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Beekman Street Friday Art Market

Beekman Street Friday Art Market

Stop by my table next to Kraverie, 78 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, NY during the Beekman Arts District’s monthly Friday market! Many visiting artists will set up on the lawns and porches on Beekman Street from Grand Ave to West Circular.

I will be selling my smaller items, including my original deck of Loving Wisdom Cards, meditation lanterns, photo and inspirational greeting cards, easel-back inspirational images/coasters, and matted photography prints. 

Raindate is Saturday, July 13. 

Mindful Photography

Mindful Photography

Mindful photography is about much more than just seeing and creating pleasing images. It’s about how you relate to the present moment. Your camera becomes a tool to expand your awareness of the present moment. Mindful photography can enrich your life by cultivating: focus, presence, patience, beginner’s mind (seeing something as if for the first time), seeing beyond forms, and heart qualities such as caring, connection, and gratitude.

This program will take a contemplative, relaxed, present approach and will focus more on process than end result. (It’s not a “technique” class.). It will open you up to new ways of “seeing and being” in the natural world with your camera.

The session will will consist of an instructional lecture and guided practices. No certain kind of camera is necessary for participation. The best camera is the one you use most.

The program is offered through Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Please register online. (If the program isn’t listed on the library website yet, it will be soon.)

The instructor, Susan Meyer, is both an experienced, professionally certified mindfulness meditation teacher and an award-winning nature photographer.

Diverse Landscapes: Solo Photography Exhibition

Diverse Landscapes: Solo Photography Exhibition

Susan Meyer’s solo photography exhibition, Diverse Landscapes, runs from December 28 – January 31 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The exhibition is part of Saratoga Arts’ Art in Public Places program.

Artist Statement

Beloved poet, Mary Oliver, wrote: “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” This summarizes so well what the practice of contemplative photography is for me.

I am astonished by the splendor of the natural world and believe that if we look closely enough from the right angle, we can find something to appreciate about a place or living thing – and perhaps gain insight into our own nature, as well. With my camera as a mindfulness tool, I seek angles that serve as exquisite openings to the luminous spaciousness that is our essence. Just as I experiment with zooming in and zooming out with awareness during meditation, I practice the same behind the camera – shifting focus from the totality of the landscape to a smaller life form, such as a single blade of grass.

Being in nature connects us with something greater than ourselves. The landscape invites us to expand our frame of awareness beyond the body and experience ourselves as a small part of the landscape rather than a separate observer moving through it. It is a profound shift of focus from which an embedded quality of deep connection and intimacy arises with natural cycles, ecosystems, and life forms comprising the more-than-human world.

This is a collection of moments of zoomed out awareness: landscapes that have invited me into awareness. They include: the red rocks of Sedona, the Senoran desert in Phoenix, my favorite beach in Marblehead (Massachusetts), waterfalls of Ithaca, and the Hudson River that flows by my home.

When I was in Sedona, I overheard someone express the desire to return someday – to which someone else replied, “Well, the rocks will still be here!” Through this collection of images, I also want to express that whereas the world feels like a mess in many ways – chaotic and uncertain – it is also so very beautiful and wise. There are refuges, such as the landscapes I’ve photographed, that are greater and more enduring than our personal circumstances. They beckon to us to take the wider view, which I sense is good advice for navigating these times on planet Earth.

Home on the Hudson: Solo Photography Exhibition

Home on the Hudson: Solo Photography Exhibition

Susan Meyer’s solo photography exhibition, Home on the Hudson, runs from December 11 – March 29 at Country Corner Café in Saratoga Springs during hours of operation (7:30 AM – 1:30 PM daily). The exhibition is part of Saratoga Arts’ Art in Public Places program.

Artist Statement

Living on the bank of the Hudson River is like having a front-row seat to a stage that is always in motion and constantly changing. You never know from moment to moment what will come down the river or what you will encounter when you go on the river, as I do in my kayak. In addition to being my muse, the river is one of my greatest teachers.

When the surface of the water is tranquil, it reflects everything around it. The magnificence of a sunrise or sunset is doubled when it’s reflected clearly, and river reflections are a favorite subject of mine.

However, it’s not just tranquil water that reflects. The life forms I encounter on the river are like mirrors showing me something about myself or life. You might see the same kind of wildlife, tree, or flower countless times, and it doesn’t make much of an impression. Then one day, suddenly you become transfixed by it. Perhaps it’s illuminated just right, seems to have a special message, or allows you to get closer than you’d been able to get before. Those are magic moments. This exhibition is a collection of magic moments offered as part of a story of awareness, gratitude, connection, caring, awe, and understanding.

For me, photography is a meditative practice through which I find angles that serve as exquisite openings to the luminosity that is our essential nature. I share my contemplative insights through words and images on my website, SusanTaraMeyer.com.

Beekman Street Friday Art Market

Beekman Street Friday Art Market

Don’t miss Beekman Street Arts District’s last outdoor event of the season! Along with the Friday Art Market, there will be several other events on Beekman Street that evening. Close to 30 visiting artists will set up on our lawns and porches on Beekman Street from Grand Ave to West Circular. The galleries and shops will be open late serving refreshments. Enjoy live music on the corners and a special flower-arranging demo by Dehn’s Flowers.

I will post the exact location of my table when I have it. I will be selling my smaller items, including my original deck of Loving Wisdom Cards, meditation lanterns, photo and inspirational greeting cards, easel-back inspirational images/coasters, and matted photography prints. 

The market will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. (I will not be able to make the raindate.) 

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