Birthday Weekend in Ellicottville

I had the extreme pleasure of spending a couple days in Ellicottville, NY. It feels like it is “up North” when it is, in fact, a Ski-Town South of Buffalo. The city is best known for the Holiday Valley Ski Resort not too far from the “downtown” area. It is a small village, but it is a lovely place to visit. My boyfriend’s grandparents have had property there for decades and he says the little town is becoming more of a destination throughout the year

Ellicottville Weekend.

They have a great brewing company in the main stretch, and I wanted to tour their facilities. They offer a tour that lasts about an hour, AND it came with some great samples of their new and seasonal beers…and a cute little engraved glass.

Ellicottville Brewing Co

The young man in charge of the tour was a wealth of information on the brewing process in general, and the specifics of EBC. It was really neat to see all of the equipment that they had…some of it was very old, others were state-of-the-art.

Ellicottville Brewing Co

One of the other great things about the tour was the upstairs/banquet area. The addition is newer (it still smells like fresh-cut wood) and is generally reserved for large parties or weddings. The guide showed us some of the large planks of wood were put together using traditional Amish building techniques without the use of metal screws or nails. The beautiful coloration on the ceiling planks is due to beetles and pests that have been causing damage to trees in the Pacific Northwest… Apparently the beetles dig into the wood and eventually die there, leaving their pigmentation in the wood.

EBC tour

After admiring the woodwork, we went on to sample some delicious beers. They had a small upstairs bar where they offered some of their signature beers and some new seasonal options. Sadly my favorite, the peach beer, is available only at the brewery. **Obligatory birthday photo. Look at my cute little EBC glass!**

The next day we woke up (sort of) early and went on a hike. There is a lot of greenery in Ellicottville, which is great. This area was not far from where we stayed. We went on a short hike here, but had plans to visit the Arboretum, so we did not go too far.

Ellicottville Weekend

There were loads of toads and other wildlife. We didn’t see any foxes, though. That would have really made my day

.Ellicottville Weekend

After our hike, we went and got coffee, a most important ingredient in my mornings.

Ellicottville Weekend

At the coffee shop, we got directions to the Arboretum. The Arboretum was lovely, although it was small. There were many different plants and birds that we saw along the way. My favorite part of the space was the Torii Gates. We have a tiny Torii Gate for the Hermit Crabs, so it made me think of the little guys.

After the Arboretum, we went to Holiday Valley.

Ellicottville Weekend

In the summer and early fall, Holiday Valley has a fun action-filled set up called “Sky High Adventure Park”. The weather was not supposed to hold up all day, so we decided to do the most fun option available. They have this awesome little roller-coaster called the “Mountain Coaster”. It is basically a tiny roller-coaster down the mountain in which you are able to control the brakes and the overall speed of the ride. It was super fun and a little scary in parts. The ride is nearly a mile in length, and my boyfriend and I were able to ride it with no other people on the track. It was so fun, and the perfect end to a lovely birthday weekend.


Stanley Kubrick at LACMA: Various Works

Continued from a previous entry:

“A Cam” from Barry Lyndon

To say that I had a great time at the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA would be a gross understatement. The volume of things…of props, costumes, posters, production artwork, was unbelievable. There was a huge wall full of original theatrical posters (one of my favorite things there). Next to that was all manner of camera equipment along with scripts from Lolita, signed letters from famous actors… the list goes on and on. The exhibition was engrossing; I could have spent days there.

From LACMA’s Website

By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.

The exhibition featured some of Kubrick’s earliest works including some short films that I hadn’t even heard of before. And, of course, all of his classics. This post features some of the incredible artwork from several of his various films:

Lolita Poster

Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to photograph more than just the poster from Lolita. Many of the props and artifacts from the film were under glass and difficult to access and photograph.

So let’s begin with A Clockwork Orange:

Clockwork Orange Poster
One of my favorite takes on the classic artwork.

A Clockwork Orange
Ticket information and the classic movie poster.

While the film is a little violent for my tastes, I do enjoy the film. I am especially fond, however, of the poster artwork for the film. It’s very iconic.


And one cannot forget some of the film’s most memorable props.

A Clockwork Orange

Down to the last detail…

One of my favorite Kubrick films is  The Shining. This is, of course, the film I have seen the most times. They had some excellent prop-work from the film, but my favorite piece was this (of course):

The Shining
The Typewriter Jack wrote his manuscript on

Close up of Jack's Manuscript
Detail shot: …all work and no play…

The next film on our list is Barry Lyndon. While I haven’t seen this film yet, I am tempted to if only because of the stunning poster artwork.

Barry Lyndon Poster

I hear that the film was shot using special cameras an mostly natural/non-electric lighting and was incredibly innovative for the time.

Barry Lyndon Photographs
Incredible production photographs.
Barry Lyndon Photographs
Incredible production photographs.

The cameras that were used in the filming of Barry Lyndon were specially made or modified to work with natural lighting and candle light as their main source of lighting. I cannot even imagine where they began with this endeavor.

A Cam from Barry Lyndon.
A cam from Barry Lyndon

In contrast to the technical advances that made this film possible are the extensive notes that Kubrick took relating both to Barry Lyndon and the film concept that came before: Napoleon. The following photographs illustrate the depth and bredth of research that Kubrick poured in to (just one of!) his films. I don’t even have my computer files that organized, much less thousands of little notes.

Barry Lyndon Files
So organized and well-researched.

Each of those drawers is full to the brim!

A close-up of one of the drawers.

Each drawer corresponded to a specific point in time. Each color tab was related to a specific character, person, or group.

On the subject of films I have yet to see, next comes Spartacus. I have seen bits and pieces of the film over time, but never in one sitting. That being said, I am still amazed by some of the preproduction work from the film. This includes storyboards as well as matte paintings, which are quite impressive in person.
Spartacus Storyboards

Storyboard Artwork for Spartacus

Spartacus Matte Painting

The areas in black are to be filled in with live-action.

Last but not least comes the masks from Eyes Wide Shut, one of my favorite Kubrick films. These were a wonderful surprise in one of the last rooms of the exhibit. Look at the amazing case that they are being housed in too!

Eyes Wide ShutMasks from Eyes Wide Shut

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ArtPrize Competition

I am very excited to be participating in this year’s ArtPrize competition. ArtPrize is an art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September/October. Artists from all over the world come to participate, and the WHOLE CITY is FULL of art! It’s an amazing thing to behold. My artwork will be at 40 Monroe Center Street NW in Grand Rapids in what is called the Peck Building. It’s a nice old building with a lot of character, and you will be able to see my artwork in person.

My project is a set of posters and postcards that are inspired by vintage travel posters and postcards from the early 1900’s. Each card was designed by me, and all of the photographs were taken by me as well. Each design is unique, and I have created these specific cards just for ArtPrize. This project also has an online component wherein the cards gotten during ArtPrize are intended to be sent around the world by ArtPrize viewers and attendees. The recipient of the card is incouraged to log the destination of the card (where they live) on http://www.pageredford.com, and then I will create a map logging the travels of each card.

For less than a dollar, you can send a postcard anywhere in the world.