- Richard Edelman’s Stolen Portraits at the Center for Photography at Woodstock;
- Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0 Quilting Workshop at Olana;
- And, New York in Bloom at the New York State Museum in Albany.
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New York State Museum
The New York State Museum in Albany is hosting its annual fundraiser New York in Bloom, an extremely popular floral show launched in 1992. New York in Bloom will display this year over a hundred floral arrangements from New York’s most exquisite florists and floral designers. Themed activities will be offered throughout the weekend, including demonstrations and children’s activities. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/nybloom/.
Columbia County Council on the Arts
Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA) is hosting an art history class this Sunday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Understanding Painting” will cover various art movements including the Renaissance, French Neo-Classical and Romantic movements of the 18th and 19th century, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as Modernism. The class will be taught by Emmet McLaughlin, painter and educator. For more information, visit http://artscolumbia.org/.
Woodstock School of Art
Woodstock School of Art is hosting a Pre-College Portfolio Development event this Saturday, February 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is tailored to high school students getting ready for college. There will be a presentation and portfolio review. Parents and teachers are welcomed. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 845-679-2388 or write to Nancy.Campbell@woodstockschoolof art.org. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockschoolofart.org/events.html.
Saugerties Public Library
Saugerties Public Library is hosting the Saugerties Art Tour Group Show featuring the works of over twenty artists, on view through the end of February. The exhibit includes works by Richard Edelman, Viorica Stan, Anita Barbour, Michael Ciccone, Yvette Lewis, and other artists participating in the Saugerties Art Tour in the summer. For more information, visit http://saugertiespubliclibrary.org/art/.
Spillian / Fleischmann Estate
Spillian, a retreat center located at the old Fleischmann mansion on Todd Mountain Road in Fleischmanns, is hosting Voices from the Catskills: The Seven Favorite Maladies of Ludwig van Beethoven this Sunday, February 22 at 4 p.m. The Seven Favorite Maladies of Ludwig van Beethoven is a play written and directed by playwright Carey Harrison , and featuring pianist Justin Kolb. Harrison is the author of forty plays, and six novels. He is the son of famed British actor Rex Harrison. Kolb is a worldwide known classical music pianist, and the chairman of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. The play will last until approximately 5:30 p.m., when dinner will be served. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1403016860002066/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.
Have a great Catskill weekend!
We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, leading into the Presidents’ Week – a traditionally good time for skiing in the Catskills.
Roxbury Arts Group
Roxbury Arts Group in Delaware County will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with poetry and music. From 1 to 3 p.m. poets Rebecca Andre and Esther de Jong will be on site talking with visitors, and in response writing short poems for the posterity. From 4 to 7 p.m. Three Friends – Ed Marris and Franziska Rauch, accordion, and Jeanne Palmer, violin, will perform a free concert that will integrate a variety of styles. For more information, visit http://roxburyartsgroup.org.
Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society in Sullivan County is hosting an opening reception Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m. Piece Together for Peace exhibit features artworks by artist Cynthia Strunsky McLean. Designed as an interactive show, this program will engage viewers as curators as well. For more information, visit http://catskillartsociety.org.
Cross Contemporary Art Gallery
Cross Contemporary Art Gallery in Ulster County has on view works by five New York artists: John Berens, Jeffrey Bishop, Mike Cockrill, Jared Deery, and Shira Toren. A multi-media exhibit that includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture, Take 5 showcases a variety of styles and approaches. The common theme appears to be the attention paid to intimate details. The exhibit, which opened on February 7, will be on view through March 1. For more information, visit http://www.crosscontemporaryart.com.
Olana mansion in Columbia County, the home of famed painter Frederic Edwin Church, is hosting Just Desserts: Coffee and Creations this Saturday, February 14 at 2 p.m. Artist Jill Obrig will be leading an acrylic painting workshop inspired by Jim Dine’s works. A painter, printmaker and illustrator, Dine is known for incorporating common objects in his work, and playing with color in an expressionistic manner; he is sometimes associated with the Neo-Dada movement. Just Desserts: Coffee and Creations is open to students of all levels – no prior painting experienced is needed. An assortment of desserts and hot beverages will be offered throughout the class. For more information, visit http://www.olana.org.
New York State Museum
The New York State Museum in Albany is hosting the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show this weekend February 14 – 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is organized in partnership with the New York Academy of Mineralogy and the Capital District Mineral Club, and features thirty exhibitors showcasing a variety of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, and other items. The New York State Museum has its own permanent collection of fossils and minerals. For more information about this show, visit http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/minerals/.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The New York State Museum in Albany was founded in 1836 as the State Geological and Natural History Survey. The museum offers a variety of programs year round – lectures, workshops and exhibits, focusing on art, science, and community. This year, for instance, a retrospective of American Realist painter Eugene Speicher will be on view through March. Speicher was born on April 5, 1883 in Buffalo, New York, and died on May 11, 1962. He is best known for landscape paintings such as Morning Light (1912), housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Binghamton University Paleobotany Collection will be on view through August. The collection includes thousands of fossils dated back to the Devonian period.
Also, an exhibition dedicated to the Shakers called The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries will be on view through March 2016. The exhibition, divided into six areas, speaks about the Shakers’ way of life, and their influence in shaping American identity. The Shakers exhibit is organized in partnership with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Columbia County. The Shaker Museum in Columbia County contains the most important collection of Shaker artifacts in the world.
Among its permanent collections, the New York State Museum holds The Cohoes Mastodon discovered in 1866 (the mastodon is 11,000 year old); the Iroquois Indians Diorama created in 1918; an impressive mineral and fossil collection; and many more. In 1910 and 1914 the museum published the Birds of New York book. In 1926 it expanded its activities to include other areas of interest such as history and art. In 1927 the museum launched its educational program for teachers and students in New York State.
This weekend February 14 – 16 the museum hosts its annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, organized in partnership with the New York Academy of Mineralogy and the Capital District Mineral Club. Thirty exhibitors will participate in this program. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The following weekend February 20 – 22 the museum will host its annual fundraiser New York in Bloom, a floral show with over one hundred arrangements from New York’s most exquisite florists and floral designers. Themed activities will be offered throughout the weekend, including demonstrations and children’s activities. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum’s regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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