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/.
A beautiful, snowy Thanksgiving weekend in the Catskills!
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra is performing this Saturday at 8 pm its Annual Thanksgiving Concert at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. The orchestra, conducted by Robert Manno, and featuring 24 musicians, will perform compositions by Vivaldi, Shulman, Mozart, Mahler and Haydn. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns and Strings, Shulman’s A Nocturne for Strings, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra, and an excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 24. For more information, go to http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-11-29-windham-festival-chamber-orchestra-works-by-vivaldi-782.html
Elena Zang Gallery
Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock is presenting a Holiday Group Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The group show includes works by 16 visual artists including painters Pia Alexander and Joan Snyder, multi-media artist Mary Frank, and sculptor Tom Gottsleben. The show will run through January 12, 2015. For more information, visit http://elenazang.com/.
Also, Wired Gallery in High Falls, is hosting a traditional annual Thanksgiving show both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. “Affordable Color Show” features small works by 35 regional artists, including Leah Brown, Mona Chiang, Shellie David, Doris Goldberg, Marilyn Hauser, Meredith Rosier, Linda Miller, Susan Silverman, Ted Welch, Peg Wright, and others. High Falls is also home to the Delaware & Hudson Canal Museum. Cubist painter Marc Chagall lived and worked in High Falls in the late 1940s. For more information about Wired Gallery, visit http://www.thewiredgallery.com/.
Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is hosting a book signing event Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, offering popular books by 12 regional artists, including Cindy Falk, The Beekman Boys, Anna Membrino, and Richard Duncan. Books in all genres – historical fiction, children’s books, heirloom cookbooks, memoirs, locally inspired fiction, and more – will be available for sale. For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/books
Basilica Farm and Flea
Basilica Farm and Flea in Hudson, inaugurated last year over Thanksgiving, is hosting its second annual event Friday from 5 to 9 pm. There will be food, cocktails, and music. Over 50 regional farmers, makers and collectors will be offering a variety of products – local food items, handcrafted goods, and vintage objects that showcase a wild assortment of local talent and resources. For more information, go to http://basilicahudson.com/basilica-farm-flea/
Also, three ski resorts in the Catskills have opened for the season: Belleayre, Windham, and Hunter. Plattekill is scheduled to open next weekend. Check them out for outdoor recreational opportunities.