Month: October 2014

Weekend in the Catskills – 10/31/14

HalloweenThis weekend many museums and art galleries in the Catskills are switching to their winter hours, so be sure to check them out. But art is here to stay. And, despite cool temperatures this weekend, there is plenty to do for art lovers in the Catskills.

Friday, October 31 we celebrate Halloween or “All Hallows” tradition originating in the ancient Celtic festival of the dead. November 1 was the beginning of a new year in the Celtic Festival. Later on, Christians began celebrating the Feast of All Saints on November 1. And, All Saints Day continued the Celtic tradition of celebrating the dead; what is more, pretty much all the customs associated with Halloween today can be traced back to the Celts: treat or trick, wearing costumes, and carving vegetables are some of those cherished traditions.

Woodstock Playhouse – Halloween Ghoulish Entertainment

Many Halloween parties this weekend in the Catskills: Woodstock Playhouse presents Halloween Ghoulish Entertainment Friday, October 31 at 6 pm. In existence since 1938, the Woodstock Playhouse is a rural extension of Broadway. This Friday at 6 pm the Playhouse celebrates All Hallows tradition with treats, and other venerated customs. For more information, go to http://woodstockplayhouse.org/.

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Fall Festival, Upstate New York

Night at the Museum at the Fenimore Art Museum

Saturday, November 1 Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown presents a Night at the Museum event for all ages, including a tour of the collections, as well as craft activities, storytelling, and live music. Fenimore Art Museum is located in a monumental neo-Georgian mansion built in the 1930s on the shores of the Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. It was built on the site of James Fenimore Cooper’s 19th century farmhouse. The town itself was founded by Cooper’s father, Judge William Cooper. Cooper is best known for his novel The Last of the Mohicans published in 1826. For more information, go to http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

Renaissance Prints and Drawings at Vassar College

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie presents Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540, the first U.S. exhibition to explore the German city’s artistic and cultural achievements in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The exhibit, organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, includes close to one hundred items, focusing on prints, drawings, and illustrated books. The exhibition also includes some medals and one etched set of armor. Most of the works presented are from the National Gallery’s own collection, and loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Library of Congress, Washington; and private collectors Andrea Woodner and Andrew Robison. The exhibit will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College through December 14, 2014. For more information, go to http://fllac.vassar.edu/about/news/announcements/2014-2015/140919-augsburg.html#sthash.aA2gcvoS.dpuf

“Master, Mentor, Master” at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site   

Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, Greene County is closing its exhibit “Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church,” exploring the relationship between Cole and Church this Sunday, November 2. The exhibit includes 20 works by Cole and Church, displayed side by side – three paintings by Cole, and 17 works by Church, including drawings, studies, and finished paintings. Church worked closely with Cole between 1846 and 1848. The exhibit “Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church,” which received raved reviews from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, includes works completed by Church between 1844 and 1850. The show was curated by John Wilmerding, former Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and professor emeritus of American Art at Princeton University, assisted by Kate Menconeri, curator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Kate Menconeri was a guest on “Accent on Monday” radio program on WIOX this past Monday, October 27. For more information about “Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church,” go to http://www.thomascole.org/.

Magic Surrealism at Bright Hill Literary Center

Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell is having an opening reception this Sunday, November 2 from 3 to 5 pm Magic Surrealism Paintings, featuring artist Terry Fox. From Bright Hill Press: Terry Fox is a self-taught artist born in New Jersey, who moved to Upstate New York in 1973, and has also resided in San Francisco and Vermont. His interest in art started at an early age and has progressed and evolved over the years from early black and white line drawings through to large oil and acrylic expressionistic works on canvas. He has shown his work and received many awards at such venues as the Cooperstown Art Association, CANO, Oneonta; Roxbury Arts Group; Noir Show, Charles Bremer Studio, Otego; Smith Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown; Viviana Hansen Galleries in Delhi and Franklin; the Treadwell Museum of Fine Arts; The Gallery in Stamford; and during 12 seasons of the Stagecoach Run Art Festival in Treadwell and 10 exhibits at the Autumn Café in Oneonta, NY. His paintings are in many collections, both nationally and abroad. The British critic Ben Watson called his work: “magical surrealism in the post-realist playpen.” Fox’s exhibit at Bright Hill is the last of the Word & Image Gallery 2014 season.” For more information, go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Bright-Hill-s-Word—Image-Gallery-Opens–Magic-Surrealism-Paintings–by-Oneonta-Artist-Terry-Fox-Sunday–November-2–3–5-pm.html?soid=1102771140741&aid=lAUJS2HlTJM.

 Have an artful, spooky weekend!

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Weekend in the Catskills – 10/24/14

This weekend: an international film festival in Chatham, a walk with sculptor Naomi Teppich in Livingston Manor, new art show in Woodstock, classical music at Bard College, and a spooky visit at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

FilmColumbia Festival

FilmWoodstock Film Festival just celebrated its 15th anniversary this past weekend, and Thursday evening yet another film festival kicked off its 15th season: FilmColumbia in Chatham, Columbia County. FilmColumbia, organized since 2000 by the local Film Club, founded in 1998, presents over forty international films each year, many of them winning prestigious awards. This year the screenings will take place at Crandell Theatre, Tracy Memorial Village Hall, and Morris Memorial in Chatham, and Hudson Lodge in Hudson. Crandell Theatre, an Art Deco vaudeville house built in 1926, was transformed into a movie theater shortly after the release of the first talkie in 1927. This year’s screenings include “Winter Sleep,” Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and “Beloved Sisters,” a German drama about poet Friedrich Schiller’s love affairs, an entry to the Oscars. The festival also has several panel discussions: a screening panel, a filmmaking panel, and a panel discussing hot topics in the film industry moderated by film historian Peter Biskind. For more information, go to http://www.filmcolumbia.org

Catskill Art Society

Catskill Art Society (CAS) in Livingston Manor is hosting “Walk with a Sculptor” – art tour and nature walk, this Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Artist and curator Naomi Teppich, one of the participants in the group show “River and Biota,” currently on display at CAS, will lead the tour and the nature walk. First, Teppich will give a tour of the galleries at CAS, and will discuss the artworks on display, and then she’ll lead the group through the nearby Mongaup State Park’s trails. For more information about this event, go to http://catskillartsociety.org/events/

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, October 25 from 4 to 6 pm at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts in Woodstock. The show, featuring works by artist Henrietta Mantooth, is called “Jailbirds and Flowers,” and includes a large installation as well as paintings by Mantooth. An artist talk will take place at 3 pm. Mantooth is the recipient of many awards and recognitions; her work has been shown internationally in various museums and galleries.  For more information, go to http://www.woodstockguild.org/ai1ec_event/henrietta-mantooth-jailbirds-flowers-artist-talk-opening-reception/

Bard College

The American Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 – 2015 season at Bard College opens this weekend with Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major performed both Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at 8 pm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 pm. For more information, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126538.

The Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown is hosting “An Eerie Lantern-Lit Tour” of the museum this Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The museum tour guides will unravel mysteries and ghostly happenings in the museum’s historic village. The Blacksmith’s Shop, the Bump Tavern, and other buildings are part of the tour. For more information, go to http://www.farmersmuseum.org/bump

 

Featured Artist: Ellen Wong

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Artist Ellen Wong

The recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Ellen Wong is an accomplished painter and educator whose works have been exhibited both in New York City and the Catskills, going back to the 1970s. Wong studied in the Art Department at Brooklyn College with Philip Pearlstein, known for reviving realist figurative painting in the 1960s. Pearlstein’s departure from Abstract Expressionism back then made him a renegade in the art world. It’s that kind of artistic sensibility and daring attitude that Wong learned from Pearlstein.

Wong herself was initially trained as an abstract painter, but in time she discovered that what she really wanted to do in life was landscape painting: “I noticed that every time I went somewhere I always brought with me my watercolors, and I always sketched where I was; somehow that’s how I got to understand, absorb or take in a new environment – I felt very sensitive to place,” she says. “And it was a good way for me to get to know a place. And I discovered that I had this desire to work outside, to work from life, and to work in watercolors, and that became in a way my primary medium,” she added.

Wong paints mostly outdoors, in the field, but she’s done some studio work as well. For instance, “Local Gets Personal,” a series of bluish-purple Jersey cows on Catskills’ farmland, shown at the Roxbury Arts Group two years ago, was done mostly in the studio: “When I’m outside I take in so much, and for that show I wanted a highly culled sensibility of these places, and so I did do a lot of work in the studio.”

On the other hand, her current show at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville “The Road Show,” on view till October 20, was done entirely in plein air. “The Road Show” includes twenty-five oil paintings, watercolors and drawings depicting Catskill Mountains’ scenery in various seasons, although green panoramas predominate. Most of the paintings were done over the past two years, but the show also includes a few older winter and fall pieces. The biggest painting in the show is a 24” x 36” oil on canvass called “Grazing on the Far Meadow on Rt.30 across from Lucci and Randy’s”. Lots of roads: “Autumn in Margaretville” (oil on linen), “Not Just Any Road, Hardscrabble Road” (oil on panel), “Driving Along Red Rock Road Find Farm” (oil on linen), and Wong’s favorite spot in Roxbury – “Foggy Morning, Briggs Road Along the East Branch” (watercolor). The creamery also has a special place in Wong’s collection. Included in this show are “Stormy Weather at the Creamery” (watercolor on paper), and “Rounding the Curve at the Creamery” (graphite on paper).

Artist Ellen Wong
Artist Ellen Wong

“Frederic Church, a student of the Hudson River School of Painting, was like a Paganini on a violin, he could do these amazing things. When I had a research grant, and saw some of his oil sketches – the view of the Catskill Mountains from Olana, those works to me are infinitely exciting, and one of the things we must do as landscape painters is to retain that excitement,” articulates Wong.

Wong started painting in oils, and admits that she never painted with acrylic, but loves the immediacy of watercolors and drawing. “What I paint dictates what medium I use. When light is a critical element, I just like watercolors because of their quickness of capturing that light. When solidity or form is important, I feel that oil really lands itself for that,” she explains. And, she continues: “I think these are the things that I struggle with, how to labor over a painting, and not having it looked like it was labored, because you don’t want to see someone’s labor, you just want to see that moment in a way.”

Wong has painted the Catskill Mountains’ scenery for the past twenty-five years, but has never gotten tired of it. “The challenge of working from life is a challenge that never ends, and that propels me in a way, and I look for different things. When I first came to the Catskills, I was most impressed by the extraordinary vistas, in the tradition of the Hudson River School of Painting, but nowadays what draws me in is mostly any road – driving on any road, and observing how the light and shadows fall on that road. Over time I think I moved from the majestic view of the Catskill Mountains to the more banal aspects of living here. And some of my paintings document things that are no longer here, like some of the buildings that I depict in my earlier paintings.”

Asked how she wants people to react to her paintings, Wong says that she wants them to be moved, but “I don’t want the work to be sentimental, and I don’t want it to look like a photograph either, although I work from life.” “I also like when people experience familiarity and recognition in the places that I depict,” she adds.

When asked how she deals with the ever changing environment when working on a specific piece, Wong says: “Sometimes the painting changes, and it’s ironic, because I’m looking to capture a particular place in a particular moment in time, but if you think about capturing a moment, there are hours and hours of work to get that moment. In a way, the painting captures the nature of the changing weather.”

The artist’s journal further edifies the process of creating new artworks: “To paint landscape is to be a poet, changing forms, states, colors, sitting by the waterfall in the morning, in the delicate shadow of a little seedling on a rock, the details, the subtle nuances of shadows, trying to deal with rushing waterfall, … how to paint, how to draw, it becomes a technical challenge, and it takes me away from the experience of nature,” Ellen Wong, landscape painter.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 10/17/14

Art in the Catskills October (2)Stellar programs in the Catskills this weekend: the Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary, Orphic Gallery is hosting an evening of poetry, Thomas Cole National Historic Site is hosting an art book reception, thirty of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working and exhibiting at Olana, and Bard College Conservatory of Music will perform Mozart’s Requiem, preceded by a panel discussion moderated by Bard’s president Leon Botstein. 

The Woodstock Film Festival

Launched in 2000, as an independent film festival in the Catskill Mountains, the Woodstock Film Festival is now considered one of the best events of this nature. Its 15th edition was inaugurated Thursday evening with screenings scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at several locations in and around Woodstock: Bearsville Theater, Woodstock Playhouse, Kleinert James Art Center, Mountain View Studio, and Upstate Films in Woodstock and Rhinebeck, as well as Orpheum Theater in Saugerties, and Rosendale Theater in Rosendale. To view full schedule click here. Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm there will be a cocktail party at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, followed by the 15th Maverick Awards Ceremony at 9 pm. The ceremony will be co-presented by Academy-Award winning actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly. For more information, go to http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

Orphic Gallery

Orphic Gallery in Roxbury, Delaware County presents an evening of poetry tonight at 7 pm called “Orphic Verses.” From Orphic Gallery: “In ancient Greek mythology Orpheus was the son of Oeagrus, the king of Thrace, and Kalliope, the muse of epic poetry. He was born and lived in Pimpleia near Mount Olympus, and he met Apollo when the god was courting Thalia, the muse of comedy. Apollo presented the young Orpheus with a golden lyre and instructed him how to play the instrument while his mother imparted to him to create verses. So expertly did Orpheus learn to sing and play the lyre that he became the most famous poet and musician in all of Greece. With his poetry Orpheus was able to inspire the rocks of the mountains and the trees of the forest to dance, and to enchant all the animals of the sea, the air and the land, and even to change the flow of rivers and streams.”

Orphic Verses features the works of local poets Rebecca Andre, Esther De Jong, Sharon Israel, Dave Kearney, and Gary Mead. The poets will read and engage in a spirited dialogue with the audience discussing their works and the poetic process. For more information, go to http://orphicgallery.com/.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site  

On Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, Greene County will host “Arcadia on the Hudson,” a lecture and book signing event with Dr. Aaron Sachs, author of “Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition,” published in 2013, and a professor of History and American Studies at Cornell University. The event will take place at Temple Israel next to Thomas Cole Historic Site on Spring Street. For more information, go to http://www.thomascole.org/current-events.

Olana State Historic Site

Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, Greene County is hosting its third annual plein air event “Creating Landscapes within the Landscape,” as part of the Hudson Arts Walk festival. This weekend thirty of the nation’s best plein air painters work on Olana’s 250-acre landscape that includes an orchard, a farm, a man-made lake, and views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. All the artworks produced over the weekend will be auctioned at the Wagon House Education Center at Olana on Saturday, October 18 from 4 to 6 pm. For more information, go to http://olana.org/.

Bard College  

Bard College Conservatory of Music is hosting a special event this evening at 6:30 pm: “Remembering the Genocide of European Roma during World War II.” The Conservatory will perform Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer. A panel discussion moderated by Bard’s president Leon Botstein will precede the performance – the panel discussion begins at 4 pm. The event will take place at the Sosnoff Theater at Fisher Center. Admission is free. For more information, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126894.

 

Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse”

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Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse” – Saturday, October 11, 2014. An event organized by Writers in the Mountains in partnership with Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, New York.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 10/10/14

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Writers in the Mountains in partnership with Longyear Gallery in Margaretville will present an Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse” Saturday, October 11 at 1 pm. Artists Ellen Wong and friends will be talking about their artistic process as informed by nature. Participating artists include Helene and Frank Manzo, and Elaine Mayes. Participating writers include Lynn Domina, Leslie Sharpe, Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and Lillian Browne – all writers whose work has been informed by nature. For more details, visit writersinthemounatins.org.

Also on Saturday, October 11 Plattekill Mountain will host its fifth annual Plattepalooza Fall Festival, an event for the entire family; activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, kids bounce house, ski and bike swap sale, bike races, and foliage chairlift rides. There will be live music, barbecues, and microbrews on tap. For more information, visit plattekill.com.

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Orphic Gallery in Roxbury, NY. (c) Simona David

Orphic Gallery, a fixture in Roxbury’s artistic life, will be hosting an artist reception Saturday, October 11 from 5 to 7 pm: “Postal Mix Tapes” featuring works by New York City based artist Didier Cremieux. Cremieux designs musical postage stamps and posters inspired by a variety of artists from Maria Callas to Woodstock celebrities. For more information about this event, visit orphicgallery.com.

In Sullivan County, Catskill Art Society will host an opening reception Saturday, October 11 at 2 pm: “River and Biota,” a group show featuring 18 artists whose work has a rapport with “the river”. The show, curated by Naomi Teppich, includes artwork by artists Dave Channon, Carla Goldberg, Nancy Wells, and others. For more information, visit catskillartsociety.org.

Also as part of the Hudson ArtsWalk program, there will be an opening reception at the Pocketbook Factory in Hudson on Saturday, October 11 from 6 to 8 pm. More than 250 artworks by artists affiliated with the Columbia County Council on the Arts will be on display – paintings, photographs, sculpture, multi-media installations, and other artworks will be shown. The reception on Saturday evening will celebrate artists Arlene Boehm and Maria Kolodziej-Zincio. Both Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 Hudson Opera House will host a series of readings by Hudson Valley poets and writers – the readings will take place from 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information about this event, visit cccaartswalk.webs.com.

The Schoharie County Historical Society presents the 125th anniversary of its History Fair this Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 at the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie. There will be live music and dance performances; artists and artisans will showcase a variety of works inspired by local history, and local authors will autograph their books. For more information about the fair, go to theoldstonefort.org.

Roxbury Arts Group will celebrate the 21st anniversary of FIDDLERS!, one of its most popular events, Sunday, October 12 from noon to 7 pm. FIDDLERS!, an event dedicated to the Catskills’ traditional fiddle music, will feature performances by Tim Eriksen  & The Trio de Pumpkintown, The Tremperskill Boys, Ryan McGiver with Cleek Schrey & Stephanie Coleman. Square dance and a chili cook-off are also part of the good cheer. For more information, go to roxburyartsgroup.org.

Historic train rides through the Catskills have always been popular, but they’re particularly sought after this time of year, when the foliage is at its peak. I Love NY put together a list of rides through the region at http://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/tours-excursions/scenic-train-rides/#.VDWA6fldU0R

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