Month: November 2014

“Art in the Catskills” Is Four Month Old

Art in the CatskillsArt in the Catskills, published earlier this year, is an inventory of cultural assets in the Catskills, and it essentially serves as a travel guide for art and history lovers.

I wrote this book, because this is the kind of book I wish I was handed when I moved to the Catskills ten years ago. And, although some of the cultural projects that I discuss in this book were developed later – like for instance The Woodstock Writers Festival, which launched in 2010, and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, which also launched in 2010, most are well-established, well-known historical landmarks. For instance, Thomas Cole’s Old Studio at Cedar Grove Mansion in Catskill was built in 1839; the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild was founded in 1902; the Maverick Concert Hall, the oldest chamber music hall in the country still in existence, opened in 1916; the Woodstock Playhouse opened in 1938; all these are national artistic and cultural landmarks.

People are used to come to the Catskills for its tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities, but what I’m saying with this book is that the Catskills is also an amazing cultural destination – look for instance at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown – the festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year (it opened in 1975). Or Bard Music Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. And, right here close to us, there is Belleayre Music Festival that brought Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis to the Catskills.

And there is art in all forms and styles. Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown displays works by famed landscape painters like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. The Emporium in High Falls houses documents about Cubist painter Marc Chagall, who lived in New York City in the 1940s, and maintained a studio in High Falls – Chagall painted in the Catskills from 1946 to 1948. So, there is a lot of art in the Catskills.

I knew quite a bit about the Catskills prior to writing this book, but during the research phase, I learned many new things:

  • The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, founded in 1986 by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife Marylou, is the only dance museum in the country, and one of the very few in the world. Its collections are extensive;
  • Thomas Cole’s New Studio, which was built in 1846, and was demolished in the 1970s, is currently being re-built based on the original design model.

There is a lot going on in the Catskills, and I talk about all these in my book. A second edition is coming out early next year.

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Looking forward to talking more about Art in the Catskills!

© 2014 Simona David

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Weekend in the Catskills – 11/28/14

Around the Catskills-page1A beautiful, snowy Thanksgiving weekend in the Catskills!

Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra

Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra is performing this Saturday at 8 pm its Annual Thanksgiving Concert at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. The orchestra, conducted by Robert Manno, and featuring 24 musicians, will perform compositions by Vivaldi, Shulman, Mozart, Mahler and Haydn. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns and Strings, Shulman’s A Nocturne for Strings, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra, and an excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 24. For more information, go to http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-11-29-windham-festival-chamber-orchestra-works-by-vivaldi-782.html

Elena Zang Gallery

Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock is presenting a Holiday Group Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The group show includes works by 16 visual artists including painters Pia Alexander and Joan Snyder, multi-media artist Mary Frank, and sculptor Tom Gottsleben. The show will run through January 12, 2015. For more information, visit http://elenazang.com/.

Wired Gallery

Also, Wired Gallery in High Falls, is hosting a traditional annual Thanksgiving show both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. “Affordable Color Show” features small works by 35 regional artists, including Leah Brown, Mona Chiang, Shellie David, Doris Goldberg, Marilyn Hauser, Meredith Rosier, Linda Miller, Susan Silverman, Ted Welch, Peg Wright, and others. High Falls is also home to the Delaware & Hudson Canal Museum. Cubist painter Marc Chagall lived and worked in High Falls in the late 1940s. For more information about Wired Gallery, visit http://www.thewiredgallery.com/.

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is hosting a book signing event Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, offering popular books by 12 regional artists, including Cindy Falk, The Beekman Boys, Anna Membrino, and Richard Duncan. Books in all genres – historical fiction, children’s books, heirloom cookbooks, memoirs, locally inspired fiction, and more – will be available for sale. For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/books

Basilica Farm and Flea

Basilica Farm and Flea in Hudson, inaugurated last year over Thanksgiving, is hosting its second annual event Friday from 5 to 9 pm. There will be food, cocktails, and music. Over 50 regional farmers, makers and collectors will be offering a variety of products – local food items, handcrafted goods, and vintage objects that showcase a wild assortment of local talent and resources. For more information, go to http://basilicahudson.com/basilica-farm-flea/

Hunter Mountain, New York. (c) Simona David

Also, three ski resorts in the Catskills have opened for the season: Belleayre, Windham, and Hunter. Plattekill is scheduled to open next weekend. Check them out for outdoor recreational opportunities.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/21/14

This weekend: the old Fleischmann estate (now known as Spillian) is hosting a Masquerade Ball (masquerade balls were a popular past time in the 15th century Europe); Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is hosting Frank Manzo’s “Inside Out and Other Images of the City” photo exhibit, Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is hosting a rock and blues concert with New Orleans musician Tommy Malone and his band, Woodstock Framing Gallery in Woodstock is presenting an Artist Talk with Heather Hutchison and Mark Thomas Kanter, and the Pickle Festival in Rosendale is kicking off its 17th edition (the pickling tradition goes back thousands of years).

Spillian / Fleischmann Estate

Spillian, a retreat center located at the old Fleischmann mansion on Todd Mountain Road in Fleischmanns, is hosting a Masquerade Ball this Saturday, November 22 at 7 pm; the event will benefit the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, which will celebrate its sixth anniversary in August 2015. The Masquerade Ball will feature performances by soprano Maria Todaro, tenor Louis Otey, and pianist Justin Kolb, the founders of the festival. Also, Blues Maneuver, a local band, will perform dance music. Formal dress and masks are encouraged. Bals masqués, or masquerades, were popular in Europe during the Renaissance. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/377489129082514/?ref=22.

Longyear Gallery

Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, November 22 at 3 pm: “Inside Out and Other Images of the City,” featuring the work of photographer Frank Manzo. The show includes over 50 new photographs, depicting the use of reflections to create multiple images in different planes. “In many reflective surfaces, the variation in the plane of the surface further breaks up the reflected image, creating an abstract composition akin to cubist paintings,” says Manzo. “Inside Out and Other Images of the City” will be on view through December 13. For more information, visit http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Frank-Manzo-photographs.html?soid=1102247844716&aid=7r7W3xJYRQE.

Photographer Frank Manzo

Bearsville Theater

Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is hosting a concert this Friday, November 21 at 8 pm, featuring New Orleans artist Tommy Malone and his band. Malone performs Americana rock music – his career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter spans over three decades. For more information, go to http://www.bearsvilletheater.com/events-calendar/tommy-malone-of-the-subdudes-band-fr112114.

Woodstock Framing Gallery

Woodstock Framing Gallery, located on Mill Hill Road, is hosting an Artist Talk this Friday, November 21 at 6 pm featuring Heather Hutchison and Mark Thomas Kanter, both multi-media artists whose works are on display at the gallery through November 30. For more information about this show, visit http://wfggallery.com/50-50.html 

The Pickle Festival

The Pickle Festival in Rosendale will celebrate its 17th anniversary this Sunday, November 23 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Rosendale Community Center. A variety of delicacies, honoring this long tradition, popular among many cultures across millennia, will be available for tasting – some pickles are more common than others. There will be contests, live music, and much more. A Japanese formal tea ceremony will be performed throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.ulstercountyalive.com/landing/17th-annual-rosendale-international-pickle-festival

 

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/14/14

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The Red Violin at Bard College  

Fisher Center at Bard College presents “The Red Violin” this Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm, a concert featuring violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, and pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey. Pitcairn performs on a 1720 Stradivarius – the famous “Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius” – you can read more about it here. Pitcairn and Tobey will perform pieces by Beethoven, Fauré and Schubert, but also a new, less known piece by composer Sara Carina Graef – “Blue Vishuddha”.  For more information, visit fishercenter.bard.edu.

Out Windham Way at The Zadock Pratt Museum

The Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville is hosting a book reception this Saturday, November 15 at 1 pm featuring “Out Windham Way,” a collection of 400 photographs, maps and ephemera by Larry Tompkins. “Out Windham Way” is a visual representation of the area from the 1880s to the 1940s. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zadock-Pratt-Museum.

Lies of the Poets at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) presents “Lies of the Poets” this Saturday, November 15 at 4 pm featuring poet Leslie Gerber. From WAAM website: “Leslie Gerber was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in creative writing. For 39 years he ran a mail-order classical music business, while writing thousands of music reviews and articles. In 1970 he moved to Ulster County and has lived there ever since. He began writing poetry in 1999.” For more information, visit http://waamblog.wordpress.com.

19th Century Learning Experiences at The Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown presents a series of workshops this Saturday, November 15 from 10 am to 4 pm covering anything from printing holiday cards to crafting bandboxes, baking in a brick oven, and creating fine essences like lavender and rose bottled water – all 19th century learning experiences. Just enough to get one in the holiday spirit. For more information, visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org/workshop.

Enjoy an artful weekend in the Catskills!

 

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/7/14

This weekend in the Catskills: a panel on self-publishing, filmmaking workshops, painting classes, theater and puppet shows – difficult to choose where to be, and what to do!

To Be (Self-Published) or Not to Be (Self-Published): Panel Discussion

Woodstock PanelFrom Violet Snow, author and journalist: It’s a tough decision for a writer. Do you bang your head against the wall of trying to get an agent and a traditional publisher? Do you self-publish, take 100 percent responsibility for editing and promotion, and risk falling into the void? Panelists will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of pursuing the various routes to publication and what to consider when making the big decision. This event is NOT a how-to-self-publish workshop but a sharing of experience about avenues to publication.”

The panel discussion, featuring editor Robert Wyatt, author Laurie Boris, thriller writer Jenny Milchman, and myself is organized by the Glaring Omissions Writers Group and the Golden Notebook Bookstore, and will be hosted by the Christian Science Church located at 85 Tinker Street in Woodstock. The event will take place this Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm. Everyone is welcomed.

Catskill Mountains Film Festival – Workshops  

Catskill Mountains Film Festival presents six filmmaking workshops this Saturday, November 8 at SUNY Delhi. The workshops, held some in the morning, and others in the afternoon, include: “Camera and Lighting for the Emerging Filmmaker” with Alan McPheely, “Make Your Own Indie Feature” with J. Christian Ingvordsen and Matthew Howe, “The Director’s Job” with Dorothy Lyman, “Screenwriting Basics” with Laura Kelber, “Mixing Sound for Movies” with Paul Geluso, and “Iphoneography” with David Kenny. Workshop leaders are all experienced, accomplished filmmakers. For more information, visit http://www.catskillmountainsfilmfestival.org/.

Shandaken Theatrical Society – Satire

Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) presents The Lady in Question” by Charles Busch this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. From STS: “A free wheeling satire of patriotic 1940’s thrillers such as “Notorious” and “Escape”, “The Lady in Question” tells the suspenseful tale of Gertrude Garnet, the most glamorous concert pianist on the international stage.” More information at http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html.

Woodstock School of Art – Painting

Woodstock School of Art presents “Color and Energy” workshop with Karen O’Neil this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. From the class description: “Working from landscape or still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color.” More information at http://woodstockschoolofart.org/oneil_color_and_energy_workshop_november_2014.html

Also, the school will host an opening reception featuring new works by its students this Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm. For more information about the Woodstock School of Art, visit http://woodstockschoolofart.org/.

The National Museum of Dance – Puppet Show

The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga presents a puppet show this Sunday, November 9 at 11 am. The Puppet People will perform “The Wizard of Oz,” and a puppet making workshop will be offered at the end of the show. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org/events/.