Arts

Margaretville's budding Picassos

Wondering where the brillant art in the windows of businesses in Margaretville, Arkville and Fleischmanns this month came from? Look no further than Margaretville Central School, where artists from every grade level competed to have their creations showcased in this year's Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce-sponsored MCS Art Month art contest.

MCS's fine art teachers, Jennifer Wentland and Michele Dietz, have sent us photos of the winners and honorable mentions -- you can ooh and ah at them all by clicking through the Flickr photo album above or checking out our collection on Pinterest. A few of our favorites are below.  Make sure to see the art live at the participating businesses, listed below.  Read more

Regal eagle

Photographer Christopher Mooney got this beautiful close-up of a golden eagle (or immature bald eagle?) near the shore of the Pepacton Reservoir yesterday.

Posted to the Watershed Post Flickr group. (Local photographers, if you'd like to see your photos on the Watershed Post, feel free to post them to our group pool.)

3/22/12 Update: Eagle-eyed reader Kevin Millar tells us via email that this handsome fellow is an immature bald eagle:

Looks like a third winter Bald Eagle.  It looks like the top of the head is starting to turn white.  I don't think Golden Eagles ever get the white feathering on the breast that this bird has, either.

Casting call: Short film seeks actors

From the Hudson Valley Film Commission: A film company shooting in Sullivan County later this month is looking for cast members on short notice to play several roles in their short film, "My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain."

One very specific role they're looking to fill: The company needs a Caucasian arm or leg amputee, 18 to 23 years old, to play the role of "Frank Jr."

The film is based on a short story published in the January 2010 of Harper's Magazine, by writer T.C. Boyle. (The story can be read here, if you have a subscription to Harper's.)

The Hudson Valley Film Commission often posts on their blog about local casting calls, film jobs, and inquiries by film companies looking for shooting locations and housing for cast members.

Fresh: Family Traditions in Stone Ridge blends art and life

Above: Family Traditions owner Peri Rainbow-Sloan behind the counter. Photo by Anne Pyburn Craig.

A new business in Stone Ridge is a unique blend of gift shop, art gallery, and space for dispute resolution and educational services. All are invited to stop in between noon and 7pm this Saturday or Sunday, March 10 and 11, to meet the artists, munch complimentary snacks and wine, and get a peek at the newest denizen of Emmanuel's Plaza on Route 209.

Entering Family Traditions, it's hard to believe you're in the same space that used to house the well-loved but inarguably cramped video store. The feel is fresh and spacious. Beyond the array of gift-shop items, a comfy-looking lounge beckons. The walls pop with art.  Read more

This week around the blogshed

Above: Ostriches hanging out in the snow. Clearly this photo was taken a few weeks ago, and not yesterday.  Photo from Flickr user Catskills Photography, in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.  Read more

Tonight at the Rosendale Theatre: Women in media on women in media

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Tonight, the Rosendale Theatre hosts a special screening of "Miss Representation," a documentary about the bizarrely skewed world of women in media that premiered at Sundance last year.

On hand for the screening: A panel of women in (you guessed it) media, who will host a discussion after the film. The Hudson Valley Almanac writes:

Among the panelists, to be moderated by Adele Calcavecchio, will be actress/comedian/artist Denny Dillon, journalist Ann Gibbons, actress/writer/director Nicole Quinn, actress Cassandra Lee Walker and Ulster Publishing photographer Dion Ogust.

The Daily Beast's Jessica Bennett calls the film "haunting":  Read more

Owner of the Roxbury Motel gets statewide hospitality award, is feted in Albany

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Video of last night's NYSHTA awards ceremony by Joseph Massa of the Roxbury Motel. 

Last night, the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association gave its highest honor, the 2012 Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year award, to Gregory Henderson, the owner of the funky vintage-television-themed Roxbury Motel in Roxbury.

The award means that, in the hospitality industry's opinion, Roxbury's sleepy little corner of Delaware County is home to one of the best hotels in the state. 

Henderson was honored at a gala event at the Hotel Albany. Henderson's partner, Joseph Massa, got footage of Henderson's big moment, including a NYSHTA video shot onsite at the Roxbury featuring Henderson cavorting in some of the hotel's many tricked-out theme rooms. You can watch the whole thing above.  Read more

Free tonight? Write tonight.

Above: The original laptop. Photo by Flickr user xlibber; used under Creative Commons license.

Interested in writers and their writing?  Tonight, from 7-9pm at 76 MAIN! in Stamford, writers will present new works in progress. Part of the Roxbury Arts Group programming schedule, this writers' evening happens the first Monday of each month and is open to the public.  Donations are welcome and support Roxbury Arts Group programming.  For more information, see the listing in our calendar.  -- Andrea Girolamo

Ready for his close-up

Over the weekend, local photographer Mark Zilberman caught the soulful gaze of his neighbor's horse on film. (Well, on pixels, anyway.)

Photo taken in Andes on March 3. Thanks to Mark for sharing it in our Watershed Post Flickr group pool. We often feature new images from the pool on watershedpost.com, so if you're a local photographer and you'd like to see your work here, check out our Flickr group.

Big Fracas uses music, clever wordplay, to grab attention

Some people sign petitions, stage protests, write congress, when they're unhappy about something. Big Fracas Productions has chosen the time-honored tradition of using music to gather attention and support for their anti-hydraulic-fracturing position (Get it? Fracking?  Fracas?).  The Oneonta Theatre will host the event, which is scheduled for this Friday; doors open at 7 pm.  Area musicians from towns at risk for fracking are donating their time to make the event happen, and representatives from antifracking groups will be on hand for information sessions before the musicians, including Diane Ducey and Measured Mile, The Mountebank Brothers, Little Slice and The Good Things, and Hagalicious With Sage, take the stage at 8. For more information, see the listing in our calendar. -- Andrea Girolamo

 


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