Olana, home of 19th century landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church in Hudson, is hosting Artist on Art Tour, a series of guided tours through Olana under the tutelage of contemporary artists working in various disciplines. Artistic storytelling is a compelling part of Olana’s ongoing narrative. Participating artists offer a unique lens with which to “read” Olana, and experiment and invent with “poetic license” as they explore through their own artistic practice Church’s home and studio as well as this season’s exhibition.
This Friday, October 6 at 4:30 pm musician Carrie Bradley tours Olana, calling attention to the transitionary and the “in betweens,” with an element of live music inside Olana. Bradley combines text; music of which there is record that the Church family enjoyed by composers they hosted at Olana; and her own original songs to invoke specifically the evenings of music the Churches hosted at Olana and to refer in general to the sensual spirit of music and sound at the house. Bradley speculates that, “The house during those events became a place where the felt power of music resonated within a container for so much powerful visual art and artifact, and also was during those times, for a stolen moment, a public place when it was usually his private sanctuary. In a similar way, the songs seek to capture the interplay between the public and the private that I feel in the views from the upper reaches of the house—an intimate and personal seat from which to view the awe-inspiring reach of the river and the sky.”
Carrie Bradley is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer as well as a guitarist, violinist, and vocalist. She was a founding member of the alternative folk band Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, has played with the Breeders since 1989, has since had her own bands 100 Watt Smile and the Great Auk, and has performed and/or recorded with Tanya Donelly, Jonathan Richman, John Wesley Harding, Love & Rockets, the Red House Painters, the Buckets, and many others. She lives, gardens, cavorts, and mulls deep in the Catskill Mountains.
This program expands on the ideas found on site in Teresita Fernandez’s installation “OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana” throughout Olana State Historic Site (May 13 – November 1). The Olana Partnership’s Director of Education, Amy Hufnagel, describes the public program this way: “Artists and cultural workers can teach us about Olana in ways we might not have even imagined; they are, in so many ways, logical “guides” to understanding and unpacking Olana to the contemporary era. The Olana Partnership wants to expand the narrative of Olana, and to express a multiplicity of stories here. Teresita Fernandez’s installation and the exhibition – paired with local artist tours – allows for a whole new set of conversations to emerge.” This innovative tour program privileges the voices of contemporary women artists and cultural workers whose own creative pursuits often find voice in the sphere of the “overlooked.” In specific, Olana’s team works to elevating the voices of these contemporary women artists with the end goal to expand and enlarge the interpretation at Olana.
Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century. Church had a sustained interest in the Americas, resulting from his trips to Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In his own artwork depicting these landscapes and in the objects he collected throughout his life, Church’s passion for Latin America remains evident today. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled 360-degree views of the Hudson River Valley and beyond. Today Olana State Historic Site welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually.
To learn more about Artist on Art Tour event, visit http://www.olana.org/calendar/.
- The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice celebrates its seventh season;
- Fisher Center at Bard College presents “The Symphonic and The Operatic” featuring works by Italian composers Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Martucci;
- And Arts Society of Kingston presents “Landscape Still Lives” art show by Richard Kirk Mills.
Learn more at Upstater.com.
- The Ulster Ballet Company presents its annual Festival of Dance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston;
- Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor presents Saturday Sampler, a series of five art workshops led by Helena Clare Pittman, Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm, March 19 to April 16;
- And, The Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery in Hunter is hosting Older than the Mountain, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Laura Leigh.
Learn more at Upstater.com.
- Cooperstown Summer Music Festival’s last concert of the season takes place Sunday evening at the Otesaga Hotel – the program includes compositions by Ravel, Stravinsky, Gershwin, and others;
- The Mohonk Mountain House is hosting a Barnival on Saturday evening;
- The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville presents Summer Shortcuts V Friday, Saturday and Sunday;
- And, Hobart Book Village of the Catskills is hosting an Author Signing Day on Saturday.
For more, read Upstater.com.
The Red Violin at Bard College
Fisher Center at Bard College presents “The Red Violin” this Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm, a concert featuring violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, and pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey. Pitcairn performs on a 1720 Stradivarius – the famous “Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius” – you can read more about it here. Pitcairn and Tobey will perform pieces by Beethoven, Fauré and Schubert, but also a new, less known piece by composer Sara Carina Graef – “Blue Vishuddha”. For more information, visit fishercenter.bard.edu.
Out Windham Way at The Zadock Pratt Museum
The Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville is hosting a book reception this Saturday, November 15 at 1 pm featuring “Out Windham Way,” a collection of 400 photographs, maps and ephemera by Larry Tompkins. “Out Windham Way” is a visual representation of the area from the 1880s to the 1940s. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zadock-Pratt-Museum.
Lies of the Poets at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum
Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) presents “Lies of the Poets” this Saturday, November 15 at 4 pm featuring poet Leslie Gerber. From WAAM website: “Leslie Gerber was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in creative writing. For 39 years he ran a mail-order classical music business, while writing thousands of music reviews and articles. In 1970 he moved to Ulster County and has lived there ever since. He began writing poetry in 1999.” For more information, visit http://waamblog.wordpress.com.
19th Century Learning Experiences at The Farmers’ Museum
The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown presents a series of workshops this Saturday, November 15 from 10 am to 4 pm covering anything from printing holiday cards to crafting bandboxes, baking in a brick oven, and creating fine essences like lavender and rose bottled water – all 19th century learning experiences. Just enough to get one in the holiday spirit. For more information, visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org/workshop.
Enjoy an artful weekend in the Catskills!