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“The Arts Converge” – Mutual Muses in the Catskills

WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

ARTIST – WRITER TALK SERIES

MUTUAL MUSES IN THE CATSKILLS

“THE ARTS CONVERGE”

THE MAURICE D. HINCHEY CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER

MT. TREMPER, NY

 

SATURDAY, MAY 27 AT 1 P.M.

Art Writer Simona David in Conversation with Painters Margaret Leveson and Lisbeth Firmin, Printmaker and Ceramicist Peter Yamaoka, and Textile Artist Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes

Art writer Simona David will discuss her latest book, How Art Is Made: In the Catskills (2017), and share the stage with several acclaimed artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains: painters Margaret Leveson and Lisbeth Firmin, ceramicist and printmaker Peter Yamaoka and textile artist Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. How Art Is Made: In the Catskills pays homage to the place where American art was born through a series of conversations with creatives who live and work in the Catskills. Recent works will also be exhibited.

Artists featured in this book include sculptor Brian Tolle, known for The Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City (2002), and more recently for Miss Brooklyn and Miss Manhattan, two replicas of Daniel Chester French originals that sit on the façade of the Brooklyn Museum – Tolle’s replicas were installed on Flatbush Avenue by the Manhattan Bridge in December 2016.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 1 P.M.

Poet Sharon Israel in Performance and Conversation with Composer Robert Cucinotta

Composer Robert Cucinotta and poet and soprano Sharon Israel will discuss their unique roles as each other’s muses. Cucinotta will play electronic works inspired by Israel’s poems, feature the poet’s voice, or both. Israel will read from her new chapbook Voice Lesson, including poems set to music by Cucinotta or inspired by his compositions.

Israel is the host of Planet Poet–Words in Space, an edition of The Writer’s Voice on WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, NY. Her debut chapbook Voice Lesson was published by Post Traumatic Press earlier this year, and her work has appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger, and Spry Literary Journal. In 2016, Israel appeared as a panelist at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.

Born in Brooklyn, Cucinotta studied composition and electronic music at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College with Jacob Druckman, Robert Starer and Charles Dodge. His work MASQUE: the Tempest was premiered at the 2015 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice by mezzo-soprano Maria Todaro, bass Bradley Smoak and pianist Doug Martin. Recent recordings include Divertimento For Mr. Brooks (2013), Koool Kitchen (2013), Dracula: Harker’s Journal (2014) and Life On The Screen (2016).

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 AT 1 P.M.

Nature Writer Leslie T. Sharpe in Conversation with Photographer Rudd Hubbell

Photographer Rudd Hubbell, who’s been documenting the natural beauty of the Catskills since the 1970s, will be in conversation with nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe.

A descendent of the area’s first settlers, Hubbell has captured thousands of photographs of our spectacular wilderness. He enjoys looking closer than the broad view, and always tries to focus on the things most of us overlook or take for granted. “Every scene is constantly changing and transforming, and I strive to capture that,” Hubbell says.

Sharpe is a writer, editor and educator. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012). Her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills (The Overlook Press, 2017), is a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains. Sharpe will read from this work and discuss the genre of nature writing as it relates to the Catskills.

 

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with generous financial support by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Catskill Watershed Corporation and generous staff and volunteer support from Catskill Mountainkeeper, Catskill Mountain Club, Catskill 3500 Club, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. To learn more, visit catskillinterpretivecenter.org.

The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts and culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years. The Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit. For more information about the Catskill Center visit catskillcenter.org.

 

How Art Is Made: In the Catskills

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How Art Is Made: In the Catskills is a collection of interviews with some of the world’s most accomplished artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains, New York. Five painters and illustrators, two ceramicists and printmakers, one sculptor, one weaver, and one writer discuss what inspires and moves them, what draws them to their medium of choice, what materials they use, how they approach a new artistic project, how they deal with setbacks, and how they celebrate success. Nine are formally trained at prestigious art schools; one is self-taught. What they all have in common is a rigorous studio practice, discipline, and the desire and curiosity to learn new things, and share them with the world.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 2/26/2016

This weekend:

  • Howard Greenberg at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz;
  • Afternoon of a Faun, a documentary about New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq, at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs;
  • And, ceramics workshops at the Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio in Rhinebeck.

Find more at Upstater.com.

Columbus Day Weekend in Roxbury

This weekend is filled with art in Roxbury.

Several artists affiliated with the AMR Open Studios Tour, which traditionally takes place the last weekend in July, will once again open their studios Saturday and Sunday, October 10 – 11.

Peter Yamaoka is a ceramic artist living and working in the Catskills. He maintains a fully equipped ceramic studio in Roxbury, New York, where he teaches students of all levels of accomplishments from novice to professional. Peter has exhibited widely in the area. He and his wife, artist Gerda van Leeuwen host open studio events throughout the year. Columbus Day weekend is one such event.

Yamaoka showing a vase inspired by Greek mythology. (c) Simona David
Peter Yamaoka showing a vase inspired by Greek mythology. (c) Simona David
Peter’s work is inspired by ceramic forms of Asian antiquities. Peter is also influenced by European Art History; as a young artist, Peter studied in Rome at the Centro Internazionale di Ceramic under Nino Caruso, the Royal College of Art in London where he majored in printmaking. There is a narrative content that runs throughout his work which focuses on ancient Greek Mythology and other aspects of the human condition. Peter is also a founder and co-director of Hudson Press, a fully equipped printmaking studio ( Etching and Lithography), where artists rent press time for specific projects and the production of monoprints and etching. Interested parties should contact Peter at pjyamaoka@gmail.com.
Gerda Van Leeuwen showing animal inspired porcelains. (c) Simona David
Gerda Van Leeuwen showing animal inspired porcelains. (c) Simona David
Gerda received her Arts Education in Painting and Printmaking at Academy Artibus in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She received a work/travel grant from Arts Group, Kunstliefde to study the work of artist Piranesi in Italy. A grant from the Dutch Cultural Counsel made it possible to buy an etching press. She set up a fully equipped printing facility and collaborated with other artists in making print portfolios and art books.
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Gerda makes small porcelains inspired by animal life – primarily dogs and coyotes that we ordinarily see in the Catskills. Her anthropomorphic approach often leads to scenes of dancing dogs in a very human-like posture. Gerda makes monotype prints on rice paper and canvas, similarly inspired by highly anthropomorphic pursuits.
Peter and Gerda’s studios are located at 777 Carroll Hinkley Rd. in Roxbury. For directions, call (607) 326-4402.
Weaver Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. (c) 2015 artinthecatskills.com
Weaver Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. (c) Simona David

Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes is a professional weaver residing in Delaware County. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and the Center for Tapestry Arts in New York City. She designs both functional and aesthetic products using traditional American patterns. Her work can be seen in museums and gallery exhibits, and at various arts and crafts fairs throughout the region.

Tabitha’s studio is located at 424 Carr George Rd. in Denver. For directions, call (607) 326-7662.

Orphic Gallery is hosting a photography show: John Lenihan’s Travels to Cuba. Located right on Main Street in Roxbury, the gallery is showing a photography exhibition by history professor and amateur photographer John Lenihan. Lenihan traveled to Cuba recently, and amassed hundreds of photographs capturing people, vintage cars, historic buildings, and food.

Vintage car in Cuba by John Lenihan
Vintage car in Cuba by John Lenihan

Also, this weekend Roxbury Arts Center is hosting FIDDLERS! 22, and Plattekill Mountain is hosting its sixth annual Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival.

(c) 2015 artinthecatskills.com

Impressions from the AMR Open Studios Tour 2015

The AMR Open Studios Tour took place Sat and Sun, July 25 – 26 in Roxbury, Margaretville, and surrounding area.

OPEN STUDIOS

Amy Masters' studio in Arkville
Amy Masters’ studio in Arkville
Architect and designer Ted Sheridan's metal prints
Architect and designer Ted Sheridan’s metal prints
Ros Welchman's ceramics studio in Halcottsville
Ros Welchman’s ceramics studio in Halcottsville
Ros Welchman's ceramics studio in Halcottsville
Ros Welchman’s ceramics studio in Halcottsville
Lisbeth Firmin's prints in the Commons Building
Lisbeth Firmin’s prints in the Commons Building
Oneida Hammond with her watercolors and sketchbooks
Oneida Hammond with her watercolors and sketchbooks
Kathleen Green's Jersey Shore prints
Kathleen Green’s Jersey Shore drawings
Quilts by Catskill Mountain Quilters Guild
Quilts by Catskill Mountain Quilters Guild
Mark Pilato's Ascent (9/11 Memorial in Halcottsville)
Mark Pilato’s Ascent (9/11 Memorial in Halcottsville)

SMALL TOWN AMERICA 

Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville
Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville
Halcottsville
Halcottsville
Main Street in Halcottsville
Main Street in Halcottsville
Main Street Roxbury
Main Street in Roxbury
Arkville
Arkville

ROS WELCHMAN’S ENGLISH GARDEN 

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(c) artinthecatskills.com

 

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.

 

NYU Exhibition – Artifacts of the Ancient World

Re-posted from Short Compositions on Life, Art, PR and More (originally posted on 12.16.2009)

“The Lost World of Europe, The Danube Valley 5000 – 3500 B.C.” is the name of the exhibition I visited this week at the NYU, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), 15 East 84th Street. The New York Times wrote a nice article about this here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/science/01arch.html?_r=1
I also have to thank some friends for mentioning this exhibition: it was worth the trip. 

As the ISAW card points out, when we think of the ancient world we pretty much think of Egypt, Mesopotamia, then Greece or Rome. And we tend to forget some of the oldest cultures in Southern-Eastern Europe, like for instance Cucuteni culture, as old as perhaps 7000 years. 

The NYU exhibition is centered around Cucuteni’s famous (and mysterious) miniaturized figurines. The most famous of them all are “The Thinker” and his female partner, dated 5000 – 4600 B.C., Hamangia culture, Romania. I still wonder what was their symbol, their purpose if you wish? Was it religious, social or what else? 

Another part of the exhibition is the Cucuteni ceramics which, according to the ISAW brochure, “had the liveliest and most colorful decoration of any in Old Europe and was widely desired throughout the region.” Thousands of years old, these ceramics are not only in good shape, but still beautiful. 

The exhibition will stay open until April 2010. The admission is free. Guided tours on Fridays. More details here: http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/exhibitions/oldeurope/