Erpf Center in Arkville, Delaware County, is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. discussing works by artists in residence at Platte Clove, a site administered by the Catskill Center in Greene County. Platte Clove, along with Kaaterskill Clove, was an inspiration to early American landscape painters affiliated with the Hudson River School of Painting, a movement initiated by Thomas Cole in 1825. For more information about this event, visit http://catskillcenter.org/events/2015/5/11/inspired-by-platte-clove.
Slabsides, home of naturalist writer John Burroughs in West Park, Ulster County, is hosting an Open House event “The Journals of John Burroughs,” this Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At noon Vassar College student Maura Toomey will be talking about her three years of research, transcribing Burroughs’ hand written journals. Toomey transcribed twenty-two volumes, covering the period 1887 – 1901, and thus gaining insights into Burroughs’ understanding of the natural world. For more information, visit http://www.johnburroughsassociation.org/news/events/item/slabsides-day-open-house-and-the-journals-of-john-burroughs-may-16-2015.
Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, Dutchess County, is hosting a classical music performance this Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. featuring members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, and Bard College Faculty conducted by Leon Botstein. The performance is dedicated to Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Mahler wrote his last symphony in 1908 – 1909. Leonard Bernstein said about it that “It is terrifying, and paralyzing, as the strands of sound disintegrate … in ceasing, we lose it all. But in letting go, we have gained everything.” For more information about this performance, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=128576.
Albany Symphony Orchestra
American Symphony Orchestra is hosting the American Music Festival: Migrations this Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Migrations is a program dedicated to traditions surrounding American history. Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with flutist Amy Porter will be performed, as well as works by Clint Needham and Andrea Reinkemeyer, and Derek Bermel’s Migration Series for Jazz Orchestra. For tickets, and more information visit http://www.albanysymphony.com/concerts_and_tickets/event_details.cfm?ID=172
Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, is hosting a Garden Day event this Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Conversant speakers will address a variety of garden-related topics from community gardening to planting techniques, tips and more. For more information, visit http://catskillartsociety.org/events/gardenday.
The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting a classical music performance this Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. Three Faces of Romanticism, part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival series, features Linda Chesis, flute, Nicholas Canneliakis, cello, and Roman Rabinovich, piano. The trio will perform works by Beethoven, Reinecke, and Rachmaninoff. For tickets, and more information visit http://www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/?p=172.
Fisher Center at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, Dutchess County, is also hosting a classical music performance Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein will perform Hermann Goetz’s Symphony No. 2 as well as Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. A pre-concert talk will take place at 7 p.m. For tickets, and more information visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=%20126540.
Delaware County Historical Association
Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi is hosting its bi-annual Historical Society Conference this Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Making History in Delaware County is dedicated to town historians and historical societies, but it’s open to the general public. The event this year will focus on social media, marketing and self-publishing. For more information, visit http://www.greatwesterncatskills.com/events/bi-annual-historical-society-conference/.
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting Spring in Bloom fashion show this Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature the area’s fashion boutiques and designers who will present their spring collections at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. There will be hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and also a silent auction. Spring in Bloom is a benefit for the guild. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/springinbloom.html.
Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County is hosting a Birdhouse Workshop this Saturday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants will learn how to paint, sculpt and carve their favorite birdhouse models. Repurposing old objects is encouraged. For more information, go to http://catskillartsociety.org/events/.
We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, leading into the Presidents’ Week – a traditionally good time for skiing in the Catskills.
Roxbury Arts Group
Roxbury Arts Group in Delaware County will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with poetry and music. From 1 to 3 p.m. poets Rebecca Andre and Esther de Jong will be on site talking with visitors, and in response writing short poems for the posterity. From 4 to 7 p.m. Three Friends – Ed Marris and Franziska Rauch, accordion, and Jeanne Palmer, violin, will perform a free concert that will integrate a variety of styles. For more information, visit http://roxburyartsgroup.org.
Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society in Sullivan County is hosting an opening reception Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m. Piece Together for Peace exhibit features artworks by artist Cynthia Strunsky McLean. Designed as an interactive show, this program will engage viewers as curators as well. For more information, visit http://catskillartsociety.org.
Cross Contemporary Art Gallery
Cross Contemporary Art Gallery in Ulster County has on view works by five New York artists: John Berens, Jeffrey Bishop, Mike Cockrill, Jared Deery, and Shira Toren. A multi-media exhibit that includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture, Take 5 showcases a variety of styles and approaches. The common theme appears to be the attention paid to intimate details. The exhibit, which opened on February 7, will be on view through March 1. For more information, visit http://www.crosscontemporaryart.com.
Olana mansion in Columbia County, the home of famed painter Frederic Edwin Church, is hosting Just Desserts: Coffee and Creations this Saturday, February 14 at 2 p.m. Artist Jill Obrig will be leading an acrylic painting workshop inspired by Jim Dine’s works. A painter, printmaker and illustrator, Dine is known for incorporating common objects in his work, and playing with color in an expressionistic manner; he is sometimes associated with the Neo-Dada movement. Just Desserts: Coffee and Creations is open to students of all levels – no prior painting experienced is needed. An assortment of desserts and hot beverages will be offered throughout the class. For more information, visit http://www.olana.org.
New York State Museum
The New York State Museum in Albany is hosting the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show this weekend February 14 – 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is organized in partnership with the New York Academy of Mineralogy and the Capital District Mineral Club, and features thirty exhibitors showcasing a variety of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, and other items. The New York State Museum has its own permanent collection of fossils and minerals. For more information about this show, visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/minerals/.
This weekend in the Catskills – many art show openings, and performances. As usual, lots of things to do. Here are my recommendations.
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
This Saturday, January 17 at 4 pm the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting an opening reception re:Member, an annual group show featuring works in various media by current members. The reception will take place at the Kleinert / James Center on Tinker Street. A Best in Show prize will be awarded. Following the reception there will be an open mic for artists to share their thoughts, as well as live music, poetry, and storytelling performances. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/ai1ec_event/annual-members-show-re-member-opening-reception/.
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Delaware County, is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, January 17 at 3 pm. This is a group show featuring artists affiliated with the gallery. Longyear is an artist-run cooperative founded in 2007, and featuring artists in all media and styles. Participating artists include Margaret Leveson, Ellen Wong, Helene Manzo, Ann Lee Fuller, Nat Thomas, and others. For more information, visit http://www.longyeargallery.org.
Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, is also hosting an opening reception this Saturday, January 17 at 3 pm; an Artist Talk will take place at 2 pm. Flux features three different artists whose works are linked by a common theme: nothing is constant but change. Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning, and Cathellen Parra will exhibit photography and installations that speak about evolution and change. The show will run through February 7. For more information, visit http://catskillartsociety.org/exhibits.
The Arts Upstairs
The Arts Upstairs Gallery in Phoenicia, Ulster County is hosting a Potluck Party this Saturday, January 17 at 6 pm featuring a group show by its members, and also extending the solo exhibit of artist Anthony Margiotta. Margiotta recently received Honorable Mention and The People’s Choice award for his painting Prospect Park. Margiotta is also a member of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM). For more information about Arts Upstairs, visit http://www.artsupstairs.com/.
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 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 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/.