The Colgate Scene
January 2001
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Video Art
"Making art is my continual attempt to build something that bridges gaps in my experience or understanding," says filmmaker and teacher Anna Van Someren '96.

     Van Someren returned to campus this fall to show two video tapes -- Stargirl and Missing Visceral -- as part of the Alternative Cinema schedule.

     "While watching the tape, each viewer will explore the subject matter that I have questioned. I do not try to shape definitive answers to philosophical questions. Rather, I want each tape to be a journey, which can continue on in the mind."

     In his introduction to the screening, Professor of Art and Art History John Knecht writes, "Anna's tapes are pristinely beautiful and cerebrally ephemeral in their connection to the world. These video spaces are imagined through the eyes of someone who knows the sacred ambience of a clean, well-scrubbed Dutch kitchen; the perfumed difference of the cultural other; and are flavored by the insight of someone with not just an occasional memory of out-of-body travel.

     "As an artist it is an enormously difficult and meaningful task to merge the personal and the outside world. To do this by bending and melding the formal characteristics of the material you are molding until the end result becomes a new thing -- partly you and partly a newborn place in the world -- is something that only an artist of special insight and passion can accomplish. Anna makes new places for us to go to; and we are privileged this afternoon to make the voyage through her looking glass; and even luckier to have Anna here to hold our hand when we get back out.

     "Anna Van Someren was one of the finest students I have ever had the pleasure of working with."

Capturing a marathon
Evey Scozzafava Schweig '82 created the official limited edition lithograph for the 2000 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon held in October.

     Schweig, of Glencoe, Ill., is a freelance artist and illustrator, specializing in watercolor and pen and ink. She has achieved international prominence, having been commissioned to create the official limited edition lithographs for the Walt Disney Marathon, three New York Marathons and two Boston Marathons, including the 2000 Boston Marathon. Computer Sciences Corporation, the $10 billion technology services company, commissioned Schweig to capture the beauty of Pebble Beach in a 1998 lithograph. Her work was also featured on the 1995-1996 cover of Boston, the official guidebook of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     Schweig majored in biology at Colgate before studying at the Massachusetts College of Art, New England School of Art and Design, Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

     With her background in biology and artistic strengths, Schweig started her career as an illustrator of medical textbooks, where exacting detail is essential. Precision in form and color still characterizes her work. Says Donna MacLeod, President of The Art of Running, which commissioned the Chicago Marathon work, "Evey's eye for detail is the finest I've ever encountered. In addition, she has the ability to capture the enormity and festivity of this historic event with the lovely touch only an impressionist can convey."

     "I was a bit hesitant at first," says Schweig. "This was the biggest project I'd ever taken on, and with such a tight deadline. From the start, though, Donna and I just clicked. I still think it's amazing that two working moms who didn't know each other (even in a small town like Glencoe!) were able to pull together such a complicated project in so short a time. We were two sprinters working on a marathon."

     Schweig's piece captures the intensity of the starting scene, as runners stream north along Columbus Avenue with the Chicago skyline in the background.

     Says Schweig about her work, "Like running a marathon, training and preparation are critical to creating a great piece. I try to make each work a `personal best,' whether it's a sports lithograph or a home portrait. And I certainly understand the exhilaration of crossing the finish line."

     The print is available through The Art of Running (by phone at 800-521-7959 or through the web at www.artofrunning.com).

Dalton Rock
Brian Dalton '70 is flying high about what's in the ground.

     While his family has managed a timber operation on their ranch near Dallas, Oregon for more than 50 years, they've jumped into a new venture. In 1993, while "kicking around on the hill" looking for rock to build roads through their 600 acres, Dalton -- who had just retired as a lieutenant colonel from a 21-year military career -- and his brother Jock discovered a high-quality basalt rock formation of "regional significance."

     With no experience in the competitive, complex and highly regulated quarry business, the Daltons nevertheless made their own way, and just seven years later, Dalton Rock trucks travel all over western Oregon on roads built with the same stone they are carrying, from Interstate 5 to coastal Highway 101. Brian is president, Jock is secretary.

     "We relied on advice and a lot of help," says Brian, "and in certain ways we ended up taking a different approach than the rest of the industry because we just didn't know any better."

     Dalton Rock, a family business among highly industrialized corporations, has emerged as the area's largest supplier of basalt quarry rock, and is a leader in customer service. About 18,000 truckloads a year -- from asphalt rock to decorative landscaping boulders to material for walls -- are sold to federal, state and local governments as well as contractors and homeowners.

     Because they were designing the quarry from scratch, Dalton says they could strategically develop an environmentally sound operation.

     "We worked closely with the state and spent a lot of time shaping and building the right settling ponds, zigzag water courses, rocked channels and ground covers." Soil erosion is prevented and stormwater discharge from the quarry is significantly cleaner than Rickreall Creek, which it empties into.

     Dalton Rock has already earned significant state and regional recognition: an award from the governor, three awards including Operator of the Year from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI); Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District's Outstanding Conservation Cooperator; and Oregon Association of Conservation Districts Cooperator of the Year.

     When he isn't focusing on things terra firma, Dalton pilots his restored 1928 Travel Air 4000 open cockpit biplane (he earned his license while at Colgate), and he won his race for City Council last fall. Dalton and his fiancée, Carol, will marry in March. "She's a very nice person. She puts up with me."

     Reflecting on the quarry's successes, Dalton says,"We started with a backhoe and a small bulldozer, and have worked our way up to about 55 pieces of equipment and 13 dump trucks." With 20 employees, and having recently invested $1 million to purchase a "rather elaborate rock crushing machine," Dalton acknowledges they've "stepped off into deep water.

     "It's such a wide-ranging business, it's kind of fun. The West is still developing, and it's pretty interesting to be part of it." RAC

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