OTTO’S ABODE IS
FOR AN EXHIBITION ENTITLED:
YOU ARE HERE YOU ARE
SUBMISSIONS DUE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 7
$10 SUBMISSION FEE REQUESTED
EXHIBITION ON VIEW APRIL 11 – MAY 5
RECEPTION APRIL 26, 6-8PM
“What’s new in your world?” the gentleman abruptly asked of me at the onset of our brief interaction. I suppose I always have trouble answering that question. Like when someone says, “what’s up?” - it’s not really a question – yes, there is an answer, but “what’s up?” is more like saying “hello” than “how are you?”. This gentleman’s matter-of-fact delivery forced an answer out of me. I proceeded to tell him that I was working on writing-up this exhibition proposal; the “newest” thing I could think of. After stumbling over my words and describing a bare bones concept of “we’re looking for submissions of original diagrams and maps” he sort of grumbled: “Hmm.” And that was that. I had a hard time explaining it because it wasn’t formulated yet. I was hunched over my keyboard with barley the first sentence started; details actively being worked out. Now suppose if this was written and printed-out already, I could have handed it to him to read and there’s more of a likelihood he would have had a better understanding of the concept of the exhibition; a more concrete description to work with. Now, what if I had a drawn diagram to hand him? Or a map? What would that look like? How could I have distilled down my concept into a visual aid rather than into words or writing? Otto’s Abode – an Art-Centric Travel Agency and Inconvenience Store – is seeking submissions of original diagrams and maps. This could be diagram of how you make your coffee in the morning or a map of a bizarre walking ritual you find yourself participating in day after day. This is essentially an exhibition of drawings. Your submission could be anything from a doodle scribbled on a napkin to a computer-rendered and framed masterpiece. Take a look around your world.
Danielle Joy Graves + Nick Witten - 02/01/19 - 02/23/19
From the land of five hundred-mile car races and robust pork tenderloin sandwiches travel Danielle Joy Graves + Nick Witten. The Indianapolis, IN based artists arrived in Wanakena at the beginning of February fresh from two months spent at Wassaic Project. While here, they experienced winter in its Adirondack glory: very low temperatures, some of the largest piles of snow the village has seen in years and community-based winter festivals popping-up all around. The local Clifton-Fine WhiteOut Weekend - held annually during Presidents Day Weekend - provided Nick and Danielle the opportunity to design and create a backdrop for a live musical performance which was to be held within Otto’s Abode during the Friday Night WhiteOut Weekend activities. “Wow! People pay good money to see art like this in museums!” a customer noted. That Friday was also Otto’s Abode’s third birthday, to which Nick and Danielle baked a gorgeous cake. The bulk of their time was spent ping-ponging between clocking serious hours in backroom studio and out on the road exploring the area. Wanakena’s winter population dips down to about fifty heads this time of year, therefore having two more around was felt. Two more folks walking around town (wearing the brightest colored clothes around we might add), coffee’n’critique with Carol, snow croquet, happy hour with Bo, tossing frying pans at Coffee Fever, chumming it up with Carl at Stone Manor and much more. Nick and Danielle were probably halfway to where they were going by the time we opened-up shop the Saturday morning they left. Unlocking the front door, flicking on the lights, brewing coffee, MAGIC MUSHROOM!? They were everywhere! Popped up overnight… a few by the shop-plants, some more by the coffee counter, on top of the bookshelf. No two the same, including the bell-ringing sound made by each when jostled. This parting gesture portrays delightfully their presence and practice and we thank them very much for three wonderful winter weeks.
"WORLD CLASS" SNOW CROQUET (02/21/19)
The "roller coaster" winter that everyone speaks of may have put dents in the mounds but has never fully erased its cover; the snow that lays in Wanakena has been there since November. Another peak-condition weekend in conjunction with The Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend (Presidents Weekend Clifton-Fine, NY) with weather/conditions in snow croquet favor. The high numbers of players and games is by far the finest way to groom and shape a course - detail created through use, design by play. Here are some images from this past weekend as well as some from earlier this season:
WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION'S 4th ANNUAL WINTER PHOTO CONTEST (02/06-03/04/19)
Held in conjunction with The Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend (Presidents Day Weekend Clifton-Fine, NY). A message from exhibition organizer Allen Ditch:
Thank You to all the fantastic photographers that entered this year's photo contest. Every image told a story, especially with so many creative titles. A total of twenty-five photographers (67 photos) entered the 'Why We Love Winter" photo contest this year. All of the entries were beautiful, creative images depicting why we love winter in the North Country. The winning photos can be viewed either on the Wanakena Historical Association Face book page or the WHA web site at www.wanakena.com/events .
Here are the winners:
BEAUTY of WINTER
1st Prize - Silencing Bliss; Joe Valenza
Youth - Winter River; Natalie Vaverchak
2nd Prize (Tie), - December Moon; Susan Ziemba - Ice Feathers; Debra Roberts
3rd Prize (Tie) - Winter Warmth; Greg Vaverchak - Evening on Dead Creek Flow; Holly Woodworth
Honorable Mention - Sunrise Reflection; Debra Roberts - Tunnel of Trees, Hope Dolan
FUN in WINTER
1st Prize - Stuck !; Greg Vaverchak
2nd Prize - Safe (Ranger School Kickball); Greg Vaverchak
3rd Prize - We Made It !; Joe Valenza
Honorable Mention - The Road Less Traveled; Brian Heft - Pine Brush Slider; Matt Gwizalda - Love is Snow Shoeing on Cranberry Lake; Halsey Bagg
Almost all of the images received at least one vote. Many individuals spent a serious amount of time before making their choice to vote for best picture in each of the categories; 'Beauty of Winter' and "Fun in Winter'. The difference between several of the winning photos and Honorable Mention was only by one vote. Thanks to all the photographers who entered!! And a great big thank you to Kristin Rehder who ensured that the first prize winners would receive at least $50 and to Rich Whelden who also donated toward the prize money. Now get inspired and capture the winning photo for 2020!