Humans of the Catskills: Rhiannon Radu

Journey to the Catskills: My journey here has been a back-and-forth from the Hudson Valley to the Catskills from the start. In the 1990s, my father would travel every weekend to the mountains for downhill mountain bike races and meets at Plattekill. He met my mother, who was “his mountain flower,” and soon I came along. I was dubbed “The Plattekill Baby” among their friends. … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Rhiannon Radu

Humans of the Catskills: Tony Fletcher

Journey to the Catskills: Fate. I somehow always saw myself ending up (somewhere like) here, even whilst growing up in London. First time I saw the mountains in person, I knew it would happen. Eventually it did. Vocation: A communicator of stories; a teacher of music*. Avocation: Runner. It was amazing to discover around the mid-way mark of life that I was actually good at … Continue reading Humans of the Catskills: Tony Fletcher

Jay Gould, Financier and Railroad Magnate, Featured at New York Adventure Club  

New York Adventure Club recently hosted a presentation by architect and historian Gary Lawrence titled “The Gilded Age Mansions of the Jay Gould Family, Railroad Dynasty” which explores the intricacies of the Gould family life and the lavish mansions that they owned as one of the richest and most powerful families in America. Jay (né Jason) Gould was born in Roxbury, NY in 1836. He … Continue reading Jay Gould, Financier and Railroad Magnate, Featured at New York Adventure Club  

When Space Speaks – Creative Writing Workshop with Sarah Blakley-Cartwright 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents When Space Speaks with Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, a three-hour intensive workshop, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 1 to 4 p.m. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class. In this class, students will explore vignette, ellipses, and space breaks, as we interpret the unsaid and sharpen our ear for silence. We will look at how the elliptical form can provide exhilarating leaps of … Continue reading When Space Speaks – Creative Writing Workshop with Sarah Blakley-Cartwright 

Pandemic Art – Heartfelt Stories from The Catskills

by Simona David “I have a feeling that in art the need to understand and the need to communicate are one,” remarked Hedda Sterne, revered Surrealist painter.  Coming out of a 14-month once in a century pandemic, we take a moment to reflect on this monumental experience and make sense of the changes we have witnessed around us thus far. Artists have extraordinary perceptual abilities, … Continue reading Pandemic Art – Heartfelt Stories from The Catskills

Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

As we’re coming out of the pandemic, 2021 appears to be a year dedicated to women in the arts as several museums and art centers in Europe and the United States are hosting programs devoted to female artists, far too long left out of the history books. When speaking with art historians and scholars, the often-cited reasons that left women behind were: they had no … Continue reading Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

Kaatscast Podcast with Writers In The Mountains and Silver Hollow Audio – Promoting the Culture of the Catskills

Listen to this week’s Kaatscast podcast to learn about arts and culture in the Catskills, creative writing and publishing with Simona David, Sharon Israel, Anique Sara Taylor, and Leslie T. Sharpe, authors affiliated with Writers In The Mountains (WIM). Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast produced by Silver Hollow Audio delivering history, travel guides, arts and culture, outdoor adventures, sustainability news and local interviews from New … Continue reading Kaatscast Podcast with Writers In The Mountains and Silver Hollow Audio – Promoting the Culture of the Catskills

Catskill Tri-County Historical Views

Look for Catskill Tri-County Historical Views’ latest issue (June 2019) to read about Art in the Catskills and other cultural projects as well as the history of the region. Learn about “How Art Is Made: In The Catskills,” reviewed by Leslie T. Sharpe, “Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art,” reviewed by Elizabeth B. Jacks, “Mohonk and the Smileys: A National Historic … Continue reading Catskill Tri-County Historical Views

Open Art Studio Tours This Summer in the Catskills and Hudson Valley

Open art studio tours have become more and more common all over the country as studio visits trigger questions that aren’t often asked in formal settings such as galleries and museums, and allow for a more intimate interaction with the artwork. This summer alone, four major open art studio tours take place throughout the region featuring a total of 160 artists from Saugerties to Treadwell … Continue reading Open Art Studio Tours This Summer in the Catskills and Hudson Valley