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Weekend in the Catskills – 1/23/15

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.

Have a great weekend!

Four Art Documentaries You Won’t Regret Watching

Re-posted from Short Compositions on Life, Art, PR and More (originally posted on 7.26.2009)

Since it’s summer and vacation time – that period of the year when we feel like accumulating new experiences, seeing and learning new things – I feel like recommending a few documentaries I watched recently and enjoyed a lot.

What I propose today is: “Mark Twain” (2000), “Stravinsky: Once at a Border” (2008), “The Impressionists” (2006) and “Frank Lloyd Wright” (1998).

“Mark Twain,” a 2000 PBS production directed by Ken Burns, is a fabulous depiction of Twain’s extraordinary life and literary legacy, covering Twain’s childhood in Missouri, his years as a journalist in California, and eventually his settling down in Hartford, Connecticut.

One defining moment in Twain’s life was his trip to Europe and the Middle East, initiated in 1867. The trip was funded by a local newspaper, and resulted in a detailed collection of travel stories called “The Innocents Abroad,” published in 1869.

The second part of the documentary focuses on Twain’s masterpiece “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” published in 1884. Writers and scholars discuss at length its significance for the American literature, with all its subtle meanings and underlying premises, as well as the victory of friendship over prejudice. To understand a literary masterpiece it seems quite essential to actually get the historical context in which it was written, as well as its setting and geography.

Overall, Twain is portrayed as the prototypical American, a man who knew financial success during his lifetime as a result of his writings, was interested in science and ventured in business enterprises, had a beautiful family and owned a big house, a man who has seen and done it all.

“Stravinsky: Once at a Border” is a 2008 documentary produced by Studio Kultur and directed by Tony Palmer, a fine compilation of Stravinsky’s most famous pieces and defining moments, both from a personal and artistic perspective. The documentary covers Stravinsky’s upbringing in Saint Petersburg, his encounter with Diaghilev, his years in Switzerland and France, and eventually his arrival to the United States. Interviews with family members, artistic collaborators and friends do reveal the great genius’ personality, how he used to work, and what he loved to do. Interviews with Stravinsky himself are used in the program, and reputable performances of “Les Noces” and “Petroushka” are also included.

“The Impressionists,” a 2006 BBC production, tells the story of Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne, their friendship as well as their animosity and quarrels, and the naissance of a new artistic movement. 1874, a defining moment in art – a group of extremely talented painters, rejected year after year by the Salon – the official academic art show, decided to organize their own, independent event. As it often happens in life, the Impressionists weren’t at once recognized and appreciated for their talent and innovation in art. It took some time for the public to show full appreciation and fall in love with masterpieces such as “Woman with a Parasol” (Monet, 1875), “Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe” (Manet, 1863), or “A Modern Olympia” (Cezanne, 1874).

I will conclude today with “Frank Lloyd Wright,” a 1998 PBS production, again directed by Ken Burns. Family members, architects and astute architecture critics and writers discuss Wright’s masterpieces one by one. From his rising as a young architect in Chicago to the culmination with Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Wright had shown a brilliant mind and a constant determination for what he called “organic architecture,” that is harmony between human habitat and natural environment. Wright was so involved in every project he created, so that he didn’t only design the house, but everything inside it: furniture, windows, doors, tables, chairs, carpets, lamps, and even napkins. Masterpieces such as Taliesen Wisconsin and Taliesen Arizona, Larkin Building (Buffalo, NY), Johnson Wax Building (Wisconsin), Kaufmann House known as Fallingwater (Pennsylvania) and Usonian housing projects are depicted in a way that fully reveals what kind of architect Wright really was, a visionary who liked putting people in places that were both aesthetic and functional, spacious and distinguishable.