My footage on Weather Channel in October, 2015!

 

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The Weather Channel will airing “Strangest Weather Series Two” again in October and Episode 6 will include a clip from my ‘Pancake Ice on a Great Lakes Tributary’. The footage will be interlaced with eye witness accounts, expert interviews and demonstrations of weather phenomenon. The series is produced by Pioneer Productions, a TV production company based in the UK where they currently are working on the weather series for a major US broadcaster and international distribution.

 

 

Portugal and Spain: Solo Museum Exhibition and Fly Fishing Adventure

 

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Last spring I traveled to Spain to oversee the installation of a solo exhibition at the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo – Extremaduran and Latin American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC) in Badajoz, Spain.

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After the installation, I decided to go on an adventure and fly fish in Portugal. I was dropped off by the museum driver in Castelo Branco in Portugal and a few hours later my fly fishing guide picked me up and we drove to his neck of the woods where we fished streams that were used the previous year in the World Fly Fishing Championships.

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I ate every meal with the guide and his wife at restaurants in the area and I stayed at a modest home that was been used by the fly fisherman year before. The entire time I fished I did not see another angler. The trip finished with a drive back to Lisbon along roads lined with cork trees. My last night was spent in the old section of the city in front of a  plateful of sardines, potatoes and fresh greens.

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Here is a detailed map of every step I took while on the trip as well as a few images to document the adventure. The map was created on my iPhone using the GAIA GPS app. It d0cuments everything you could possibly want from a trip. I am going to try to use more of its feature in Montana next week.

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New Book Published About My Work And Life!

A few months ago, a book was published about my work and its relationship to what has happened in my life. I have never expected something like this but was very grateful that a pubisher, a few art historians, curators and writers felt that I was worthy of their efforts.

Life Streams
Alberto Rey’s Cuban and American Art

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Lynette M. F. Bosch – Editor
Mark Denaci – Editor
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture

http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5906-life-streams.aspx
Summary:
Incisive exploration of the work of Cuban-American artist Alberto Rey.

Life Streams explores the paintings, videos, sculptures, and installations of Alberto Rey, an artist whose work addresses issues of identity, cultural diversity, environmental studies, and global sustainability. As a Cuban-born artist living in western New York State, Rey’s current work emphasizes his involvement with his community and its local landscape, especially its trout streams and their surrounding environment. Through Rey’s travels from his home in the upstate New York village of Fredonia to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and to almost every state in the United States, he has gained an understanding of people, places, flora, and fauna.

This book provides biographical information about Rey and a contextual study of his work. The contributors have written about Rey’s work from perspectives based on cultural studies, identity studies, literary studies, and philosophical studies. Interest in his Cuban and American identities are linked to his interest in global culture and his recent study of fish species and environmental issues. As such, this book reflects current approaches that focus attention on connected cultural issues and contemporary concerns about the environment, conservation, restoration, and preservation. Rey’s work provides a new perspective on these topics as he combines art with activism on a local, regional, national, and international level.

“This beautiful book, with its meticulously researched essays, firmly places Alberto Rey in the context of American contemporary art as someone addressing issues of identity, hybridity, environmental ethics, biological decay, and resurrection. Like his trout subjects (Pacific coastal migratory fish introduced to the Great Lakes), he is a transplant, a hybrid. He is influenced by his many global travels, which, injected into his work, further supply the richness and texture that make him such an original artist.” — James Prosek

Lynette M. F. Bosch is Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at Geneseo and the coeditor (with Isabel Alvarez Borland) of Cuban-American Literature and Art: Negotiating Identities, also published by SUNY Press. Mark Denaci is Associate Professor of Art History at St. Lawrence University.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword
Scott Propeack
Introduction Life Streams: The Cuban and American Art of Alberto Rey
Lynette M. F. Bosch
1. Alberto Rey: Intersections
Lynette M. F. Bosch

2. The Construction of Identity in Art: Alberto Rey’s Journey

Jorge J. E. Gracia
3. Alberto Rey’s Balsa Series in the Cuban American Imagination
Isabel Alvarez Borland
4. Absent Presences and the Living Dead: Alberto Rey’s Haunted Aesthetics
Mark Denaci
5. Trout as Form and Symbol
Lynette M. F. Bosch

6. Reading the Waters: Early Works of Influence on the Literature of Fly-Fishing

John Orlock
7. Biological Regionalism: Scajaquada Creek. Erie County, New York, USA—Artist’s Statement
Alberto Rey
8. Time Submersion: A Portrait of Two Creeks
Sandra Firmin
9. Alberto Rey: Beneath the Surface
Benjamin M. Hickey
10. Conclusion: Bioregionalism and Animal Studies
Lynette M. F. Bosch and Mark Denaci
Biographical Timeline
Locations Investigated by Alberto Rey
Curriculum Vitae
Index

 
 
 

Overview of Recent and Past Activities

Apart from the recent videos that I have been posting to my blog, A lot has been happening over the past few months so that have been promoted by the good folks at Orvis and by a couple museums. I thought I would provide an overview of those activities on this entry.

Two new solo museum exhibitions have been presented on waterways in Monroe, Louisiana and Buffalo, New York:
http://www.albertorey.com/site-specific-projects/

Videos have been selected into Orvis’s weekly survey of the world’s best entries of that week:
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/friday-fly-fishing-film-festival-06-27-14/
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/friday-fly-fishing-film-festival-01-10-14/

I was also named as the Trout Bum of the Week but it was no surprise to my wife who has know about my addiction for decades:
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/orvis-trout-bum-of-the-week-xxvi-alberto-rey/

Here’s some tips on steelhead fishing in gin-clear water conditions:
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/lake-erie-tribs-report/

The Diego and the other members of the S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing Program also got some press:
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/pictures-of-the-day-a-boy-and-his-steelhead/
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/video-kids-reintroducing-brook-trout-to-a-stream/
http://www.orvis.com/news/conservation/Planting-Brook-Trout-in-Canadaway-Creek/

And finally, we also got some press for our Children in the Stream Conference which was set up to build interdisciplinary curriculum around fly fishing:
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/Children-in-the-Stream-Conference/
http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/Children-in-the-Stream-Conference-a-Success/

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On a recent trip to visit my folks in Miami, Arnold was generous enough to take me out on the canal behind the “the Falls” mall to fish for peacock bass in June 2014. Arnold and I met several years ago when I was guiding him on several of our steelhead stream and I have been fortunate to have him as my friend.
 


 
This video was selected a few days later by Orvis as one of their top international videos of the week in their Friday Film Festival.
 
 

 

New Steelhead Video From This Past Spring

Now that steelhead season is over and my classes at the university are finished, I am finally catching up on addressing several items on my very long “to do” list including putting this short video together.

The footage was take on one of our local streams that I regularly guide. It was late in the season and since I had the day open on my schedule I called a buddy of mine and we began our hunt. As is the case during this time of year, there were some small pods of steelhead scattered along the length of the stream but it took a good bit of  walking to find them. It was a beautiful day, no one else was on the stream and I always look forward to a little “run and gun”. That’s what I call when the water is clear and you have to cover a lot of water before you find a steelie to cast to.  We covered several miles that day but it was a ball!

The steelies were hitting either large (#3/0) white streamers or tiny (#10) sparse angel hair streamers.

Enjoy the video!
 

 

Local Biologist, James Markham, Discusses Canadaway Creek

On May 12, 2014, we had the pleasure of having James Markham, the Senior Aquatic Biologist of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Lake Erie Fisheries Unit, come to our Monday night fly tying class to present a very interesting Powerpoint lecture on Canadaway Creek. Canadaway Creek runs through our town of Fredonia and is where we take the kids from our program and community members fishing for steelhead. The creek is also the stream where we been restoring the brook trout population and where we have our annual stream clean-up and tree planting event.

Jim’s lecture provided a thorough overview of the history and present condition of the fishery as well as the plans for improving the survival rate and the number of steelhead that migrate up into our local streams. The data also presented a clear picture of the stream’s importance to the community and Lake Erie. It was a fascinating presentation.

I have included Jim’s Powerpoint presentation for your review but, if you missed the lecture, some of the graphs might not be accessible. There is enough in the file, however, to reevaluate your perception of the stream.

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