En plein air


“In Open Air” is where these artists find themselves rendering images of the Elk Mountain North and South Knobs.

A politician once said “I have come to the conclusion that the making of laws is like the making of sausages – the less you know about the process the more you respect the result.”

Seeing these artists concentrating on their work, causes us to think that, unlike the making of laws, knowing the process of making art can be desirable, and actually involve one more intimately with the result.

Wander around downtown Carbondale this Friday and Saturday for the Art Walk III, a celebration of local music and art.

If you happen to respect images of particularly beautiful landscapes, keep in mind that they are the fruit of creativity and toil, combined with natural light and fresh air in a bucolic setting.



Winters often leave the roads buckled, pot-holed, and bumpy. Every so often, they get to the point of needing a fresh surface and new lines painted.

Happily, this is one of those times. From north of Elk Mountain to south of Idlewild Ski Shop, route 374 is now one long expanse of pristine blacktop. These cyclists/skiers remarked that this type of surface is as enjoyable to a cyclist as fresh light powder is to a skier.

When climbing hills like the one in front of Elk, perspiration dripping from the exertion, thighs protesting the ascent, heart pounding in the ears, one can almost hear “Allez Allez Allez!”, and feel inspiration from the athletes that will be ascending the switchbacks of Alpe d’huez tomorrow before racing through Grenoble, and finally down the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.