Moments in Rock show opens Saturday at Erpf Gallery

Arkville — The Erpf Gallery and The Catskill Center kick off their 2009 gallery season on March 7 from 3-5 p.m. with an opening reception for Professor Robert Titus’ exhibit, “Moments in Time; Moments in Rock.”

In this geological show, over 25 rock slabs from the Devonian Sea floor to the Ice Age will be on display. The exhibit runs from March 7 – April 26. The Erpf Gallery is located in the historic Erpf House on Main Street in Arkville.

“We are excited to open our 2009 gallery season with a show that entices the imagination of young and old,” says Lisa Rainwater, executive director of The Catskill Center. “Rarely does one find Mother Nature as artist in an art gallery. And she’s being showcased just in time for spring!”

The exhibit takes visitors back almost 400 million years on a journey to the Catskill Sea and the great Catskill Delta. The Catskill Sea once covered the Catskill Mountain Region, but since it wasn’t very deep, strong waves and currents periodically swept its sea floor. The curious eye is able to imagine the moving waters, as it traces ripple marks on many slabs featured in the exhibit. In the center of the gallery lies a slab of rock, originally a deposit of the Catskill Sea. Visitors are encouraged to examine the rock, identify the scratches left by moving ice and stand atop this ancient telic.

“Throughout the Catskills, nature has recorded moments of geological time in rock,” notes Inverna Lockpez, Erpf Gallery Curator. “Dr. Titus has brought together stunning rocks that not only give us a glimpse into the past but also tell many remarkable stories.”

The Catskill Delta was a steamy tropical jungle made up of the earliest land plants and animals in the history of our planet, known as the Devonian era. The exhibit also includes slabs of rocks that record this moment in time.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, March 7, 3-5 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m.

Dr. Robert Titus is a professor of geology at Hartwick College. He is a paleontologist with a professional research background in Ordovician fossils of the Black River Valley. Since the early 1990s, Professor Titus has become familiar to the Catskill community for his columns in Kaatskill Life magazine. He’s the author of The Catskills in the Ice Age, The Catskills: A Geological Guide and The Other Side of Time: Essays by “The Catskill Geologist.” Recently he has been a newspaper columnist for the Greenwell Press, the Columbia County Independent and the Woodstock Times.