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Artists & Inspiration
A Good Time Coming: Exploring the Sporting World of The Adirondacks through the Adirondack Experience’s Art Collection
This is a virtual program.
In 1862, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait painted A Good Time Coming, a composition of the painter’s own fishing and shooting shanty on Constable Point in Raquette Lake. The now iconic painting was reproduced as a colored chromolithograph by the printmaker Currier & Ives and has since captured the imagination of generations of sporting enthusiasts and artists. The painting remains a highlight of the Adirondack Experience’s art collection. Join Claudia Pfeiffer as she examines works by Tait and other sporting painters from the 19th to the 20th centuries in the Adirondack Experience’s collection. Artists such as Frederic Sackrider Remington, Philip Russell Goodwin, and Frederick Rondel captured the scenic landscape, abundant sport, and an American pastime that still resonates with hunters and anglers today.
About The Speaker:
Claudia Pfeiffer has been with the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM), in Middleburg, VA, since her position was underwritten by the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation in 2012. In addition to her administrative role as Deputy Director, her primary focus is the research, design, interpretation, writing, and installation of loan and permanent collection exhibitions for the fine art museum. Pfeiffer has curated over 30 exhibitions at NSLM; her projects include Munnings Out in the Open: The Open-Air Works of Alfred Munnings (English, 1878 – 1959), Clarice Smith: Power & Grace, The Chronicle of the Horse in Art, and Sidesaddle, 1690-1935. In 2020, her essay, “Ellen Emmet Rand: Artist and Equestrian” in the book, Ellen Emmet Rand: Gender Art and Business, was published by Bloomsbury Academic.
Pfeiffer has a 28-year background in fine art and exhibitions. From 1994 to 1998, she was the director of Hardcastle Gallery in Wilmington and Centreville, DE. In 1998, Pfeiffer moved to Virginia to work at Red Fox Fine Art, a gallery in Middleburg specializing in animal, sporting, and American paintings and sculpture. During her 13-year tenure, she was assistant director and then director beginning in 2005.
Additionally, Pfeiffer has a special interest in digital photography of two- and three-dimensional works, lighting, and image post-processing. She studied Biology and English at the University of Delaware and is fluent in German. Pfeiffer currently lives in Front Royal with her husband and two children.
The National Sporting Library & Museum preserves, promotes, and shares the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and other field sports. It is committed to providing education and advocacy for the conservation of open space and waterways integral to these pursuits.