Quiet on the River this Last Weekend in August

Three tiny ducks take advantage of the calm river without noise on Saturday night/EarthCam® construction camera

Three tiny ducks take advantage of the calm river without noise on Saturday night/EarthCam® construction camera

Governor: “Our job is not to have people adjust to government, but to have government adjust to the people.”

That was the reasoning behind Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 Drivers First initiative, “a new approach by the State Department of Transportation to prioritize the convenience of motorists and ensure that disruptions are as minimal as possible to drivers at highway and bridge projects across the state.”

Hmm. Regarding the project, maybe the government only adjust sometimes.

I digress. I looked it up because Friday’s press release said there would be no lane closures this weekend in accordance with that 2012 initiative. So no pile driving or river doings this last weekend before school starts.

Few lane closures on I-87/I-287 next week as well:

• Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3 — the southbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Thursday, September 4 —the southbound right and middle lanes across the Tappan Zee Bridge, from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On the water this weekend? Remember . . .

Recreational boaters have six new lighted channel markers guiding them to and from the Piermont shore, per a recent press release. Off-limits is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Safety Zone; heed the expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA). Safe boating, everyone.

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Something about a “Nine” Year, and Toy Talk

Another fun day on your favorite highway and mine, 287. No one says I-287, just 287. And today, early afternoon, its reputation for traffic didn’t disappoint me. It aggravated me: because of it, I was first late to, then missed, an appointment.

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Driving east, though, was a breeze. That Air Force One landed at Westchester County, necessitating 287 from White Plains to Port Chester to close, shouldn’t have affected me. The closures were from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and east of me; maybe that’s why there was hardly any westbound traffic in late afternoon.

Mom commented about the bridge. It’s not a bad bridge. It doesn’t look like a terribly old bridge. Fifty-nine in December. Maybe it’s the “nine” year before the big six-o. She was fascinated by the construction equipment and grinned when I sang the TONKA song.

♪♫ For boys who want real lifelike toys that they can operate, too.
Attention boys, TONKA toys are made just for you. ♪♫

Bob the Builder

Why do I remember that? Early morning television commercials. My little brother and I eating cereal from the box while watching cartoons.

When my nephew turned two, I was at a loss for what to buy him. He had more toys than a store. One neighbor who worked at the neighborhood candy store on Sunday rescued me. “Bob the Builder™ figures,” he said. “They’re small, will fit in his hand, and he’ll love them.”

My brother’s fascination with MATCHBOX® Cars came back to haunt him. When he was two or three, nana and papa bought him a few of these tiny cars. He loved playing with them. Mom and dad quickly realized that the minute he got a new car, he’d pull the catalog from the package and point to what he wanted next.

car case

It so happened that the minute my then-two nephew realized there were more Bob the Builder™ figures, he wanted them. He called them all Bee Dee Dee since he was unable to say “builder” yet. And my brother finally understood the meaning of karma.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Creatively Capturing Tappan Zee and NNY Bridges

Bare no more, they’re covered with bridge art. The current and future bridge art. An idea that took effort, imagination, planning, cooperation — and took hold.

Curator Lawrence Hultberg checks if entries are evenly spaced in the Tarrytown Outreach Center/© Janie Rosman

Curator Lawrence Hultberg checks if entries are evenly spaced in the Tarrytown Outreach Center/© Janie Rosman

Sentiment after the Visual Quality Panel reviewed the entries was the talent was truly impressive in all the pieces; more powerful was the range of insights and interpretations for the single topic of our bridge. The many moods and perspectives the contributors have shown us were very much appreciated.

Which made choosing among them difficult. Congratulations are due to everyone.

Nyack Outreach Center two days ago/© Janie Rosman 2014

Nyack Outreach Center two days ago/© Janie Rosman 2014

“It (the show) is a fitting way for the bridge to exit, to have its grandeur recognized as it nears its end,” VQP member Robert L. Fellows said. “It captured the majesty of the bridge, showed the light and surrounding environment.”

Now in its final years, and days, the bridge does look a little resigned, maybe tired.Then again, when the sun’s angle is just so, the bridge shines, no, it glows.

The bridge and equipment bathed in gold minutes after sunrise/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

The bridge and equipment bathed in gold minutes after sunrise/EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown

Fellows noted, “The abstract realism, coloration and photography was captured: so many different subjective takes on various works.” Some appealed more to some and less to others, and he, like another VQP member, felt it will be difficult to choose a winner.

Arranging the entries to compliment one another/© Janie Rosman 2014

Arranging the entries to compliment one another/© Janie Rosman 2014

That this iconic bridge be honored in such a way somehow makes the sendoff a little less painful. “It’s time to move on, after much experience, the end of a cycle. People captured its grandeur with a blanket of resignation, lighting and color,” he said.

One blogger, and two friends, asked why I didn’t submit this photograph:

"Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park"/© Janie Rosman 2013

“Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park”/© Janie Rosman 2013

I appreciate the idea that one of my pictures was considered contest material, and flattered at how it was described. The river’s been my place to think, to cry, to forget, to be alone. I don’t believe the person in the picture knew I was there, which made it all the more personal to me.

Thank you, though. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

One Artist’s Perspective: New NY Bridge in 3-D

Delta, Pennsylvania, is about three and one-half hours by car from Nyack, New York. Factor in rain and traffic, and it becomes a journey.

Earlier this month, pop-up book artist Jodi Harvey-Brown made that roundtrip to The Empire State — specifically, to the Rockland Community Outreach Center — to enter her sculpture, “Imagination’s Journey,” into the New NY Bridge Art Show 2014 “Bridging the Waters.”

Jodi Harvey-Brown with “Imagination’s Journey,” her book sculpture of the New NY Bridge/© Janie Rosman 2014

Jodi Harvey-Brown with “Imagination’s Journey,” her book sculpture of the New NY Bridge/© Janie Rosman 2014

I first spoke with Harvey-Brown in July after finding her unique creations online. And after carving some of literature’s well-known characters — including Harry Potter, Tom Sawyer, and Huckleberry Finn — she was ready to take on a different challenge.

An avid book lover who also loves to draw, she studied art at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Nearly everyone in her family is creative in some form, she said, and after learning her grandfather was forbidden to pursue art, she was determined to succeed.

Her rule is no rare books and no first editions: Harvey-Brown uses mainly old and/or discarded books. Each handmade scene is protected with a UV finish; sculptures are wired through to hold them in place.

Twin spans, cable stays, & lighthouse/© Janie Rosman 2014

Twin spans, cable stays, & lighthouse/© Janie Rosman 2014

Please tell us the genesis of it. How did you come up with the idea?

Since every work comes from a book with a similar topic, she used a 1932 edition of Roddy’s Complete Geography. “I picked the book because it has an emphasis on New York and the northern states, so I thought it would be fitting.”

What is it made of? Tell us a little bit about it.

“About 90 percent of the sculpture is purely made from the book pages. The tree trunks are rolled paper, and the branches are wire wrapped with paper, and each leaf is individually cut and glued into place, like paper mache. There were some integrity issues, and there are some wires in place as well to hold the shape.”

How do you go about creating the composition? Do you have a plan?

“For this particular book, we had a design in mind: I wanted to base it off the bridge as accurately as possible. Some of those things had to be changed because the bridge is such a massive structure, and it’s difficult to fit that into a book.”

Three-dimensional perception of NNYB/© Janie Rosman 2014

Three-dimensional perception of NNYB/© Janie Rosman 2014

How long did it take to complete?

“The project was about 100 hours. This is a big challenge for me because most of my work you can view from any angle, and I had to use a forced perspective with this.”

What other ideas were you looking at? You did the totality of the bridge.

“I didn’t want to just do the bridge because I feel like it’s such a big project, and the communities are really involved with it. I wanted to make sure I got land on either side of the water to connect the two together.”

And because she loves lighthouses, Harvey-Brown said, she included the iconic Lighthouse in Sleepy Hollow.

Grand opening for the New NY Bridge Art Show 2014 is September 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Nyack, and September 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Tarrytown.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Get Ready: Bridge Art Show Opens Next Week

Twelve weeks. Four creative collaborators. Deadline moved. Artists in Westchester and Rockland Counties responded.

Several entries to be labeled/© Janie Rosman 2014

Several entries to be labeled/© Janie Rosman 2014

I snuck a peek at the amazing art work as it was being readied for the Visual Quality Panel’s review. The art show idea brought ArtsWestchester, Rockland Center for the ArtsRivertown Artists Workshop and Nyack Art Collective together with New NY Bridge project officials on an idea near and dear to artists’ hearts: the river, the scenery, the bridge, the outdoors.

Seventy-eight entries. Just last week I wrote there were 56. I can’t wait until the grand openings at the Community Outreach Centers. You’ll be there, right? Dates are  September 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Nyack, and September 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Tarrytown.

The VQP will announce the Best of Show and two runners-up from each site.

Visual Quality Panel reviewing entries Thursday night at the Nyack Outreach Center/New NY Bridge Outreach

Visual Quality Panel reviewing entries Thursday night at the Nyack Outreach Center/New NY Bridge Outreach

All art’s for sale. I wanted to buy several pieces then and there. Both Outreach Centers adapt themselves to art, especially art about the bridge. Their walls are white. They need art. Perfect match.

“Collaborating with local arts groups helped link the New NY Bridge project directly to the extremely talented artist community here in the Hudson Valley, and create even more excitement and interest in this historic project,” special project advisor Brian Conybeare said.

A few of the 78 awesome art entries/© Janie Rosman 2014

A few of the 78 awesome art entries/© Janie Rosman 2014

Every wall of the Nyack location was lined with creativity. Can’t say enough about the idea and the entries. This has to become an annual event.

Tomorrow, Rockland artists’ work will be moved to the Tarrytown location: the original idea was to stimulate a connection between the counties, promote economic development and open horizons.

Congratulations to the artists who entered and whose work will be on display for two months starting September 2 at the Outreach Centers, 142 Main St., Nyack, and 2 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. Both are open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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