Arts

This Weekend: Between the Lines Movement Fundraiser

On Saturday, the Catskill Mill on Main Street Catskill is hosting a dance performance (and a pre-performance auction and a post-performance dance party) as a benefit for the Greene County Council on the Arts.

The evening is planned with young, impecunious types in mind: tickets are on a sliding scale, and a DJ will turn the Mill into a club for the after party. (If you only come for the dance, you can get in for just $5.) Food is being provided by the Catskill Mill Food Truck. 

The centerpiece of the evening is a collaborative dance performance choreographed by a group of local dancers and accompanied by live music: 

The highlight of the evening is a collaborative dance performance inspired by sketches drawn especially for the event by Kiki Smith, and featuring live music by Michael Moss and Billy Stein. Nine dancers, a collection of seasoned pros from the area including Jean Churchill, Peggy Gould, Sondra Loring, Judith Moss, Donald Mouton, Nancey Rosensweig, Maria Simpson and Todd Whitley, will be creating and performing the piece.  Read more

SUNY Delhi welders craft 12-foot stainless steel bronco

Above: Welding instructors Chris Mignier and D.J. Stein show off their creation: a 12-foot-tall bronco sculpture that will be installed on the SUNY Delhi campus. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Those attending the SUNY Delhi commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16 will be greeted by a new addition to the campus – a 12-foot-tall sculpture of the school's bronco mascot logo, rendered in stainless steel.

The idea for the sculpture was crowd-sourced from among students, administrators and a campus beautification committee. The implementation fell upon welding instructors Chris Mignier and D.J. Stein.

“They asked what we could do,” Mignier said. “We started looking at the logo and decided to make the two-dimensional thing a three-dimensional thing.”

Mignier and Stein began experimenting after class hours and created a scale model, which they presented to college President Candace Vancko and others in March.

“We had no idea what the reception would be. They seemed really pleased with it,” Mignier said.

Vancko confirmed that she liked the model and said she gave the sculptors one more instruction. “I told them, 'Oh, I want it big. I want it really big,'” she said.  Read more

This Weekend: Tiny Arts Day in West Fulton

Above: The former Methodist Church Hall in West Fulton hosts a day of festivities in West Fulton on Saturday, April 11. Photos courtesy of Panther Creek Arts. 

The tiny Schoharie County hamlet of West Fulton doesn't have much in it aside from a few houses and a former Methodist Church hall. But this weekend, it will host its own day-long festival, called "Tiny Arts Day in a Tiny Town."

The festival is packed with events. There will be a family vaudeville show, an artists reception, a three-course dinner featuring meats and veggies raised nearby, live music from a jazz trio and a mini-market featuring beer from Green Wolf Brewing Co., spirits from Kymar Farm Distillery and goodies from Bearsville Bakers.  Read more

A Surrealist art project: Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills

Above: An example of an "exquisite corpse" artwork, drawn by three artists completing each others' work.

Calling all Catskills artists: You’re invited to come play a Surrealist parlor game this spring.

Exquisite Corpse was an early 20th century favorite pastime for the likes of André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro and Man Ray. It’s the visual equivalent of a freestyle jam session: A folded piece of paper passed between participants, each of whom adds their own contribution. When the paper is unfolded, a hodgepodge of “happenstance art” is revealed.

In collaboration with the Catskill Art Society, Ellie and Akira Ohiso are putting together a round of Exquisite Corpse that will feature Catskills artists. The Ohisos, the duo behind the recently folded (and much missed) Green Door Magazine, are inviting artists to enter a free public lottery to be among the teams working on the art project.  Read more

Six new Catskills publications cater to urban transplants

Above: An image from Catskill Made, a new digital publication. Photo of milkweed by Tom Smith.

Along with maple syrup and the first red blush of buds on the mountainsides, spring is bringing a bloom of new publications devoted to covering the culture, arts and lifestyle of the Catskills — through the eyes of flatlanders.

These days, urbanites are fleeing to the Catskills from New York City in droves. If you ask them why, they say that they're searching for something -- a kind of authenticity absent from more citifed environs.

“We yearned for a place with a slower pace of life, fewer pretensions, friendlier people, and more authenticity — something we had always experienced on our trips here," said Alecia Eberhardt, a new arrival to the Catskills who is the editor of Catskill Made, a new digital quarterly journal that launched on March 21. "So in the summer of 2013 we made the leap, and almost two years later, here we are.”  Read more

Catskill Made, a new digital journal, covers Catskills artists and makers

Above: The cover of the first issue of Catskill Made features Dina Bursztyn's photograph of "Catskill Sundial," a piece of public art in Dutchman’s Landing Park in Catskill.

There’s a brand new outlet for creative provocateurs in the Catskills. Launched on Saturday, March 21, the first day of spring, Catskill Made is a “quarterly digital journal of artists and makers in the Catskills.”

Writer and editor Alecia Lynn Eberhardt and photographer, designer and web developer Tom Smith, both based in Saugerties, are the team behind the publication, which is built on a web application platform and can be accessed from a smartphone or a computer.

Catskill Made will investigate a different theme each issue; the first, “Equinox,” examines the idea of “balance” through multiple lenses. There are meditations on the coming of spring, on art therapy, and on the ways in which the cold winter months impact the making process. There are in-depth maker profiles: a potter, a weaver and a singer/songwriter. There’s a photo essay of luminous night time shots, and a collective interview in which random creatives describe their morning routines.   Read more

This weekend: Make 'Em Laugh

It's spring, sort of. It's freezing and there's still ice on the ground. The only thing you can do at the end of March, after six months of snow, is laugh.

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville is hosting a comedy night this Saturday that doubles as a fundraiser for the theater's upcoming season. Catskills locals -- Gail Lennstrom, John Bernhardt, Marcy Thorn, John Exter, Jill Ribich and Erwin Karl -- will mount the stage and put on their best Borscht Belt routines.

Make 'Em Laugh Fundraiser. Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main St., Margaretville. 845-586-1660. theopeneyetheater.org.

Out of money, the Belleayre Music Festival goes on hiatus in 2015

The Belleayre Music Festival, which has been held at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Ulster County hamlet of Highmount for 23 summers, will not happen in 2015, said Mel Litoff, the festival's executive and artistic director. It will return after a one-year hiatus to celebrate its 25th season in 2016.

"We're not closing up shop. We just don’t have the funds to mount a season at the moment," Litoff said. "We just ran out. We need to go back to all our friends and if everybody gives us a little bit, we'll be fine." 

The decision not to hold a summer season was made at the last meeting of the festival's board, Litoff said. The board members examined the proceeds from the festival's Snowball fundraising event, held in January, and decided that they couldn't fund the festival's $700,000 budget this summer.

"We had a great Snowball, but we still weren’t able to get enough money in the bank," Litoff said.  Read more

This Weekend: The Woodstock Writers Festival

Above: Caricatures of some of the writers who will attend this year's Woodstock Writers Festival, by John Cuneo.

The sixth annual Woodstock Writers Festival looks to be the biggest and best yet.

What started five years ago as a small gathering for people who to love to read has grown into a great place to meet best-selling authors and readers who love their books. This year, the festival, which begins on Thursday, March 19 and runs through Sunday, March 22, will be a fun-packed four days of food, conversation and sharing a passion for the written word.

"The festival is not about the craft of writing or about making connections (to sell a book)," said Executive Director Martha Frankel, herself a well-known author. "It's about readers and writers sharing their love of reading and writing. And sharing an incredibly intimate weekend."

Frankel is expecting a couple hundred more attendees this year than last year, when 700 people came to take workshops, attend panels and fun events.  Read more

This weekend: Donna Lewis at Bearsville Theater

Above: Donna Lewis. Photo by Franco Vogt. 

Donna Lewis, the singer who brought us "I Love You Always Forever," a single that was ever-present on the radio in 1996, is coming to Bearsville.

Lewis has a new album, "Brand New Day," that features her trademark breathy voice, Neil Young and David Bowie covers, some new songs that showcase Lewis' classical training and jazz chops, and, yes, a new version of that single she'll be known by forever. 

Lewis will play the Bearsville Theater on Friday, March 13 as part of a New York tour celebrating the album's release. From the show's publicity materials:   Read more


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