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Walking the trails at Glacier Pools Preserve

April 29, 2014 - Barb Barrett
The last Sunday of April was a perfect day to visit Glacier Pools Preserve near Huntersville to walk the trails and look for the artist painting outdoors as part of the Plein Air Event. I walked through the meadow, and climbed the hill to the top where the artist stood painting a scene of budding trees and rolling mountains spanning nothing but solitude.

I walked and walked taking it all in. Not a sound but the rustling leaves beneath my feet and some woodpeckers pecking away furiously beyond my reach.The vantage point was to my advantage as the foliage has not yet crept away the skyline or the views of the layout of the land. I could see for miles. I saw lots of mountain laurel and made a note to myself to return when they bloom. I saw others meandering through the marked trails. One couple had a dog, another a pair of binoculars.

When I finally reached the artist, I discovered I was one of few to make it to the top that day. He arrived at 10 in the morning and it was about 1:30 when I discovered him painting the landscape in oils. His name was James and he was donating all of his time and work as a fundraiser for the Merrill Linn Conservancy which preserves the property owned by Michael and Rickie Gross. Michael said the conservancy is going to do it again next year. Meanwhile, the artwork from the four Plein Air locations that day will be on display at the Union County Public Library during the month of June.


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Photo By BARB BARRETT/The Luminary An outdoor art event (Plein Air) was held Sunday at the Glacier Pools Preserve on Pine Tree Road between Picture Rocks and Huntersville. The event was sponsored by Merrill Linn Conservancy and Arts Council of Lewisburg followed by a reception at the Dale Engle Walker House in Union County. At the Glacier Pools Preserve in Lycoming County, James Cresko from Williamsport set up his easel and oil paints at the top of the property to capture the view, he said. His work will be on display at the Union County Library and at the Old Forge Brewery in Danville.