The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild provides a vibrant center for excellence in the arts and crafts in the beautiful and unique rural community of Woodstock, New York, while preserving the historic and natural environment of one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America. It offers an inspiring combination of residency, educational, exhibition, and performance programs that encourage creative collaboration among artists, students, arts professionals, and the public.
WHO WE ARE
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a regional center for the arts located in Woodstock, New York. From its 250 acre mountainside campus and its arts and performance center located in the village of Woodstock, Byrdcliffe offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, summer residences, and artist housing. Byrdcliffe embraces all disciplines of artistic endeavor in a collaborative spirit, and seeks creative partnership with other not for profit and educational entities in order to leverage its unique resources for the benefit of the cultural life of the Hudson Valley region. Byrdcliffe was founded in 1902 and has operated as a nonprofit organization since 1938.
As is common for not-for-profit service organizations, Byrdcliffe is funded by a combination of contributed income and earned income. Sources of contributed income include individual memberships, bequests, foundation grants, government agency grants, income from our endowment, and corporate and individual contributions. Byrdcliffe receives earned income from rentals, tuitions, sales, and tickets. Byrdcliffe is a member of the Woodstock Arts Consortium and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.
- Jeremy joined Byrdcliffe at the start of 2014. Previously he was Executive Director at CUE Art Foundation where he served for ten years. Before being at CUE, Jeremy was the Vice President and Director of Operations of Art4love Inc., a company that focuses on leasing the work of emerging artists to corporations and health care institutions throughout the New York region. He has also served as Assistant Director of Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management Services and managed the Pamela Auchincloss Gallery in New York City. Jeremy received an Honors B.A. from Winchester School of Art and an M.F.A in painting from Pratt Institute, New York in 1991. Jeremy has been dividing his time between the Hudson Valley and New York City for the past four years and is delighted to now be able to move to the region full time and recommence his painting practice.
- Derin Tanyol came to Byrdcliffe in 2013. She curates exhibitions, manages all guest-curated exhibitions, and oversees all educational programming and performances in the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts and at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and has published on 19th- and early 20th-century French and American art. She has taught at Wesleyan University, SUNY New Paltz, and Hunter College. Prior to coming to Byrdcliffe, Derin was Interim Curator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Gallery Manager at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.
- Heather joined Byrdcliffe as Office and Development Manager in August 2015. She completed an A.S. in Business, Management, and Economics at SUNY Empire State College, and is finishing up a B.S. in Horticulture from Oregon State University online. A lover of nature and the arts, Heather has a unique background that includes nearly twenty years of office and business administration in addition to a deep appreciation of the arts and sciences. Originally from Charlottesville, VA, she has been living in the Hudson Valley for the last four years. The natural beauty of the area has made the relocation a very easy transition.
- Antonio Fascilla has returned to the “hands on” field after a 4-year stay in the world of Project Management. He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in sculpture from Tyler School of Art/Temple U. in Philadelphia, PA. From 2001-2009 he owned and operated his own construction company, Fascilla Construction INC, working primarily on renovations and remodels. In this time he designed and built 50 projects which ranged in scope from a simple powder room renovation to an entire home flip. He is a craftsman and an artist, and enjoys creating new life from old things.
- Stefan Saffer came on board as Byrdcliffe’s Artists in Residence Program Manager in March of 2017. Stefan is a practicing artist and recently moved from Germany to the Hudson Valley. He is a founding member of the Berlin-based non-profit www.artpod.org and works with the newly opened upstate gallery De Chiara Projects. He invented a new verb “minking,” which means making and thinking at the same time. Stefan is excited to work for Byrdcliffe and sees the AiR Program as a space where the global meets the local, to create the new together.
- Megan Daly has been a resident of Woodstock since 1976, raising two kids and working part-time for her husband. She is a ceramicist with extensive experience in retail craft shows up and down the East Coast. From 2000 to 2010 she worked as Crafts Coordinator and manager of the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery for the Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter. She co-produced the Mountain Culture Festival for the CMF from 2001 to 2007. Megan is very happy to be contributing to the life of the Byrdcliffe community.
- Olivia joined the Byrdcliffe community in 2016 as an assistant at the Artist in Residence program. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Olivia received a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont where she studied literature and drama. She has experience interning in TV writers’ rooms, a film distribution company, and with regional theater productions. In addition, Olivia develops her own plays and television scripts and hopes to debut her work in the future.
- Rich Conti initiated the current ceramics program at Byrdcliffe and has been director of the program for 13 years. He received his BFA from Alfred University and in 1999 was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. Rich’s work is firmly grounded in objects for daily use, combining simple aesthetics and the mandates of functionality. Rich has a dedicated following of students in his classes at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Known as the “El Camino” of potters, when asked about whether he considers himself an artist or craftsperson, Rich responds, “Is the El Camino a car or a truck?”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Randy Angiel
- Randy Angiel, Ph.D., is a seventh generation Woodstock native. He earned a doctorate in history and taught at several campuses within the State University of New York. He currently works in the IT field as an emerging technology consultant for the entertainment, government and education markets. He has an affinity and passion for local and regional history and has researched extensively the economic history of the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. He has a strong connection to Byrdcliffe as his grandparents rented the facility from the Whiteheads after World War II and ran the French Camp there for many years. Randy also grew up in Byrdcliffe after the camp was sold to another local family. Randy has a deep appreciation and love of the arts and believes in the importance of preserving and sustaining Byrdcliffe for the future.
- Joseph W. Belluck is a founding partner of the law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. Under his leadership, the firm has grown into one of the country’s most significant personal injury law firms. Joe is a highly experienced and nationally recognized attorney whose practice focuses on asbestos/mesothelioma cases, as well as consumer, environmental and product injury cases. Motivated by a desire to fight injustice and to seek justice for his clients, Joe has dedicated his law practice to representing individual consumers and workers against large multi-national corporations. Joe is known nationally for both his legal ability and his high ethical standards. In April of 2008, he was appointed by New York Governor David A. Patterson to serve on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct—the state commission that decides ethical complaints against judges. In 2008, he was also named a New York SuperLawyer.
- Linda Bodner is now a full-time resident of Woodstock, after retiring in 2014 from her law practice in Manhattan. She received her B.A. in political science from Boston University and her J.D. from Fordham Law School. She and her husband raised their two daughters in Manhattan and in 1999 purchased their residence in Bearsville, a home with strong Japanese and Arts and Crafts influences. They both have loved exploring Woodstock and its Arts and Crafts history. They collect Japanese pottery and Linda is looking forward to taking ceramics classes at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in the spring of 2015. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild has been important to Linda ever since her arrival here and she looks forward to a greater involvement as a member of its board.
- Oscar Buitrago is the Associate Director of Business Development for the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice at White & Case LLP. He was recently named to the M&A Advisor’s list of 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Business Development and Marketing for the Mergers & Acquisitions industry. From 2004 – 2009, Oscar lived and worked in Singapore where he helped lead business development across Asia for White & Case and another leading international law firm. He received his B.A. in Art History and B.A in Classics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was awarded the Donat Fellowship (for the advanced study of archaeology) and the Phi Kappa Fellowship (for advanced international studies). Oscar first came to Woodstock in 1997, and, in addition to his passion for art and archaeology, he is an avid gardener and loves to play tennis.
- Monica Coleman, a Woodstock resident since 1999, is both an artist and a business owner. She honed these skills in her early years working in interior design and photography, opening her own photo rep firm in 1992 in New York City. In 2002, she started the Woodstock Wool Company, remodeling the old Post Office building on Tinker Street. A year later she teamed up with Kate Pierson to design and operate the award winning hotel Kate’s Lazy Meadow, in Mt. Tremper. In 2012, they opened their second business Kate’s Lazy Desert, a vintage airstream hotel, near Joshua Tree, California. Monica has been taking ceramics classes at Byrdcliffe for several years, is an avid photographer, textile artist and graphic designer, and has directed her first music video. She is also pursuing her love of music, songwriting and playing guitar.
- Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects. Her work includes planning and design for many universities, a Visitor Center for the FDR Library in Hyde Park and the recently completed Sangha House for the Zen Mountain Monastery. She was Dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, has served as a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and as an advisor to the US Department of State. Frances has served as president of the NYC American Institute of Architects, and as president of the Architectural League of New York. She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a M. Arch. from Columbia University. Frances has been living in Woodstock on weekends since she was one year old.
- Richard Heppner has served as the Town of Woodstock Historian since 2001 and has been a member of the Historical Society Board of Directors since 2002. A graduate of Onteora High School, he received his BA in Political Science and History from SUNY Albany and his MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. After many years as a faculty member at SUNY Orange, he has served as Chair of the Arts and Communication Department, Associate Vice President of Liberal Arts and as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He retired from SUNY Orange in August of 2011. During his tenure as Town Historian, he has worked closely with the Historical Society to insure that history of our town is not only preserved, but assessable. He currently serves on the Board of the Artist’s Cemetery as Vice-President, is a sitting member of the Commission for Civic Design, and Chairs the Alf Evers Volunteer of the Year Award Committee. In addition to numerous articles and publications on Woodstock history, he is also the author of “Remembering Woodstock.” (The History Press, 2008)
- John Koegel is an attorney and founder of the law firm The Koegel Group. Since 1982 he has specialized in “art law”, exclusively representing artists, galleries, and others involved with visual art in most areas of the law including litigation. He attended Fordham Law School and initially joined the law firm of Rogers & Wells. After a two year appointment as counsel to a National Commission appointed by President Carter in Washington D.C., he served as General Counsel and Secretary at the Museum of Modern Art. Over the years he has been actively involved in the drafting of legislation affecting the arts, especially including the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (the federal law of moral rights for artists). John currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lower East Side Print Shop, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Leon Polk Smith Foundation. He was a long time active board member of Exit Art, and also serves as an honorary board member and pro bono counsel to the International Fine Print Dealers Association, ArtTable and the Association of Art Museum Curators.
- Joan Lonergan grew up in Ulster County and graduated with a B.F.A. with a concentration in painting and ceramics. She attended the School of Visual Arts and worked for ten years as a graphic designer in New York. In 1986 Joan and her family decided to leave Brooklyn and chose Woodstock as their new home. She opened Village Green Realty in 1990 which has grown to include five offices in the region employing over 100 agents and staff. Joan has served on a number of local boards. She has been affiliated with the Woodstock Youth Theater, Woodstock Democratic Committee, and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, among others. Joan believes Byrdcliffe plays a pivotal role in Woodstock, and she became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2010.
- K.L. McKenna started off her early art career as a photographer. Her photographs of the 1970’s reflect the ongoing interest in portraits, street life and landscape scenery. Her sense of composition carries through the different mediums. Her inspiration for western scenes comes from childhood summers spent in Wyoming and Colorado with her paleontologist father prospecting for fossils and dinosaurs. As a 13 year old in 1969, she ran the Grand Canyon Colorado River in wooden cataract boats where she was awed by red canyons, buttes and the blue skies of Arizona. In addition to being a painter, K.L. McKenna, who has a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, has worked on a wide variety of interesting design projects over the years. She is currently designing interactive color with custom printed fabric for quilts using a variation of the Amish traditional “Diamond in the Square” geometric design.
- Catherine McNeal has extensive experience in strategic marketing and oversight of large corporate fashion retailers. She held Senior Vice President / General Merchandise Manager position in the fashion industry and has considerable merchandising and design expertise. Catharine lives in Woodstock and only last year established her own business to serve the local area in home staging and interior redesign. Additionally, she has made it a life long commitment to be involved with the community and has volunteered for many non-profit organizations throughout her career. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgia State University and has been a member of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild since 2014.
- Erica Obey earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and published a book and scholarly articles on 19th-century lady folklorists before she decided she would rather be writing the stories herself. Her first novel, Back to the Garden, was released in 2013, and she has two forthcoming novels, The Lazarus Vector (October, 2016), and The Curse of Braddock Brides (May, 2017). When she is not writing, you can find her gardening and hiking around her Byrdcliffe home, or teaching courses in Mystery Fiction, Arthurian Romance, and Fairy Tale and Fantasy at Fordham University.
- Mirav Ozeri was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. After serving in the Israeli army and completing three years of photography studies, she moved to New York City where she worked as a staff photographer in a large studio. When the video industry was emerging in the 80’s, Mirav started her own production company where she produced and directed videos for political organizations and non-profit corporations such as the Anti-Defamation League, The Alcoholism Council, The Correctional Associations, and many others. Those projects led to a job offer at CBS news. While at CBS, Mirav helped launch CBS MarketWatch. She was a senior editor and segment producer of the Sunday morning show until it was sold to the Dow Jones nine years later. For the past six years Mirav has worked as a builder, land developer, and property manager in the Woodstock, NY area, where she is currently living.
- Karen Peters is the Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division Third Department of the New York State Supreme Court. Prior to serving as Counsel to the New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and Director of the Government Operations Committee in the New York State Assembly, Karen was an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz and was engaged in the private practice of law. She received a B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. An avid appreciator of the arts, and a passionate potter, Karen has studied ceramics with WBG’s Rich Conti. A native New Yorker, Karen Peters lives, works and raised her family in Ulster county. Karen became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2009.
- Benjamin Prosky is Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture in New York City. Until 2016 he was Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). In 2009, he co-founded ARCHITIZER, the first professional and social networking website for architecture. Until May 2011 he was the Director of Special Events and External Affairs at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. From 2002 to 2005, he was Head of Public and University Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada, and from 1999 to 2002 he was an Exhibitions Coordinator for the Institut Francais d’Architecture in Paris, France. He received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College and studied Urban Planning at Columbia University. Ben has been coming to Woodstock all his life, and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2009.
- Tani E. Sapirstein is an attorney practicing in Springfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jonathan. She concentrates her practice in civil litigation with an emphasis in employment discrimination matters. She serves as a hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and on the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Tani has a B.A. in History and English from Brown University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Tani and Jon purchased their home in Woodstock in 2011 because of the hiking, restaurants and of course, the arts.
- Abigail Sturges grew up in New York City and spent uninterrupted summers in Woodstock. She majored in classics at Vassar before studying in Italy for a year. Working in New York City provided Abigail the opportunity to collaborate with graphic designer Massimo Vignelli for over twenty years on architectural publications, while she has owned her own design firm for 45 years. Abigail has been the Art Director for Architecture magazine and has designed illustrated books for major publishers such as Rizzoli and Norton. Her volunteer work includes graphic design for private schools and colleges and event planning. She has also served on the New York State Council of the Arts’ Architecture, Design and Exhibition panel. Abigail and her architect husband Daniel Perry live in Avanti on Webster Road below the Byrdcliffe Theater and Daniel is in the process of restoring the house to its original arts and crafts design.
- Les Walker is an architect with an office in Woodstock, and is the author of eight books related to architecture, including Tiny Houses and American Shelter. He received a B.A. in Architecture from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. in Architecture from Yale University. He was an adjunct professor of Architecture at the City College of New York for 20 years. His primary interest in Byrdcliffe is the preservation of the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony buildings. Les moved to Woodstock in 1970, and has served on the Byrdcliffe board for many years, first joining in 1983.
- Paul Washington is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. A lifelong Woodstock resident, Paul worked in local, state and federal government, as well as in the private sector. His legal career has included serving as a law clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., retired Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Associate Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then as an associate at Sidley & Austin. Paul has a B.A. in History from Yale and a law degree from Fordham where he serves as an adjunct professor teaching a class on Corporate Governance. Paul has 25 years of experience in serving on the boards of non-profit cultural, civic and professional organizations. He currently also serves on the boards of the American Folk Art Museum, Wilderstein Historic Preservation, and the Legal Aid Society.
- Sylvia Leonard Wolf grew up in NYC where she was dragged around to museums and galleries since being old enough to walk. The continual exposure took! She is a certified fine art appraiser with an international practice for museums, the IRS, and individual collectors. Sylvia teaches Art Appraising at NYU, is a member of the Appraisers Association of America (past president), served on the WAAM Board of Directors for eight years (chaired the Permanent, Acquisition and Archives committee), is a member of Art Table, the Dali Authentication Committee, and the advisory board of the Dorsky Museum at SUNY, New Paltz. In 2010 she joined Byrdcliffe’s exhibition committee and has co-curated three exhibitions. After Music + Art High School (NYC), and a BA from NYU Heights, she continued with graduate art history studies at Columbia University, Geneva (Switzerland), and the New School. Sylvia is a full-time Bearsville resident, after 25 years of weekends in Woodland Valley.
- Doug James, a life-long jazz drummer, owned Woodstock Recording Studio and was the voice of WDST’s Sunday ‘Sound of Jazz’ for nine years during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was formerly head of a public relations office in New York. He dedicated the Kleinert/James Arts Center and the James Gallery in 1996 and was instrumental in forming the Byrdcliffe Permanent Collection. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Acquisition Committee of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and a member of the Woodstock Memorial Society. A Wisconsin native, he received a degree from Princeton University. Doug has lived in Woodstock since 1969, and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 1980. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Byrdcliffe, Doug was voted a permanent board member.
- Garry Kvistad is the founder and CEO of Woodstock Percussion, Inc., makers and distributors of Woodstock Chimes® and musical instruments for children sold worldwide. As a professional musician, Garry has been performing and recording with the ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians since 1980. Garry won a Grammy award for the 1998 recording of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. He tours and records as a member of NEXUS, the internationally-renown, Canadian-based chamber music ensemble. Garry served as Chairman of the Byrdcliffe Board of Directors (board member for 20 years) where a building was named in his honor in 2008. Garry is also on the advisory board of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and is the creator/Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival (held in 2009 and 2011 in Kingston, and summer 2013 in Woodstock).
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498 USA
HOURS OF OPERATION
OFFICE HOURS: The Administrative Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
SHOP/GALLERY HOURS: Starting in January, 2017, the Byrdcliffe Shop and Kleinert/James Center for the Arts will be open Friday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm.
View a map to the Byrdcliffe Administrative Office and the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts.
View a Map to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.