Friday, Sept. 15: Dr. Gretchen Sorin will offer a fascinating context for the Bates Country Club and other black tourism spots in the Catskills with an upcoming lecture at the Dutch Reformed Church in Accord. Sorin will be accompanied by Rene Bailey, the talented and moving gospel singer who was the house singer at the Peg Leg Bates Country Club for many years, and Connie Beckley, who currently owns the Wicky Wacky Club, an African American resort located in High Falls.
Peeking through the window of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History into the dust-covered former Reher Bakery in Rondout is a tantalizing glimpse back into a moment of time.
Saugerties’ gallery scene is seeking to transform the town into a must-visit destination for art aficionados. Four outstanding shows this month are clustered within two blocks. Paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures have overflowed the gallery walls and are showing up in storefront windows and inside restaurants.
On view until August 26: Artist Ernest Shaw explores what it means to be mortal at ASK gallery in Kingston. “All living things develop some kind of metaphorical armor – even plants and bacteria. Anxiety is an essential part of surviving.”
Less than three years after Kingston’s Midtown Arts District initiative was launched in October 2014, the City’s Broadway corridor is pulsing with new energy.
Thursday, August 3: The composer prepares for Kingston’s Celebration of the Arts concert, which will take place in a large tent called the Collective, on the site formerly occupied by the Kings Inn motel.
A private collector has made an offer on Louis Kahn’s Point Counterpoint II, but the owner turned him down, wanting to keep the boat in the public domain, where it can continue its mission of exposing youth in cities and towns along the nation’s navigable waterways to classical music. An upcoming concert in Kingston is the perfect vehicle showcasing Kingston’s commitment to do just that.
There were so many openings last weekend — a total of 18 — it was impossible to see them all. Adding to the difficulty was the fact that so much of the art was worthy of contemplation. On the positive side, the rich snippet of paintings, collages, photographs and sculptures I managed to view attest to the city’s vibrant art scene.
After 34 years on the bench, Karen Peters, the first woman to be appointed presiding justice of Appellate Division of the Third Department of state Supreme Court, is retiring.
Andrew Lyght, a Guyana-born artist whose home and studio are located in a former mule barn in Ponckhockie, and Valerie Piraino, who left Brooklyn a year ago with her husband, Drew Piraino, to move into a house in Connelly, are two of the four artists represented in a Dubai exhibition that opened this month.