Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Rennie Cantine @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for woodworker Rennie Cantine on Saturday, April 7, 12:00 to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Rennie’s work, and everybody will be able to meet him at the Byrdcliffe Shop and find out more about the skills and fine artistry involved in his beautiful wooden benches.

Rennie Cantine is a true Woodstocker, born and raised at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. He learned the skill of carpentry as a teenager maintaining the many buildings there and developed a thriving business over the last 40 years designing and constructing the interiors of several properties in town. Like a true Woodstocker, Rennie is also a talented musician who often donates his talents to benefit the community. He is the driving force behind the annual Guitar Festival, having constructed more than 400 guitar sculptures himself.

Rennie will be in the Artist Spotlight at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 7 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm to showcase his line of wooden benches based in part on the original White Pines woodwork and accented with ceramic tiles created by Meg Oliver. Come meet Rennie, and share memories of his youth at the Byrdcliffe Colony and his part in the growth of the town of Woodstock.

Rennie Cantine

In the Air: Byrdcliffe Artists in Residence 2017 @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Exhibition Dates: April 6 – June 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 7, 3:00 pm
Readings/performances by participating artists: Saturday April 7, 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: April hours are Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; May/June hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, April 7, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts will celebrate the creative benefits of producing work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony with panel talks, an opening reception, and readings by resident writers as part of the exhibition In the AiR: Byrdcliffe Artists in Residence 2017, on view through June 3.

This year’s exhibition includes painting, ceramics, photography, video, installation, sound, and textile art. Byrdcliffe’s writing residents, including poets and playwrights, will also be represented in the show. The exhibition is curated by Oscar Buitrago, who notes that the exhibited work by Byrdcliffe’s residents is “a reflection on Woodstock as a town with traditions rooted equally in visual excellence and socio-political awareness.” The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes over 80 artists annually for full-year, 5-month, or 4-week residencies: artists are given a private studio/creative space and have the option to either share general living quarters or live independently. During their stay the residents participate in work-shares, field trips, open studios, and have the opportunity for one-on-one-sessions with visiting artists. The annual exhibition, which is in its second year running, is one of many ways in which Byrdcliffe’s identity as a historic art colony founded in 1902 is joined with its function as a space in which contemporary artistic discourse thrives.

Participating artists in all media: James Adelman, Katherine Bickmore, Laura Brown, Lucille Colin, Viv Corringham, Amanda Lucia Côté, Eliza Evans, Gwen Fabricant, Susan Feldman, Jodie Goodnough, Elissa Gore, Janet Gorzegno, Emily Harris, Faith Shakti Heyliger, Madeleine Hines, Erika Kari, Anne Mailey, Henrietta Mantooth, Anne Arden McDonald, Virginia Melnyk, Rebecca Nison, Elizabeth Primamore, Betsey Regan, Justin Roykovich, Beth Shipley, Claire Stankus, Alex Valls, Daniel Wilkinson, Sarah-Anne Winchester, and Clare Wu.

Curator Oscar Buitrago is Global Director of Business Development for the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Practice at White & Case LLP and also sits on the firm’s Art Committee. 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. He is on the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, where he acts as the co-chair of their Development Committee in addition to sitting on both the Exhibition Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Oscar also serves on the Board of the Woodstock Artists’ Cemetery.

The opening reception for In the AiR will be preceded by an informal panel discussion with the artists and curator at 3:00 pm. Also on April 7, starting at 7:00 pm, writers and other Byrdcliffe residents in non-visual media will share their work. All events are free to the public.

Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program receives significant funding from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

SPRING FLING: The Byrdcliffe Cabaret & Fashion Show @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Area businesses participate in collaborative celebration of fashion as fine art

Spring Fling: An Evening of Cabaret and Fashion is the seventh annual fashion show at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (WBG), a benefit focusing on Byrdcliffe’s celebrated Artist-in-Residence Program, which provides an opportunity for visual artists, writers, and composers to work in the creative solitude of a historic art colony. In addition to supporting Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program, proceeds from Spring Fling will help sustain other creative Byrdcliffe arts programming that benefits the Hudson Valley community.

Spring Fling will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road in Woodstock. The event represents a new level of fun and playfulness at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild; it is bawdy, sexy, and joyful, with a live band, singers, and dancers. This evening of music, performance, art, and fabulous fashion features clothes by local merchants shown off by Byrdcliffe residents and crowd favorites. The event will be hosted by Chris Wells, the Obie award-winning writer, actor, and community leader, as well as the founding artistic director of the much-lauded “art church,” The Secret City, in support of the programs at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour including a delicious assortment of food, prosecco, and wines donated by local restaurants and merchants. There will be a unique offering of silent auction items: you will be tempted to bid on a South African Safari experience, local restaurant, spa, and home decor gift certificates, jewelry as well as an opportunity to personally support the renovation and improvement of the buildings Eastover and Villetta Inn at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.

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 Barn, 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 Barn lights up with new fashions, models, and auction items, all with the power to make Woodstock and beyond a bit more glamorous. All proceeds from the 2018 Spring Fling will go towards supporting Byrdcliffe’s diverse arts programming.

Participating stores from Woodstock and beyond: Capsule Collection BoutiqueChangesGrace Hat EngineeringHamilton & AdamsJuda Leah AtelierLily’sNext BoutiqueOak 42Pegasus FootwearRock City VintageWorkday Wear

Spring Fling: An Evening of Cabaret and Fashion is sponsored by: Abigail Sturges and G. Daniel Perry; Wapner, Koplovitz & Futerfas, PLLC; Woodstock Meats; Henry T. Ford & Michael G. Knauth; and Tani and Jon Sapirstein

Event Date and Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock
Tickets: $55 – buy your tickets online now!

Ramp Romp @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

When Byrdcliffe’s historic buildings were constructed from 1902-1903, founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead were thinking about spaces where artists could work in quiet solitude surrounded by mountain views: accessibility for people with disabilities was not on their minds. As Byrdcliffe works toward the goal of making all of its spaces accessible, our Theater on Upper Byrdcliffe Road is a first priority. Ramp Romp is an evening of music and comedy with the goal of building a wheelchair ramp at the Theater, featuring Gilles Malkine and Mikhail Horowitz, Sandy Bell, Paul MacMahon, and more!

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $30 general admission or $27 for Byrdcliffe members; $45 VIP seats (first 2 rows) – buy your tickets online now!

ramp romp

Byrdcliffe Night at the Opera @ to be announced
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Imagine an evening of magical music brought to you by some of the best upcoming operatic talent, and only miles from home. Details to follow.

10 Houses for 10 Years- ’10th Anniversary House Tour’ @ pick up maps at Byrdcliffe Shop
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Get a personal invitation into some of the community’s most inspirational homes over the years while continuing to explore new residences. More details to come.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Awards Dinner @ to be announced
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

More details to follow.

Nineteenth Annual 5 by 7 Show – Preview Party @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Every year the 5 by 7 Show, with this year’s Preview Party on Friday December 7, brings in hundreds of artists from the Hudson Valley and beyond, who donate artwork to be sold for $100 each. The 5 x 7 artworks are exhibited anonymously at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts: buyers buy for the pure love of an artwork rather than its perceived monetary value, and emerging artists are discovered. Of course if the purchased artwork is by one of the Hudson Valley’s art-world celebrities who regularly participate—Milton Glaser, Portia Munson, the Starn Twins, Joan Snyder—then that buyer has made an excellent investment! Every year the number of artworks donated and people crammed into the K/J’s high-energy 5 by 7 Show Preview Party goes higher and higher, demonstrating wide support for Byrdcliffe’s programming in exhibitions, artists’ residencies, classes, and more. Artwork purchased from the 5 by 7 show can be taken home as of Friday, December 21.

Exhibition Dates: December 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Monday/Thursday/Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, Saturday/Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm