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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Posted in Adirondacks, Art, Artist Residency, gallery exhibits, National Parks, Relief Printing on May 29, 2018 by WanderArtist


Amanda has been awarded a Place-Based Artist Residency and Teaching Fellowship at Craigardan in the Adirondacks of New York…

Craigardan Envisions an Adirondack region defined by its makers who are committed to the development of sustainable systems that integrate the needs of human communities with the integrity of the natural world.

Events associated with Amanda’s residency at Craigardan include an artist talk and gallery exhibit, and a two day relief printing workshop.

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To find out more about Craigardan events and to sign up for the workshop follow this link:

In October the Zion Forever Project is once again offering a relief printing workshop with Amanda.

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To reserve your spot follow this link:

Spring & Summer Prints – Part 1

Posted in Adirondacks, Art, Artist Residency, flora and fauna, historic sites, Local Roaming, National Parks, Relief Printing, Southwestern US, Wanderings, wild creatures, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , on July 22, 2017 by WanderArtist

Bouquet River Dip

Posted in Adirondacks, flora and fauna, Living Simply, Local Roaming, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by WanderArtist

These hot Adirondack days my favorite road trip is south to the mountains and a swim in the Bouquet River along Route 73… We have a new favorite spot where, even on the hottest weekend day, we’ve not had to share the river with another soul! These photos were taken for fun with a GoPro camera.

Fledgling Bird Photographer?

Posted in Adirondacks, flora and fauna, Local Roaming, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2013 by WanderArtist

We wandered to Ausable Point on Lake Champlain today and found more wildlife than I expected on this chilly and dark December day! We were very surprised to find great blue herons in the area, I thought they would have migrated south by this time… But there was still open water – apparently allowing them a means of catching food. The first one we saw was so puffed up it looked as though it had donned a second feathery coat over it’s usual plumage.

Ausable Point is not far from Valcour Island Bird Conservation Area, which is home to the largest great blue heron rookery in New York State. Once there is no longer open water from which to fish they will eventually migrate further south, or perhaps east toward the ocean. Since todays birds are still so close to the rookery they are likely to be some of the first to return to it in the spring.

We also had the good fortune of watching a pileated woodpecker, mergansers and a rabbit. All were difficult for this newbie photographer to capture, but I hope you will get a flavor for the day!

How Good To Be Safe…

Posted in Adirondacks, flora and fauna, Inspiring People, Local Roaming, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by WanderArtist

There is a gem in the Adirondacks… an awesome group of people caring for vulnerable, mending or broken wild creatures. I made a visit to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge last week and will here post some photos of a few of their residents. It was a difficult place to get the photographs I wanted since every creature is caged, but I hope it will motivate some of you to visit and to donate funds to this wonderful organization.


From the facebook page, “Adirondack Wildlife is a rehabilitation and education organization, whose mission is to take in, rehabilitate and, whenever possible, to return to the wild, injured or otherwise disabled wildlife, working with local veterinarians and volunteers.

In addition, we run educational programs and presentations, primarily working with non-releasable birds of prey and wolves, to foster compassion, tolerance and understanding of wildlife, particularly with respect to safely interacting with wildlife, and understanding the valuable role predators play in the over-all health of our eco-system. The three aspects of the educational role are: maintaining a mile–long, guided, interpretive trail at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center, and conducting interactive presentations at the Center, and at public venues, such as schools, colleges, fairs and churches.

We have no Federal, State or Local Funding, and are completely funded by donations, which are gratefully accepted.”


When you visit the refuge you are likely to meet Wendy and Steve Hall, or their son Alex. They are knowledgeable, dedicated guides and educators. Above Wendy holds a hawk that she was preparing to take to a school for an educational presentation.



Sylvia the Bald Eagle


a very relaxed Red Fox


American Kestrel


Dakota, a Western Coyote at the Wildlife Refuge… although I would love to think he was interested in me, I know he was looking behind me and drooling over chickens and guinea hens wandering in the yard.


A beautiful, restless creature


Shaun photographed this lovely, hissing Great Horned Owl! Steve told us that the owl is perhaps the most perfect hunting machine ever designed… And, according to wikipedia, “owls were already present as a distinct lineage some 60–57 million years ago, and, hence, possibly also some 5 million years earlier, at the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs.”

Also at the refuge are Zeebie, a wolf, and Cree, a wolf hybrid. You can go on a one mile walk around the refuge with Steve, Alex and the two wolves every day but Tuesday and Wednesday (when they are closed to the public) starting around 10 or 10:30am. There are many more birds, foxes and wild creatures to see on your visit. Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center is located in Wilmington, New York, visit their facebook page, or click here to make a donation.

The clouds their backs together laid,
The north begun to push,
The forests galloped till they fell,
The lightning skipped like mice;
The thunder crumbled like a stuff —
How good to be safe in tombs,
Where nature’s temper cannot reach,
Nor vengeance ever comes!

~ Emily Dickinson ‘Refuge’

A Quick Autumn Romp

Posted in Adirondacks, flora and fauna, Local Roaming, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by WanderArtist

The fall color is fast fading here in the North Country… we’ve had a wonderful stretch of weather to go out and enjoy it, however! Thought I’d share a quick tour of autumn 2013 through my camera lens…


Whiteface Mountain on the left


on the Saranac River





Blueberry Summer

Posted in Adirondacks, flora and fauna, Living Simply, Local Roaming, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , on August 13, 2013 by WanderArtist

This summer we discovered a very fun activity in our own backyard. One lovely day we decided to go berry picking at a local farm and store. Friends had been raving about how many pounds of blueberries they picked, and we were looking for something to do outside… We gathered our plastic containers and straw hats and headed to one of our favorite stops in summer and fall – Rulfs Orchard.

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a very cool truck at the orchard


the rows of high bush blueberries


Just a few of the lovelies we brought home with us. On a few of the days we picked you could just place your hand under the branches and tickle them to get dozens of large blueberries to fall into your waiting palm!


we rinsed them all and then laid them out to dry in preparation for freezing


The above photo shows about five pounds worth of berries drying or waiting to be laid out to dry. We froze the majority of the berries we picked… They will be so wonderful in the dead of winter! In order to keep them from becoming one big mass of blueberry in the freezer, however – we dried them carefully, then spread them on cookie sheets and froze them singly. Once frozen we poured them into bags like little blue marbles waiting for our winter baking projects.

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The berries on trays in the freezer. Of course we left a few pounds out in the fridge for immediate use! It’s amazing how much longer they keep than the blueberries bought at the store. I feel like a bear every time I grab a handful for a snack!

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