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Notes from the Field

  • Summer 2014 Appearances

    The horses are soon to be on the track, and I'll be showing up here and there in town during a very busy summer season. Here’s where I’ll be and when – all are in Saratoga Springs, except Front Street Home in Ballston Spa: Crafters Gallery – July 18, 7 to 9 pm National Museum of Racing – July 25, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Spa Fine Arts Gallery – July 25, 7 to 9 pm Impressions – August 1, 7 to 9 pm Front Street Home in Ballston Spa, August 3 – 1 to 3 pm Soavé Faire – August 16, 7 to 9 pm

    In addition to these fine vendors, you can find “The History and Art of 25 Travers” by Vic Zast, with artwork and illustrations by me, at Northshire Books in Saratoga and The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany.

    We have had confirmation that this year, we definitely will be signing posters on Travers Day, August 23, at the main tent outside the Paddock. Many apologies to those who looked for us last year. Please stop by to say hello.

    As in past seasons, we will be attending the BCCA fund raiser on Wednesday, August 20, and hope to see some of you there as well.

    Poster trivia for those of you who have this year’s poster, “Picking a Winner.” The poster depicts the corner of the Clubhouse that the horses pass by on their way to the track. In the column on the corner of the Clubhouse, you will find a number of horse images, in addition to the horse making its way down from the Paddock. I’m told there’s a fox in there too, but it’s really a tree shadow. Have fun looking for all the hidden horses!

    Hope you have a wonderful summer. See you around town or at the track!

  • 2014 Travers Poster is Here!

    Hello Summer! The 2014 poster artwork, “Picking a Winner,” shows a crowd of Saratoga Clubhouse patrons getting a final close look at the thoroughbreds and jockeys before the race. In this scene, track patrons are watching the 2013 Travers Stakes winner Will Take Charge and jockey Luis Saez make their way beneath the awnings and trees to the track.

    For more than ten years, my partner, Paula, has been suggesting that I showcase the beautiful and historic white ornamental ironwork columns and hand-carved horse head rafters that grace this corner of the Clubhouse. These classic decorations are quintessentially Saratoga. So, finally, here they are. The photos she took to help me with the column’s details are actually paper prints with negatives — talk about “historic”!

    This is the 29th poster in the longest-running series of its kind. The 2014 Travers poster (and the Saratoga version) are available on this website and at selected stores and galleries in Saratoga Springs after June 16th, 2014.

    Please watch this space for schedules of poster and book signings in and around Saratoga. See you at the track!

  • Warm walls

    Spring is getting close! This year, we were able to leave the bitter cold behind us and go to Mexico for a little while. What a difference some warm days, clear water and blue skies can make! Now, we are back up north in New York and hard at work on this year's poster and a few other projects. So, stay tuned. It won't be long before the drawing is finished and I'll post the first drafts online.

    Hope the winter was good to you wherever it found you! Enjoy.

  • Biennial or Bust

    Finally got to one of the greatest shows on earth: The Venice Biennial! Held every two years, the Biennial is essentially a world's fair of art. More than 80 countries have exhibits and pavilions scattered throughout Venice. So we painted a little, toured the amazing Venice, and viewed great art and architecture. It was an incredible week, but now we're glad to be home.
  • "And the Season is on the Track!"

    For those of you who would say this with the inflection of "The Horses are on the Track!" you know that the racing season is upon us.

    If you're trying to find me in Saratoga at one of my poster signings, here are the dates we've committed to thus far. Unless otherwise noted, signings are in venues in Saratoga Springs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday, July 19: Impressions of Saratoga
    Saturday, July 20: Soavé Faire
    Sunday, July 21, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Front Street, Ballston Spa
    Monday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: The National Museum of Racing
    Friday, July 26: Crafters Gallery
    Friday, August 2: Spa Fine Art Gallery
    Saturday, August 3: Impressions of Saratoga
    Thursday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: National Museum of Racing
    Saturday, August 10: Crafters Gallery
    Friday, August 16: Soavé Faire
    Saturday, August 17: Spa Fine Art Gallery
    Monday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: National Museum of Racing

    We also hope to see you at the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Fasig Tipton Pavilion on Friday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m.; at the BCCA fund-raising event and dinner on Wednesday, August 21; and, of course at various times at the Track.

    We'll be at Travers, just don't know where just yet, so please watch this space for updates and any changes. Enjoy your summer!

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