Author: russellpowell

I am a visual artist and writer interested in issues of landscape. My oil paintings have been exhibited in New York City, Virginia, Cape Cod, and other sites in Massachusetts. I have written two books, "Apples of New England" (Countryman Press, 2014) and "America's Apple" (Brook Hollow Press, 2012). I was editor and publisher of "New England Watershed Magazine" (2005-2007), named Best New Publication of 2006 by the Utne Reader. I produced the award-winning video documentary "Shack Time" (2001) about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Red Lines

Uphill, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 30x40

Uphill, oil on canvas, 30×40

Red Lines I, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Red Lines I, oil on canvas, 12×16

Red Lines II, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Red Lines II, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12×16

Red Lines III, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x12

Red Lines III, oil on canvas, 16×12

Tree, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 20x16

Tree, oil on canvas, 20×16

Sprout, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 11x14

Sprout, oil on canvas, 11×14

Untitled, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Untitled, oil on canvas, 16×20

Lilacs, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Lilacs, oil on canvas, 16×20

 

‘My Interview with James Baldwin’ now a book

James Baldwin, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 1983 (michaelzide.com)

James Baldwin, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 1983 (michaelzide.com)

“There I was, drinking Scotch with James Baldwin …”

In 1983, Russell Steven Powell, then 28, interviewed writer James Baldwin, 59, as Baldwin began teaching at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Their conversation touched on subjects ranging from writing and aging to technology, and most of all, to race.

At the time, Baldwin was working on a book about the murders of 28 black American men, women, and children in Atlanta from 1979 to 1981. As America grapples with immigration and race relations in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Baldwin’s words remain relevant, even prophetic, today.

My Interview with James Baldwin includes a new introduction by Powell, and a photograph of Baldwin in his Hampshire apartment, taken shortly after the interview by Michael Zide.

My Interview with James Baldwin can be purchased online at Silver Street Media, Amazon.com, and other online stores. The slim hardcover volume lists for $10.95.

41 Love Poems (and other recent paintings)

41 Love Poems, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x18

41 Love Poems, oil on canvas, 24×18

A LITTLE WARMTH and color on this coldest day of the year.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Last Remains of the Ortona, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Last Remains of the Ortona, oil on canvas, 12×16

Winter Landscape, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Winter Landscape, oil on canvas, 16×20

Landscape, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Landscape, oil on canvas, 12×16

City on the Mount, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 40x30

City on the Mount, oil on canvas, 40×30

Pathways, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Pathways, oil on canvas, 12×16

Valley, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 20x16

Valley, oil on canvas, 20×16

Sisters, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Sisters, oil on canvas, 18×24

Pinks, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Pinks, Russell oil on canvas, 12×16

Violets, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Violets, oil on canvas, 16×20

Spectacle, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x12

Spectacle, oil on canvas, 16×12

Needle and Thread, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 12x16

Needle and Thread, oil on canvas, 12×16

 

 

Year-end gallery

Deck the Halls (Season's Greetings 2015), Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Deck the Halls (Season’s Greetings 2015), oil on canvas, 16×20

Greenscape 3, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Greenscape 3, oil on canvas, 16×20

The Persistence of Landscape, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

The Persistence of Landscape, oil on canvas, 16×20

Survival of the Fittest, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 20"x16"

Survival of the Fittest, oil on canvas, 20×16

Promised Land, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 20x16

Promised Land, oil on canvas, 20×16

Spillway, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Spillway, oil on canvas, 16×20

Flowerbank, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Flowerbank, oil on canvas, 16×20

Ram, Fish, And Butterfly, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x36

Ram, Fish, And Butterfly, oil on canvas, 24×36

Dream, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x36

Dream, oil on canvas, 24×36

Gated Community, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Gated Community, oil on canvas, 16×20

Beneath the Surface, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Beneath the Surface, oil on canvas, 16×20

Banded Together, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 11x14

Banded Together, oil on canvas, 11×14

Legs, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 11x14

Legs, oil on canvas, 11×14

Legs, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 11x14

Legs, oil on canvas, 11×14

Circle in Sky, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Circle in Sky, oil on canvas, 16×20

Chair Legs, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Chair Legs, oil on canvas, 16×20

Fourth of four, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 14x11

Fourth of four, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 14×11

Butterfly Bush I, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 14x11

Butterfly Bush I, oil on canvas, 14×11

Butterfly Bush II, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 11x14

Butterfly Bush II, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 11×14

Butterfly Bush III, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 14x11

Butterfly Bush III, oil on canvas, 14×11

‘Integration, Reintegration’ Opens Saturday, September 12

Stacks, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 30x40

Stacks, oil on canvas, 30×40

Meadows, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Meadows, oil on canvas, 18×24

MY EXHIBIT of more than 20 recent paintings (and one large sculpture!) will be at Elusie Gallery, 143 Main St. (the old town hall), Easthampton, Massachusetts, Saturday, September 12, through Saturday, October 3. The exhibit is titled, “Integration, Reintegration.”

The opening reception will be Saturday, September 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

I will give a gallery talk on “The Orchard As Landscape” Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

I hope you can join us for the reception (refreshments will be served), or at least have a chance to take in the exhibit.

Untitled, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Untitled, oil on canvas, 18×24

Mixed Greens, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Mixed Greens, oil on canvas, 18×24

Rise To The Top

Rise To The Top, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x36

Rise To The Top, oil on canvas, 24×36

Rise To The Top (Detail), Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 28x22

Rise To The Top (Detail), oil on canvas, 28×22

THESE are some of the last canvases I will complete before the opening of my exhibit at Elusie Gallery, 43 Main Street in the Old Town Hall, Easthampton, Massachusetts, September 5 through October 2.

There will be an opening reception Saturday, September 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Details will follow.

I have made most of my selections, but it is possible that one or more of these becomes part of the exhibit. If you have strong feelings about any of them, please let me know.

Downhill, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Downhill, oil on canvas, 18×24

Untitled #4, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Untitled #4, oil on canvas, 18×24

Untitled #5, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x18

Untitled #5, oil on canvas, 24×18