift billions of dollars from two crooked and greedy billionaires.

Nature encounters human nature in the North Woods in search of natural justice—just one good thing to bring home to the community.

Read more about the author 

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 2.29.54 PM“During the winter of 2014-15 we lost power over the entire Christmas holiday. Luckily I had this story in my head for a book. I started writing. That story is now a book, One Good Thing,” said the author, Pat McGowan. “It is an adventure story with purpose.”

Patrick K. McGowan was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Somerset County. He learned to fly at the age of sixteen and began a lifetime of adventure and backcountry bush flying. Inspired by his home state, a place of magnificent beauty, he began a public service career, which included being a legislator, presidential appointee, and member of a governor’s cabinet. He has owned and operated many small businesses over four decades.

His drive for continued adventure included ten years as a skydiver, forty years as a floatplane and backcountry airplane pilot and multiple Maine canoe trips.

One Good Thing brings his public service, floatplane adventures, and love of storytelling to the public in this first novel.

He campaigned for single-payer health coverage in a congressional race in 1990 and has never given up on this bold idea for America. McGowan is an accomplished conservationist.

Published by Polar Bear & Company of Maine – Head office: PO Box 311, Solon, ME  04979. In town location: 20 Main Street, Rockland, ME  04841.

Available on Barnes and Noble.com, and Amazon, local independent bookstores by request or directly from the publisher.

$17.95/Pages: 260 / ISBN-13: 978-1882190812

Dragon Kim Foundation helps teens learn music and much more

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“Life is a gift, so live it to the fullest. Grow happy and gaily, for you only have one shot,” that’s the beginning of a poem written by 14-year-old Dragon Kim.

A teen often described as wise beyond his age. A boy, whose life ended along with his friend Justin Lee on August 14, 2015.

Park rangers say a large tree branch broke and fell on a tent where Dragon and Justin were sleeping. Both were killed.

His parents established The Dragon Kim Foundation “in our son’s honor to carry on his love of life to make it possible for other young people to pursue interests in areas in which Dragon himself was passionate, and to help give others the access to a bright future.”

 

 

 

 

The foundation gives young people access to more opportunities.

 

Please consider making a donation, on their website They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Dragon Kim Foundation, 13217 Jamboree Road, Suite #158, Tustin, CA 92782