Saturday, Sept. 23: The difficulties of working with film “create a sense of performance, of danger and the possibility of loss.”
Lumberyard purchased four buildings – part of a former lumberyard – on the Catskill Creek waterfront, and in November will begin construction of a 5,500-square-foot theater in the cinderblock shell of a former garage. The theater, whose construction is being funded in part by a $5 million loan from RSF Social Finance (in addition to an Empire State Development grant and other sources), will be used to preview shows created by resident artists in the summer, which will open in New York City during the fall.
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.