Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
an exhibition of drawings
Aptly titled, Patierno’s drawings push the boundaries of classical art to a psychological level. What appears to be a well-drafted landscape, or still life, is actually more of a metaphoric commentary. Look closer – what do you really see? The work begs inspection and the telling of the master’s stories behind the work. “Emerging from a history of ideas,” the artist says, “the drawings are really a kind of wandering in the dark.” The primitive nature of things and people in polite society are often overlooked, if not downright ignored. And the humor isn’t lost on the viewer.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
"Inspiration Strikes" again, as John Hertzler's awarded sculpture moves back into Lynden Gallery. Two year ago, it took it's place in the middle of "Art of the State", a juried exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. It was indeed striking as it held it's own in then newly renovated gallery space amidst a large collection of works from artist throughout the state.
Approaching it from all sides, lazily walking around it at a distance, or up close taking in the detail of Hertzler's craftsmanship, "Inspiration Strikes" has an unassuming presence, much like the sculptor himself. Delivery of the work itself is no small feat, as the photos below attest. This week we've decided to let Inspiration Strike in the middle of the gallery. Come see and contemplate amidst the latest collection of work by Bob Bitts. Exhibition continues thru mid-September. For more information, see www.lyndengallery.com, or find us on facebook - eat well and buy more art.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
at the lynden gallery
in etown & many people came out
including Luke and Mallory
whom i hadn't seen in about
two years or so plus Lisa
the owner was there
with her beautiful raven dark hair.
Ned Wert was the artist on display
and his works are now largely abstract
hanging with red as the predominant shade
i was gasping at the numbers as fact
then noticed several full prices were paid
but it was simple since the mood was so good
to be friendly and feel that you should
in this fire hall converted to art
just mingle and fondle a heart
drink wine, eat crackers, and cheesy
to imagine that living is easy
here is original stuff as it should be
poking holes in the idea of normal
a space which is happy and free
relaxed and certainly not formal
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Questioning Internal Combustion: Subverting the Empire by Going Electric
The standard method of automobile propulsion would appear unchallenged, unparalleled and unquestioned looking back over the course of a century. I haven't been one to theorize about conspiracies and sinister corporate or government plots...until recently.
In 1832, decades before the internal combustion engine (ICE), the first fully-electric vehicle was built. These silent, zero-emission vehicles delivered abundant torque at any speed, thus eliminating the need for a complex drivetrain and transmission. The gas car eventually prevailed, due to its lower weight and better range. In 1996, electric cars re-emerged. California's notorious air pollution prompted the state to pass legislation demanding that some vehicles sold in its borders be zero-emission.
Serious advances in technology over the past century enabled GM, Ford, Toyota and Honda to produce thousands of electric vehicles (EVs), although they fought it every step of the way. GM's "EV-1," for example, was capable of 110 to 160 miles per charge, 80 miles per hour, zero-to-sixty miles per hour in eight seconds and had the lowest drag coefficient  of any mass-produced vehicle. By 2002, with the help of G.W. Bush's White House, the automakers sued California regarding the new emissions regulation and won. All electric vehicles with the exception of a few hundred Toyota Rav4 EVs were taken back from the lessees, crushed and shredded. To finalize the fate of this innovative technology, GM sold controlling shares of its best battery patents to Chevron/Texaco.
After I learned about this "backwards into the future" attitude, a little of my own research quickly shed light on an entire global community of people converting their old gas cars into 100% electric vehicles. I have joined this group of change advocates that now numbers well over 10,000.
Following months of research and with no prior automotive experience, I purchased an old rust-free Saab on eBay three months ago, intent on converting it to electric. Over the month of January I completely removed the ICE and everything ICE-related, i.e. gas lines, gas tank, exhaust system, muffler, etc. Also, a nine-inch, 170-pound DC electric motor is now mated with the existing transmission.
With my impressive torque and excessive RPMs , I'm planning to use second and third gears exclusively-- and without a clutch. That's gone, too! With the battery configuration I've chosen, partially due to budget, I am hoping for a 40 to 60 mile range (upgradeable!) and highway speeds.
Ninety percent of people in the U.S. drive fewer than 25 miles per day, as do I. The car will be
charged using a regular household 110-volt outlet. My future plans would include installing photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof of my house which would allow me to drive solely on the power of the sun.
Electric motors are many times more efficient than the ICE. A typical gas engine is only 18% efficient, with the majority of its energy given off in the form of waste heat. And for every gallon of gas burned, 19 pounds of CO2 are emitted into the atmosphere. These figures are staggering to me.
There are numerous ways to generate electricity, some of which are very clean and all of which are domestic. Unlike dreams of running a car on hydrogen, the infrastructure for running a car on electricity is already here now--in every house, garage, street lamp and parking meter. A lengthy study by the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that with nighttime use, the existing grid could charge 84% of the country's cars, pick-ups and SUVs (198 million vehicles) while reducing our oil demand by 6.5 million barrels per day.
The likely path for electric vehicles today would include a generation or two of “Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles” (PHEV) or “Extended Range Electric Vehicles” (EREV). Picture a Prius with a plug. This version would include an electric vehicle with allelectric drive that could be charged at home. It would be driven on battery power first until depleted. Then a small, efficient on-board gas engine would kick in and generate power for the electric motor. Most large automakers now have both EVs and PHEVs in the works. Because of the lack of need for maintenance, replacement parts and oil products, and the extremely long lifespan of an electric motor, the industry would make substantially less money on these cars in the long term. For this reason I believe Detroit would never make this step without enormous consumer or government pressure.
Our nation's dependence on foreign oil is impractical, no matter how much we pay at the pump. It is dirty and finite. Barack Obama said that by 2012, half of all cars purchased by the federal government will be plug-in hybrids or completely powered by electricity. With the car of the future available now, Detroit needs to rise to the occasion.
 from the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?
 lower drag means more aerodynamic
 Ralph Nader
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
- the Auction is juried - over 120 pieces were entered, only about 65 were accepted
- the Artist will receive 25% of the final purchase price of their work
- the Artist can set the minimum bid - in this case 5-10% under retail, so their work's market value is not compromised in any way
- the funds from the Auction will directly support a local housing project
- the Artists will have an opportunity to further donate to the project later this year when we organize a work day or two at the site
- the Gallery has an opportunity to give back to the community in a relevant, thoughtful way
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Years ago I served tables at an uncommon restaurant, The Country Chef in Mount Joy. Ever since I've been stymied with the challenge of creating that wonderful bread of his. "Him", being Ed Hitz, veterinarian turned French chef - his studio an old barn outside of Elizabethtown with a big kitchen and lots of nooks and crannies with tables for parties of 2, 4 or up to 12, as I recall.