Photo Essay

An Art & Design Weekend Upstate

by Maxwell Tielman

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I’ve been a resident of Upstate New York for over a year now, but until recently, I have been shamefully behind on familiarizing myself with this beautiful region. Known for its incredible history and jaw-droppingly picturesque landscapes (a huge inspiration to the Hudson Valley school of painters), the area is just begging to be explored—especially at this time of year. There are apples to pick, pumpkins to harvest, flea markets to scavenge, and mountains to climb! I missed out on all of the autumnal fun last year, the house that my fiancé and I are renovating taking precedence over weekend excursions, so when October rolled around this year, I was determined to get in on the action. This past weekend I finally did it! Armed with a few friends and a fancy-pants phone-mounted camera from Sony that helped me get some shots that would be difficult with a bulky SLR, I took to the road to check out some of the area’s great art and design offerings—Storm King Art Center, The Phoenicia Flea at the Graham and Co, and the Field & Supply market in High Falls. All-in-all it was a truly inspiring and re-energizing (gotta love that mountain air!) weekend upstate. Check out all of the photos from my weekend after the jump! —Max

Images above: A mountain view at Storm King Art Center; autumn shoppers gather around the bonfire at Graham & Co’s Phoenicia Flea.


These photos were taken with the Sony QX Lens Style Camera. Design*Sponge has been using the Sony QX to shoot our D*S Studio Tours. We love it and its portability.

Learn more about the Sony QX products here.


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Image above: Maya Lin’s incredible earth art piece, Wavefield at Storm King.


Image above: I can’t get over the amazing depth-of-field capabilities at the Sony QX has—crazy for such a tiny package!

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Image above: The QX’s stand-alone lens also makes it perfect for getting into tight, hard-to-reach places.

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Image above: No autumn Saturday upstate is complete without a trip to Kingston’s fantastic farmers’ market!

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Image above: My friend Erin and my sister Ana holding their purchases at the Phoenicia Flea.


Image above: Knives designed by Vernacular Design.


Image above: Escape Brooklyn’s stand at the Phoenicia Flea.


Image above: Key fobs from Owlkill Studio’s stand at Phoenicia Flea.

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Image above: The bonfire kept visitors to the Phoenicia Flea warm throughout the festivities!


Image above: At High Falls’ Field + Supply market,  I fell in love with these all natural, un-dyed Hudson Valley Pillows crafted by Jamie Israelow.

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    • Deb

      I know that price point isn’t for everyone, but handmade work takes time and that price fairly reflects the amount of work that goes into something like this.


  • Nice! Storm King. For anyone who hasn’t been, if you go to Storm King and the weather is nice I highly recommend renting one of their bikes. I went on a mild sunny day and riding my bike along the paths was such a nice way to enjoy the great open expanse.

  • Nice photos Max, thanks for sharing them. Will you be doing a “report” on Field + Supply? I’m super curious about it and love the idea of the stated purpose: “to modernize and elevate the traditional arts and crafts fair”. Not to mention all of those incredible designers and makers in one place! I really wanted to go but couldn’t get away that weekend. :-(

  • Some of my favorite places in the area… Olana, home of Frederick Church.. Dia Beacon… this historic homes alone the Hudson… Mass MOCA in N Adams Mass… The Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, Mass… The collection at the Empire State Plaza and in the Corning Tower in Albany… Frank Gehry’s Fischer Center at Bard College.. THERE IS JUST so much! Enjoy!

  • Do you know the maker of the ceramics in the last three photos? Very nice market by the way.

  • Those places are great. I was bummed I had to miss the Phoenicia Flea. And yeah, Field + Supply has really beautiful things, but their stuff is just so expensive. Those pillows may indeed priced to reflect their quality and workmanship, but I do wonder who can actually afford products like that…

  • Thank you for pointing that out, Grace. That is the real cost of hand-weaving and sewing pillows with locally sourced, locally spun wool. I wish I could make pillows that are less expensive, but without a factory abroad and cheap materials, it just isn’t possible. Some people spend money on clothes or scarves. Others spend money on curating nice things for their homes. I am extremely grateful for those people, and for the spinners, farmers and dyers I get to work with to find the most beautiful materials I can.