Famed Surrealist painter Marc Chagall, known for works such as I and the Village (1911), Paris through the Window (1913), and Green Violinist (1923), lived and worked in High Falls between 1946 and 1948, producing a significant number of works. At that time, Chagall was accompanied by his lover Virginia Haggard, an artist in her own right, her young daughter from a previous marriage, Jean McNeil, as well as their newly born son David.
Chagall spent six years in New York between 1942 and 1948, a productive time when he painted, but also designed costumes for the American Ballet Theatre and The Metropolitan Opera, murals for the Lincoln Center, and stained-glass windows for the United Nations headquarters.
In 1946 he moved to High Falls where he spent the next two years. Local author Tina Barry created a collaborative called The Virginia Project, pairing poems with visual works by 14 women artists to shed light and reignite interest in that time in Chagall’s life in the United States. Of particular interest to her were Virginia and her daughter Jean.
The show opens today, October 27 at 5 pm at Wired Gallery in High Falls, and will remain on view through November 25.
Hobart Book Village – Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale
Hobart, the Book Village of the Catskills, home to six independent bookstores, is hosting its traditional annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Each bookstore has a unique vibe, and a distinctive focus: Adams’ Antiquarian specializes in rare and old books, Liberty Rock Books specializes in art and music titles, Blenheim Hill bookstore specializes in classic children’s literature and African-American titles, Mysteries & More specializes in science fiction books, and Butternut Valley specializes in fiction, maps, and ephemera. The newest addition to the village is Around the World with Books and Cooks, a store dedicated to cookbooks and titles in foreign languages. For more information, visit http://www.hobartbookvillage.com/.
Wired Gallery – Collectors Curate Art Show
Wired Gallery in High Falls is hosting a novel art show called “Collectors Curate,” opening reception Saturday, November 28 at 5 pm. Four collector teams will discuss works by artists of their choice including Jan Muller, Anna West, and Tim Rowan. Collectors Christy and Jamie McDougall, for instance, explain why they cherish the work of Tim Rowan, a ceramics artist based in Stone Ridge: “We love Tim Rowan’s work because it takes the delicate ceramic medium and gives it mass and strength; it makes you believe that it’s carved stone, or even metal. We love that his pieces make you look twice, compelling you to feel the texture and try to get to know them while you become absorbed in all the tiny details that the clay delivers.” The show remains on view through February 7, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.thewiredgallery.com/.
Basilica Farm & Flea Thanksgiving Market
Basilica Farm & Flea in Hudson is hosting its third annual Thanksgiving Market Friday from 2 to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Over one hundred farmers, crafters and collectors will be offering a variety of products, and hosting numerous tastings and workshops. For more information, visit http://basilicafarmandflea.com/.
A beautiful, snowy Thanksgiving weekend in the Catskills!
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra is performing this Saturday at 8 pm its Annual Thanksgiving Concert at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. The orchestra, conducted by Robert Manno, and featuring 24 musicians, will perform compositions by Vivaldi, Shulman, Mozart, Mahler and Haydn. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns and Strings, Shulman’s A Nocturne for Strings, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra, and an excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 24. For more information, go to http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-11-29-windham-festival-chamber-orchestra-works-by-vivaldi-782.html
Elena Zang Gallery
Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock is presenting a Holiday Group Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The group show includes works by 16 visual artists including painters Pia Alexander and Joan Snyder, multi-media artist Mary Frank, and sculptor Tom Gottsleben. The show will run through January 12, 2015. For more information, visit http://elenazang.com/.
Also, Wired Gallery in High Falls, is hosting a traditional annual Thanksgiving show both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. “Affordable Color Show” features small works by 35 regional artists, including Leah Brown, Mona Chiang, Shellie David, Doris Goldberg, Marilyn Hauser, Meredith Rosier, Linda Miller, Susan Silverman, Ted Welch, Peg Wright, and others. High Falls is also home to the Delaware & Hudson Canal Museum. Cubist painter Marc Chagall lived and worked in High Falls in the late 1940s. For more information about Wired Gallery, visit http://www.thewiredgallery.com/.
Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is hosting a book signing event Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, offering popular books by 12 regional artists, including Cindy Falk, The Beekman Boys, Anna Membrino, and Richard Duncan. Books in all genres – historical fiction, children’s books, heirloom cookbooks, memoirs, locally inspired fiction, and more – will be available for sale. For more information, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/books
Basilica Farm and Flea
Basilica Farm and Flea in Hudson, inaugurated last year over Thanksgiving, is hosting its second annual event Friday from 5 to 9 pm. There will be food, cocktails, and music. Over 50 regional farmers, makers and collectors will be offering a variety of products – local food items, handcrafted goods, and vintage objects that showcase a wild assortment of local talent and resources. For more information, go to http://basilicahudson.com/basilica-farm-flea/
Also, three ski resorts in the Catskills have opened for the season: Belleayre, Windham, and Hunter. Plattekill is scheduled to open next weekend. Check them out for outdoor recreational opportunities.