Get Into Nature
Sunday, April 19 through Sunday, October 18. In love with the natural environment since childhood, sculptor Robert Lobe confesses to being fascinated by working in the woods: “Perhaps it reminds me that as a boy my heart was up in the trees where countless hours went by. I loved building things in the woods. I still seem bound to these shapes, materials, textures.”
Lobe began working with motives drawn directly from nature in the 1970s. With wood as his primary medium, he began solidifying the shapes and volumes of his sculptures—some of which reflected the reductive tendencies of Minimalism. Prior to this, he was a practitioner of process art, creating temporal pieces using varied pliable and disposable materials.
Lobe’s pieces are drawn from nature, but within their stately shapes they contain a wide array of meanings and allusions. They ask us to contemplate the issues of creativity, aesthetics, the history of American art and, above all, man’s constantly evolving and increasingly complex relationship with the natural world.
Curator Emerita, Brooklyn Museum
Robert Lobe was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1945 and studied at the Oberlin College in Ohio and Hunter College in New York City. His work has been presented in a number of solo and group exhibitions and is included in such major collections as the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the National Gallery in Washington D.C.; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; and the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a recipient of numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award.
Tuesdays in June, July, August, and September, 6:00pm-7:15pm. With Jacqui Nash of The Yoga House. Breathe deep as you relax and take in the fresh air and mountain views. Join Jacqui as you unwind from your day and reconnect with yourself in this beautiful outdoor setting. The series will focus on Vinyasa Yoga for beginner and intermediate students. Sign up for individual classes, any 9 classes, or the full series. Bring your own mat and water. Rain or Shine. Please arrive 15 minutes early to set-up, so the class can start promptly at 6pm. Children ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and payment is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, register early.$12 per class for Preserve members; $14 per class non-members. Register for 9 classes and receive 10% off (enter coupon code yoga9 at checkout). Register for the series and receive 20% off (enter coupon code yoga18 at checkout). REGISTER HERE.
Wednesday, August 12th, 9pm-11pm. (Raindate: August 17th, 9pm-11pm or August 18th, 9pm-11pm). Join Raj Pandya, Director of the John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz, for an evening of stargazing. Enjoy the magnificent view at the Slingerland Pavilion as you admire the constellations and glimpse the Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the brightest meteor showers of the year. Ages 5 and up welcome. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Space is limited, register early. Remember to bring layers and a blanket or towel to lie on to view the constellations. The cost is $3 per person.
Sunday, August 16th, 10am-12noon. Andrew Bajardi, Mohonk Preserve Ranger. Bring your favorite furry friend along today for a romp through the fields and forests! All well-behaved dogs on short leashes welcome. Be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and your pet. Children ages 10 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 4-mile hike. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a free program.
Friday, August 21, 10am-12noon. Join Natasha Piatrunia, Mohonk Preserve Volunteer, and explore the fields and a replica of a Lenape longhouse. Bring water and snacks. Please leave your pets at home. Jogging strollers are not appropriate; little ones in carriers are always welcomed. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Reservations are required. There is a 15 parent limit. Participants should meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm trailhead. It is advised to come early to secure a parking spot. The fee per person: free for Mohonk Preserve members, non-members pay the $12 hiking day use fee. Children 12 and under are free.