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Woodstock ZBA to make Lodge decision on Thursday, May 23

Woodstock ZBA to make Lodge decision on Thursday, May 23

A recessed Woodstock Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on the legality of new building permits granted for Selina Woodstock, new owners of The Lodge (formerly the Pinecrest), was closed last Thursday, May 9, following another courtroom-like flurry of opposing statements from attorneys for the restaurant/inn and a neighbor. A decision was set to be made by the ZBA’s next meeting on May 23.

Peter Bradley at Emerge Gallery

Peter Bradley at Emerge Gallery

One of a handful of enterprising Color Field painters who took up acrylic gel paint for its own unique properties in the early 1970s, and hence influenced entire schools of modern abstract painters throughout his 50-plus year career (including the New New Painters of the 1980s and 1990s), Bradley will discuss his various careers as an artist, a gallerist, and a social mover in a special Woodstock School of Art event this Sunday, May 19, held in collaboration with Saugerties’ Emerge Gallery at its home at 228 Main Street in Saugerties.

What’s happening at Woodstock’s art galleries

What’s happening at Woodstock’s art galleries

While we all wait to see the hundred objects chosen to capture the first hundred years of the Woodstock Artist’s Association & Museum’s role as a stalwart of the town’s cultural tides, we might as well consider what’s being planned for the WAAM galleries’ other spaces starting this Saturday, with a reception planned for 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Fletcher’s auction has surprises, beauty and toughness

Fletcher’s auction has surprises, beauty and toughness

Good things come in sublime groupings, at least here in the art colony that is eternal Woodstock. A fortnight after Jim Cox’s successful Collector’s Exchange auction, noted gallerist Tom Fletcher, who’s spent a lifetime selling culture in first the book industry and now classic Woodstock art for nearly 30 years, will be hosting one of his grand fine art auctions on Saturday, May 11 starting at 2 p.m. at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center on Rock City Road.

Lang slams former financial partner for attempting to kill Woodstock 50

Lang slams former financial partner for attempting to kill Woodstock 50

Woodstock 50 impresario Michael Lang isn’t happy about what the multinational company he thought was his financial partner tried to do to his commemorative festival last week. He’s made his displeasure known by publicizing a five-page letter he sent to Toshihiro Yamamoto, president & CEO of Dentsu Inc. in Tokyo, on May 6, and charging the multinational of making off with $17 million in the process.

Cox auction highlights artistic trends

Cox auction highlights artistic trends

Gallerist and art auctioneer Jim Cox seemed just as busy at the start of this week as he was leading up to, and at, his Collectors Exchange Fine Art Auction at the Woodstock Community Center on Sunday, April 28. There was a lot of follow-up to do on live and online bids, billing matters to attend to, and the shipping of art to the many nations and states winning bids came in from.