Byrdcliffe arts colony opens its doors

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild celebrates the living legacy of the famous Woodstock arts colony on September 29, hosting a colony-wide Byrdcliffe Afternoon. Residents and visitors are invited to experience the multiple creative disciplines and services at the heart of the organization’s mission. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., WBG’s Artist-in-Residence program will host its final Open Studios of the season at the Villetta Inn (3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way), where visual artists including ceramicists, videographers and more will share the fruits of their nearly four-week stay atop Mount Guardian in an informal, meet-the-artist format.

Featured events include a 2 p.m. a tour of White Pines (454 Upper Byrdcliffe Rd), the beautiful 1902 Arts & Crafts home of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph and Jane Whitehead.  At 2:30 p.m. the Brydcliffe barn theater hosts readings and performances by Byrdcliffe’s artists-in-residence. Closing the day is a 4 p.m. concert at the Barn by Maverick pianist Simon Mulligan who, according to the Times of London, is “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.” His collaborations include performances and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin, and Sting. All events for the Sept. 29 Byrdcliffe Afternoon are free to the public.

Byrdcliffe Afternoon, Saturday, September 29, 12:30, free, 48 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock,