Saturday March 4th Artist Talk: Catskill Fly Tying, the Art of Artifice at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery

Join photographer, fly-tyer and outdoor guide Mark Loete as he shares his experience creating the photography exhibit Catskill Fly Tying: the Art of Artifice. Mr. Loete's talk will be held at the Catskill Center's Erpf Gallery on Saturday, March 4 from 1-2:30 pm.

View the macro photographs of exquisitely crafted trout fishing flies and find out how Mark turned them into large scale photographs. Mark will share insights into capturing the beauty of the hand-tyed flies, some information about the artists that created them, and a history of fly fishing in the Catskills. This program is free (suggested donation $5) and open to the public.The program will be held at the Catskill Center located at 43355 Route 28, Arkville, NY.

The exhibit, Catskill Fly Tying the Art of Artifice, will be displayed in the Erpf Gallery through March 18, 2017. Almost 40 macro photographs of flies will be on display. The images, captured by photographer Mark Loete, show some of the man-made flies local fishermen find success fishing in Catskill streams.

Mark Loete is a professional fine art and corporate photographer with over thirty years experience shooting a wide range of subjects, such as landscapes, architecture, jewelry, products and people. Most of those years were spent in New York City, creating commercial and advertising imagery for clients like Sony, IBM, Avon, Harper-Collins, and the United Nations. In 2002, Mark moved his home, family, and photography business to the Catskill Mountains, settling in the historic hamlet of Chichester. The move allowed him to indulge his dual passions for photography and fly fishing the streams and rivers of the Catskill Mountains.

“Catskill Fly Tying: The Art of Artifice” draws upon Mark’s background and extraordinary skill at photographing fine jewelry and his extensive knowledge of the fly tyer’s craft. Through these unique, larger-than-life images and the tiny details they reveal, we can truly appreciate the beauty and artistry that is the Catskill Style.

Catskill Fly Tying the Art of Artifice, is on display March 18, 2017. The Erpf Gallery, located at 43355 Route 28 in Arkville, NY is open Mon – Fri 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact the Catskill Center at 845-586-2611, or visit



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