Niagara Noir


George from Nazareth College’s first “Mini Chautauqua” opens a new conversation on an old theme: nurturing planet Earth

dracula-castle-tussaud-wax-museum-niagara-falls-ontario-attractions-vintage-art-c-spandau-paintings-carole-spandauGeorge Payne‘s montages spark memory and imagination.

Who can forget your first trip to Castle Dracula as a kid? And taking out of town visitors on the ritualistic pilgrimage to Niagara Falls. (see at end)


Deborah Goldberg and David Kramer, 1999 see On Clinton-era nostalgia Rhode Island style


Daphne Holt and David Kramer, August 1989 from More Poems from the Mystic

Noir — A genre characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.

Photography by George Payne


The American Side

The Castellani Art Museum serves as a cultural resource for Niagara University and its surrounding nigara-4niagara-2niagara-1community and an attraction for regional and international tourists. Exhibitions of nationally known and emerging contemporary artists and traditional folk arts are presented each year. Artist talks, workshops and educational programming accompany each exhibition. Niagara County’s only collecting art naigara-3museum, the Castellani has a permanent collection of over 5700 works of art, including well known artists such as Picasso, Miro, Dali, Calder, Nevelson, Warhol and many others.


The Canadian Side


Wampum Gift

see The birth of American democracy and the enduring political wisdom of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.

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see The birth of American democracy and the enduring political wisdom of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.


Let there be mist


see Charlotte High’s unparalleled and almost lost murals


George Bernard Shaw bust at Niagara University

see Learning for the Long Haul: The Campus Sustainability Movement Grows
img_20160111_193938433see Design & Democracy: A Photographic Gallery of Regional Works by Frederick Law Olmsted


A Wonder of the World

This addendum is not so much noir but a meditation on the many paths not taken in life.


Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens


David, Carol and Eugene Kramer, 1999


David and Debbie, 1999


with Canadian bear in gift shop


(l-r) David, Daphne, Leslie Kramer, Eugene, August, 1989 [Photo: Carol] see More Poems from the Mystic