Friday, September 19, 2014

Distinguished Climbers on the Shawangunk Cliffs Program at Elting

The Shawangunk Ridge is a defining edge of our valley and our lives. This unique wilderness has seduced generations of hikers and drawn climbers from around the world.  The Gunks’ compact but diverse landscape inspired artist Gregory Frux to create a twelve etching portfolio and many oil paintings, which will all be on display at the Elting Memorial Library, beginning October 27th. On Thursday, October 30th, Mr. Frux will also moderate a discussion with veteran rock climbers-- Rich Gottlieb, Jon Ross, Al DeMaria, Richard Goldstone, Chris Fracchia and Rich Romano and Claude Suhl on their pioneering experiences on these seductive quartzite escarpments.  These cliffs have caught the climbing world’s imagination, and have changed lives.  Come hear these fascinating stories! This presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held at 7 PM, in the Steinberg Reading Room at Elting Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz.