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36. Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel gerrydawesspain.com

"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life. . .” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

4/07/2021

The Vision of Columbus For Samuel Roger's Poems, J. M. W. Turner: Watercolors From Tate exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Collins Gallery, Tompkins Exhibition Building, Mystic, CT. (2019-2020)

 
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The Vision of Columbus for Samuel Roger's Poems. The problem with this watercolor is Turner's "the marching ranks of armed spirits, the ghostly warriors of Atlantis" evoke visions of Napoleon's troops from the artist's era, not the era of Columbus. J. M. W. Turner: Watercolors From Tate exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Collins Gallery, Tompkins Exhibition Building, Mystic, CT. The exhibition, the only showing in the United States, will run here until Feb. 23.

Be advised that the lighting is not optimum at this exhibition, by design, to protect the fragile delicacy of the watercolors and are thus not to be seen as their best. Also, to really get Turner, back off several feet, because a lot of the effect is lost up close. Also photography (without flash!) is actively encouraged at this exhibition. I shot all these with my Android Galaxy S9+ phone and actually began to really see these watercolors on my computer after I downloaded the photos (of which I shot more than 100) and could see the full-bore vibrancy of some of Turner's water colors.

 
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 About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on WPWL 103.7 FM Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York.

  Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

In December, 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 
 
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