Aug
18
Sun
Choreography on the Edge 2019 @ Byrdcliffe Theater
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Friday August 9, Saturday, August 10 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday August 11 at 3:00 pm, Choreography on the Edge will present its 30th performance at the beautiful, historic and air conditioned Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY. Since 1990, this innovative program has given professional choreographers and dancers a chance to experiment and push their boundaries, much to the benefit of Hudson Valley’s lovers of dance!

This year we are celebrating our 30th year by bringing back some of the original choreographers as well as some relatively newer favorites. The program promises to stretch the audience’s envelope as well. The line-up is comprised of choreographers and dancers spanning a wide range of styles and techniques; primarily modern dance, contemporary ballet, and cultural motifs. A number of choreographers will be performing their work as solos, and others will work as duets and trios. Among this stellar group are: Laura Ward with Octavia Cup Dance Theatre and D’amby Project. Louisa Barta and Sara Senecal from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in Albany will be performing solos, while Laura Teeter will be choreographing and performing a duet with Damon Honeycutt from Pilobolus. Damon will also be presenting one of his own works. Celeste Graves, one of the original choreographers will be presenting a new work. This show promises to be an excellent showcase for the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Also, in honor of the 30th anniversary as well as the 20th year at the Byrdcliffe Theater, Choreography on the Edge will be presenting a second weekend of new works by a different group of local choreographers. On Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm and Sunday August 18 at 3:00 pm, Choreography on the Edge will present new works by local choreographers Andrea Pastorella, Laura Ward, Julie Manna, and Rebecca Frank among others. Also presenting will be Jai Mason from Albany, Jess Lewis from NYC, and Jocelyne Danchick from Poughkeepsie by way of France.

A Choreographers Concert began when a group of local choreographers decided to present a showcase of new work, the only requirement being that they combine movement and music in a way that was completely new for them. The presentation was so well received that it became an annual event that drew the participation of non-local choreographers as well, moving from the Woodstock Town Hall to its current home at the Byrdcliffe Theater and updating the name to Choreography on the Edge. Keeping the experimental nature of any artistic endeavor alive is always a challenge, one that Choreography on the Edge has risen to time and again. To maintain this focus on fresh, innovative work, and a high standard of professionalism, choreographers are asked to dig deep, incorporating elements they haven’t used before. The pieces are not auditioned and most of them will be premiering, giving the work an immediacy that engages the audience in a more energetic and intimate way.

Choreography on the Edge is produced by Zack Jacobs with greatly appreciated support from The Ulster Ballet Company, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the D’amby Project. The historic Byrdcliffe Theater is located at 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock, NY. Tickets are affordably priced at $12 each and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling Zack Jacobs at 845.453.8673, or email ChoreographyontheEdge@gmail.com.

Choreography on the Edge

Aug
24
Sat
Psych Out!!! – Conversation with Isaac Abrams and Carlo McCormick @ Byrdcliffe Theater
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Byrdcliffe’s outdoor exhibition at White Pines, Psych Out!!!, curated by Alan Baer, is the point of departure for this conversation about art and the psychedelic between a well-known artist and a well-known critic. Read more about the exhibition here

Isaac Abrams, whose New York City gallery Coda first exhibited psychedelic art in 1965, started making art in the psychedelic mode soon after the ground-breaking Coda exhibition. Abrams’s art has been exhibited at many museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, The Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Carlo McCormick is a critic and curator based in New York City. As a guest curator for The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984 (at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery), he identified a diverse cross section of artists that emerged after 1960s psychedelic, pop art, and experimental eras. McCormick’s articles have appeared in Art in America, ARTnews, Artforum, Spin, Vice, and many other journals. He serves as the senior editor for Paper. McCormick’s books include Trespass, a survey of graffiti and urban street art, and Beautiful Losers, which traces the works of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. McCormick recently co-curated PUNK LUST: RAW PROVOCATION 1971-1985 with Vivien Goldman and Lissa Rivera at the Museum of Sex.

Lecture Date and Time: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Cost: FREE

Psych Out!!!

Aug
31
Sat
Artist in Residence Program – Open Studio Session 03 @ Villetta Inn
Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

IT’S OPEN STUDIO TIME AT BYRDCLIFFE!

Meet the Makers – the third Open Studios event for our 2019 Artist in Residence (AiR) Program takes place on Saturday, August 31 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be open studios from 3:00 to 5:00 pm around the Villetta Inn, followed by readings and musical performances from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Experience installations, paintings, performance, musical composition, ceramics, readings, and more! Residents live and work at the 117-year-old Byrdcliffe Art Colony, just north of downtown Woodstock.

Help us celebrate the unstoppable diversity of art at Byrdcliffe today. This event is free and open to all! Refreshments will be served.

For navigational purposes, use 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY 12498. Look out for the large VILLETTA INN to the right of the Byrdcliffe Theater and follow our signs.

The August 31 Open Studio participants include:
-Visual Artists: TBA
-Writers/Playwrights: TBA
-Musical Composers: TBA

Open Studio Schedule for the 2019 Summer Season:
-Saturday, June 22, 3:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)
-Saturday, July 20, 3:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)
-Saturday, August 31, 3:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)
-Saturday, September 28, as part of Byrdcliffe Afternoon 12:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)

Sep
1
Sun
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Faye Richland @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for visual artist Faye Richland on Sunday, September 1, noon to 3:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Faye’s work, and everybody will be able to meet her at the Byrdcliffe Shop and find out more about her artistic skills involved in her drawings.

Faye Richland was an English major at Northeastern University. Since Faye also had an interest in art, she took life drawing classes at night school in Cambridge, MA. The focus required in drawing from the live model later translated to doing minimal line sketches also referred to as gesture drawings. In a quick sketch exercise, you focus on capturing the pose of the model, or the characteristic of the model that you find most interesting and want to “catch”. If you begin to sketch a dog, a bird, a cottage, you may find that it becomes second nature – if this type of art is of interest to you. Faye began to take a sketch pad wherever she traveled. If you try doing this, you will soon have an archive of drawings. Do each drawing as quickly as possible, with no detail. Just catch the shape or the essence or gesture of your subject. At first, don’t evaluate your work, just keep getting the lines and shapes down on paper. After being referred to the Art Students’ League, Faye studied how to approach and do abstract expressionistic paintings with Knox Martin, her mentor for ten years. He’s 95 years old and still painting.

Faye Richland

Sep
8
Sun
2019 Annual Awards Celebration @ Onteora Mountain House
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

EVENT: Byrdcliffe Annual Awards Celebration

HONOREES: Happy Traum, John Sebastian, and Friends

DATE & TIME: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

LOCATION: Onteora Mountain House, 96 Piney Point Road, Boiceville, NY

TICKET PRICING:
-Individual $175
-Standard Table for 10: $1750
-Premium Table for 10: $2000

WHAT:
-Silent & Live Auction
-Lunch
-Cocktails
-Music

Sep
14
Sat
Woodstock Collects – Opening Reception @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

EXHIBITION WOODSTOCK COLLECTS BRINGS PRIVATE COLLECTIONS TO THE PUBLIC EYE
Five-venue exhibition celebrates unity among Woodstock’s arts organizations

With a town-wide reception on Saturday September 14, the multi-venue exhibition Woodstock Collects invites the public to bask in over a century of rich visual traditions making Woodstock the art colony to beat all art colonies. The exhibition, sourced entirely from local private collections, will be on view through the fall of 2019 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Woodstock School of Art. This first-time collaboration among five of Woodstock’s key arts organizations includes regionally and internationally known artists like Milton Avery, George Bellows, Lucile Blanche, Manuel Bromberg, Konrad Cramer, Julio de Diego, Mary Frank, Marion Greenwood, Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Georges Malkine, Fletcher Martin, Zulma Steele, Eva Watson-Schütze, and many more.

Each of the five participating organizations uses a different curatorial approach, telling a story that illuminates that organization’s history. The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s exhibition, curated by Hannah Frieser, will be on view through October 20; featuring the experimental photographs of Konrad Cramer, Manuel Komroff, and Nathan Resnick, the exhibition focuses on their changes from Pictorialism to abstraction. Deborah Heppner, curator of the show at the Historical Society of Woodstock (on view through October 27), invited HSW board members to submit works of personal or historical significance, along with written narratives of how the artworks came into their possession. WAAM’s contribution to Woodstock Collects, titled An Artistic Legacy: 1+1+1, presents three-tiered groupings based on a work by historic Woodstock artists from WAAM’s permanent collection and private collections, the work of one of the artist’s descendants, and the work of a contemporary artist selected by the descendant; curated by Janice La Motta, WAAM’s exhibition is on view through December 29. Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Legacy of the Arts: Friends, Families, Lovers (through October 13) was curated by Tina Bromberg, Abigail Sturges, and Sylvia Leonard Wolf and celebrates artists from every stage of the Guild’s history, from Ralph and Jane Whitehead’s Arts and Crafts utopia, to the formation of the Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen in 1939, to the merger between the Guild and the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in 1976 and the addition of the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in 1996. Finally, Jenne M. Currie curated the exhibition The Art Students League in Woodstock 1947–79 for the Woodstock School of Art, examining the vital role that instructors at the Art Students League (housed until 1979 at what is today WSA’s campus) and their peers in the artistic community have played in the town’s rich cultural history. WSA’s Woodstock Collects exhibition is on view through October 12.

While each venue’s exhibition has its own personality, the sum of the five shows reveals the mutual sustainability of the arts in Woodstock, held together by a community of artists, collectors, cultural leaders, and donors.

Art historian Susana Torruella Leval notes that together, the five organizations participating in Woodstock Collects “point to a common future as part of the town’s artistic alliance—confirming that creative energy and activity are alive and well in Woodstock.” The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 72-page catalogue with essays by Leval and the exhibition curators.

Public receptions will be held on September 14, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. The day ends with a celebration at the Woodstock School of Art from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (Kleinert/James Center for the Arts)
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY 12498

Gallery Hours:
Mon/Thurs/Fri: 12:00 – 6:00 pm and Sat/Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
By appointment Tues/Wed

Sep
28
Sat
Artist in Residence Program – Open Studio Session 04 @ Villetta Inn
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

IT’S OPEN STUDIO TIME AT BYRDCLIFFE!

Meet the Makers – the fourth and last Open Studios event for our 2019 Artist in Residence (AiR) Program takes place on Saturday, September 28 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, as part of Byrdcliffe Afternoon at the Art Colony.

Experience installations, paintings, performance, musical composition, ceramics, readings, and more! Residents live and work at the 117-year-old Byrdcliffe Art Colony, just north of downtown Woodstock.

Help us celebrate the unstoppable diversity of art at Byrdcliffe today. This event is free and open to all! Refreshments will be served.

For navigational purposes, use 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY 12498. Look out for the large VILLETTA INN to the right of the Byrdcliffe Theater and follow our signs.

The September 28 Open Studio participants include:
-Visual Artists: TBA
-Writers/Playwrights: TBA
-Musical Composers: TBA

Open Studio Schedule for the 2019 Summer Season:
-Saturday, June 22, 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)
-Saturday, July 20, 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)
-Saturday, August 31, 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)
-Saturday, September 28, as part of Byrdcliffe Afternoon 12:00 – 6:00 pm (Villetta Inn)

Byrdcliffe Afternoon @ Byrdcliffe Art Colony
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Free colony-wide activities at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony

On Saturday, September 28, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting a colony-wide Byrdcliffe Afternoon, inviting area residents and out-of-town visitors to experience the multiple creative disciplines and services at the heart of the organization’s mission. Open studios with our artists-in-residence, visits to our ceramics and jewelry studios, a tour of White Pines, the outdoor sculpture exhibition Psych Out!!!, and a performance by piano virtuoso Ilya Yakushev at the Byrdcliffe Barn…stay tuned for more!

All events for the September 28 Byrdcliffe Afternoon are free to the public. Maps of the colony and an itinerary for the day’s events will be available at the Byrdcliffe Theater, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road.

For more information, call 845.679.2079 or contact derin@woodstockguild.org.

Oct
11
Fri
Woodstock: The Whole Story @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

WOODSTOCK: THE WHOLE STORY
An Intertwinement of Arts, Industry, and Culture

This two-hour lecture will be presented by historian and filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss. A native of Manhattan and Hudson Valley resident since 1999, Blauweiss’ passion for arts, history, and storytelling guarantee an evening that will entertain and inform both natives and newcomers of all ages. Beginning in 1819, Blauweiss will lead the audience through a colorful history that extends from nineteenth century New York City and England to twentieth century Woodstock and its environs, covering key personalities, art movements, agriculture, industry, institutions, and aspects of American history that explore how Woodstock came to be – its history and what it represents today. The multimedia presentation will include over one hundred historic photographs and images, and screening of original short films by Blauweiss about Woodstock and its artists.

About Stephen Blauweiss: Stephen Blauweiss is an independent filmmaker focusing on art and education to social and environmental issues. He has produced over 75 short films, 3 features, and several music videos. A number of Blauweiss’s films have been screened in museums, exhibitions, and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada, and he has received NYSCA and NEA grants. A native of New York City, he has over twenty years of experience with clients including The New York Times, PBS, and CBS TV. Blauweiss has taught for over 25 years, including a decade at Pratt Institute and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Blauweiss is co-director and co-producer of Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, a feature documentary chronicling how in the 1960s, federally funded urban renewal projects destroyed hundreds of working-class communities across America, including Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood. The film has been screened across the Hudson Valley, Albany and New York City, and received numerous awards.

Lecture Date and Time: Friday, October 11, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Cost: $15 general admission or $13 for Byrdcliffe members – please purchase your tickets online now!

Stephen Blauweiss