Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting an Iroquois Cultural Festival Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum’s new Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, located near the shores of the Otsego Lake, will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday. Otsego: A Meeting Place Iroquois Sites are located nearby. Native American music, dance and storytelling performances will be held at the amphitheater between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Traditional Iroquois activities such as playing lacrosse and building canoes will take place throughout the day. Native American arts and crafts as well as traditional Iroquois cuisine will be available. For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/icf.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, Ulster County, is hosting an exhibition Lighthouses of the Hudson, celebrating the museum’s 35th anniversary. This year also marks the centennial of the Rondout Light, which was built in 1915. Thirteen lighthouses are part of this exhibition, seven of whom are still standing. A fascinating history surrounds this place as for many years Hudson River was the main route connecting New York City and Albany. A photo collage included in this exhibition speaks about the restoration process at the Saugerties, Hudson-Athens, Rondout, and the Esopus-Meadows Lighthouses. The museum is open daily from May to October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.hrmm.org/news/lighthouses-of-the-hudson-2015-exhibit-opens.
The Woodstock – New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair
On May 23 – 25, over two hundred artists and artisans will showcase a variety of works in all media and styles at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. Fiber, glass, metal, leather, jewelry, mixed media, fine art and photography, as well as other handcrafted products will be on view over the span of three days. Since 1982 the Woodstock – New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair has become an attraction for visitors from all over the world. The fair takes place over the Memorial Day weekend in May, as well as Labor Day in late summer. For more information, visit http://quailhollow.com.
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting a trail hike Spring Wild Flowers Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Hikers will meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater, and will then be accompanied by a hiking guide. The hike, connecting Byrdcliffe with Mt. Guardian Trail, offers a panoramic view of the Woodstock’s backwoods, an unforgettable experience this time of year. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org.
Still in Woodstock, Bearsville Theater is hosting a Bob Dylan Birthday celebratory concert Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. The legendary folk musician was born on May 24, 1941 in Minnesota, and lived in Woodstock in the late 1960s – early 1970s. This year a group of Hudson Valley musicians will celebrate Dylan’s birthday at the Bearsville Theater, and will perform some of his best known songs. The event is sponsored by WDST Radio Woodstock. For more information, visit http://bearsvilletheater.com.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site & Olana State Historic Site
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, Greene County, in partnership with Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, Columbia County, are co-hosting River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, a show that will remain on view through November this year. 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 House
Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a classical music concert Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. featuring Grammy nominated artists Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin) and Peter Wiley (cello), who will be joined by Helena Baille (violin). The trio will perform Schubert’s B Flat Trio, Mozart’s Adagio and Fugues K. 404, as well as Mozart’s Divertimento K. 563. For more information, visit http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2013/11/02/string-trios-saturday-may-23-at-7-pm/.
Roxbury Arts Center
Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, Delaware County, is hosting a salsa concert performed by Orquesta SCC, Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Based in New York City, Orquesta SCC (which stands for Salsa Con Conciencia – Salsa Music with Conscience) is an 11-piece band founded in 2013 by composer Jose Vazquez-Cofresi. A free dance class will be held before the performance at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://roxburyartsgroup.org/2014/08/07/may-23-orquesta-scc/.
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Delaware County, is hosting an opening reception Saturday, May 23 at 3 p.m. featuring artist Margaret Leveson. Founding member of the Blue Mountain Gallery in Manhattan and the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Leveson is primarily a plein air painter, captivated by the Catskill Mountains scenery. Her paintings look a bit impressionistic: the artist likes to apply color in oil sticks over the canvass or linen that is available. A new project is completed within hours, although sometimes it takes months to complete more complex artworks. Leveson studied at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and later earned an MFA from Brooklyn College. She’s lived in the Catskills since 1977. For more information, visit http://www.longyeargallery.org.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, Sullivan County, is hosting Mysteryland Festival Friday through Monday, May 22 – 25. Mysteryland is the longest running electronic music, culture and arts festival in the world, launched in 1993. Camping options are available on site. For more information, visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/mysteryland-usa.
This weekend in the Catskills: an exhibit from The Met, a letterpress printing workshop, a Pulitzer Prize winning play, and more.
Fenimore Art Museum
What could Mozart, Fenimore Cooper, and Marc Chagall have in common? The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, re-opened for the season this Wednesday, April 1 with an exhibition of Marc Chagall’s Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera, displaying artifacts from the Met’s 1967 production of the Magic Flute. Cubist painter Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) designed the costumes for that production, as well as the visuals for publicity, and other objects. The exhibit at the Fenimore, which runs through December 2015, includes six costumes and four masks from the production, as well as photographs and artifacts, all on loan from the Met. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/chagall.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, Sullivan County, is opening for the season this Saturday, April 4 with an exhibit Peace, Love, Unity, Respect curated by Daphne Carr. The exhibit focuses on the history, aesthetics and communities that gave rise to electronic dance music in America. For more information, visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/edm.
Shandaken Theatrical Society
Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) presents Proof, a play about love, science, and the mysteries of both, opening night Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. The play, written by David Auburn in 2000, won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a Tony Award for Best Play. Wallace Norman, who is the Producing Artistic Director of the Woodstock Fringe Festival, directs the performance. For more information, visit http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html.
Phoenicia Wesleyan Church
Phoenicia Wesleyan Church is hosting an Easter Concert this Sunday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. The Phoenicia Community Choir and the Woodstock Community Chorale along with soloists Alexandra Bailey, Tess Brewer, and Nancy Mastrocola will perform music by Fauré, Vivaldi, Bizet, and Puccini. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452058971613084/.
A fine art auction, and an open studio tour in Woodstock, opera at the Festival of the Arts in Kingston, a children’s pastiche opera at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, as well as the 40th anniversary of Fairview Library in Margaretville offer plenty of entertainment opportunities for art, book and music lovers this weekend in the Catskills.
Still in Woodstock, there will be an open studio tour this weekend at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Friday, August 22 at 5:30 pm seven visual artists, two ceramicists, five writers and one composer will share their work with the public. The event will take place at the Villetta Inn on Upper Byrdcliffe Way. The tour will continue Saturday, August 23 from 4 to 9 pm with an open studio tour featuring three artists – the tour will be followed by an elegant private dinner. For more information go to http://www.woodstockguild.org/event-calendar/
In Kingston, the Festival of the Arts kicks off tonight at 7:30 pm with “A Night at the Opera” presented by Opera Theater of Kingston. “The Other Mozart” featuring music by Nannerl Mozart – Mozart’s talented but less known sister – will be performed Friday , August 22 at 8 pm, Saturday, August 23 at 3 pm, and Sunday, August 24 at 6 pm. Kingston Festival of the Arts will run through August 31. For more information about events, visit http://kingstonfestival.org/
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts presents this Saturday, August 23 at 11 am a youth pastiche opera called “Rumpelstiltskin.” “Rumpelstiltskin” is a 40-minute production with music based on traditional Opera and Operetta standards. It is produced for children, grades 2 – 10. For more information, go to http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/rumpelstiltskin
Fairview Public Library in Margaretville will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Saturday, August 23 at 1 pm with an Ice Cream social event that will include storytelling, Native American music, balloon sculptures, and many more. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairview-Public-Library/107061099352597
This looks like yet another busy weekend for arts in the Catskills.