Adirondack Style | Book Release and Photography Show by F Stop Fitzgerald and Richard McCaffery

13th August 2011 thru the 6th October 2011
('Meet the Artists' opening reception Saturday, August 13th from 5p)

Great Camps and Rustic Lodges

works by f-Stop Fitzgerald and Richard McCaffrey

In association with Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Introduction by Dr. Howard Kirschenbaum
Foreword by Laura S. Rice, The Adirondack Museum

Text by Lynn Woods and Jane Mackintosh

ADIRONDACK STYLE is the definitive book on the architecture, design, and natural beauty of the Adirondack Great and Rustic Camps. The structures of these camps made brilliant use of the rustic materials readily available in the area—rough-hewn log exteriors contrast with the lavish and elegant interiors, featuring intricate stonework and hand-carved furniture. Natural elements such as tree roots, twigs, and bark often played an integral part in the décor, and the simple yet elegant Adirondack chair has become an international symbol of leisure. Many camps had boathouses, teahouses, game rooms, and even bowling alleys, and several were designed by top architects of the era and incorporated their international influences: Pine Knot resembled a Swiss chalet; the architectural flourishes of Santanoni were Japanese-inspired; and The Hedges had Dutch doors.

Approximately forty of these extravagant camps survive, including ten that are National Historic Landmarks. ADIRONDACK STYLE features thirty-seven of these camps, including Pine Knot, Uncas, and Sagamore, all of which were built for William West Durant, a pioneer of the Great Camp style; Wonundra, which was built for William Avery Rockefeller and his family; and White Pine, which President Calvin Coolidge once used as his Summer White House. These grand structures have maintained the greatness of their past and enhance the natural beauty of the region. With breathtaking photography of the Great Camps and their surroundings, ADIRONDACK STYLE is a celebration of these regional treasures.


f-Stop Fitzgerald is a noted photographer whose work has appeared in more than 100 periodicals, including Rolling Stone, GQ, Publishers Weekly, and The Village Voice. His collaboration with Stephen King, Nightmares in the Sky, was a national best seller.

Richard McCaffrey is currently staff photographer for The Providence Phoenix. He is represented by Getty Images and his work appears in numerous national and international books and publications.

Hardcover / 224 pages / 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” / 200 color photographs
PRICE: $50.00 U.S. / $52.50 CAN / £32.50 UK
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2266-1
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2011
Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York


7th July 2011 thru the 6th August 2011
(meet the artist opening reception Thursday, July 7th from 5p)

My reason for painting has never been about the subject matter. It was important to capture a certain quality, but the subject itself never defined the end result. Painting has always been about creating form and atmosphere on a flat surface. It starts on the palette before my brush even touches the canvas. I’m obsessed with mixing the paint to create subtle shifts of hue, tone and value. It’s then the placement on the canvas, creating planes and edges in which define the form. For years I forgot this.

After graduating from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, I searched for subject matter that would define me as a serious painter and make an impact on the world. This was a journey in which I was slowly becoming overwhelmed and uninspired. It wasn’t until years later when my husband requested a painting of a spark plug that inspired me to paint again. Yes, this simple inanimate object literally sparked my passion. I remembered why I liked to create and took the painting process seriously, realizing the subject matter was secondary. I then started the series of very serious paintings of not so serious subject matter.

I decided to work small scale and paint the items around me. My collection of toys proved to be great models, they sat still and worked for free. More importantly, they had personality that could be easily overlooked. I wanted to capture this presence in the style of an informal portrait instead of traditional still life.

Both inanimate objects and humans make impacts on us everyday. It’s whether these impressions stay with us that makes them significant. You, as a viewer, can decide to discard them as inconsequential or observe something that you may have overlooked at first glance.

-Sandra MacDonald

Sandra and her husband Paul reside in Pacifica, CA with their dog named Buster and a cat named Noodle.

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