Labor Day weekend in the Catskills: it’s filled with art!
Tonight at 5 pm Orphic Gallery in Roxbury opens a new show: “Rock Seen,” featuring the musical photography of Bob Gruen, an artist known internationally for his work documenting the Rock and Roll music world. From Orphic Gallery: “Rock Seen contains photographs from all stages of Bob’s extraordinary career from Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival to Green Day in New York City in 2002. Included in the exhibit are concert photos ranging from Elton John at Carnegie Hall to Sid Vicious at The Longhorn Ballroom, and behind the scenes images of John & Yoko, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Keith Richards and Alice Cooper with Salvador Dali, all in highly candid moments.” The gallery will also have for sale three books by Gruen – John Lennon: The New York Years, New York Dolls (with a pink spandex cover), and Rock Seen. The artist will be onsite tonight, and will autograph his books. For more information, go to orphicgallery.com.
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville also has an opening reception this weekend: “Storytellers,” a show featuring thirty-eight works of mixed media on panel by artist Ann Lee Fuller. “I am not an abstract painter, so I let the paint tell me where to go, often combining traditional brushwork and paint glazing with unique crumpled paper brushes and paint dripping. The pieces are not as much about the subject as they are studies of color and form, and surprise,” says Fuller. The show opens tomorrow, Saturday, August 30 at 3 pm, and runs through September 22. For more information, go to longyeargallery.org. For more information about Ann Lee Fuller, go to http://annleefuller.blogspot.com/.
Every year over the Labor Day weekend, West Kortright Center (WKC), which is located in a Greek Revival church in East Meredith, organizes an art fair that brings together the community: a silent auction, baked goods, and folk music are among the most popular attractions. This year, which marks the fair’s ninth anniversary, music will be provided by Mike + Ruthy, Blues Maneuver, and Tumbleweed Highway. For more information about the fair, go to http://westkc.org/event/2014-west-kortright-fair/.
Since 1982 the Woodstock – New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair has been taking place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz twice a year: Memorial Day weekend in May, and Labor Day weekend, in late August, early September. This year the Labor Day fair takes place Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1 with over 250 participating artists and crafters from all over the country. Catskill Mountain Artisan Guild exhibitors will offer a variety of products: soap, candles, jewelry, pottery, furniture and many others. For more information, go to http://quailhollow.com.
Another weekend, another art studio tour in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area. This weekend, the seventh annual Art Studio Views tour takes place in northern Dutchess County – Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli and surrounding areas. Nineteen artists in all media – ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed media – will open their studios Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31 from 11 am to 5 pm. For information about participating artists, maps, brochures, and a virtual tour visit http://artstudioviews.com/.
And, there is a lot more going on in the Catskills this weekend: The Iroquois Indian Museum in Schoharie County celebrates its 33rd Annual Iroquois Indian Festival this weekend, Belleayre Music Festival presents Brooklyn @ Belleayre show Saturday, August 30 at 6 pm, and the town of Roxbury in Delaware County is having a blast Sunday, August 31 from 4 to 9 pm: fireworks are scheduled at 8:30 pm in Kirkside Park (see info here).
Have a great weekend in the Catskills!