Bee Loving

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Maggie Taylor, The Nest, 36 x 36 in, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2012, Courtesy and © Maggie Taylor.

Two-day intensives on the ‘Art of Beekeeping’ that will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence, taught by Chris Harp from HoneybeeLives are available on three Winter weekends in the Hudson Valley at the Sustainable Living Resource Center and The Commons in Brooklyn, beginning January 24 & 25, 2015.

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Maggie Taylor, Girl in a Bee Dress, 42 x 42 in, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2004, Courtesy and © Maggie Taylor.

Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. You will come away with a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, as well as the inspiration to nurture your own honeybees and care for these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities.

About

Honeybees are amazing, gentle creatures. They live in colonies which function as a single organism, each honeybee working for the good of the whole. They nurture the beauty and fecundity of the earth with their gift of pollination, and through that pollination mankind gains strength, and nature diversity. Honeybees are also in dangerous decline, and we all need to take notice.

Modern society, with its suburban sprawl, genetically modified vegetation, and insecticides, threatens the health of the honeybee, and in turn our own survival on this planet. Backyard beekeepers, with a conscience towards respecting the needs of the honeybee, can effect positive change in this balance. And the general public can also have a positive impact through simple choices about when to spray or mow, as well as planting trees and flowers that provide valuable food for both domestic and feral bees.

HoneybeeLives is an organization, based in the Hudson Valley, practicing Natural/Organic Beekeeping offering beekeeping workshops and providing a wide-range of apiary services to farms and private estates in New York & Connecticut. The focus of HoneybeeLives’ work is to encourage and support the health of the honeybee by nurturing knowledgeable, loving and confident beekeepers and property owners. And broadening the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the honeybee.

No Ordinary Days

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Maggie Taylor, The Moth House, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2012, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor. Maggie Taylor’s exhibition at the Verve Gallery Opening Reception & Book Signing 17 May, 2013, in Sante Fe New Mexico, continues her characteristic style of scanning and enhancing daguerreotypes, tintypes, figurines, illustrations and photographs for which she then creates extraordinary surrealistic settings for vintage-like portraits. On view now through 22 June, 2013, is a selection of images from No Ordinary Days, a recent publication that is a survey of Taylor’s work from 1998 until 2012. Taylor will be in attendance for the opening reception 17 May, 2013 from 5-7pm, and the book, No Ordinary Days, will be available for purchase and signing.

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Maggie Taylor, Moving On, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2012, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor. Considered one of the most important artist of contemporary digital photography, Taylor chooses the subjects of her prints, scans old photographs or drawings, then manipulates them and finally reassembles with Photoshop, creating a dreamlike, surreal world. Visionary and mysterious images, where animals and people, places and things coexist together, in a fantasy world, located on the border between dreams and reality.

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Maggie Taylor, The Garden Game, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2013, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor.

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Maggie Taylor, Ever After, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2010, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor.

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No Ordinary Days by Maggie Taylor, Hardcover, 2013

Maggie Taylor creates thought-provoking, surrealistic, painterly montages that combine history and imagination, rich in symbolism and meaning, in a genre often described as altered or fabricated photography. This retrospective of Taylor’s work covers 1998 – 2012, showcasing 120 beautiful full-color images and includes an essay by noted photography critic A. D. Coleman.

About

Maggie Taylor earned a BA degree in Philosophy from Yale University, and an MFA degree in Photography from the University of Florida. After more than ten years as a still-life photographer, in the 90’s she began to use the scanner and computer to create her digital photomontage images. Her work is featured in Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’ s Landscapes of Dreams, published by Peach Pit Press, Berkley in 2005; and Solutions Beginning with A, Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, 2007; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland published by Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, 2008; and, Album, published by Edizioni Siz, Verona, Italy, 2009. Maggie’s most recent book No Ordinary Days, is published by the University of Florida Press, 2013.

Taylor’s images have been widely exhibited and have been collected by many museums including: The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The George Eastman House, Rochester; the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville; the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin; The High Museum, Atlanta; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Art Museum, Princeton University; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Santa Barbara. She lives and works in Florida with her husband American photographer Jerry Uelsmann -the forerunner of photomontage in the 20th century in America.