All posts by Lynn Woods

Navigating segregation: African-American tourists in upstate New York

Navigating segregation: African-American tourists in upstate New York

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.

A lively August art scene in Saugerties

A lively August art scene in Saugerties

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.

As a river city with a strong arts presence, Kingston could be ideal home port for orchestra boat

As a river city with a strong arts presence, Kingston could be ideal home port for orchestra boat

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.

An exceptional July for Kingston’s art scene

An exceptional July for Kingston’s art scene

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.

Two Kingston artists featured in Dubai exhibit

Two Kingston artists featured in Dubai exhibit

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.