Art & Music

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.

Bard Conservatory performs Mahler’s Third twice this weekend

Bard Conservatory performs Mahler’s Third twice this weekend

Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 12: While Mahler’s No. 8 is the one affectionately dubbed the “Symphony of a Thousand” because of its immense ensemble size and logistical challenges (sometimes involving entire second orchestras and choirs performing in the wings, out of audience view), No. 3 is no small and tidy affair. Bard’s performance will employ more than 160 musicians to get it right.

Ulster County Poorhouse sculpture unveiling set for May 15

Ulster County Poorhouse sculpture unveiling set for May 15

The Ulster County Poorhouse opened in New Paltz in 1828, at the site on Libertyville Road where the Ulster County Fairgrounds and county pool complex are now located. The facility closed in 1976 after having housed thousands of people in the intervening years. Some were classified as “insane” or “intemperate,” but the records show just as many who were admitted because of old age, sickness or disability. There were unwed mothers, “debauched” women, abandoned wives, babies and children, former slaves and recent immigrants injured while employed building the Catskill Aqueduct and D & H Canal.

Dirty Projectors to play Hudson Hall

Dirty Projectors to play Hudson Hall

Saturday, May 25: While the eccentric musical visionary Dave Longstreth had been making experimental pop records for years, a pair of major releases – 2009’s Bitte Orca and 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan – firmly established the then-Brooklyn-based ensemble as one of the most formidable voices in the conservatory wing of indie-pop. Everything the man does is challenging, and worth it.

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.