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.
This weekend in the Catskills and surrounding area: a Mozart concert, art opening receptions, a comedy performance, and a centerpiece design workshop are among my top choices.
Hudson Valley Philharmonic
Hudson Valley Philharmonic will perform an all-Mozart program this Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. The program, conducted by Leif Bjaland, includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, and Piano Concerto No. 23, among other masterpieces. The Bardavon Theater is located in a historic building designed in 1869, the oldest continuous theater in New York State. Mark Twain and other luminaries performed on its stage. In 1977 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic since the 1970s. The Hudson Valley Philharmonic was founded in 1932, and performs numerous concerts throughout the area. For more information about this concert, go to http://www.bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=734&venue=bardavon.
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Delaware County, is hosting an opening reception Springing Forward, this Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. Springing Forward is a group show featuring about two dozen artists affiliated with the gallery. Works in all media – oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, collage, ceramics, and photography – will be on display. Participating artists include Margaret Leveson, Helene Manzo, Ann Lee Fuller, Ellen Wong, Elaine Mayes, and others. For more information, visit http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Spring-Forward–group-show.html?soid=1102247844716&aid=qVA4TgOMKA8.
The Open Eye Theater
Still in Margaretville, The Open Eye Theater is hosting a comedy performance Make ‘Em Laugh Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Make ‘Em Laugh, a fundraiser for the theater, will put in the spotlight some of the best known local actors and friends like John Bernhardt and Jill Ribich. For more information about this performance, visit http://www.theopeneyetheater.org/current-season.html.
Albany Institute of History and Art
Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting an opening reception Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment Saturday, March 28, an exhibit that will remain on view through August 16. Palmer was born in Albany in 1854. He was influenced by the Hudson River School of Painting, and at one point shared a studio with Frederic Church. The Albany Institute of History and Art holds one of the largest collections of Palmer’s oils and watercolors. The exhibit Painting the Moment is a broad overview of his work, and includes paintings from his travels to Europe, building interiors in Albany, and winter scenes. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.albanyinstitute.org/walter-launt-palmer-painting-the-moment.html.
Olana mansion in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a workshop Spring Tablescapes this Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Author and artist Marlene Marshall will walk with the participants on the estate’s grounds, and look for fungi, flora and other forest vegetation that could be used to design aesthetic table centerpieces. Pre-registration is recommended. Olana was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, a leading exponent of the Hudson River School of Painting. For more information, visit http://www.olana.org/calendar/spring-tablescapes/?doing_wp_cron=1427377069.9718999862670898437500.
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/.
This weekend: the old Fleischmann estate (now known as Spillian) is hosting a Masquerade Ball (masquerade balls were a popular past time in the 15th century Europe); Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is hosting Frank Manzo’s “Inside Out and Other Images of the City” photo exhibit, Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is hosting a rock and blues concert with New Orleans musician Tommy Malone and his band, Woodstock Framing Gallery in Woodstock is presenting an Artist Talk with Heather Hutchison and Mark Thomas Kanter, and the Pickle Festival in Rosendale is kicking off its 17th edition (the pickling tradition goes back thousands of years).
Spillian / Fleischmann Estate
Spillian, a retreat center located at the old Fleischmann mansion on Todd Mountain Road in Fleischmanns, is hosting a Masquerade Ball this Saturday, November 22 at 7 pm; the event will benefit the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, which will celebrate its sixth anniversary in August 2015. The Masquerade Ball will feature performances by soprano Maria Todaro, tenor Louis Otey, and pianist Justin Kolb, the founders of the festival. Also, Blues Maneuver, a local band, will perform dance music. Formal dress and masks are encouraged. Bals masqués, or masquerades, were popular in Europe during the Renaissance. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/377489129082514/?ref=22.
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, November 22 at 3 pm: “Inside Out and Other Images of the City,” featuring the work of photographer Frank Manzo. The show includes over 50 new photographs, depicting the use of reflections to create multiple images in different planes. “In many reflective surfaces, the variation in the plane of the surface further breaks up the reflected image, creating an abstract composition akin to cubist paintings,” says Manzo. “Inside Out and Other Images of the City” will be on view through December 13. For more information, visit http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Frank-Manzo-photographs.html?soid=1102247844716&aid=7r7W3xJYRQE.
Woodstock Framing Gallery, located on Mill Hill Road, is hosting an Artist Talk this Friday, November 21 at 6 pm featuring Heather Hutchison and Mark Thomas Kanter, both multi-media artists whose works are on display at the gallery through November 30. For more information about this show, visit http://wfggallery.com/50-50.html.
The Pickle Festival
The Pickle Festival in Rosendale will celebrate its 17th anniversary this Sunday, November 23 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Rosendale Community Center. A variety of delicacies, honoring this long tradition, popular among many cultures across millennia, will be available for tasting – some pickles are more common than others. There will be contests, live music, and much more. A Japanese formal tea ceremony will be performed throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.ulstercountyalive.com/landing/17th-annual-rosendale-international-pickle-festival
With temperatures in the high 70s, low 80s, this weekend seems like a dream: fall colors and sunshine, music, art and community – the Catskills has it all.
Saturday, September 27 from 3 to 6 pm Longyear Gallery in Margaretville is hosting an opening reception for artist Ellen Wong: “The Road Show” – an exhibit of twenty-five paintings and drawings depicting splendid Catskill Mountains scenery. Ellen Wong is an accomplished landscape painter originally from Brooklyn. She studied Art at Brooklyn College, and has been the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, administered in Delaware County by Roxbury Arts Group, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; in addition, she was a teacher / artist at Skidmore College. Ellen is a founding member of Longyear Gallery in Margaretville. She has had many exhibitions both in New York City and the Catskills. You can find more about Longyear Gallery at longyeargallery.org.
Roxbury Arts Group (RAG), a premier arts organization in the Catskill Mountains, is hosting this weekend the 17th Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame Quilt Show featuring quilters from five counties: Delaware, Schoharie, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster. This year’s theme is “Let’s Celebrate Quilting”; quilting has had long tradition in America, dating back to the pre-colonial period, and then being expanded by the settlers. Initially designed as utilitarian products, in time quilts became valued for their artistic appeal as well. The Quilters Show at RAG will take place Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit roxburyartsgroup.org.
Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative (GRLIC) is presenting RoxFest, its second annual rock concert this Saturday, September 27 at 12 noon. The event will take place at Plattekill Mountain on Plattekill Mountain Road in Roxbury. The proceeds will benefit GRLIC’s educational programs. For more information, go to roxfestny.com.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site is having a Community Day event this Sunday, September 28, from 1 to 4 pm. Thomas Cole’s home at Cedar Grove as well as its galleries will be open to the public free of charge. Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting, lived and worked at Cedar Grove from 1833 to 1848. Born in England in 1801, Cole immigrated to the United States with his family in 1818. He took his first trip to the Catskills in 1825, and in 1832, seven years later, he opened his studio in Catskill, Greene County. Initially trained as a portrait painter, Cole switched to landscape shortly after. His most famous paintings include The Titan’s Goblet (1833), The Course of Empire series (1834 – 1836), and The Oxbow (1836). The Cedar Grove Main House (built in 1815 in the Federal style), as well as The Old Studio, and The Special Exhibition Gallery are open by guided tour, Wednesday through Sunday, May through October. For more information, visit thomascole.org.
The Rhinebeck Arts Festival is taking place this weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The festival celebrates all crafts and artistic disciplines: ceramics, glass, fiber, mixed media, photography, jewelry and more. Over two hundred artists and crafters from all over the country will participate in the event; Hudson Valley furniture makers will also be showcased. There will be music, dance, gourmet food and drinks. For more information, go to http://artrider.com/RHI14.html.