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New Writers’ Residency Opens in Roxbury

Roxbury, an international destination in recent years given its wildly popular attractions The Roxbury Motel and Plattekill Mountain, is now home to a Writers’ Residency, newly opened by writer Annie DeWitt and photographer Jerome Jakubiec. The three-day residency program includes accommodations, meals, workshops and manuscript review by DeWitt, who teaches writing at Columbia University and is the author of White Nights in Split Town City, greatly reviewed by The New York Times.

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The residency, which opened on July 11, hosted an inaugural Editors’ Panel on July 13, featuring Jonny Diamond, editor in chief of LitHub, and Tracy O’Neill, author of the acclaimed novel The Hopeful and editor of the literary journal Epiphany. Diamond and O’Neill talked about the submission process to literary journals.

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Tracy O’Neill and Jonny Diamond © Simona David

Asked about her aspirations with the residency, DeWitt said: “We couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome of this summer’s inaugural residency. It has fueled our creative energies to put so much of ourselves into a project and community that we love. We see Roxbury Writers’ Residency as an ambitious project with a dual focus: providing writers at all stages of their careers with a supportive vibrant atmosphere within which to create, think and question as well as to provide Delaware County with a wellspring into New York City’s creative excellence by offering free programming such as our Editors’ Panel to all Delaware County residents which furthers artistic dialogue. We want to help put Delaware County on the map as the thriving artistic community and rural paradise that it is.”

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Annie DeWitt © Simona David

Roxbury, the birthplace of financier Jay Gould, has long had a literary tradition going back to the days of naturalist writer John Burroughs, Gould’s contemporary, and Walter R. Brooks, who wrote Freddy the Pig series in Roxbury. Writers in the Mountains, a literary non-profit organization serving the Catskills and Hudson Valley area for over a quarter-century, is also headquartered in Roxbury. Writers in the Mountains offers creative writing workshops year-round and hosts a series of literary events throughout the region.

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Roxbury Writers’ Residency program, founded by DeWitt and Jakubiec, gives participants the opportunity to work in a secluded location on a 27-acre farm, and receive feedback from top-notch professionals. Writers can enroll in the three-day standard program, or book a room and design their own schedule. Jakubiec, who is the author of I Actually Wore This: Clothes We Can’t Believe We Bought published by Rizzoli, offers author portrait sessions on sight, thus immortalizing the experience.

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“Our hopes for the future are many,” explains DeWitt. “Short term, we are looking into funding through the MARK Project to be able to build additional artist cabins as well as provide scholarship assistance to residents. Long term, we have our eye on building a barn and studio space. Fashioning it from the existing blue prints for the original dairy barn which was torn down and filling it with artist studios ~ a metal workshop, a digital photography room, a dark room, and a performance space with the hope of expanding the residency to attract artists across various media and disciplines. We’re also horse enthusiasts and we would like to eventually bring that unique angle to our residents,” she adds.

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Roxbury’s charming appeal and bucolic scenery have in fact attracted a wide range of creatives for years – artists, writers, an Oscar winning filmmaker, fashion and theater professionals, and other creatives have made Roxbury their home. How Art Is Made: In the Catskills by this author features some of these creatives, including sculptor Brian Tolle, and painters Adam Cohen and Ellen Wong, whose studios are located in Roxbury. This burgeoning artistic community can only benefit from the newly opened writers’ retreat with the potential expansion into a full arts colony similar perhaps to Byrdcliffe in Woodstock or Sugar Maples in Maplecrest. In recent years Mount Tremper Arts opened to offer performing artists a space to rehearse and explore new ideas.

 

To learn more about Roxbury Writers’ Residency, visit https://www.roxburywritersresidency.com/.

Columbus Day Weekend in Roxbury

This weekend is filled with art in Roxbury.

Several artists affiliated with the AMR Open Studios Tour, which traditionally takes place the last weekend in July, will once again open their studios Saturday and Sunday, October 10 – 11.

Peter Yamaoka is a ceramic artist living and working in the Catskills. He maintains a fully equipped ceramic studio in Roxbury, New York, where he teaches students of all levels of accomplishments from novice to professional. Peter has exhibited widely in the area. He and his wife, artist Gerda van Leeuwen host open studio events throughout the year. Columbus Day weekend is one such event.

Yamaoka showing a vase inspired by Greek mythology. (c) Simona David
Peter Yamaoka showing a vase inspired by Greek mythology. (c) Simona David
Peter’s work is inspired by ceramic forms of Asian antiquities. Peter is also influenced by European Art History; as a young artist, Peter studied in Rome at the Centro Internazionale di Ceramic under Nino Caruso, the Royal College of Art in London where he majored in printmaking. There is a narrative content that runs throughout his work which focuses on ancient Greek Mythology and other aspects of the human condition. Peter is also a founder and co-director of Hudson Press, a fully equipped printmaking studio ( Etching and Lithography), where artists rent press time for specific projects and the production of monoprints and etching. Interested parties should contact Peter at pjyamaoka@gmail.com.
Gerda Van Leeuwen showing animal inspired porcelains. (c) Simona David
Gerda Van Leeuwen showing animal inspired porcelains. (c) Simona David
Gerda received her Arts Education in Painting and Printmaking at Academy Artibus in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She received a work/travel grant from Arts Group, Kunstliefde to study the work of artist Piranesi in Italy. A grant from the Dutch Cultural Counsel made it possible to buy an etching press. She set up a fully equipped printing facility and collaborated with other artists in making print portfolios and art books.
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Gerda makes small porcelains inspired by animal life – primarily dogs and coyotes that we ordinarily see in the Catskills. Her anthropomorphic approach often leads to scenes of dancing dogs in a very human-like posture. Gerda makes monotype prints on rice paper and canvas, similarly inspired by highly anthropomorphic pursuits.
Peter and Gerda’s studios are located at 777 Carroll Hinkley Rd. in Roxbury. For directions, call (607) 326-4402.
Weaver Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. (c) 2015 artinthecatskills.com
Weaver Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. (c) Simona David

Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes is a professional weaver residing in Delaware County. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and the Center for Tapestry Arts in New York City. She designs both functional and aesthetic products using traditional American patterns. Her work can be seen in museums and gallery exhibits, and at various arts and crafts fairs throughout the region.

Tabitha’s studio is located at 424 Carr George Rd. in Denver. For directions, call (607) 326-7662.

Orphic Gallery is hosting a photography show: John Lenihan’s Travels to Cuba. Located right on Main Street in Roxbury, the gallery is showing a photography exhibition by history professor and amateur photographer John Lenihan. Lenihan traveled to Cuba recently, and amassed hundreds of photographs capturing people, vintage cars, historic buildings, and food.

Vintage car in Cuba by John Lenihan
Vintage car in Cuba by John Lenihan

Also, this weekend Roxbury Arts Center is hosting FIDDLERS! 22, and Plattekill Mountain is hosting its sixth annual Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 10/10/14

???????????????????????????????Columbus Day weekend in the Catskills: a great time for families to explore the countryside, and experience fabulous food, stunning scenery, and fine art – all in one place.

Writers in the Mountains in partnership with Longyear Gallery in Margaretville will present an Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse” Saturday, October 11 at 1 pm. Artists Ellen Wong and friends will be talking about their artistic process as informed by nature. Participating artists include Helene and Frank Manzo, and Elaine Mayes. Participating writers include Lynn Domina, Leslie Sharpe, Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and Lillian Browne – all writers whose work has been informed by nature. For more details, visit writersinthemounatins.org.

Also on Saturday, October 11 Plattekill Mountain will host its fifth annual Plattepalooza Fall Festival, an event for the entire family; activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, kids bounce house, ski and bike swap sale, bike races, and foliage chairlift rides. There will be live music, barbecues, and microbrews on tap. For more information, visit plattekill.com.

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Orphic Gallery in Roxbury, NY. (c) Simona David

Orphic Gallery, a fixture in Roxbury’s artistic life, will be hosting an artist reception Saturday, October 11 from 5 to 7 pm: “Postal Mix Tapes” featuring works by New York City based artist Didier Cremieux. Cremieux designs musical postage stamps and posters inspired by a variety of artists from Maria Callas to Woodstock celebrities. For more information about this event, visit orphicgallery.com.

In Sullivan County, Catskill Art Society will host an opening reception Saturday, October 11 at 2 pm: “River and Biota,” a group show featuring 18 artists whose work has a rapport with “the river”. The show, curated by Naomi Teppich, includes artwork by artists Dave Channon, Carla Goldberg, Nancy Wells, and others. For more information, visit catskillartsociety.org.

Also as part of the Hudson ArtsWalk program, there will be an opening reception at the Pocketbook Factory in Hudson on Saturday, October 11 from 6 to 8 pm. More than 250 artworks by artists affiliated with the Columbia County Council on the Arts will be on display – paintings, photographs, sculpture, multi-media installations, and other artworks will be shown. The reception on Saturday evening will celebrate artists Arlene Boehm and Maria Kolodziej-Zincio. Both Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 Hudson Opera House will host a series of readings by Hudson Valley poets and writers – the readings will take place from 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information about this event, visit cccaartswalk.webs.com.

The Schoharie County Historical Society presents the 125th anniversary of its History Fair this Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 at the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie. There will be live music and dance performances; artists and artisans will showcase a variety of works inspired by local history, and local authors will autograph their books. For more information about the fair, go to theoldstonefort.org.

Roxbury Arts Group will celebrate the 21st anniversary of FIDDLERS!, one of its most popular events, Sunday, October 12 from noon to 7 pm. FIDDLERS!, an event dedicated to the Catskills’ traditional fiddle music, will feature performances by Tim Eriksen  & The Trio de Pumpkintown, The Tremperskill Boys, Ryan McGiver with Cleek Schrey & Stephanie Coleman. Square dance and a chili cook-off are also part of the good cheer. For more information, go to roxburyartsgroup.org.

Historic train rides through the Catskills have always been popular, but they’re particularly sought after this time of year, when the foliage is at its peak. I Love NY put together a list of rides through the region at http://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/tours-excursions/scenic-train-rides/#.VDWA6fldU0R

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