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Art in my life begins with a sunrise

Photo by Patsy Zedar
From "Postcard #4: First Light on the Atlantic"

It was October and the night was dark on the mountains. Our lights were on. We followed the other cars and, eventually, drove the last mile up the narrow winding road. Cars are parked on either side with backpacks trudging in front of us. We took the last parking space. We sat in the car enjoying the warmth a few more seconds before getting out. In the gray light we saw people with blankets huddled among the boulders and rocks silently waiting. Then a yellow streak spreads across the sky above the ocean and the islands below become visible. We watched in awe waiting for the first light of the sun to hit the North American shore.

We all gathered for a ceremony repeated over and over again. In our party, Al drove and carried equipment; Patsy, a photographer, had her tripod and high powered camera; Betty, a poet, had her pencil, paper and pocket camera. We came to document the moment. Patsy will capture nature-rocks, trees, clouds, sun and sea; I will record the mood and motion of the people waiting. Together we plan to create "Postcard #4: First Light on the Atlantic" in photos and poetry.

The pictures in this piece are of Cadillac Mountain, elevation 1,528 feet- the tallest mountain on the eastern coast of the United States. It is on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park, Maine, where in the fall and winter you can see the first sunrise on the Atlantic.

My daughter Patsy Zedar and I have been looking for a subject that we can work on together for the February 2012 KAG Gallery show and we have found it with Postcard #4.

Come see this and many other works by local artists at the new show "Art in Your Life." There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 18 1-3 p.m. everyone is welcome. The Guild is open daily displaying this work from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 30 at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 opposite the Killington Access Road.

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