The Allegheny River runs through the mountains and valleys of Pennsylvania and New York on its way to join the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
Since moving to New York I have been criss-crossing the Allegheny on my trips to buy wood for my furniture. Stopping at the Kinzu Dam to watch the Carp swimming and the Eagles soaring above was about as close I got to it, until last August on the day of the Solar Eclipse. Wendy and I decided to take our pinhole viewer along as we sought to find the headwaters of the Allegheny.
We packed some snacks, loaded up the Poodles and we headed out. You might think finding the headwaters of the Allegheny would be easy. Not so much. It seems that as the river gets smaller it’s harder to label the main stream on the maps. But, being excellent navigators, we did find the right spot and even managed to see the eclipse along the way too.
Below, I have momentarily stopped the flow of the Allegheny as it begins its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.
In September, Wendy and I rented kayaks and paddled/floated from the Kinzu Dam down to Warren, PA. It was a fun day on the water watching the Eagles and getting a view of the river I’d never seen before.
The next day Wendy began a charcoal drawing of the Allegheny. It now hangs in my office but will be part of our upcoming show along with my new group of river themed furniture at the Octagon Gallery in Westfield, New York. To see this drawing and hear Wendy’s thoughts on the Allegheny please visit her website WendyBaleArt1st.com.
I hope you will be able to join Wendy and me for the opening night of Current on April 20 from 7 to 9 pm.