Woodstock Bookfest @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Apr 29 – Apr 30 all-day

Woodstock Bookfest (formerly Woodstock Writers Festival) will be happening on April 27-30, 2017. A number of events will take place at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts during the weekend, April 29 and 30.

Click here for the full calendar of events and how to purchase tickets.

Fashion Night at the Byrdcliffe Theater @ Byrdcliffe Theater
May 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Area businesses participate in collaborative celebration of fashion as fine art.

Event Date and Time: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock
Tickets: $50 and $75; $100 with Byrdcliffe Individual membership – please purchase your tickets online now!

Fashion Night at Byrdcliffe, now in its sixth year, is a benefit focusing on Byrdcliffe’s celebrated Artist in Residence Program, which provides an opportunity for visual artists, writers, playwrights, and composers to discover and hone their talents. In addition to supporting Byrdcliffe’s Artist in Residence Program, proceeds from Fashion Night will help sustain other creative Byrdcliffe arts programming that benefits the Hudson Valley community.

Fashion Night will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock. Byrdcliffe’s annual Fashion Night is a true collaboration with local residents and Byrdcliffe members to showcase every major clothing store in Woodstock, along with fashions from several stores in Kingston, Saugerties, and Rhinebeck. In previous years, Byrdcliffe’s fashion show transformed the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in downtown Woodstock into a fabulous, high-style runway; this year that ambiance will be transported to Byrdcliffe’s historic Theater, built in 1902 as part of the utopian arts colony envisioned by Byrdcliffe’s founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead. The well-dressed Whiteheads—themselves exemplars of how a country setting and high style are not mutually exclusive—will attend in spirit as the Theater lights up with new fashions, models, and auction items, all with the power to make Woodstock and beyond a bit more glamorous.

Fashion Night will include a cocktail hour with local fresh cuisine served with Prosecco and wine. Simultaneously, there will be an exciting silent auction including travel packages, culinary pleasures, and new items for spa, health/wellness, and home décor. When the auction closes, the fashion show is kicked off – an extravaganza of the latest styles the community has to offer, featuring talented local models parading down a full-sized catwalk constructed just for the occasion. The stars of the evening will be the area’s boutiques and designers who have created an exquisite array of spring looks. After the fashion show, everyone can enjoy dessert during a meet-and-greet with the participating local designers, stores, and models, then pick up their silent auction items.

This event is not to be missed! Tickets are $50 for upper theater seating; $75 for a seat on the stage floor or on the downstairs risers; or $100 for a floor or downstairs ticket plus an Individual Byrdcliffe membership (a $75 value, so you get a great seat at the Fashion Show for only $25!). Please purchase your tickets online now or call 845.679.2079.

Participating FASHION STORES from Woodstock and beyond: Changes, DIG, Euphoria Yoga, Hamilton & Adams, Juda Leah, Karina Dresses, Kenco, Lily’s, Loominus, Next Boutique, Oak 42, Pegasus Footwear, Pleasures, Pondicherry, SEW Woodstock, Tibetan Arts and Crafts, Walkabout, Woodstock Design, Woodstock General Supply, Woodstock Trading Post.

Spring Hike on the Byrdcliffe/Mt. Guardian Trails @ Meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join DEC-licensed Hiking Guide David Holden for a great spring hike. Dave is an amateur naturalist, nature photographer and nature writer. He built the Byrdcliffe Trail in 2012 and will share his love of Byrdcliffe and Mt. Guardian, pointing out and discussing local history, as well as the burgeoning natural world around us. Please dress for the weather, in layers, wear good (preferably waterproof) footwear with ankle-support, bring water and be prepared for a steep trail. Hopefully, there will be plenty of bird-activity, lots of new plant-growth and a nice view of the Woodstock Valley from the top. Meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater parking lot, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock at 10:00 am (approx. 3 hours). $15/person. Dogs must be leashed. Hike will proceed in light rain – heavy rain and/or thunderstorm cancels. Call 845.679.2079 for more info.

The Ritual of Construction – Gallery Talks and Opening Reception @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker St., Woodstock NY 12498
Exhibition dates: May 19 – July 2, 2017
Artists’ talks with curator Jeanette Fintz: Saturday, May 20, 3:00 pm.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 20, following artists’ talks; reception until 7:00 pm.

Opening on Friday May 19 (reception on May 20), The Ritual of Construction is a group exhibition of artists working in a variety of media, using units of geometric origin to create their work. According to Jeanette Fintz, the painter and independent curator behind the show, artistic construction from repetitive visual units can be understood as a form of ritual: the exhibition proposes that mindful forms of repetition can be linked both to spirituality and to the creative process.

The artists in the show include some illustrious names from both the Upstate and New York City regions. Altoon Sultan, Laura Battle, Benigna Chilla, Ann Feitelson, Anne Francey, Susan Spencer Crowe, and Stephen Westfall all present works that adhere to a specific geometric paradigm. Their pieces display a range of ethnographic and art historical resources, among them Islamic geometry, Medieval Italian floor tiles, the textile patterns and architecture of the Himalayas, American quilt patterns, and the work of early twentieth-century European spiritualists.

The Ritual of Construction also includes several artists who work with repetitive elements that are personalized or free-associative rather than focused on specific geometries. Mona Mark, Lisa Hoke and Emily Berger’s units are subjectively derived and organized but, according to Fintz, can be interpreted as having motives aimed at a kind of spiritual unity. Combined, the works in The Ritual of Construction demonstrate the complex genre of creative dedication behind what, from a purely aesthetic perspective, are magnificent, optically mesmerizing works of art. Fintz points out that for the artists, “the methodical process of doing this type of work. . . is satisfying both on an aesthetic and a spiritual level.” This is certainly true for visitors as well.

The exhibition includes a 28-page color catalogue.

The artists in the show are: Laura Battle, Emily Berger, Benigna Chilla, Susan Spencer Crowe, Ann Feitelson, Ann Francey, Lisa Hoke, Mona Mark, Altoon Sultan, and Stephen Westfall.

About the curator:
Jeanette Fintz is a painter, art educator, art writer, and independent curator. She is the recipient of the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award for painting, the NYFA Fellowship for Works on Paper, the E.D. Foundation Award for painting, and many other prestigious awards. Ms. Fintz is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, NH, the Millay Colony for the Arts, NY. She is an alumna of the Skowhegan School, Boston University SFA, the New York Studio School and Queens College. She has taught at SUNY, Purchase and at Parsons, the New School for Design. She is a founding faculty member of a Parsons affiliate school, CENFAD in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Jeanette Fintz will have a solo show at Fox Gallery, New York, in the fall of 2017, concurrent with the publication of a comprehensive book on her work. For more information, visit http://www.jeanettefintz.com

The curator will be joined by artists in the exhibition for a panel discussion on Saturday, May 20, at 3:00 pm at the Kleinert/James. A reception follows, until 7:00 pm.

The Byrdcliffe Shop – Grand Reopening @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for the grand reopening of the Byrdcliffe Shop on Saturday, May 27! The newly renovated shop will feature works by regional artists including an Artist Spotlight by ceramic artist Young mi Kim, and will debut the First Edition Series of the White Pines Pottery from the original Byrdcliffe molds!

The reopening will celebrate our members with our first Members’ Day – all members will receive a 15% discount on their purchases in the shop!

Shop hours: noon – 6 pm
Artist Spotlight: 2 – 4 pm

Young mi Kim
Ceramic artist Young mi Kim grew up in the mountains of South Korea. Daughter of a spiritual teacher, raised with 70 some Korean-war-orphans as brothers and sisters, she notes “I make pots because it brings me close to my humanity. Sharing it brings me close to my community.” Young mi works with porcelain and stoneware, hand-forming them using coil and pinching methods. They are then wood-fired, reduction-fired, or oxidation-fired to enhance the forms with surface. Historical pots, especially Korean Chōsen white wares and Onggi wares, are her creative point of departure.

Mt. Laurel Hike on the Byrdcliffe/Mt. Guardian Trails @ Meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Byrdcliffe Night at the Opera @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a festive evening of dinner, champagne, and bel canto with Mario Todaro.

Event Date and Time: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 6:00 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Tickets: $150 – tickets will be available for purchase online soon!

Summer Hike on the Byrdcliffe/Mt. Guardian Trails @ Meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater
Jul 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Woodstock House Tour @ Maps can be picked up at the Byrdcliffe Shop
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Event Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Times: Tour tickets and map available from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop. House Tour homes will be open for viewing from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Benefit Cocktail Reception will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Map Pick-up Location: The Byrdcliffe Shop, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock
Tickets: $1,000/$500/$250 for Sponsor; $100 for Benefit and House Tour; $50 for House Tour (not-yet member price); $40 for House Tour (member price) and $75 to become a member and purchase a House Tour ticket.

Byrdcliffe’s Ninth Annual Woodstock House Tour is set this year for Saturday, July 22, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A benefit cocktail party follows from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Like Byrdcliffe’s annual fashion show, the House Tour reflects on how style and design savvy are not exclusive to city life. Ticket-holders will experience the architecture, interiors, and art collections of local residents whose homes mirror the tranquility of the Catskills. These compelling spaces and their decor are reminders that Woodstock—as much today as in the days of the burgeoning Woodstock Art Colony—attracts people with its beauty; and those people create beauty in turn. John Ruskin’s proposition that mountain air inspires the artistic faculties is pointedly illustrated by Woodstock—by its artists, and by its homes.

This year’s Woodstock House Tour combines contemporary houses and stunning views with a taste of history. The home that one of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead, inhabited after the death of her husband, founder Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, will be open to the public. Visitors move at their leisure from home to home.

After the House Tour, make sure to come back to the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts for jazz at its finest with Roswell Rudd and Heather Masse!

Heather Masse and Roswell Rudd @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Back by popular demand, vocalist Heather Masse and world-class jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd perform at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, on Saturday July 22, 2017. Masse and Rudd released the album AUGUST LOVE SONG in 2016, a mix of standards and originals which Michael Bailey of All About Jazz calls “music that makes you wish you could live forever just to hear more of it.”

Called “one of jazz’s greatest trombonists” by the Wall Street Journal, Roswell Rudd is famous for his combination of jazz and world music and his groundbreaking collaborations with Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, and Steve Lacy. Singer/songwriter Heather Masse is a great interpreter of songs, and combines this with a wide range of sonic resources. Masse is a regularly featured guest on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and a member of the Wailin’ Jennys. Masse recorded a duo CD with Dick Hyman and is the vocalist on Funky Little Sweet Thing with John Medeski, Matthew Finck, Ira Coleman, Roswell Rudd, and T Xiques.

Also performing are Rolf Sturm, guitars, and Mark Helias, bass.

heather masse and roswell rudd