www.CountryElegancePhotos.com .. Featuring Photographs of the Hudson Valley By Linda T. Hubbard
Linda has been listed in the Art in America Guide. She has done fine art and craft shows throughout New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She has exhibited throughout the Hudson Valley region at many galleries. Her work is part of private collections in the United States, South America, Australia and Europe.
Retired from IBM, where she held various management positions, she now devotes her time to capturing the beauty of nature and the valley through her photography business, Country Elegance and the gallery, RiverWinds, 172 Main St, Beacon, NY. www.RiverWindsGallery.com.
Linda is President of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA) www.BeaconArts.org, on the Dutchess County Tourism Advisory Board , and chairs Art Along the Hudson www.artalongthehudson.com. She is Past President of the Hudson Valley Artisans Guild and past member of the Mill Street Loft Board. Linda is also a member of the Dutchess County Arts Council, the Mid-Hudson Photo Club, and the Dutchess Professional Photographers Association.
In 2009, Linda received the “Special Citation” Award from the Dutchess County Executive for all her contributions to the arts community in the Hudson Valley.
"What Inspires Me" - as written in the Poughkeepsie Journal, December 7, 2012
“My camera is my recorder of life.” Family, friends, events, and milestones in life have always been captured with my camera. But I also love nature photography, capturing the beauty of nature, and how man and nature relate.
The camera forces you to focus, to see what is around you. The Hudson Valley is an amazingly beautiful area: the Hudson River, the mountains, the woodlands, and the life amongst them. The Hudson River has also been a very important factor in history, helping to bring commerce, tourism and prosperity to the River Valley. It is an important ecological factor in our lives. But it also inspires us all…it gives us peace and strength. Music, poetry, paintings and photographs focus on the river – it is our muse.
Since retiring from IBM in 1997, I have captured this Hudson Valley with my camera in hopes that others will appreciate its beauty and also work to preserve it.
My new show opening at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, in Beacon, NY is “As the Crow Flies”. The photographs present a compelling aerial perspective of the Hudson River from Bear Mountain to Kingston through photographs. The exhibit runs from December 8, 2012 through March 2, 2013 at the Institute’s gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY. The Institute will celebrate the new exhibit with an opening reception for Linda Hubbard on Saturday, December 8, from 5 – 7 p.m.
Flying in helicopter with my daughter Sarah during her helicopter training inspired me to do this Hudson River journey. The photographs were taken in 2007 during three trips in August, September and October up the Hudson River from the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge in an R22 Helicopter – with the doors off so that reflections from the windows would not cause a problem.
I have always loved flying and seeing the world from a different perspective or view, bringing new questions and perhaps a way to find an another answer to a problem.
In traveling up and down the Hudson River, we see a relationship between nature and humans. How do they coexist? How will this relationship continue to evolve? How will they support each other?
History teaches us that life is constantly changing and technology is evolving. What is state of the art today will be part of history tomorrow. In researching about each area that I photographed, I learned how humans had impacted the environment – sometimes negatively creating the need for others to take great measures to rescue the area.
Will we be the good custodians of our Hudson River in our lifetime? We all are river keepers and caretakers of the Hudson Valley and its historic structures. We need to pay attention, to focus on the nature around us and to protect it from dangers.
And in addition to photography inspiring me… I love the arts and the creativity in the Hudson Valley. Supporting and encouraging the artists in our Valley… just love it. Art adds to the quality of life, boosts our local economies, and nourishes our soul. My gallery RiverWinds in Beacon has over 45 local artists, the BeaconArts organization supports a vibrate arts community and the website: ArtAlongtheHudson.com supports the arts on our ten local communities. This area has so much to offer! Enjoy and Support your local arts this Holiday Season.
I retired from IBM after 31 years, am now a photographer and co-owner of RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY. I am a long-time supporter of the arts community, received the “Special Citation” Award from the Dutchess County Executive in 2009 for generosity of time and effort in building the arts community in the Hudson Valley. I have been President of the BeaconArts Community Association for 4 years, and Chair for the past 9 years of Art Along the Hudson, a collaborative group whose mission is to raise art awareness in the Hudson Valley. Art Along the Hudson was the 2011 recipient of the Business Excellence Award for Tourism from the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. I also currently serve on the Advisory Board for Dutchess County Tourism, and am past president of the Hudson Valley Artisans Guild and former board member of the Mill Street Loft.