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Upcoming Catskill Events
The Catskill Interpretive Center presents an Artists’ Picnic event on Saturday, July 21 at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center at 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY. The Artists’ Picnic includes multiple events taking place from 10 am through 4 pm. The event is free and children are welcome. For more information visit: catskillinterpretivecenter.org.
MURAL on Main is pleased to present “The Machine” an exhibition of paintings by Edmond Rinnooy-Kan. The artwork will be on display from July 21 through August 19 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 21, from 2 pm – 4 pm. MURAL on Main is located at 631 Main Street, Hobart, NY. For more information, visit muralartgallery.org.
AMR Open Studios is a self-guided tour through the Catskills’ most bucolic scenery which invites visitors into the studios and workspaces of over twenty artists working in all artistic disciplines. This year’s AMR Open Studios Tour will take place on July 28 – 29,from 11 AM -5 PM. No reservations required and there is no cost to participate. Maps and artist information are available at: amropenstudios.org.
On Friday, July 27, from 5-7 pm, the West Kortright Centre will host an Opening Reception for a gallery show of drawings by Lisbeth Engel. This exhibit will be on view through August 25. On Saturday, July 28, starting at 8pm, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque perform their broadly appealing and exhilarating blend of hard-driving Afro-Cuban rhythms, folkloric influences, and contemporary jazz at the West Kortright Centre. A four-time Juno award–winner and double Grammy nominee, Canadian flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett has been introducing jazz and world music audiences to some of the finest Cuban musicians for more than thirty years. Tickets are available online until 8pm on Friday, July 27, and on-site at the ticket booth, starting at 7PM on Saturday. The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport Center or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, visit westkc.org or call (607) 278-5454.
The Bright Hill Literary Center hosts “Word Thursdays” on July 26 and August 9 and 23 beginning at 7 pm. “Word Thursdays” are a Catskills reading series featuring different writers every second and fourth Thursday of each month. For information on the next featured reader, visit: brighthillpress.org.
The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) exhibits the artwork of Paul Flippen, Mark Picone, Wenda Habenicht through July 22. The next exhibition at CANO’s Wilber Mansion will be “Abstract Landscapes” by Colleen O’Hara, opening on Friday August 3. In addition, 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.
The Smithy is pleased to announce the second Opening Reception of the season, which will be held Monday, June 25th from 5-7pm. This exhibit, titled and themed Earthly Possessions, will be on display in The Smithy Gallery from June 25 – July 27, 2018. On the first floor and throughout The Smithy, we will have several ceramicists exhibiting their work. Those artists include Ben Clark, Michelle Corbett, Ben Huber, Marcie Schwartzman, willow blue silver, & Chrissy Trout. On the second floor, room one will feature assemblage by Dianne Kull, drawings by Lynda Naske, paintings by Robin Rosenthal and an installation by David Kenny. Nick George’s photography will accompany sculptural pieces by Nancy Callahan in room two. In room three, Kevin Gray will have a solo show of a body work entitled, “Remnants.” After the passing of his mother in 2011, Gray found a storage trunk of her belongings and decided to photograph its contents. “Remnants” is both an homage to an important person in Gray’s life and also provides viewers a chance to reflect on the objects in our own lives that can hold so much personal significance. Our Member Artists will be providing their responses to the theme ‘earthly possessions’ in the Member Artists Gallery on the third floor. The Smithy galleries are located at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown, NY. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Please call 607-547-9777 for more information. Visit us on the web at smithyarts.org.
The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) hosts a members exhibition: Abstraction/Distraction from July 7 through July 28 and a spotlight exhibition: Cuba: Frozen in Time from July 7 through July 31. On Saturday, July 7, ASK will host an opening reception from 5-8 pm for both exhibitions. ASK is located at 97 Broadway, Kingston, NY. For more information about all of these events, visit: askforarts.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 Gallery @ 56 Main, Delhi, NY presents sculptures by Alex Robinson and paintings by Richard Kirk Mills from July 5 through September 3. An opening reception will be held on July 5 form 5-8 pm. For more information visit: riverlandworkshop.com or richardkirkmills.net.
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.
Join Destination Hancock for a Summer of outstanding live performances at the Hancock Town Square. Performances include: Dance China on July 20; Ologunde on august 3; The Suitcase Junket on August 17; and Leghorn on August 31. For full details visit: destinationhancock.com.
The Friends of Music of Stamford NY present monthly chamber music concerts on the third Sunday of every month from April through December. Performances are 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.
Paint the Farm at Crystal Brook Farm, 1892 New Kingston Road, New Kingston, NY, Thursdays from 2-5 pm and Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm; June 30 through July 28. Experience a NYS Century Farm while painting the view. To register call 845-586-1721 or visit facebook.com/CrystalBrookFarms/.
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice presents “Sirens of the Voice” August 3-5, 2018. The 2018 season brings Soulful Gospel Sirens, a co-production with the Catskill Jazz Factory; Carmen, an opera in four acts by Bizet; Voice of Sirens, featuring the a capella group Lady parts; La Cambiale di Matrimonio, an opera by Rossini; Bleeker Street, a play by Eric Grant; and more to the village of Phoenicia, NY. Early bird tickets available starting May 1st. For more information, visit: phoeniciavoicefest.org.
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 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.