Not to be missed is the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art’s New Folk exhibition, Jim Holl’s solo show of paintings and sculptures at Lockwood Gallery, a four-person exhibition of paintings at Green Kill, and works by Judy Pfaff and the three prizewinners of the Midtown Arts District’s first annual group show at the Arts Society of Kingston. All the shows are up through October.
Almanac Weekly | Art & Music
Community members, international performers, political representatives, candidates and activists have gathered for a reprise concert (this time, virtually) as Hudson Valley Votes comes together to get out the vote. Airing on Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m., via HVV’s YouTube channel and social media, as well as via Radio Kingston, Radio Woodstock and others, this third annual concert-rally features local and international talent.
The need for social distancing to protect patrons from Covid-19 has meant harder times than usual for the arts, with museums and galleries forced to limit their exhibitions and other programming to virtual platforms. That hasn’t sat well with Sevan Melikyan, owner and curator of Wired Gallery in High Falls.
In an inversion of normal that is par for the Covid-19 course, emails from several local venues in recent weeks have explicitly requesting that their events and who is performing and when not be mentioned. Actual billable hours are being spent on audience deterrence and show denial. The state is serious about enforcement.
Owner of Coldbrook Productions in Woodstock, Julie Last has seen it all. The California native came up as an audio engineer at the legendary Record Plant in New York City, the woman manager of which told her on her first day, “I don’t think you’ll last two weeks, but come back tomorrow.” She worked there for four years.
The Vassar Haiti Project celebrates 20 years with its traditional annual art sale and auction offered this year through virtual platforms. Hundreds of original paintings and handcrafts made in Haiti by artists and artisans will be offered for sale or auction.
Even if all you caught of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on TV was the opening video sequence – a montage lasting a minute and 45 seconds, titled “We the People” and featuring notable Americans of every description reciting the opening paragraph of the US Constitution, ending with the convention being called to order – you’ve been exposed to the music of New Paltz resident Pete Calandra. The keyboardist, composer and teacher wrote and played every note on that piece, which opens with a Coplandesque fanfare designed to swell the heart of any Democrat.
Two local artists and business-owners have teamed up with the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce to launch a new art project called “Outdoor Peace Exhibit: A Study on What Brings Us Together.” Liz Glover Wilson, a Chamber board member and founder of Sunflower Art Studios and Stone Wave Yoga, said that the board “had been talking about doing an art project for some time now, and I thought that this would be the time to really dig in and get something done that not only beautifies our town but also brings our community together.”
The Museum at Bethel Woods has announced a new augmented reality tour, “Meet Me at Woodstock.” The immersive tour gives guests the chance to experience the history of the festival first-hand as they listen to stories of those who were there, visualize the iconic stage, hear concert recordings and authentic announcements, and survey the grounds as a member of the 450,000 person crowd.
“I felt totally awkward that first month,” said Kate McGloughlin, long-time printing, painting and drawing instructor at the Woodstock School of Art as well as the institution’s former board president. “Then my partner Sarah and I decided to do a pilot class for online use.”