New Representation with Adelman Fine Art Gallery

That’s right! You can buy my Pacific Crest Trail oil paintings through Adelman Fine Art in San Diego. They currently have three favorites of mine at their gallery, and are also selling more work on their website! Check it out and spread the word! #artyouenjoy

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On My Way to the CDT (pretrail)

Yesterday, my mom anc dad drove me to Connecticut to catch my flight. I was happy that TSA let me board w my gossamer gear trekking poles. Alladin and Lt Dan surprised me by picking me up in a rental car at the Tucson airport. It was soooo nice to see them, and their presence has helped settle my pre-start nerves. We ran around doing typical hiker trash errands (REI, food stuff) and then went to the Airbnb rental. Now we are on the greyhound bus, going to Lordsburg, NM. Tonight we’ll stay at a hotel there, waking early to take the CDTC shuttle to the southern terminus.

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Resupply for the Continental Divide Trail (before the dirt)

It’s been a 24 hour whirlwind of resupply activity in New England as I hang up my painting smock and prepare for my thru hike on the Continental Divide Trail. I bought 800 dollars worth of resupply food, which will give me over 100 days of food on the trail. The rest I will buy in towns along the way. Trying to resupply for the CDT is much harder than prepping for the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, it drove me a bit bonkers. I should have listened to all those #cdt2018 hikers from the @halfwayanywhere survey and packed LESS boxes. Or listened to my fellow #cdt2019 hikers who are only prepping the first three boxes. Now I know they are wiser than me. I don’t even know if I addressed the boxes to the right locations. UPS took 20 minutes at the counter trying to over ride the computer’s refusal to acknowledge the address ANNIE VARNOT, CDT Hiker ETA: [FILL IN DATE], c/o The Toaster House, Hwy 60 South at Mile Marker 56, Pie Town, NM, 87827 as a real one. And I have a feeling I’ll have to do a lot of flip flopping too, as the snow levels in the San Juan Mountains, CO, are off the charts. So then these resupply boxes and their etas remain on my friend’s shelf staring back even more confused. “Where and when do I get to go?” say the 5 days of food and wet wipes. Sometimes I stare blankly at myself, too, as if I am also an inanimate object, totally incapable of comprehending my decision to hike 3000 miles. My boxes are my way of trying to make me understand the magnitude of the hike. I finally sent three NM resupply boxes off. I told the USPS worker that these were my first resupply boxes for my hike. All of a sudden I noticed everyone in the USPS was listening and braving to ask questions. And it started to feel more real. And I teared up behind my glasses and drove away. Ok, this is something big. And I can’t wait to touch the sand in the desert so it will feel real. #cdt #continentaldividetrail #hike #optoutside #girlswhohike

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Landscape: Real and Imagined Juried by Eileen Jeng Lynch Friday, November 16th – Saturday, December 15th

Site:Brooklyn Gallery

Artwork by Annie Varnot, “Pacific Crest Trail: Washington Sun Flares and Fire“ oil on panel, 36″x48″ 2018

Landscape: Real and Imagined

Juried by Eileen Jeng Lynch Friday, November 16th – Saturday, December 15th

Site:Brooklyn Gallery is pleased to present Landscape: Real and Imagined juried by Eileen Jeng Lynch.

Eileen Jeng Lynch is the Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill New York Public Garden and Culture Center. She curates the Sunroom Project Space for emerging artists and is involved in all aspects of visual arts programming, including exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery, publications, and the annual Winter Workspace program. As an independent curator, Jeng Lynch organized exhibitions that featured emerging and established contemporary artists in galleries and nonprofit institutions, including Sperone Westwater, Lesley Heller Gallery, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, and Radiator Gallery and worked at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has contributed to Two Coats of Paint and On-Verge.

Artists: Aaliyah Gupta, Aaron Asis, Andrew Arend, Ann Cofta, Ann Marie Auricchio, Annie Varnot, Athena Atocha, Beth Ganz, Bill Burgess, Christine Aaron, Claudine Metrick, Elizabeth Gargas, Françoise Soulé Zinsou Duressé, Hannah U, Jen Noone, Jessie Novik, Jolene Powell, Joomi Chung, Katie Westmoreland, Kayo Albert, Marcelyn Bennett Carpenter, Maria Ossandon Recart, Marianne Barcellona, Mark Granlund, Matthew Arnold, Meridith McNeal, Nathan Taves, Patty Cateura, Rebecca Schultz, Rosalyn Bodycomb, Rosalyn Carlino, Russell Horton, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Scott Bae, Scott Groeniger, Seungkyung Oh, Sophia Lee, Soulaf Abas, Stefan Hagen, Timothy Clifford, Whitney Sage, Yasemin Kackar-Demirel, Zachary Skinner

Gallery Info: Address: 165 7th St Brooklyn, NY Opening Reception: Friday, November 16th 6-9PM Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 1-6PM

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de/CONSTRUCTING WORLDS November 8 – December 15, 2018

I have four new drinking straw sculptures made out of repurposed drinking straws on view at NYPOP Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. See details below! I hope you can swing by to see the work 🙂

November 8 – December 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday November 8, 6-8pmJohn Michael Byrd
David Hannon
Ben Pederson
Marjorie Van Cura
Annie Varnot

curated by Amanda Tiller

UMass NYPOP Gallery is proud to present de/Constructing Worlds, an exhibition of the work of five UMass Amherst alumni artists based in New York City.

The meaning of the word “world-building” has evolved in the 200 years since it was first introduced. Today, the term most often refers to entire fictional worlds complete with their own histories, languages, ecologies, and even laws of physics. Popular culture is so inundated with these fictional worlds that we have almost come to expect them as an integral component of our literature, film, television, and games.

But in the 19th century, world-building described the imaginative realm of artists and poets. This realm was a personal one, an individual mental state entered into by the artist. Hamilton Wright Mabie wrote, “To this world-building all the great poetic minds are driven; within this invisible empire alone can they reconcile the life that surrounds them with the life that floats like a dream before them.”

The artists in this exhibition exist somewhere between these two definitions. Their work reads like specimens or artifacts taken from some imagined world – incomplete relics that only tell us a part of the story.
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GEAR List from PCT hike 2017

Hi hikers! So I finally updated my gear list from my PCT through hike! There are still changes that I would, but overall, this worked for me!

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Dear friends and followers,

I have so much blogging to do, and reflecting.

I finished Sept 30th, 2017

I’m sad being thrown back into another extreme exisitence of work in New York City. I had some profound awakenings coming back into civilization, and I hope to share them with you soon.

Until then, I am trying to remind myself that the trail provides. I wish the people stuck in the rat race understood that they too, will be ok.

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