New Paltz

Photography Workshop with Dan McCormack

May 9, 2015 - 10:00am

Attention all photographers! Dan McCormack will teach you how to "Photograph the Nude in the Studio & Sculpture Garden" on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00am-3:30pm at Unison Arts Center.

This all day workshop is intended for photographers at any level, from those who are just starting out to those who are more advanced.   There will be demonstrations on how to shoot a figure model in the studio and, weather permitting, in the Unison Sculpture Garden.

Participants should bring their cameras, many rolls of film, extra batteries, extra memory card, tripod and any props they might find interesting for the model to work with (fabric, hats, boots, etc). There will be a lunch break from 12:30-1:30 so participants should either bring their lunch or they can order food from a local deli.

Dan McCormack is an Ulster County photographer and the head of the Photography program at Marist College where he specializes in nude figure imagery.

The cost of the all day workshop is $130 for Unison members and $150 for non-members. Register online at or by calling 845-255-1559.  Read more


Decorative Art Classes for Kids

May 6, 2015 - 3:45pm

Unison Arts Center will offer a 6-week session of Decorative Art Classes for Kids, taught by Anna Darovsky, beginning Wednesday, May 6th and running through June 10th from 3:45-4:45.

In these classes, the emphasis is on the decorative approach to art. Children will work with paint, pastels, colored paper, yarn, beads, buttons and more.

As an instructor, Anna Darovsky's goal is to unleash the creative forces within each child.  She works with each student to help develop their artistic sensibility and awareness. 

The cost for the 6-week session is $120 for non-members and $110 for Unison members.  There will also be an additional $15 material fee. Please register online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Songs of Joy, Hope & Freedom with Kim & Reggie Harris

May 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
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The consummate musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris will appear in concert at Unison Arts Center on Saturday, May 2nd at 8pm.

Long time friends of Unison, Kim and Reggie Harris are dynamic and superbly talented traditional folk performers whose captivating stage presence and angelic harmonies have earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years.  They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singers, songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates.

Tickets are $22 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $24 at the door ($20 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Spring Open House

Early season leads to record bear hunt in southern New York

Above: The 580-pound bear Greene County hunter Tim Meservey shot during the early season in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Tim Meservey.

Bear hunters in New York's Southern Zone killed a record 1,110 bears in 2014, according to harvest figures that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released on Monday, April 13. That's 12 percent more than the previous record of 983 bears taken in the Southern Zone in 2011.

The record harvest is likely due to a new early bear hunting season that ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 in portions of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley, DEC officials say.

Catskills hunters in in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties killed 893 bears in 2014, according to an analysis of the DEC's hunt data by the Watershed Post. In the Catskills, hunters killed 294 bears during the new early season and 599 during the bow hunting, muzzleloading and regular seasons, which occur later in the fall.

The Catskills towns with the highest bear harvests are Hancock, with 34 bears killed; Wawarsing, with 32; Tusten, with 31; Rochester, with 27; and Mamakating, with 24.  Read more

Family Fun: Wildlife show with Animal Experiences

April 25, 2015 - 2:00pm

Animals take center stage as Unison Arts Center welcomes Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Nicole Chillemi on Saturday, April 25th at 2pm for some Family Fun.  Audiences can expect to see a chinchilla, hedgehog, snake, lizard, tortoise and more.

Nicole Chillemi has a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and currently runs Happy Tales, the not for profit animal sanctuary in Pine Bush, New York.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $8 for members and $5 for children under 12.  Door prices are $14, $10 for members and $7 for children under 12.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559 for more information.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.



Gallery opening: A World of Color

April 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

On Sunday, April 19th, the gallery at Unison Arts Center will present A World of Color: the artwork of Maxine Davidowitz & Deirdre Leber. There will be an opening reception from 4-6pm and the exhibit will be on display through May 24, 2015.

Maxine Davidowitz's recent work focuses on a somewhat hallucinatory view of the natural world, with a loose, painterly approach to mark marking. She has recently brought that same sensibility and love of colors in nature to monotypes.  She is a member of the Woodstock Artists' Associatioin & Museum and the Arts Society of Kingston. She has had solo shows at the 510 Warren Street Gallery in Hudson and Oriole 9 in Woodstock and has been part of numerous group shows in the Hudson Valley.  Read more


Think green...the green fairways of Golf

Not too soon to Save the Date for the Margaretville Health Foundation 2015 Golf Tournament at College Golf Course in Delhi taking place Thursday, August 6th. 

For a list of Business Sponsorhip Levels please call 845-586-2631 Extension 3181 and speak to Liz Warren or email [email protected]

Two Shows with The Wiyos

April 18, 2015 - 2:00pm
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On Saturday, April 18th, the Unison Arts Center stage will be awash in fedoras, vaudeville and washboards as the acclaimed acoustic group The Wiyos take to the stage for two shows: a kid-friendly matinee at 2pm and a more adult themed show at 8pm. Come to one, or both!

The Wiyos were one of the original  "old timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing, jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. In 2009 they opened for Bob Dylan on his summer tour. They have been featured in BBC television documentaries about folk music and have appeared at Carnegie Hall.  Read more


The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo

April 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Unison Arts Center is proud to present The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo on Saturday, April 11th at 8pm.

World renowned jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli (Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney) has been performing with his former student Ed Laub for the past 12 years. As a duo they have performed all over the US and Canada in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals.  They combine instrumental and vocal arrangements with an emphasis on the Great American Songbook as well as some of the classic 1930's guitar duos made popular by Carl Kress/Dick McDonough, Eddie Lang and George Smith.

Tickets are $24 in advance ($20 for Unison members) and $26 at the door ($22 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


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