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AMR (Andes – Margaretville – Roxbury) Open Studios Tour Coming Up, July 28 – 29

As art historian George Philip LeBourdais eloquently articulated in a piece for Artsy magazine in August 2016 “The studio is where strange magic happens, as much for the artist’s imagination as for the public’s. It’s the conjuring place of new concepts, styles, or forms. Sometimes it even comes to be seen as sacred, a place where visitors become pilgrims to the altar of art.”

Read my article about AMR (Andes – Margaretville – Roxbury) Open Studios Tour 2018 in the Catskill Mountain Guide, a publication of the Catskill Mountain Foundation, July 2018 Issue (pages 6 – 7): https://www.catskillmtn.org/files/guide-magazine/issues/July2018GuideWeb.pdf

Ceramic Vase by Peter Yamaoka. Photo Credit Simona David
Ceramic Vase by Peter Yamaoka. © Simona David 

Learn about ceramicists and printmakers Peter Yamaoka and Gerda Van Leeuwen, landscape painter Ellen Wong, and painter and choreographer Lesley A. Powell.

For more, visit https://www.amropenstudios.org/ .

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/22/2016

This weekend:

  • Franklin Stage Company presents We 3, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters;
  • National Dance Institute performs Words with Wings – The Power of Poetry at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville;
  • And, Saratoga Race Course, the oldest sporting venue in the country, opens for the season.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/17/2016

This weekend:

  • Playing Mozart as Mozart Would Have Played Mozart at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter;
  • Poetry with Geoffrey O’Brien, editor-in-chief of Library of America, at Cross Contemporary Art Gallery in Saugerties – Ellen Kozak’s oil paintings are currently on view;
  • And a tour of the Woodstock area gardens.

Learn more at  Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 5/13/2016

This weekend:

  • Truman Capote with Barry Seiler at the Roxbury Public Library;
  • Pianos in Vienna and London around 1800s at the Doctorow Center for the Arts;
  • And, Dia:Beacon Community Free Day – at 3 pm Alisa Besher and Hannah Verrill will facilitate Dialogue Duet: Robert Irwin and Sol LeWitt, inviting visitors to engage in dialogue while observing the works of the two artists side by side.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 3/18/2016

This weekend:

  • The Ulster Ballet Company presents its annual Festival of Dance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston;
  • Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor presents Saturday Sampler, a series of five art workshops led by Helena Clare Pittman, Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm, March 19 to April 16;
  • And, The Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery in Hunter is hosting Older than the Mountain, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Laura Leigh.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/15/2016

This weekend:

  • New York State Museum in Albany is hosting a Family Fun Day;
  • Catskill Mountain Foundation is hosting a folk concert at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville;
  • And, Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz is hosting a book talk and signing.

Find more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/5/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • A nature walk at the John Burroughs Memorial Site in Roxbury;
  • Clara and Robert Schumann Piano Demonstration in Hunter;
  • Robert Plant at the Mountain Jam Festival, also in Hunter;
  • Open Studios at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild;
  • And, an Exquisite Corpse Surrealist-inspired art project at Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor.

Read full article at Upstater.com.

Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY © Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 12/19/14

classy giftsYou’ve bought all your gifts, and had them all wrapped up by now. But if you’re still looking for some last minute shopping, all galleries and museums have gift shops, some of them online as well. Those are great places to look for artful, stylish gifts, something with a signature.

The Catskills has a lot to offer to art lovers this weekend: Handel’s Messiah at the Opera House in Hudson and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Kingston, the Nut/Cracked at Bard College, a ceramics workshop at the Roxbury Arts Center, and a Holiday Dance Party at the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

Hudson Opera House

Hudson Opera House presents Handel’s Messiah, a Baroque masterpiece written in 1741, this Saturday, December 20 at 4 pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Warren Street. Gwen Gould will be conducting the arrangement for strings, and the audience will be invited to perform in the chorus. For more information, visit http://hudsonoperahouse.org/.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Hudson Valley Philharmonic will also perform Handel’s Messiah at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, this Saturday, December 20 at 2 pm. 150 musicians and singers will be on stage. Also, an hour before the concert the conductor and the orchestra will be available for a pre-concert talk. For more information, visit http://www.bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=737&venue=upac.

Bard College

Bard College presents the Nut/Cracked with the Bang Group, this Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 21 at 2 pm. Choreographed by David Parker, the Nut/Cracked is an unconventional interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. For more information, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126896.

Roxbury Arts Center

Roxbury Arts Center is hosting a Ceramics workshop with artist Ros Welchman “Working with Clay,” this Saturday, December 20 from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Participants can learn to make plates, bowls or wall-hangings, and can add textures and / or colors of their choice. From the Roxbury Arts Group: “Ros Welchman works with hand-built ceramics, inspired by textures and patterns collected during her travels, and informed by her background in geometry. She is a member of the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville.” For more information about this workshop, visit http://roxburyartsgroup.org/2013/01/18/december-20-drop-in-art-class-working-with-clay/.  

Catskill Mountain Foundation

Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter is hosting a Holiday Dance Party featuring local students as well students from the Valentina Kozlova Dance Academy in New York City this Saturday, December 20 at 3 pm. Valentina Kozlova was a star of the Bolshoi Ballet and the New York City Ballet. Dancers will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker by Ilyich Tchaikovsky. A reception will follow the performance. The event is organized by Victoria Rinaldi, former ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. For more information, visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-12-20-free-holiday-dance-event-831.html.

 

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

September Is National Piano Month

Piano Postcard-page1September is National Piano Month, a holiday launched in 1991 by the National Piano Foundation – the holiday is observed throughout the United States. The modern piano dates back to 1709, when Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, a harpsichord maker in Padua, Italy, improved his craft, and brought the instrument to a new artistic level. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has on display the earliest surviving instrument dated back to 1720.

Catskill Mountain Foundation (CMN) in Hunter, Greene County owns and operates a Piano Museum, housing antique pianos, clavichords and harpsichords still in good condition – some of the oldest keyboards on display are as old as late 1700s, early 1800s, contemporary with Mozart and Beethoven. The Piano Museum is housed at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, located at 7971 Main Street in Hunter.

The Doctorow Center for the Arts is dedicated to music and cinematic art. Jazz and classical music performances are often presented at the center. In November The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra will perform compositions by Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel and Haydn. For more information about events, and current hours of operation, visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/about-us/projects/doctorow-center-for-the-arts.html

Founded in 1998, Catskill Mountain Foundation is a pillar of artistic life in the region. Headquartered in the beautiful town of Hunter, Greene County, the foundation supports all artistic disciplines – visual arts, music, film, theater, and literature. CMN owns and operates several different arts venues in the region: the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery and Crafts Shop, the Village Square Bookstore and Literary Arts Center, and the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, as well as the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, and the Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts in Windham. CMN also publishes a monthly magazine – Catskill Mountain Region Guide, highlighting some of the most important artistic events in the area.

The Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery and Crafts Shop features contemporary art by local artists as well as lectures and workshops. It often presents new works by regional artists trained in the tradition of the Hudson River School of Painting. For more information and current hours of operation, visit http://www.catskillmtn.org.

© 2014 artinthecatskills.com