Category: modern art

Weekend in the Catskills – 3/4/2016

This weekend:

  • “American Stories” exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center in Poughkeepsie includes works by iconic American artists such as Sanford Gifford, William Merritt Chase, and Georgia O’Keefe;
  • Woodstock writer and musician Robert Burke Warren launches his debut novel Perfectly Broken at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts;
  • And illustrator Loel Barr teaches a Handmade Books as Art workshop at the Woodstock School of Art.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Art in the Catskills En Voyage

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Alexander Calder at JFK
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In Zürich, Switzerland
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Fraumünster Church was built in 853 in the Romanesque style. Stained glass windows by Giacometti, and Chagall were installed in 1940, and 1970 respectively.
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The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin at Kunsthaus, Swiss Art Museum
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The prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival takes place every summer by Lake Geneva
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In 2015 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performed at Montreux Jazz Festival. They also performed in the Catskills at Bethel Woods (read my article in Upstater).
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Bucharest’s Historic District
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The Wine Museum in Dragasani, Romania
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Novelist Gib Mihaescu’s home in Dragasani, Romania
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Mihaescu’s telescope in his study
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Paintings by young Romanian artist George Enescu (yes, the same name as the great classical composer)

© 2015 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 5/1/2015

May Day, Park Day, Independent Bookstore Day, Kentucky Derby, and superb weather this weekend – many reasons to celebrate.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site & Olana State Historic Site

Olana Estate. Contributed Photo.
Olana Estate. Contributed Photo.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site in partnership with Olana State Historic Site are co-hosting River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, an exhibition that opens this Sunday, May 3 at both sites. The exhibition, featuring twenty-eight contemporary artists inspired by the works of Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church, is the first major collaboration between the two institutions, and the first event since the 19th century when contemporary artists are invited to present their works in these settings. Artists such as Chuck Close, Martin Puryear, Lynn Davis, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Maya Lin, Stephen Hannock, and Jerry Gretzinger are among those featured in this show. For more information, visit http://www.rivercrossings.org/.

Hudson Opera

Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a classical music concert this Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Mozart and Friends: Musical Wonderland featuring world class musicians from the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music: soprano Amy Palomo, clarinetist Nicholas Lewis, and pianist Renana Gutman. Talented young musicians will also perform under the tutelage of these accomplished artists, and will be exposed to performing in a professional setting. This is a free concert for the entire family. For more information, visit http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2013/11/30/bard-preparatory-division-family-concert-sunday-may-3-at-3pm/.

Writers in the Mountains

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Writing Fiction Today – Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All? Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, Ulster County. The event is co-sponsored by Glaring Omissions Writing Group, one of the longest-running critique groups in the Hudson Valley. Moderator Jenny Milchman will lead a conversation with panelists Elizabeth Brundage, Alison Gaylin, and Peter Golden as they question the foundation that lies beneath bookstore shelving, library categorization, and the ways we define words on a page. For more information, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/.

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Bardavon Theatre

Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, is hosting a classical music concert this Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. featuring the Hudson Valley Philharmonic conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer. The orchestra will perform Brahms’ Requiem and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44. Over one hundred and fifty instrumentalists and singers will perform, including the Vassar Choir and Cappella Festiva directed by Christine Howlett. Fleischer will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=736&venue=bardavon.

Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle, located on Pollepel Island, in the proximity of Fishkill, Dutchess County, is an architectural gem built in 1901 by businessman Francis Bannerman. Bannerman designed the building himself. While the castle is currently under renovation, the island is open to the public by guided tours only. To embark on a tour, visitors meet at the Beacon Institute Dock. The first tour of the season will take place this Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. The tour is two and a half hour long. For more information, visit http://www.bannermancastle.org.

Also, Vassar College is open for campus tours this Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. Lyle Lovett will perform at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Bard College Conservatory Orchestra is having the last concert of the season Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

© 2015 artinthecatskills.com

Weekend in the Catskills – 3/13/15

With temperatures in the mid 40s this weekend, be sure to enjoy the first real signs of spring here in the Catskills. But here’s what is going on in the area.

The Hyde Collection Art Museum  

The Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls, Warren County, is hosting the final weekend of The Stone Palette: Lithographs in 19th Century France, an exhibit showcasing black and white, and color prints in a variety of styles and techniques. The exhibit explores lithography as an artistic medium booming throughout the 1800s. Lithography was invented in 1796 in Germany by playwright Alois Senefelder. Towards the end of the 19th century lithographs, particularly those in color, revolutionized the advertising and publishing industries. For more information about The Stone Palette, go to http://www.hydecollection.org/exhibitions/The_Stone_Palette_Lithographs_in_19th-Century_France_501.htm.

Clermont Estate

Clermont Estate presents a corset history lecture Building Fashion from Inside Out, this Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. Costume historian Kjirsten Gustavson will be talking about two hundred years of corset history and styles. Live models will demonstrate some of the garments and their effect on clothing’s appearance. The event will take place at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County. For more information about this event, visit http://www.friendsofclermont.org/.

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon in Beacon, Dutchess County, is hosting a Gallery Talk this Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Andrianna Campbell, a doctoral student at CUNY, will discuss the work of Robert Smithson, a mid-20th century artist who belonged to the so-called land art movement. For more information about this talk, visit http://www.diaart.org/events/main/649.

Spillian

Spillian mansion, located in Fleishmanns, Ulster County will be hosting its now well-established Voices from the Catskills event this Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The program includes a jazz recital with saxophonist Eric Rosen, singer and pianist Nina Sheldon, and bassist Rich Syracuse. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The menu this Sunday includes Guinness beef stew, vegan root vegetable stew, green salad, and Irish soda bread in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. For more information about this event, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/562493780520738/.

Pine Hill Community Center

Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill, Ulster County, is hosting Catskill Cabaradio, a quarterly variety program broadcast live on WIOX Roxbury, Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The program includes storytelling with Mary Savage, music with Elly Wininger and the Pine Hill Playboys, and much more. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://pinehillcommunitycenter.org/events/.

Enjoy a gorgeous Catskills weekend!

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/27/15

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs is hosting its traditional Winter Ball this Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. The theme this year is Black & White Vintage Hollywood – what can beat that?  Hollywood inspired food, music by the New York Players, a Classic Hollywood Costume Contest are among the evening’s highlights. We hear that the event is sold out, but keep in mind for next year. More information about SPAC at http://www.spac.org.

Arkell Museum

Arkell Museum in Canajoharie re-opens for the season this Sunday, March 1 with an exhibition called “The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits.” Works by Norman Rockwell, Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, and others are included in this show. The exhibit explores both the artistic approach and the sitter’s characteristics in making these works of art memorable. For more information, visit http://www.arkellmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting an exhibition dedicated to works produced between 1903 and 1918, on view this weekend from Friday to Sunday at the Kleinart / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. The exhibit also includes artifacts and publications from the early 1900s. Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. Hélène Lesterlin will perform Overlook, a solo performance dedicated to the history of Woodstock. Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the “Art of House,” a documentary by Don Freeman exploring houses designed by twelve artists from all over the country. For more information about these events, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/overlook.html.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Still in Woodstock, the Center for Photography is hosting a workshop led by Greg Miller this Saturday, February 28. “Winter Wonders Photo Safari” is a one day excursion through the Catskill Mountains, exploring scenic areas around the Ashokan Reservoir, and other locations around Woodstock. Participants will learn how to make the most of their cameras and lenses. The workshop will end in the digital lab where images taken throughout the day will be reviewed. Miller is the author of “The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure” published by Rizzoli in 2008. For more information about this workshop, visit https://www.cpw.org/events/?ee=52.

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Bard College

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra is performing this Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. a concert that includes Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12 written in 1937, as well as two premieres by Bard students. The program is conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, an accomplished musician and conductor living in New York City. Milarsky teaches at Columbia University. For more information about the program, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=128226.

Enjoy an artful Catskills weekend!

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/23/15

Blue with Lady BugJanuary may seem like forever up here in the mountains with cold, long nights, and not enough sun to keep us company. But there is art, and that is nourishing.

Many events taking place this weekend: exquisite collections of art at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, quirky and fresh Creative Non-Fiction presented by Writers in the Mountains in Pine Hill, the 18th celebration of the Columbia County’s juried art show in Hudson, a family fun event in Monticello, and superlative theater performances in Albany.

The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Home

The Hyde Collection includes a wide array of art objects and antiques – paintings, sculptures, pottery, books and furniture – spanning thousands of years of civilization. It was established by Charlotte Pruyn Hyde and her husband Louis Fiske Hyde in their 1912 American Renaissance mansion in Glens Falls, Warren County. The collection includes works by Italian Renaissance masters Domenico Tintoretto, Raphael, and Sandro Botticelli; Spanish Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect El Greco; Baroque painters Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn; French Neo-Classical painter Ingres; French Impressionists Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir; Post-Impressionist painters like Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as modern painters such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. American masters including Winslow Homer are also represented in this collection. In addition to its permanent holdings, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions and other educational programs.

The Stone Palette: Lithographs in 19thCentury France exhibit just opened earlier in January, and will run through March 2015. Black and white, and color prints in a variety of techniques are included in this show. Also Wild Nature: Masterworks from the Adirondack Museum opened on January 18, showcasing sixty-two paintings, photographs and prints depicting American wilderness. Included in this exhibit are works by Thomas Cole, Sanford Gifford, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, and other American masters. Wild Nature will be on view through April 2015.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For more information and current hours of operation, visit http://www.hydecollection.org/.

Writers in the Mountains

Writers in the Mountains (WIM), a premier literary organization in the Catskills, invites the public to a Creative Non-Fiction reading this Sunday, January 25 at 1 p.m. The reading, which will take place at the Pine Hill Community Center in Ulster County, will feature some of WIM’s best writers: Bonnie Lykes, Cheryl Holtzman, Evelyn Ellsworth,  Ellen Stewart, Faye Storms, Gail Lennstrom, Judy Bloom, Geoff Rogers, Lillian Browne, Sharon Israel, and Theodora Anema. Great stories, light refreshments and good humor are a given. For more information about this event, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/.

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Hudson Opera House

Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA)’s 18th Annual Juried Art Show curated this year by photographer Jack Shear. Over thirty artists working in all media are represented in this show which runs through February 15. Founded in 1965, CCCA organizes exhibitions and other events for artists in Columbia County. The organization operates its own gallery on Warren Street in Hudson. CCCA gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.artscolumbia.org/

Sullivan County Annual Family Fun Day

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce presents its 9th annual Family Fun Day this Saturday, January 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which takes place at the Holiday Mountain in Monticello, includes activities such as skiing and snow tubing at discounted rates. A cardboard sled race begins at 1 p.m. The event will conclude with a free concert performed by Chelsea Cavanaugh. For more information, visit https://sullivancountynycoc.wliinc20.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=874.

Capital Repertory Theatre 

Capital Repertory Theatre, founded in 1981 in Albany, offers a variety of performances every year. Through February 8 the theater presents How Water Behaves, a comedy by Sherry Kramer, directed by Gordon Greenberg. Historical plays such as On-the-Go! They Built America! and Souvenir are presented throughout the month of March this year. Also, Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet will be performed from April 21 to May 10. For more information, visit http://capitalrep.org.

Have a great weekend!

The Second Edition Is Now Available as Paperback and E-Book

 

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Art in the Catskills, The Definitive Guide to the Catskills’ Rich Cultural Life is a compendium of one hundred and twenty-three arts organizations, events and other attractions in the Catskills and surrounding area, some in the neighboring Hudson Valley, and others elsewhere upstate New York. The guide includes anything from museums and memorial sites to summer festivals, art galleries and residencies, as well as theater and literary retreats. It walks the reader through a wide geographic area, from Woodstock to Livingston Manor, and Saratoga Springs to Cooperstown. Easy to digest, Art in the Catskills is a great resource for art enthusiasts travelling through the region.