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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

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/14/2015

This weekend:

  • Glimmerglass Opera Festival’s 40th Anniversary Concert;
  • Writers in the Mountains’ Annual Summer Reading Event;
  • The 13th Annual Saugerties Artists Studios Tour;
  • And, Chronogram Magazine’s 3rd Annual Block Party.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Writers in the Mountains
Writers in the Mountains

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/17/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown;
  • New York City Ballet dancers perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center;
  • Abstract painter Adam Cohen exhibits at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson;
  • And Phoenicia Art Tour (formerly known as the Shandaken Art Tour) celebrates its eight anniversary.

For more, go to Upstater.com.

Enigma by Adam Cohen
Enigma by Adam Cohen. © Simona David 

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/10/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • The Magic Flute at Glimmerglass Opera Festival;
  • A quilt show at the Erpf Center;
  • Experimental dance at Mount Tremper Arts;
  • And a Plein Air Painting Festival at Olana.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Quilt Show at Erpf Center. © artinthecatskills.com

“Art in the Catskills” Is Four Month Old

Art in the CatskillsArt in the Catskills, published earlier this year, is an inventory of cultural assets in the Catskills, and it essentially serves as a travel guide for art and history lovers.

I wrote this book, because this is the kind of book I wish I was handed when I moved to the Catskills ten years ago. And, although some of the cultural projects that I discuss in this book were developed later – like for instance The Woodstock Writers Festival, which launched in 2010, and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, which also launched in 2010, most are well-established, well-known historical landmarks. For instance, Thomas Cole’s Old Studio at Cedar Grove Mansion in Catskill was built in 1839; the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild was founded in 1902; the Maverick Concert Hall, the oldest chamber music hall in the country still in existence, opened in 1916; the Woodstock Playhouse opened in 1938; all these are national artistic and cultural landmarks.

People are used to come to the Catskills for its tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities, but what I’m saying with this book is that the Catskills is also an amazing cultural destination – look for instance at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown – the festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year (it opened in 1975). Or Bard Music Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. And, right here close to us, there is Belleayre Music Festival that brought Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis to the Catskills.

And there is art in all forms and styles. Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown displays works by famed landscape painters like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. The Emporium in High Falls houses documents about Cubist painter Marc Chagall, who lived in New York City in the 1940s, and maintained a studio in High Falls – Chagall painted in the Catskills from 1946 to 1948. So, there is a lot of art in the Catskills.

I knew quite a bit about the Catskills prior to writing this book, but during the research phase, I learned many new things:

  • The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, founded in 1986 by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife Marylou, is the only dance museum in the country, and one of the very few in the world. Its collections are extensive;
  • Thomas Cole’s New Studio, which was built in 1846, and was demolished in the 1970s, is currently being re-built based on the original design model.

There is a lot going on in the Catskills, and I talk about all these in my book. A second edition is coming out early next year.

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Looking forward to talking more about Art in the Catskills!

© 2014 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/15/14

This weekend in the Catskills brings fabulous events for writers, classical and opera music lovers, and design aficionados.

exposed posterWriters in the Mountains presents its annual summer reading event this Sunday, August 17, from 1 to 3 pm at the Erpf Center in Arkville. From the event’s description, “On Sunday August 17th, come hear what your neighbors have been thinking and writing about. Be prepared to experience the exhilaration of returned affection, the heart wrenching pathos of ordinary life, and triumph over emotional fears. See and hear writers lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire. Come and meet people who, “Dare to Write”. Open mic to follow fearless readers.” For more information, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/

Great weekend for opera lovers in Cooperstown, Otsego County! This weekend’s performances at Glimmerglass Opera Festival include Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, written in 1903, to be performed tonight, August 15 at 7:30 pm; the musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, written in 1945, will be performed tomorrow August 16 at 1:30 pm; also, An American Tragedy written in 2005 by Tobias Picker, based on Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel of the same name, will be performed Saturday evening at 8 pm. In addition, Ariadne in Naxos, an opera by Richard Strauss, written in 1912, will be performed Sunday, August 17 at 1:30 pm. This summer, the festival, which began on July 11, runs through August 24. For more information, visit http://glimmerglass.org

Maverick Concert Hall, which celebrates its 99th season this summer, is the oldest continuous chamber music hall in the country. The program this weekend includes a “Trio Solisti” concert Sunday, August 17 at 4 pm: Maria Bachmann, violin, Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello, and Adam Neiman, piano, will perform classical and romantic compositions by Beethoven and Brahms, but also contemporary pieces like Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 122, written in 2012. For more information, visit http://maverickconcerts.org

Music at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson: Frederic Edwin Church’s 1872 estate will host “Music from the High Peaks to Olana’s Orchard” tonight at 6 pm: chamber music by Vivaldi, Gershwin and others will be performed in the orchard – an exhilarating experience. For more information, visit http://olana.org.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents “Art House,” a documentary by Don Freeman about twelve artists designing their own homes, including painter Frederic Edwin Church’s Olana mansion built in 1872, and the Arts and Crafts Byrdcliffe colony, built in 1903. The film will be shown Saturday, August 16 at 2 pm at the Upstate Films in Woodstock. For more information, go to http://www.woodstockguild.org/arthouse.html.

Have a great weekend in the Catskills!