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Weekend in the Catskills – 6/10/2016

This weekend:

  • Livingston Manor is celebrating its 13th Annual Trout Parade;
  • The Center for Photography at Woodstock is hosting The Art of Prepress for Photobooks, a workshop taught by John Mannion;
  • And Upstate Films in Woodstock is screening Life, Animated directed by Academy award-winning director Roger Ross Williams.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Photo by Kate Hyden
Photo Credit: Kate Hyden

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/26/2016

This weekend:

  • Howard Greenberg at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz;
  • Afternoon of a Faun, a documentary about New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq, at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs;
  • And, ceramics workshops at the Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio in Rhinebeck.

Find more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/19/2016

This weekend:

  • 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.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Featured Destination: The Center for Photography at Woodstock

photographyThe Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) was founded in 1977 to exhibit and support photographic art. It was only in the 1970s that the photographic imagery was accepted in the mainstream media as conceptual art, and was included in museum and gallery exhibitions. Since the 1970s, CPW has been presenting exhibitions, and offering workshops and residencies to artists interested in photography. The center organizes a monthly salon for photographers held on the second Tuesday of the month. Since 1980 CPW has maintained an extensive print collection, currently on loan to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.

I spoke with Ariel Shanberg, the executive director of CPW.

Simona David: Please, tell us a little bit about your job at the center.

Ariel Shanberg: I am the executive director, and help oversee the CPW’s kaleidoscopic mix of programs, and services that are provided through this artist’s center not-for-profit.

SD: For how many years have you been holding this position?

AS: I’ve been director since 2003, so just about 12 years. I’ve been at CPW since 1999, when I started as an intern.

SD: The center was founded in 1977 by Howard Greenberg and Michael Feinberg. Let’s talk a little bit about the founders, and what motivated them to open this center in the late 1970s.

AS: CPW was then established as the Catskill Center for Photography, located in Woodstock, a community well-known for its legacy of art making, dating back to the early days of the 20th century, when the Byrdcliffe art colony was founded. A group of photographers led by the likes of Howard Greenberg and Michael Feinberg and others felt that there wasn’t a place for photographers to be given this sort of respect, and have their needs met as creative practitioners. Photography at that time was still seen as a utilitarian form, as a technical practice, and not necessarily as an art practice. Their response was to create a space – an artistic home for photographers. This is something that was really happening across the country in major cities like San Francisco, Houston, Charlotte, North Carolina, throughout the 1970s in line with the Civil Rights and the women’s rights movement; you had artist-run spaces emerging – this kind of we’ll do it for ourselves, and can do attitude.

SD: How has this space grown over the years? I know you have a traditional black and white dark room, but also a digital photo lab, a library, as well as the exhibition space.

AS: CPW has definitely grown over its nearly four decades. I’m happy to say that the black and white dark room that was one of the first services we provided is still very much used today. We have someone traveling from the Albany area to work in our dark room for a few hours this afternoon. Our programs have grown to meet the needs of those who aren’t served. In 2009 CPW established a Photographers’ Fellowship Fund, which is a regional grant that supports photographers and artists working in photography who live in upstate New York. To date it has given over 76,000 dollars to over 85 photographers. It’s a 2,500 dollars fellowship award which the recipient can use to pursue their creative practice however he or she may deem fit. It can be used to buy new equipment, to travel to a place where they want to take photographs, to pay for building expenses, etc.

SD: Let’s talk a little bit about the submission process.

AS: The deadline is in mid-September every year. We will be announcing the guidelines and who the juror is this July. Every year we invite one juror to look at the submissions. This is the only CPW opportunity when we welcome photographers to submit original artworks. Normally our submission policy is to present digital submissions on a thumb drive, DVD or a CD. But for this opportunity we really want to encourage applicants to submit original works.

SD: Is this fellowship open to established photographers only?

AS: You don’t have to be a professional photographer. One of the unique things about CPW is that we’re really dedicated to nurturing and supporting emerging photographers. We want to be there at the beginning of people’s career. For many recipients this is the first public recognition of their work.

SD: CPW also has an internship program. Let’s talk about it.

AS: Our internship program is something very near and dear to my heart. I first joined CPW, as I said, as an intern in the arts administration program. We have interns in high school age, college age, graduate school age, and adult learners who continue to grow their passion. Our interns work with us three days a week for a period of a few months, and they get to have an incredible hands-on experience with our classes and lectures, exhibitions, collection management, and digital lab. We have an extensive print collection partially stored and kept at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz.

SD: This is a great opportunity for future gallerists and curators, I imagine.

AS: Absolutely. And artists too. There is definitely a professional component to being an artist today: meeting deadlines, being organized, seeing the behind the scene operations at such a venue, is a very empowering experience.

SD: You also have a residency program. How does that work?

AS: Since 1999 CPW has been providing residency opportunities to artists of color who work in photography and related media. We specifically work to support African-Americans, Caribbean Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Americans of Middle Eastern descent to make sure that there is a diversity, and the living legacy of art practice that exists in the Catskills and the Hudson Valley is continuously enriched with the diversity of perspective. We’ve worked with over 104 artists through this program. They come for a period of three to six weeks, and are provided with 24/7 access to the facility, and critical and technical support. They receive an honorarium, and food and travel stipends. And they have the ability to use the equipment and produce new work. We host eight residencies per year.

SD: What are the requirements for becoming a resident artist?

AS: We announce a call for submissions every year in December. The deadline is the last day in February. A selection panel of three professionals, who often include a former artist in residence or two, is formed to help select the incoming artists.

SD: Let’s talk about some of the workshops CPW will be offering this summer.

AS: This is our 30th year of hosting workshops, and we bring in some of the best known names in the field, including Mary Ellen Mark, Brian Ulrich, and Bobbi Lane. We tap into the tremendous resources of artists, photographers, and educators who live in our area, including the likes of Joan Barker, Jill Skupin Burkholder, Dan Burkholder, Carlos Loret de Mola, Craig Barber, Tom Delooza, and others. We have classes for beginners such as Intro to DSLR Photography, and Introductory Photoshop, as well as classes on hands-on processes like Encaustics in Photography, Palladium Printing, and Introductory Wet Plate Printing, among others. We really cover the gamut of photography history from the mid-1800s straight up to how to create GIFs animation files – the very latest and cutting-edge.

SD: You also offer workshops on food styling.

AS: We do. Photography is such an exciting medium, and it has so many different facets: the fine art side, the visual storytelling side, the documentary news making side, as well as abstraction, and beauty. Food photography is probably one of the fastest growing areas, and we’re very fortunate to have Phil Mansfield, who is the staff photographer at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, lead this one day workshop in late September.

SD: We’re talking about photographers who may be working on books, or for magazines, or just making high quality prints.

AS: Absolutely. Our programs cover everything. Another part that is important and makes our workshops unique is the tremendous landscape and environment we’re in. The Catskill region and the Hudson Valley play an important role. We have a number of workshops that take advantage of the landscape and the outdoors, and the historical visual tradition of art making in our area.

SD: CPW is also offering teen camp opportunities every summer. Let’s talk about that.

AS: We have two great opportunities for teens this summer. In July Jeanette Rodriguez-Pineda is leading a class called Teen Camp: DIY, Old School. The teens will learn about cyanotypes, and old prints, and learn how to print on fabric, photosensitized alternative surfaces, like bags and shirts, and skateboards. In August Elizabeth Unterman will lead a workshop on contemporary digital photography. We provide students with Canon DSLR cameras which they use for the week, and then the four-day camp is tapped off with a slide show presentation and a small exhibition by the participants. The programs are designed for teens between 13 and 17.

SD: Let’s talk about CPW’s exhibition space, and what is currently on view.

AS: Our exhibitions focus on emerging artists. We have two galleries. Our main gallery is traditionally used for group exhibitions curated by our staff, or other creatives we invite from across the country. We do an annual juried show called Photography Now. This year’s installment was juried by David Bram, founder and editor of the online publication Fraction Magazine. We received 500 submissions, and ten artists were selected. Each year we bring a different juror, and it’s always fascinating to see their take on photography.

In our smaller gallery we traditionally show solo exhibitions. Photographer Rachel Papo, who is an American-born Israeli photographer currently living in Berlin, spent about two and a half years living in Woodstock, from 2011 to mid-2013. During that time she became enmeshed with and intrigued by the home-schooling community in our area. As a photographer Rachel has always been interested in transformative stages during youth. She’s photographed boy bands, young Russian ballerinas in school in St. Petersburg, and women in the Israeli army, an experience she had herself. Her project Homeschooled focuses on the perspective and the experiences of the young boys and girls who are being educated at home. Everything from their private rooms to the way the kitchen or the garden could become the classroom, and their relationship to the environment and the surroundings provide in-depth views into a world that is both private and highly contested, debated, but not clearly understood. It’s a beautiful series of images. There are eighteen photographs in this show; they’ll remain on view through June 14.

SD: Ariel, May is considered National Photography Month. What are some of the trends that you see in photography today?

AS: One of the interesting things that happened with the digital revolution for about a decade is not just photography shifting from a film based medium to a digital based one, but also an increased awareness and knowledge of traditional photographic processes. We’re at an interesting juncture where photography and all its pursuits, and all its facets, and all its purposes are more present at the same time as they’ve ever been. We all carry cameras, and smart phones, with more photo apps than any other apps, everybody’s making photographs in a way that hasn’t been done since the Brownie was around, and photography was the number one hobby in the United States. Because of the web, images are more important than they ever were. What we noticed here at CPW is a greater attention to the construction of the image, a greater awareness about image manipulation, and the subjectivity of the image, and that makes for an exciting time in photography.

CPW’s gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

(845) 679-9957

For more information about CPW, visit


© 2015 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/27/15

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs is hosting its traditional Winter Ball this Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. The theme this year is Black & White Vintage Hollywood – what can beat that?  Hollywood inspired food, music by the New York Players, a Classic Hollywood Costume Contest are among the evening’s highlights. We hear that the event is sold out, but keep in mind for next year. More information about SPAC at http://www.spac.org.

Arkell Museum

Arkell Museum in Canajoharie re-opens for the season this Sunday, March 1 with an exhibition called “The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits.” Works by Norman Rockwell, Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, and others are included in this show. The exhibit explores both the artistic approach and the sitter’s characteristics in making these works of art memorable. For more information, visit http://www.arkellmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting an exhibition dedicated to works produced between 1903 and 1918, on view this weekend from Friday to Sunday at the Kleinart / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. The exhibit also includes artifacts and publications from the early 1900s. Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. Hélène Lesterlin will perform Overlook, a solo performance dedicated to the history of Woodstock. Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the “Art of House,” a documentary by Don Freeman exploring houses designed by twelve artists from all over the country. For more information about these events, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/overlook.html.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Still in Woodstock, the Center for Photography is hosting a workshop led by Greg Miller this Saturday, February 28. “Winter Wonders Photo Safari” is a one day excursion through the Catskill Mountains, exploring scenic areas around the Ashokan Reservoir, and other locations around Woodstock. Participants will learn how to make the most of their cameras and lenses. The workshop will end in the digital lab where images taken throughout the day will be reviewed. Miller is the author of “The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure” published by Rizzoli in 2008. For more information about this workshop, visit https://www.cpw.org/events/?ee=52.

© Simona David

Bard College

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra is performing this Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. a concert that includes Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12 written in 1937, as well as two premieres by Bard students. The program is conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, an accomplished musician and conductor living in New York City. Milarsky teaches at Columbia University. For more information about the program, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=128226.

Enjoy an artful Catskills weekend!

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/6/15

This weekend in the Catskills: several opening receptions, an Ice Harvest Festival, poetry, and more.

Hanford Mills Museum

Contributed photo.
Contributed photo.

Hanford Mills Museum is hosting its traditional Ice Harvest Festival this Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors ride in horse-drawn sleighs and help with the removal of big blocks of ice from a frozen mill pond. Ice cleats are being lent to those willing to walk on the frozen pond. Skilled ice carvers using antique tools remove the ice that is then being kept in an ice house similar to those used before refrigeration. The ice is used to make ice cream on the Independence Day in July.

Hanford Mills Museum is located in East Meredith, Delaware County, between Oneonta and Stamford along County Route 10. East Meredith grew as a rural, agricultural community, in and around the mill. Hanford Mills operated as a business from the 1840s to the 1960s. It became a museum in 1973 chartered by the New York State. There are sixteen buildings on the site, and around 50,000 objects and exhibits hosted in twelve buildings. In addition to themed workshops and lectures, the museum hosts several festivals a year, including the Ice Harvest Festival, which traditionally takes place the first Saturday in February. For more information, visit https://artinthecatskills.com/2015/02/03/featured-destination-hanford-mills-museum/.

Delaware County Historical Association

Delaware County Historical Association, located at Frisbee House in Delhi, is hosting a Quilting Workshop this Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults and children are welcome. Various machine and hand piecing techniques will be taught. Leslie Gray, the workshop leader, an experienced quilter and teacher, was inducted in the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) was founded in 1945. It purchased the Frisbee House in the 1960s. DCHA runs two exhibit galleries, the archives, the research library, as well as a bookstore and a gift shop. The galleries, the bookstore and the gift shop are open year round. Other historic buildings in the Frisbee complex, such as an old schoolhouse and an old blacksmith shop, are open from Memorial Day to mid-October. For more information, visit http://www.watershedpost.com/sponsored/2015/delaware-county-historical-association-offer-quilting-worksh.

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, February 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. showing new works completed by members over the past six months. The show is curated by Nancy Donskoj, owner of the Store Front Gallery in Kingston. Close to fifty artists are featured in this show, including Joan Barker, Nancy Campbell, Mary Katz, Anthony Margiotta, Wilma Miller, and many others.

Founded in 1919, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) supports and showcases the works of local artists. Since 1973 the museum has maintained a permanent collection of the most important paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and other decorative objects that were created in the area. Highlights from this collection can be seen online at the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s website http://www.hrvh.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/hvvacc.  Selected works are shown to the public through periodic exhibitions. A catalogue of over five hundred pieces called Woodstock’s Art Heritage: The Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association was published in 1987.

The museum is open year round. In addition to its main gallery, which hosts group exhibitions, and the middle gallery, for solo artists, the museum has space devoted to children and student artists. For more information visit http://myemail.constantcontact.com/New-Shows-Opening-this-Saturday–February-7.html?soid=1101793785598&aid=4zxUUePE8tg.

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The Center for Photography at Woodstock

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is also hosting an opening reception this Saturday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Birds of a Feather exhibit features works by artist Claire Rosen portraying exotic birds captured outside their natural habitat. Various bird poses are used to mimic human gestures in an anthropomorphic attempt.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) was founded in 1977 to exhibit and support photographic art. CPW hosts exhibitions, and offers workshops and residencies to artists interested in photography. The center also publishes its own quarterly journal called Photography Quarterly (PQ), launched in 1979, and organizes a monthly salon for photographers. The salon is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Since 1980 CPW has maintained an extensive print collection, currently on loan to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.

For more information, visit http://www.cpw.org/upcoming/pr-claire-rosen/.

Glaring Omissions Writers’ Group

Glaring Omissions Writers’ Group in Woodstock is hosting an Evening of Art and Poetry this Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore on Tinker Street. Poet Nicole Cooley will read from her works, and from a book by Salem Lessons illustrated by artist Maureen Cummins.

The Glaring Omissions Writers’ Group was founded in 1990 by professional writers living in the Hudson Valley area. The group meets regularly, and provides critique and support for its members. Once a month it organizes public readings and other events.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/589113721232058/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

Enjoy a fabulous weekend in the Catskills!

© 2015 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 10/03/14

Five art recommendations per weekend should suffice an art lover’s ambitious life up here in the mountains, but that’s not an option when there is so much to do and see. Take this weekend, for example: art making workshops at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson; the art of book making opening reception at the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell; a tour of the Dia:Beacon’s contemporary art collections in Beacon; a Winslow Homer art symposium at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie; an auction benefit at the Center for Photography in Woodstock; Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter; Mahler’s Fifth Symphony to be performed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Poughkeepsie; and a conversation hosted by author and Bard College professor Neil Gaiman in Annandale-on-Hudson. What an ambitious weekend indeed!

Hudson Opera House

The Hudson Opera House is inaugurating this Saturday a series of art making workshops for families with children as part of its Saturday Salon program. These workshops will be held every Saturday throughout the month of October from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information, go to http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2014/06/13/saturday-salon-the-guided-gallery-saturdays-10-noon/.

Bright Hill Literary Center

Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell is opening a new exhibit this Sunday, October 5 at 3 pm: “Erosion: Artist Book Work,” featuring Iowa artist Julie Leonard. “Making use of the book as an artistic medium is possible partly because of what we bring to the book, our collective connection with it. Since its inception we have imbued books and writing with a spiritual or magical aspect that goes beyond its physical or contextual properties. Books can act on us as an icon or reliquary does, evoking a spiritual reaction, a contemplative psychic space. My work is divided between the study of historical book binding structures and the creation of contemporary artist books,” says Julie Leonard, who is an associate professor at The University of Iowa in Iowa City.  For more information about Leonard, go to http://book.grad.uiowa.edu/people/julie-leonard. For more information about Bright Hill Literary Center, visit http://www.brighthillpress.org/.


Dia:Beacon Art Foundation offers guided tours of its galleries every Saturday at 1 pm. Located in a former printing plant built in 1929, Dia:Beacon houses collections from the 1960s to the present. For more information about Dia:Beacon, go to http://www.diaart.org.

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum presents a Winslow Homer symposium at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie this Saturday, October 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. A series of guest speakers, as well as a panel discussion will address Winslow Homer’s use of color and art technique, and his importance in the American art world. Homer was a 19th century landscape painter known for his seascapes, and portrayal of rural life. In 1859 Homer opened a studio in New York City. During the Civil War he was sent to the battle field, and sketched scenes for Harper’s Weekly. Throughout his adult life, Homer also painted in northern New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. Born in Massachusetts in 1836, he died in Maine in 1910. For more information about the upcoming symposium at the Arkell Museum, go to http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/homersymposium.

The Center for Photography

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is hosting its 36th benefit auction this Saturday, October 5 at 12:30 pm at the Diamond Mills Hotel in Saugerties. A preview of submitted art work can be seen here. Our favorite is a black and white photograph of actress Ingrid Bergman, taken in Italy in 1949 – preview here. To purchase tickets for the gala go to http://www.cpw.org/support/benefit-gala/.

Doctorow Center for the Arts

Catskill Mountain Foundation in partnership with the Catskill Jazz Factory will present a piano concert this Saturday, October 4 at 8 pm at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. Dan Tepfer, a French-American pianist, will perform Bach’s well-known Goldberg Variations, followed by his own improvisations on Bach. Tepfer performed this program at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village back in September. The New York Times wrote about Tepfer’s performance here. For more information about the upcoming concert in Hunter, visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-10-04-dan-tepfer-solo-jazz-piano-820.html. For more information about Tepfer, visit his website at http://www.dantepfer.com.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic will perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony this Sunday, October 5 at 3 pm at the Bardavon concert hall in Poughkeepsie. There will be a pre-concert talk with conductor Craig Fleischer. For more information about this event, go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/HVP-Mahler-s-5th-This-Sunday–3pm-at-the-Bardavon-.html?soid=1102056363639&aid=iJAsHXA2G6w.

Bard College

Bard College is presenting an author talk hosted by Neil Gaiman this Friday at 7:30 pm at the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson. Neiman will converse with Audrey Niffenegger, a best-selling author and artist. For more information about this event, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126895.

These are just a few highlights from what seems to be a busy weekend in the Catskills.

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