The posters in this series are based on the water color images created by artist Patricia DeLisa for the Fairy Tale Moons wall calendars that we published for the years 2008, 2009, and 2011. This Rip Van Winkle image appeared in the 2009 and 2011 calendars. Occasionally we take the 36 original works of art created for this project out on exhibit, to celebrate scenes from the storyteller’s night sky and to teach dark sky advocacy through once upon a time. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these posters will be donated to the International Dark Sky Association to support their work in stewarding natural darkness worldwide.
Contact Mary if you would like exhibit information.
“In a long ramble of the kind on a fine autumnal day, Rip had unconsciously scrambled to one of the highest parts of the Catskill Mountains. He was after his favourite sport of squirrel shooting, and the still solitudes had echoed and reechoed with the reports of his gun. Panting and fatigued, he threw himself, late in the afternoon, o a green knoll, covered with mountain herbage, that crowned the brow of a precipice. From an opening between the trees he could overlook all the lower country for many a mile of rich woodland. He saw at a distance the lordly Hudson, far, far below him, moving on its silent but majestic course, the reflection of a purple cloud, or the sail of a lagging bark, here and there sleeping on its glassy bosom, and at last losing itself in the blue highlands.” ~ from “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving