GALLERY | “Adirondack Waters” by Tom Bessette, Peter Hornbeck & Daniel Way
May 19 - June 26
Photographs by TOM BESSETTE and DANIEL WAY | Watercolors by PETER HORNBECK
RECEPTION: Friday, May 28 | 5:00 PM + 6:00 PM
Reservations required for one of the reception times listed above – please email or call (518) 251-2505 x128.
Water is one of the most fundamental components of life on Earth. Our bodies contain anywhere from 55% to 78% water, and we literally can’t live without it. We usually take water for granted, since we can draw it from our faucets, and it covers 70% of the Earth’s surface. Sometimes it can be destructive, such as when it is dumped in huge amounts during hurricanes, or when it floods our basements. But water can be fun and entertaining also: we can swim in it, explore it with scuba and snorkel gear, and travel across it in various watercraft. Water can also be artistically beautiful, especially when it is calm and mirror-like. In the nineteenth century, an entire genre of artistic expression, the Hudson River School, was inspired by the waters of the Adirondacks and Hudson River Valley.
The three gentlemen have shared a love for paddling the ultralight-weight boats made by Peter Hornbeck on various Adirondack lakes, ponds, rivers and streams for over a decade. In doing so, Peter Hornbeck with his watercolors, and Tom Bessette and Daniel Way with their cameras have not only benefitted from the physical exercise of gliding across unspoiled waters, but have also felt spiritually uplifted by the natural beauty of our surroundings. They have often shared the experience with each other as members of our League of Extraordinary Adirondack Gentlemen, enhancing the pleasure even more.
This exhibit is their collective visual ode to the beauty and benefits of our Adirondack Waters. It is also a tribute to Peter Hornbeck who passed away on December 26, 2020, and whose unique and magical boats have made it possible for thousands of water enthusiasts to feel the unique form of physical and spiritual enlightenment that he created almost a half-century ago. Over a thousand Hornbeck boat owners from all over the world share their photographs and experiences on the “Hornbeck Boat Lovers” Facebook page. We hope you enjoy viewing our images as much as we have enjoyed creating them from our outings.