Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz will host the fifth annual “Artists on the Street” this Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The all-day en plein air event showcases the talents of nearly 20 Hudson Valley artists, including Kevin Cook, Daisy Deputhod, Carolyn Hutchings Edlund, Alan McKnight and Marlene Wiedenbaum. The event offers the opportunity for the public to watch and engage with local artists as they work, creating paintings inspired by the landscape of the Huguenot Street National Historic Landmark District. Maps will be available denoting the location of each artist participating across the site.
Food will be available for purchase from Ei’s Fries and the Flying Food Truck, and the New Paltz Brewing Company (Pfälzerbräu) will be on-site, serving its fresh handcrafted German-style lagers starting at noon. The brewery’s Hefeweizen, Rauchbier Amber Lager and Grätzer beers have all won awards at the annual TAP® New York beer-tasting competition.
This year’s event has been expanded to celebrate a wider variety of arts and culture. Muralist Eugene Stetz, best-known in New Paltz for his mural on the corner of Main and South Chestnut Streets, will participate this year, creating a large work in spray paint. The 28-year-old self-taught painter has created some 70 large-scale murals all across the country, including a 30-foot mural at Rondout Valley High School, from which he graduated.
Local singer/songwriter Ciarra Fragale will perform indie/folk repertoire on the Deyo House lawn beginning at 1 p.m., followed by singer/songwriter Patrick Collins at 2:30 p.m.
At 4 p.m., visitors are invited to an artists’ reception on the Deyo House lawn, during which many of the participating artists will have their works available for sale. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and classical musician Eric Roth will perform on a 19th-century guitar. The all-day event will also feature face-painting and an activities tent for children and families. The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine, sponsored by Woodland Pond at New Paltz.
Artists on the Street, Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; (845) 255-1660, www.huguenotstreet.org.