Humans of the Catskills: Clover Archer

Journey to the Catskills: I came to the Catskills on an artist’s residency at the Prattsville Art Center in 2019. I decided it was fated to be when I found out that the director of the Prattsville Art Center is the amazing Nancy Barton, who I studied with at NYU twenty years ago. Vocation: In my “day job” I am the director of an academic … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Clover Archer

Humans of the Catskills: Heidi Stonier

Journey to the Catskills: What brought me to the Catskills? Fate, love, destiny? Our dream of opening an art and cultural center waited thirty years as my husband and I raised our family in suburban New Jersey. We’ve known and loved the Catskills and have family roots dating back to the 1940s when Fleischmanns, New York provided refuge to émigrés fleeing World War II. When our lives reached … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Heidi Stonier

Humans of the Catskills: Jen Dragon

Journey to the Catskills: In 1983, I brought my art school college boyfriend (who I had only known for about three weeks) to meet my sister (who lived in Mt. Tremper) by bus via Adirondacks Trailways. She sent us out on an errand in her car to get wild rice from Jane’s in Phoenicia (which later evolved into the famous Jane’s Ice Cream). We were so thrilled … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Jen Dragon

Humans of the Catskills: Kevin Moore

Journey to the Catskills: Most New Yorkers get tired of the city at some point and need some relief. I chose Central Catskills not knowing a soul because I always like the remoteness, high altitude and what seemed to me like ancestral Scottish weather. But I realized later, it looks like the Ozarks, where my grandparents lived, and I often visited as a child. I … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Kevin Moore

Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

As we’re coming out of the pandemic, 2021 appears to be a year dedicated to women in the arts as several museums and art centers in Europe and the United States are hosting programs devoted to female artists, far too long left out of the history books. When speaking with art historians and scholars, the often-cited reasons that left women behind were: they had no … Continue reading Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

Duct-Taped Banana Makes It to the Catskills

Earlier this month the art world was shaken by news that a banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $150,000 at Art Basel Miami. Maurizio Cattelan’s installation called Comedian, that included, yes!, a real banana taped to a wall, has become some kind of a sensation with some calling it conceptual art and others calling it a prank (read the background story here). The fact … Continue reading Duct-Taped Banana Makes It to the Catskills

The Role of Museums in the 21st Century

A lot has been written about the role of museums in the 21st century when collections can be seen and learned about in virtual galleries rather than taking the trip. Traditionally, museums have played the role of research, preservation, and educational institutions, not just mere collectors and guardians of cultural artifacts. They have also been economic engines, strengthening local business climates through cultural tourism. The … Continue reading The Role of Museums in the 21st Century

ART CONVERSATION AND WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM

ART CONVERSATION AND WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AUTHOR SIMONA DAVID SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, 1 – 2:30 PM THE ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM, 14540 MAIN STREET / RTE 23, PRATTSVILLE, NY  As guest of the Zadock Pratt Museum, Simona David, author of “How Art Is Made: In the Catskills” (2017), will talk about her experience interviewing artists, and discuss what moves and inspires the creative mind, how a new artistic project … Continue reading ART CONVERSATION AND WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM