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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
May Day, Park Day, Independent Bookstore Day, Kentucky Derby, and superb weather this weekend – many reasons to celebrate.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site & Olana State Historic Site
Thomas Cole National Historic Site in partnership with Olana State Historic Site are co-hosting River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, an exhibition that opens this Sunday, May 3 at both sites. 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 in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a classical music concert this Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Mozart and Friends: Musical Wonderland featuring world class musicians from the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music: soprano Amy Palomo, clarinetist Nicholas Lewis, and pianist Renana Gutman. Talented young musicians will also perform under the tutelage of these accomplished artists, and will be exposed to performing in a professional setting. This is a free concert for the entire family. For more information, visit http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2013/11/30/bard-preparatory-division-family-concert-sunday-may-3-at-3pm/.
Writers in the Mountains
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Writing Fiction Today – Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All? Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, Ulster County. The event is co-sponsored by Glaring Omissions Writing Group, one of the longest-running critique groups in the Hudson Valley. Moderator Jenny Milchman will lead a conversation with panelists Elizabeth Brundage, Alison Gaylin, and Peter Golden as they question the foundation that lies beneath bookstore shelving, library categorization, and the ways we define words on a page. For more information, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/.
Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, is hosting a classical music concert this Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. featuring the Hudson Valley Philharmonic conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer. The orchestra will perform Brahms’ Requiem and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44. Over one hundred and fifty instrumentalists and singers will perform, including the Vassar Choir and Cappella Festiva directed by Christine Howlett. Fleischer will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=736&venue=bardavon.
Bannerman Castle, located on Pollepel Island, in the proximity of Fishkill, Dutchess County, is an architectural gem built in 1901 by businessman Francis Bannerman. Bannerman designed the building himself. While the castle is currently under renovation, the island is open to the public by guided tours only. To embark on a tour, visitors meet at the Beacon Institute Dock. The first tour of the season will take place this Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. The tour is two and a half hour long. For more information, visit http://www.bannermancastle.org.
Also, Vassar College is open for campus tours this Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. Lyle Lovett will perform at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Bard College Conservatory Orchestra is having the last concert of the season Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
With temperatures in the mid 40s this weekend, be sure to enjoy the first real signs of spring here in the Catskills. But here’s what is going on in the area.
The Hyde Collection Art Museum
The Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls, Warren County, is hosting the final weekend of The Stone Palette: Lithographs in 19thCentury France, an exhibit showcasing black and white, and color prints in a variety of styles and techniques. The exhibit explores lithography as an artistic medium booming throughout the 1800s. Lithography was invented in 1796 in Germany by playwright Alois Senefelder. Towards the end of the 19th century lithographs, particularly those in color, revolutionized the advertising and publishing industries. For more information about The Stone Palette, go to http://www.hydecollection.org/exhibitions/The_Stone_Palette_Lithographs_in_19th-Century_France_501.htm.
Clermont Estate presents a corset history lecture Building Fashion from Inside Out, this Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. Costume historian Kjirsten Gustavson will be talking about two hundred years of corset history and styles. Live models will demonstrate some of the garments and their effect on clothing’s appearance. The event will take place at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County. For more information about this event, visit http://www.friendsofclermont.org/.
Dia:Beacon in Beacon, Dutchess County, is hosting a Gallery Talk this Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Andrianna Campbell, a doctoral student at CUNY, will discuss the work of Robert Smithson, a mid-20th century artist who belonged to the so-called land art movement. For more information about this talk, visit http://www.diaart.org/events/main/649.
Spillian mansion, located in Fleishmanns, Ulster County will be hosting its now well-established Voices from the Catskills event this Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The program includes a jazz recital with saxophonist Eric Rosen, singer and pianist Nina Sheldon, and bassist Rich Syracuse. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The menu this Sunday includes Guinness beef stew, vegan root vegetable stew, green salad, and Irish soda bread in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. For more information about this event, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/562493780520738/.
Pine Hill Community Center
Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill, Ulster County, is hosting Catskill Cabaradio, a quarterly variety program broadcast live on WIOX Roxbury, Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The program includes storytelling with Mary Savage, music with Elly Wininger and the Pine Hill Playboys, and much more. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://pinehillcommunitycenter.org/events/.
January may seem like forever up here in the mountains with cold, long nights, and not enough sun to keep us company. But there is art, and that is nourishing.
Many events taking place this weekend: exquisite collections of art at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, quirky and fresh Creative Non-Fiction presented by Writers in the Mountains in Pine Hill, the 18th celebration of the Columbia County’s juried art show in Hudson, a family fun event in Monticello, and superlative theater performances in Albany.
The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Home
The Hyde Collection includes a wide array of art objects and antiques – paintings, sculptures, pottery, books and furniture – spanning thousands of years of civilization. It was established by Charlotte Pruyn Hyde and her husband Louis Fiske Hyde in their 1912 American Renaissance mansion in Glens Falls, Warren County. The collection includes works by Italian Renaissance masters Domenico Tintoretto, Raphael, and Sandro Botticelli; Spanish Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect El Greco; Baroque painters Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn; French Neo-Classical painter Ingres; French Impressionists Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir; Post-Impressionist painters like Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as modern painters such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. American masters including Winslow Homer are also represented in this collection. In addition to its permanent holdings, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions and other educational programs.
The Stone Palette: Lithographs in 19thCentury France exhibit just opened earlier in January, and will run through March 2015. Black and white, and color prints in a variety of techniques are included in this show. Also Wild Nature: Masterworks from the Adirondack Museum opened on January 18, showcasing sixty-two paintings, photographs and prints depicting American wilderness. Included in this exhibit are works by Thomas Cole, Sanford Gifford, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, and other American masters. Wild Nature will be on view through April 2015.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For more information and current hours of operation, visit http://www.hydecollection.org/.
Writers in the Mountains
Writers in the Mountains (WIM), a premier literary organization in the Catskills, invites the public to a Creative Non-Fiction reading this Sunday, January 25 at 1 p.m. The reading, which will take place at the Pine Hill Community Center in Ulster County, will feature some of WIM’s best writers: Bonnie Lykes, Cheryl Holtzman, Evelyn Ellsworth, Ellen Stewart, Faye Storms, Gail Lennstrom, Judy Bloom, Geoff Rogers, Lillian Browne, Sharon Israel, and Theodora Anema. Great stories, light refreshments and good humor are a given. For more information about this event, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/.
Hudson Opera House
Hudson Opera House in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA)’s 18th Annual Juried Art Show curated this year by photographer Jack Shear. Over thirty artists working in all media are represented in this show which runs through February 15. Founded in 1965, CCCA organizes exhibitions and other events for artists in Columbia County. The organization operates its own gallery on Warren Street in Hudson. CCCA gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.artscolumbia.org/
Sullivan County Annual Family Fun Day
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce presents its 9th annual Family Fun Day this Saturday, January 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which takes place at the Holiday Mountain in Monticello, includes activities such as skiing and snow tubing at discounted rates. A cardboard sled race begins at 1 p.m. The event will conclude with a free concert performed by Chelsea Cavanaugh. For more information, visit https://sullivancountynycoc.wliinc20.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=874.
Capital Repertory Theatre
Capital Repertory Theatre, founded in 1981 in Albany, offers a variety of performances every year. Through February 8 the theater presents How Water Behaves, a comedy by Sherry Kramer, directed by Gordon Greenberg. Historical plays such as On-the-Go! They Built America! and Souvenir are presented throughout the month of March this year. Also, Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet will be performed from April 21 to May 10. For more information, visit http://capitalrep.org.
You’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 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.