BLINK GALLERY, 454 Lower Main Street, Andes, New York 13731
Author Simona David will talk about her latest book How Art Is Made: In the Catskills (2017), and provide insights into a long-standing tradition that dates back to the days of Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church.
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.
The book explores various artistic choices, what inspires and moves the artists, what draws them to their discipline, what materials they use, how they approach a new artistic project, how they deal with setbacks, and how they celebrate success.
Artists featured in the 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. Like many contemporary artists, Tolle maintains a studio and works in the Catskill Mountains.
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/.