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Impressions from the AMR Open Studios Tour 2017

Launched in 2012, AMR Open Studios Tour has grown into a major art destination, forging new and unexpected connections between artists, and their patrons from near and far. Given its success in previous years, in 2017 AMR – Artists Making aRt ™ – Open Studios Tours 2017 expanded to include some 40 artists from Margaretville, Roxbury, Stamford, Delhi, and surrounding areas. The tours took place on two different weekends in July: Saturday and Sunday, July 8 – 9 in Stamford-Delhi art community, and Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30 in Margaretville-Roxbury art community. Both weekends attracted a myriad of visitors, many artists as well as collectors from the Catskills, New York City, and abroad.

AMR 2017. Photo © 2017 Simona David

On the first weekend, watercolorist June Lanigan who, at 91, continues to paint and make collages, showed recent works and discussed what moves her these days. Although Lanigan works in other media as well (i.e., oil, and acrylic), she is most fond of watercolors; and everywhere she goes she brings along a sketchbook to take in the environment. The portrait of a flapper draws my attention in Lanigan’s immense home that she shares with her family while painting in the Catskills. Lanigan is the founder of MURAL Gallery in Hobart, and has had a long connection with the area.

June Lanigan. Photo © 2017 Simona David

Both Lanigan’s daughters Tracy Jacknow and Toni Layden-Rodgers as well as her grandson Jess Zimmerman are painters; each has a distinctive style, and is attracted to different subject matters. Jacknow, for instance, paints abstract and impressionistic like landscapes, while Layden-Rodgers is interested in domestic scenes, still lifes, and portraits, whereas Zimmerman paints bold, urban scenes.

Jess Zimmerman. Photo © 2017 Simona David

Jacknow is married to stained glass artist Barry Jacknow, whose work is inspired by the Art Deco movement, and the work of architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. Stained glass has had a long tradition in New York going back to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Art Nouveau lamps and decorative objects that became synonym with sophistication. Jacknow sources his stained glass locally in Stamford, and works meticulously to create patterns and contrast colors for most effect.

Barry Jacknow. Photo © 2017 Simona David

My next stop was at Robert Schneider and Susan Goetz’s mansion in Stamford. Husband and wife, Schneider and Goetz had studied at the Art Students League of New York, and also privately with accomplished painters. While Schneider specializes in landscape, Goetz dedicates most of her time to still life and portrait. Her studio is filled with family portraits and domestic scenes signifying opulence and good taste. Goetz was commissioned by West Point’s class of 1931 to paint a series of portraits which included Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Goetz comes from a family of artists – her father Richard Goetz, who passed away in 1991, was an accomplished painter as well. A portrait of her mother by famous painter Nelson Shanks illuminates the hallway.

Susan Goetz. Photo © 2017 Simona David

Both Goetz and her husband Schneider were featured in American Artist in November 2007.

Schneider, who is very much fascinated by the Hudson River School of Painting, captures through his plein airs spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley as well as the Leatherstocking region where the family has spent a lot of time. Schneider was featured at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown in 2016 in a one man show called “A New York View.”

Robert Schneider. Photo © 2017 Simona David

My last stop that weekend was at Solveig Comer’s ceramics studio in South Kortright. Located in the basement of a former church, the studio has three electric kilns, and lots of fine porcelain for many bowls and cups to come. The artist patiently explains the difference between using an electric kiln versus a gas one, and the differences in output each creates. It is a laborious process, but Comer doesn’t seem to mind.

Solveig Comer. Photo © 2017 Simona David

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The second weekend was a marathon of exhibits, demonstrations, conversations, and parties centered around Roxbury which had a stellar participation this year with the likes of Adam Cohen and Brian Tolle opening their studios as part of the AMR Tour for the first time.

Roxbury Abbey. Photo © 2017 Simona David

Brian Tolle showed several of his works at Roxbury Abbey including three Levittown style houses made of platinum silicone rubber. Also, visible in his studio was a head sculpture of Benjamin Franklin, as seen by Brian Tolle. In 2016 Tolle exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia as part of “Commander in Chief” art show dedicated to American presidents.

Brian Tolle. Photo © 2017 Simona David

In addition to works by Tolle, Roxbury Abbey also hosted that weekend a group show curated by Ace Ehrlich who brought several artists from the city just for the event, including German artist Thorsten Brinkmann.

Brian Tolle’s Studio. Photo © 2017 Simona David

The youngest participant in the tour was Sophia Maduri, who showed her work at the Grange in Halcottsville, and sold her first drawing right there – the beginning of a career. My book “How Art Is Made: In the Catskills” was also for sale at the Grange, and provided more context for some of the artworks shown during the tour, a symbiotic relationship.

Sophia Maduri. Photo © 2017 Simona David

Also in Roxbury painters Esther De Jong and Michael Guilmet opened their studio for the first time. De Jong showed some of her oil paintings and pencil drawings, while Guilmet displayed two dozen oil paintings in various styles, and depicting various subject matters – winter landscapes, abstract compositions, and lots of portraits, many of those on commission. Recently De Jong and Guilmet curated an exhibition at Orphic Gallery in Roxbury that included some of the best artworks produced in the region from painters like Adam Cohen, Ann Lee Fuller, and Christopher Durham.

Esther De Jong. Photo © 2017 Simona David
Michael Guilmet
Michael Guilmet. Contributed Photo.

Lisbeth Firmin was one of several artists participating in Margaretville area – her studio is located in the Commons Building. This year Firmin showed some of her urban landscape paintings as well as monotypes produced while studying at Scuola Internationale di Grafica in Venice this past spring. Later this month Firmin will lead a one-week drawing workshop at MURAL Gallery in Hobart, designed as an intensive combination of lectures, demonstrations, and studio exercises.

Lisbeth Firmin’s Studio. Photo © 2017 Simona David

AMR Open Studio Tour 2018 will include even more artists and activities to showcase the abundance of artistic endeavors our region is known for.

© 2017 Simona David

 

 

Featured Destination: Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum is located in a monumental Neo-Georgian (also known as Neo-Colonial) mansion built in the 1930s on the shores of the Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. It was built on the site of James Fenimore Cooper’s 19th century farmhouse. The town itself was founded by Cooper’s father, Judge William Cooper. Cooper is best known for the Leatherstocking series, which includes novels such as The Pioneers (1823) and The Last of the Mohicans (1826).

Fenimore Art Museum, operated by the New York State Historical Association, hosts permanent American fine and folk art collections, and includes works by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and other American artists. The building and some of its most important collections were donated by Stephen C. Clark, a collector and benefactor, who also founded the Baseball Hall of Fame.

On May 23 this year I spoke with curator Christine Rossi, and talked about two temporary exhibitions on view at Fenimore Art Museum this summer: The Perfection of Harmony: The Art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (on view through October 2) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris (on view through September 5). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris is from the collection of Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and includes an array of sketches, drawings, books, albums, and original posters made by Toulouse-Lautrec in the late 1800s. The exhibition also includes costumes from The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, used in various productions of La Bohème, a story representative of La Belle Époque

Click link below to listen to my conversation with Christine Rossi:

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For more information about Fenimore Art Museum, and current hours of operation, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.

© 2016 Simona David

 

Memorial Day Weekend in the Catskills – 5/27/2016

This weekend:

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris opens at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown;
  • The Woodstock – New Paltz Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Fair takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds;
  • And Grammy award-winning musician Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen perform at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith.

Read more at Upstater.com.

La Revue Blanche, 1895 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
La Revue Blanche, 1895 (color lithograph) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Weekend in the Catskills – 10/09/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • The American Ballet Theatre performs at Bard College;
  • Dia:Beacon is hosting an art talk with curator Jenny Jaskey focusing on the works of Robert Irwin;
  • Fenimore Art Museum is hosting its annual Americana Symposium focusing this year on the history of photography, particularly the invention of daguerreotypes and their impact on mid-19th century portrait painters.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. (c) Simona David
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. (c) Simona David

Memorial Day Weekend in the Catskills

Fenimore Art Museum

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.

Otsego Lake, Cooperstown
Otsego Lake, Cooperstown. (c) Simona David

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.

Bearsville Theater

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, NY
Roxbury, NY

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

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.

Longyear Gallery
Longyear Gallery, Margaretville

 

Bethel Woods

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.

© 2015 artinthecatskills.com

 

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 4/3/2015

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.

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. (c) Simona David
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. (c) Simona David

The Farmers’ Museum

Still in Cooperstown, the Farmers’ Museum is hosting a Letterpress Printing Workshop, this Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a half hour lunch break. The workshop will give participants hands-on experience in the 19th century letterpress printing techniques; historic presses will be used to print the final products. For more information, visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org/programs/%5Bfield_program_type-raw%5D/workshop_letterpress_printing.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

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/.

Enjoy a fabulous Catskills weekend!

© 2015 artinthecatskills.com

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/9/15

It’s a frigid weekend in the Catskills with temperatures in the low teens. But perfect though for wandering through art galleries, attending storytelling events, or taking workshops. Art is uplifting. penguin

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon Gallery in Beacon, Dutchess County, is hosting a Community Day event this Saturday, January 10 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with a program dedicated to families with children. Titled “Imaginary Alphabets and Intentional Accidents,” the program includes playful exercises with works by Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Serra meant to engage children in fun and instructive activities. For more information, visit http://www.diaart.org.

Glaring Omissions Writers Group

Glaring Omissions Writers Group in Woodstock, Ulster County, presents “Prose on Youth,” a reading event featuring writers Nanci Panuccio, Robert Burke Warren, Betty MacDonald, and Violet Snow. The event, hosted by the Golden Notebook Bookstore, takes place Sunday, January 11 at 4 pm. The four writers will be reading from their works which address a variety of themes: parent – child relationship, music, theater, and the relationship one has with his or her ancestors. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1508773069411593/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

Utopia Soundstage

Utopia Soundstage in Bearsville will be hosting “Every Summer Has a Story,” an event organized by Martha Frankel, the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival. This is a story slam competition; the winner will receive books, chocolate, and a spot at the Woodstock Writers Festival Story Slam event on March 19. For more information, visit http://storyslams.com/the-storytellers/.

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting the Cabin Fever Film Series, an event co-sponsored by the National Baseball Museum and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. This Friday, January 9 at 6:30 pm there will be a screening of the West Side Story in the museum’s auditorium. This is the 11th edition of the Cabin Fever Film Series. For more information, visit http://baseballhall.org/node/3582.

Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio

Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio located in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, offers a ceramicsvariety of workshops both for beginner and advanced potters. Adult classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Classes for families with children are offered on Saturday. Classes specifically tailored to teens are offered on Friday. Private lessons can be arranged. In addition to workshops, the school also hosts open studios and sales events. For more information about these programs, visit http://www.hudsonvalleypottery.com/