Dec
14
Sat
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Miriam Bisceglia @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for the wonderful textile designer Miriam Bisceglia this holiday season on Saturday, December 14, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Miriam’s work, and everybody will be able to meet her at the Byrdcliffe Shop and find out more about the skills and fine artistry involved in her unique textile creations.

Miriam Bisceglia, a painter and printmaker, is a resident of Woodstock and teaches textile design at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She studied art and textiles at New York University and FIT, and earned an MFA at William Paterson in Painting and Printmaking. Her current work includes hand dyed silk accessories that dazzle with unexpected color and shape schemes. Miriam uses line and color to explore abstract images. As an artist, she works from an emotional perspective to discover an automatic writing. For Miriam, creating art is like a ritual. The ritual can be just as important as the final image. Experimentation with a variety of mediums and techniques are an important part of her process. When she creates art, she empathizes with her subject matter and finds herself observing from a different plane, a place that activates her senses from her own perspective. On December 1, Miriam will be in the shop from 12 until 6 pm. During that time, she will demonstrate several different techniques, exploring the process of surface design on fabric.

Miriam Bisceglia

20th Annual Winter Solstice 2019 with Happy Traum & Friends @ Woodstock Playhouse
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

20th ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE 2019 with HAPPY TRAUM & FRIENDS
On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Byrdcliffe’s Annual Winter Solstice Concert–in its twentieth year!–will be held at the Woodstock Playhouse. Curated and hosted by New York folk star Happy Traum, the Solstice Concert features favorite musicians singing a combination of holiday and American classics. It’s a concert to which everyone goes happy, and leaves happier. This year’s line-up includes Happy Traum, Cindy Cashdollar, Josh Colow, Zach Djanikian, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Eric Parker, Eugene Ruffolo, John Sebastian, and some special guests performing with Traum: a versatile, entertaining, and culturally edified musician who has been making records for over 50 years! Proceeds from the event support Byrdcliffe’s ongoing work as a center for the arts in the Hudson Valley.

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $67 / $47 / $27 (plus $4 handling charge) – please purchase your tickets online now!

Jan
13
Mon
Dimensions Variable, 2020 Annual Members’ Show – Drop-off Day @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Jan 13 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites you to participate in its 2020 Annual Members’ Show, this year called Dimensions Variable, which runs from January 16 to February 16, 2020. The show is open to all current members. A Curator’s Choice award in the amount of $100 will be presented to one artist chosen by the Exhibition Committee.

Click here to download the Dimensions Variable Guidelines
Click here to download the Dimensions Variable Loan Agreement
Click here to download the Dimensions Variable Artwork Submission Label

Drop-off Date: Monday, January 13, 2020, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 16, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dimensions Variable

Jan
17
Fri
Eric Andersen with Eric Lee, violin @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On Friday January 17, legendary singer-songwriter Eric Andersen will perform at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, accompanied by violinist Eric Lee. Called “a great ballad singer and writer” by Bob Dylan, Andersen has over the past fifty years toured the world and released more than thirty CDs of original music. Andersen’s most famous songs include “Violets of Dawn” and “Thirsty Boots,” with potent lyrics that reveal his literary devotion to the likes of Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, and Kerouac. These songs and more have been covered by artists including Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, John Denver, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul & Mary, and more. Andersen has also co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed.

Date and Time: Friday January 17, 2020 / 8pm (doors open 7:30)
Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker St., Woodstock NY 12498
Ticket Price: $23 nonmembers / $20 members; $75 for VIP tickets (front row seat and meet-and-greet with the artists)
Buy tickets online or by calling 845.679.2079
Tickets also available by raffle at the 5 by 7 Preview Party: Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

“I get labeled as a folk singer,” Andersen says in the documentary The Songpoet (Toward Castle Films, 2019), “I prefer not being called one, because that’s not really what I do.” For those of us not actually inside Andersen’s head, this might be a hard one to figure out: his melodies and melodious voice, his guitar and harmonica, and his heartfelt high-poetry lyrics speak immediately to the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene. Andersen was one of the original players of that scene along with Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton, whom he credits for discovering him in 1963. After recording albums Today is the Highway and ‘Bout Changes and Things, Andersen was briefly managed by Brian Epstein of Beatles fame, who died unexpectedly in 1967. In 1970, Andersen played the famous “Festival Express,” the trans-Canadian train tour that included Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, and more. Andersen was a resident of Woodstock, New York, between 1975 and 1983.

Today Eric Andersen’s performances include his early classics like “Thirsty Boots” as well as new material from his recent album projects inspired by writers Albert Camus and Lord Byron. In 2018 Sony/Legacy Recordings released a two-CD set, The Essential Eric Andersen, recorded from 1964–2006 and including rare and unreleased recordings featuring Joan Baez, David Bromberg, Rick Danko, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Leon Russell, and Richard Thompson.

Two VIP tickets to Eric Andersen with Eric Lee, violin will be raffled off at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 20th Annual 5 by 7 Show Preview Party on December 6, 2019 at the Kleinert/James. Raffle tickets are $5 for 5 tickets, or $20 for 25 tickets and support ongoing programming at Byrdcliffe including exhibitions and musical performances. VIP tickets are for front-row seats and include a private meet-and-greet with the artists.

Eric Andersen
Photo credit: Paolo Brillo.

Jan
18
Sat
Dimensions Variable, 2020 Annual Members’ Show – Opening Reception @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Marking the start of another year of excellence in the arts, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild announces its annual Members’ Show for 2020, called Dimensions Variable. The show is open to all current members. The opening reception is on Saturday, January 18, from 4 – 6 pm at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. This non-juried exhibition gives voice and opportunity to the many artists among the organization’s over 600 members. The exhibition will feature the work of both well-known and emerging artists, in an array of media from the traditional to the experimental: painters and printmakers, sculptors and installation artists, photographers, digital artists, and multiple permutations along the way. Following the Arts and Crafts tradition at the root of Byrdcliffe’s historical identity, members also work in textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and wood. Member submissions are due on Monday, January 13 with guidelines available below. Artists have the opportunity to submit one work in any medium to what is always a large show with high visitor numbers despite winter climes.

Every year, the members’ show at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts reflects the long-standing interdisciplinary mission set forth by Byrdcliffe’s founders in 1902. Like its Artist-in-Residence Program, Byrdcliffe’s annual members’ show demonstrates the sustainability of Jane and Ralph Whitehead’s multi-disciplined model that welcomed artists and craftspeople to work collaboratively and without restrictions. A Curator’s Choice award of $100 will be awarded at the reception. The artist chosen for this award will also be given the opportunity to represent the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Family of Woodstock’s annual Guitar Sculpture Exhibition.

Click here to download the Dimensions Variable Guidelines
Click here to download the Dimensions Variable Loan Agreement
Click here to download the Dimensions Variable Artwork Submission Label

Drop-off Date: Monday, January 13, 2020, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 16, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dimensions Variable