Category: modern art

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/23/15

January 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/.

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.

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/9/15

It’s a frigid weekend in the Catskills with temperatures in the low teens. But perfect though for wandering through art galleries, attending storytelling events, or taking workshops. Art is uplifting.

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon Gallery in Beacon, Dutchess County, is hosting a Community Day event this Saturday, January 10 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with a program dedicated to families with children. Titled “Imaginary Alphabets and Intentional Accidents,” the program includes playful exercises with works by Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Serra meant to engage children in fun and instructive activities. For more information, visit http://www.diaart.org.

Glaring Omissions Writers Group

Glaring Omissions Writers Group in Woodstock, Ulster County, presents “Prose on Youth,” a reading event featuring writers Nanci Panuccio, Robert Burke Warren, Betty MacDonald, and Violet Snow. The event, hosted by the Golden Notebook Bookstore, takes place Sunday, January 11 at 4 pm. The four writers will be reading from their works which address a variety of themes: parent – child relationship, music, theater, and the relationship one has with his or her ancestors. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1508773069411593/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

Utopia Soundstage

Utopia Soundstage in Bearsville will be hosting “Every Summer Has a Story,” an event organized by Martha Frankel, the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival. This is a story slam competition; the winner will receive books, chocolate, and a spot at the Woodstock Writers Festival Story Slam event on March 19. For more information, visit http://storyslams.com/the-storytellers/.

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting the Cabin Fever Film Series, an event co-sponsored by the National Baseball Museum and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. This Friday, January 9 at 6:30 pm there will be a screening of the West Side Story in the museum’s auditorium. This is the 11th edition of the Cabin Fever Film Series. For more information, visit http://baseballhall.org/node/3582.

Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio

Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio located in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, offers a variety of workshops both for beginner and advanced potters. Adult classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Classes for families with children are offered on Saturday. Classes specifically tailored to teens are offered on Friday. Private lessons can be arranged. In addition to workshops, the school also hosts open studios and sales events. For more information about these programs, visit http://www.hudsonvalleypottery.com/

 

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 12/12/14

Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz is hosting the Wired Gallery’s annual Art Foray event featuring close to thirty local artists and artisans working in various media this Thursday, December 11 and Friday, December 12 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle built in 1869 on the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, is one of America’s most beautiful historic hotels; in 1986 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The hotel provides many outdoor recreational opportunities year round. The Barn Museum has on display period antiques and artifacts. During the summer, the hotel hosts a Festival of the Arts with a varied program that includes music, dance and theater. This weekend, the Art Foray event organized by the Wired Gallery is an opportunity to visit Mohonk House for free. For more information, go to http://www.thewiredgallery.com/. To learn more about Mohonk House, visit http://www.mohonk.com.

Olana Mansion

Olana Mansion in Hudson, Greene County, presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens this Friday, December 12 at 7 pm. Jonathan Kruk, master storyteller, will perform over thirty characters in this Dickens’ classic, and give a fresh interpretation of the story. Jim Keyes will provide musical accompaniment playing several different instruments, including a portal pipe organ, violin and harp. For more information, visit http://www.olana.org/calendar/christmas-carol/?doing_wp_cron=1418235477.3838379383087158203125.

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon Art Foundation in Dutchess County is hosting Gallery Talks the second Saturday of the month at 2 pm. These talks, focusing on a single artist each month, are led by curators, art historians and writers. Saturday, December 13 at 2 pm curator Regine Basha will discuss the work of Sol LeWitt, a leading artist of the American Conceptual and Minimalist movement. Located in a former printing plant built in 1929, Dia:Beacon houses collections from the 1960s to the present. For more information, go to http://www.diaart.org.

New Paltz Ballet Theatre

New Paltz Ballet Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker” this Saturday, December 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. George Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, established this decades long tradition of performing “The Nutcracker” in American theatres in December every year since 1954. Vanity Fair explains in this article how this tradition began. For more information about the performances at Bardavon Theatre go to http://www.bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=747&venue=bardavon.

Greene County Council on the Arts

Greene County Council on the Arts is hosting a holiday card and ornaments making event this Saturday, December 13 from 5 to 7 pm in Catskill, Greene County. Materials will be provided on site, and accomplished artists and artisans will assist participants in completing their projects. Light refreshments will be served. Also, the town of Catskill will continue its Winter Wonderland festivities this weekend with live music, art opening receptions, storytelling, and a Merchant Window Contest. For more information, visit http://www.greenearts.org/.

Catskill Art Society

Catskill Art Society presents “Trains on Main” discussion with John Conway, Sullivan County’s historian this Saturday, December 13 from 1 to 2 pm. Conway will talk about the history of the region, and the role the railroads played in the naissance of the tourism industry in the Catskills. Trains as well as the area’s reputation as a pure environment – pure air, water and milk, established the Catskills as a premier destination in the mid-19th century. For more information about this event, go to http://catskillartsociety.org/events/.

The Catskills, Upstate New York
The Catskills, Upstate New York

 

© 2014 artinthecatskills.com

“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

Weekend in the Catskills – 10/03/14

Five art recommendations per weekend should suffice an art lover’s ambitious life up here in the mountains, but that’s not an option when there is so much to do and see. Take this weekend, for example: art making workshops at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson; the art of book making opening reception at the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell; a tour of the Dia:Beacon’s contemporary art collections in Beacon; a Winslow Homer art symposium at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie; an auction benefit at the Center for Photography in Woodstock; Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter; Mahler’s Fifth Symphony to be performed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Poughkeepsie; and a conversation hosted by author and Bard College professor Neil Gaiman in Annandale-on-Hudson. What an ambitious weekend indeed!

Hudson Opera House

The Hudson Opera House is inaugurating this Saturday a series of art making workshops for families with children as part of its Saturday Salon program. These workshops will be held every Saturday throughout the month of October from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information, go to http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2014/06/13/saturday-salon-the-guided-gallery-saturdays-10-noon/.

Bright Hill Literary Center

Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell is opening a new exhibit this Sunday, October 5 at 3 pm: “Erosion: Artist Book Work,” featuring Iowa artist Julie Leonard. “Making use of the book as an artistic medium is possible partly because of what we bring to the book, our collective connection with it. Since its inception we have imbued books and writing with a spiritual or magical aspect that goes beyond its physical or contextual properties. Books can act on us as an icon or reliquary does, evoking a spiritual reaction, a contemplative psychic space. My work is divided between the study of historical book binding structures and the creation of contemporary artist books,” says Julie Leonard, who is an associate professor at The University of Iowa in Iowa City.  For more information about Leonard, go to http://book.grad.uiowa.edu/people/julie-leonard. For more information about Bright Hill Literary Center, visit http://www.brighthillpress.org/.

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon Art Foundation offers guided tours of its galleries every Saturday at 1 pm. Located in a former printing plant built in 1929, Dia:Beacon houses collections from the 1960s to the present. For more information about Dia:Beacon, go to http://www.diaart.org.

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum presents a Winslow Homer symposium at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie this Saturday, October 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. A series of guest speakers, as well as a panel discussion will address Winslow Homer’s use of color and art technique, and his importance in the American art world. Homer was a 19th century landscape painter known for his seascapes, and portrayal of rural life. In 1859 Homer opened a studio in New York City. During the Civil War he was sent to the battle field, and sketched scenes for Harper’s Weekly. Throughout his adult life, Homer also painted in northern New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. Born in Massachusetts in 1836, he died in Maine in 1910. For more information about the upcoming symposium at the Arkell Museum, go to http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/homersymposium.

The Center for Photography

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is hosting its 36th benefit auction this Saturday, October 5 at 12:30 pm at the Diamond Mills Hotel in Saugerties. A preview of submitted art work can be seen here. Our favorite is a black and white photograph of actress Ingrid Bergman, taken in Italy in 1949 – preview here. To purchase tickets for the gala go to http://www.cpw.org/support/benefit-gala/.

Doctorow Center for the Arts

Catskill Mountain Foundation in partnership with the Catskill Jazz Factory will present a piano concert this Saturday, October 4 at 8 pm at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. Dan Tepfer, a French-American pianist, will perform Bach’s well-known Goldberg Variations, followed by his own improvisations on Bach. Tepfer performed this program at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village back in September. The New York Times wrote about Tepfer’s performance here. For more information about the upcoming concert in Hunter, visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-10-04-dan-tepfer-solo-jazz-piano-820.html. For more information about Tepfer, visit his website at http://www.dantepfer.com.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic will perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony this Sunday, October 5 at 3 pm at the Bardavon concert hall in Poughkeepsie. There will be a pre-concert talk with conductor Craig Fleischer. For more information about this event, go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/HVP-Mahler-s-5th-This-Sunday–3pm-at-the-Bardavon-.html?soid=1102056363639&aid=iJAsHXA2G6w.

Bard College

Bard College is presenting an author talk hosted by Neil Gaiman this Friday at 7:30 pm at the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson. Neiman will converse with Audrey Niffenegger, a best-selling author and artist. For more information about this event, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126895.

These are just a few highlights from what seems to be a busy weekend in the Catskills.

© 2014 artinthecatskills.com

Weekend in the Catskills – 9/12/14

Banner - Copy A September weekend filled with art in the Catskills: an art book reception at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, a multi-media opening reception at the Opera House in Hudson, an art show at the Angeloch Gallery in Woodstock, and a screening of “To Be Forever Wild” in the Wulff Gallery at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center in Livingston Manor. Also, the “Woodstock Nights” event takes place Friday evening, as it always does on the second Friday of the month. Once again, plenty to do for art lovers this weekend in the Catskills!

Longyear Gallery

Longyear Gallery in Margaretville celebrates its seventh anniversary this Saturday, September 13 from 3 to 6 pm with a “Seven Year Itch” party, and a book signing reception. Artist Ann Lee Fuller will be signing her newly released photo book “Storytellers,” based on her paintings currently on display at Longyear. For more information about this event, go to http://www.longyeargallery.org/.     

Hudson Opera House

Artist Zach Gross is having an opening reception at the Opera House in Hudson this Saturday, September 13 from 5 to 7 pm. The show includes photographs, paintings, photograms and a video by Gross, who is internationally known for his portrait, fashion and landscape photography. For more information, go to http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2014/07/12/zach-gross-september-13-october-19/. To find more about Gross, go to zachgross.com.

Angeloch Gallery

Also, this Saturday, September 13, from 3 to 5 pm The Woodstock School of Art and The Historical Society of Woodstock present “SELDOM SEEN” at the Angeloch Gallery in Woodstock. “SELDOM SEEN” is an exhibit of 63 paintings from the collection of The Historical Society of Woodstock selected by Susana Torruella Leva. The show also includes drawings and prints by artists associated with the Woodstock colony, works that span throughout most of the 20th century. The show can be previewed here. For more information, go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/SELDOM-SEEN–Art-from-the-Historical-Society-of-Woodstock.html?soid=1103011793515&aid=Jdqw_lAhbXo.

Catskill Fly Fishing Center  

Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor is hosting the screening of “To Be Forever Wild,” a documentary about the Catskill Mountains, this Saturday, September 13 at 7 pm in the Wulff Gallery. If you visit the Fly Fishing Museum this weekend, also look for its permanent exhibitions documenting the history of fly fishing in the Catskills. More information at http://www.catskillflyfishing.org/exhibits/.

Woodstock Nights

The second Friday of the month it’s the “Woodstock Nights,” an event meant to get people to stroll and shop in Woodstock, while enjoying music performances and artists shows on the street, in shops and in restaurants. Classical pianist Peter Cody and jazz performers Robert Darnell and Elena Batt will be performing this evening at the Kleinart / James Center on Tinker Street from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information, go to http://www.woodstocknights.com/.

Also, Dia:Beacon gallery in Beacon is having an Artist Talk this Saturday, September 13 at 2 pm, The Beacon Indie Film Festival opens tonight at the University Settlement Camp theatre, and Pine Hill Community Center is hosting its quarterly Cabaradio program this Saturday, September 13 at 6 pm.

Have a fabulous weekend in the Catskills!