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Becky Harblin at work in her home studio in West Potsdam.  Photo: Todd Moe
Becky Harblin at work in her home studio in West Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

A passion for pastels

After years as a poet, sculptor, weaver and painter, West Potsdam artist Becky Harblin says she only recently discovered what may well be her real passion for art: pastels.

Originally from Peru, in the Champlain Valley, Harblin has traveled and lived around the country. She worked for The New Yorker magazine in the 80's but decided that a rural life was more fitting to her. She and her husband, Don, raise a small flock of sheep, veggies and herbs on their farm near Potsdam. Her love for plants and the environment has led her to embrace shamanism.

Harblin studied art in college, where she says she dabbled in pastels. It was just last summer that she took the brightly colored sticks of pure pigment more seriously. Todd Moe stopped by her home studio.  Go to full article

Books: "Eating the Bread of this World"

North Country visual artist and sculptor Becky Harblin included her poetry in a recent exhibit at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. At the opening, poet and publisher Albert Glover asked if he could publish the poems. The result of their collaboration is a slim book of poetry titled, Eating the Bread of this World. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, talks with Becky Harblin about her new book.  Go to full article
A birdbath, topped by a ring of dancing steel frogs, in Becky Harblin's garden
A birdbath, topped by a ring of dancing steel frogs, in Becky Harblin's garden

Art in the Garden

Part of the fun of gardening in the North Country can be creating your own personal paradise. That's what makes each garden unique -- from a quaint cottage garden to a working farm with acres of vegetation. But what does it take to turn a gardener into an artist and a garden into a work of art? Open Studio co-hosts Beth Robinson and Hilary Oak recently joined gardener Becky Harblin at her West Potsdam farm in St. Lawrence County. It was just after a thunderstorm rumbled through and dropped buckets of rain. Becky's backyard and garden plots are filled with herbs, perennials, wildflowers and surrounded by sturdy stone walls. It's a place where everything comes together -- nature and art. Scattered among the garden "rooms" are her handmade sculptures.  Go to full article

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