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Upcoming Catskill Events
The Sixth Annual Festival of Women Writers will take place on September 7, 8, 9, 2018, in Hobart, N.Y.- The Book Village of the Catskills. Hobart will again host a diversity of working women writers and Main Street will be busy with workshops, readings, and other writing activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Novelists, short-story and young-adult fiction writers, memoirists, poets, and bloggers will join us. All writers and lovers of books and women’s writing are welcome to participate in and enjoy the Festival of Women Writers. Additional details and registration are available at: hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com.
The Friends of Music of Stamford NY present Bridget Kibbey & the Sebastions who will perform keyboard works of J.S. Bach re-imagined for harp and string quartet on Sunday, September 16, at 3 pm. This concert is generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street, Stamford, NY. Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $12 per person, and $6 for seniors & students. There is no charge for those under age 13. Complimentary refreshments will be provided after the concert. For additional information and a complete listing of concerts planned for the 2018 season, visit: friendsmusic.org.
The West Kortright Centre will offer “Singing with your Heart, Soul, and Body,” a workshop led by Sloan Wainwright, on Saturday, September 15; “The Seldom Scene,” a Grammy nominated bluegrass band, on Saturday, September 29; and the 2018 Barn Tour on Sunday, September 30. The West Kortright Centre is located at 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. For ticketing information for these events and future happenings at WKC, visit westkc.org or call (607) 278-5454.
The Bright Hill Literary Center hosts “Word Thursday” with Dan Payne and Philip Mosley on September 13 beginning at 7 pm. “Word Thursdays” are a Catskills reading series featuring different writers every second and fourth Thursday of each month. On Sunday September 16, from 3-5 pm, the Word and Image Gallery at the Bright Hill Literary Center will host an opening reception for the “Bremer Family Show.” For information on Word Thursdays, exhibitions at the Word and Image Gallery, or other events at the Bright Hill Center, visit: brighthillpress.org.
The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) hosts a Figure Drawing Open Studio Monday evenings from 6:30-9 pm; ‘Music at the Mansion’ from 6:30-8 pm on the second Thursday of each month; and a Writers’ Salon from 7:30-9 pm on the third Thursday of each month. For details on all of CANO’s events visit: canoneonta.org.
“COSTUME & CUSTOM: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana” opens on Sunday, June 17, at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, NY, the magnificent 250-acre artist-designed home and landscape of legendary painter Frederic Church – with its stunning views of the Hudson River. The exhibition reveals the influence of his 1867-68 trip to the Middle East on Church, America’s best-known artist at the time and the nation’s first international art star. This is the first time that the costumes Church collected on that journey have been thoroughly identified and exhibited in his Persian-inspired home, alongside drawings, sketches and paintings inspired by his travels. For more information about this exhibit or the Olana State Historic Site, visit olana.org.
The Andes Society of History and Culture will host six local Catskill artists to exhibit their work this summer at the Historic Hunting Tavern Museum from May 26 to October 6. The artists are Mary Overly Davis, Agnes Freas, Kathleen Green, Oneida Hammond, Michelle Sidrane, and Nancy McShane. The works include watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencil drawings, and pen and ink. An artist reception will be held Saturday, May 26, from 3-5 pm. The Hunting Tavern Museum is open Saturdays 10-3 pm, or by appointment. For more information visit: andessociety.org.
The exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” opened May 1 at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and will run through November 4, 2018. Created in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and members of the Yale History of Art Department, the exhibition presents masterworks on paper by major British artists, including J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, in a new exploration of the prints and drawings that were early trans-Atlantic influences on Cole’s work. The exhibition includes major paintings by Thomas Cole that demonstrate his radical achievement of transforming the well-developed British traditions of landscape representation into a new bold formulation, the American Sublime. The hours for Thomas Cole’s home, studios and special exhibitions vary by season. For details see: thomascole.org/visit. The Olana landscape is free and open daily 8:00 am – sunset. For a current list of tours of the main house and artist-designed landscape visit: olana.org/hours-and-admission.
Artist Opportunities and Resources
The Bright Hill Literary Center is hosting summer workshops for children and teens. For teens, “War, Words, Dance” will be made up of a Writing Workshop from July 23-27; an Advanced Dance Workshop from August 6-17; and a Video Mentorship Program from August 1-18. For details and registration visit: brighthillpress.org. For children, “Tales of Glass & Other Breaking Things” will happen from August 6-10, with details available at brighthillpress.org. the Bright Hill Literary Center is located at 94 church Street, Treadwell, NY.
Writers in the Mountains presents a Fiction Writing Workshop with Ginnah Howard from August 1 through September 5 at the Andes Public Library, 242 Main Street in Andes. The workshop will be held on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm. To register, call Jean Stone at 607.326.4802 or email her at email@example.com. For more information visit: writersinthemountains.org.
The Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve will offer a donation-based, 4 week workshop for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, from August 6 through August 31. “These Mountains were Made with Water” is divided into two sessions. The morning session includes NYS Standards based lessons and the afternoon session expands the program into a full day with a students’ choice of activities in which the class decides by a simple majority. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dave at 607.242.1260. For further details, visit: mknhp.org.
The Open Eye Theater will host four workshops through summer: “Artful Ages Acting” on Thursdays from May 17 – June 14; “Teens on Stage” on Saturdays, June 9-30; “Lights Up on Plays” on first Tuesdays from June through November; and “Summer Youth Theater Workshop” Monday through Friday, July 23-27. The Open Eye Theater is located at 960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY. For further information, email email@example.com or visit theopeneyetheater.org.
The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) presents workshops including Passion to Paint on July 7; Brush Painting on July 14; Color Conscious on July 21; and Fundamentals of Figure Drawing on July 28. Class details and registration information are available at: askforarts.org/classes. ASK is located at 97 Broadway, Kingston, NY.
The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) is seeking Artists, Music, Authors, & Sponsors for CANO’s City of the Hills Art & Music Festival on Saturday, August 4th 2018, from 10 am – 4 pm. Artist Vendor Registration Discounts are available through June 15th and all artist vendors will be automatically entered in the juried art contest with cash prizes. The City of the Hills Art & Music Festival takes place on Main Street in Oneonta, NY. Visit CityoftheHillsArtsFestival.com to register online.
Join local artist Susan Togut every Monday beginning June 4, from 12:30-3:30 pm to help create a public art installation at the Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 NY Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY. “Wisdom Trees; Embracing the Cycles of Life” is a public art project that seeks to engage community members of all ages in the creation and enjoyment of an outdoor environment with a focus on the cycles of life. This program is free and open to all ages. Stop by for a few minutes, a few hours or every Monday. These community workshops are offered by Susan Togut; MFA, Public Artist, Educator, and Therapeutic Facilitator; who believes all people are inherently artists and that the arts should be woven into the fabric of daily life. The Catskill Interpretive Center is a program of the Catskill Center. For more information visit: catskillinterpretivecenter.org.
Art Related Jobs
THE PHOENICIA PLAYHOUSE seeks a Theatre Manager to actively promote and market the facility; oversee the use of the theatre; and supervise/organize technical aspects for all productions/events to ensure the safety of equipment, personnel, and the general public. The Theater Manager will also instruct, train, and supervise theater volunteers and vendors relating to theatre equipment, facilities, and procedures. Full details and description available at phoeniciaplayhouse.com/jobs. Send resumes and letters of interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reviews of applications will be ongoing.
CROP TEACHING ARTIST The Roxbury Arts Group invites dynamic, experienced, and creative Teaching Artists to lead sessions at after-school CROP Programs at ten public schools in Delaware, Greene, and Schoharie counties, for students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth grades. RAG contracts CROP Teaching Artists that work in (but not limited to) the following disciplines: Visual Arts, Digital Media, Theater, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Dance, and Literature. Please contact Solveig Comer, Grants & Community Coordinator at RAG, for more information, 607-326-7908 or email@example.com.