Jul
21
Sat
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Brinton Baker @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for ceramic artist Brinton Baker on Saturday, July 21, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Brinton’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 Asian inspired ceramic works.

Step inside Brinton’s storefront and see a world of stunning platters, mugs, plates, saucers and a few quite striking teapots that look like Dr. Seuss went to Japan and designed his own line of whimsical brewing vessels. At Stone Window Gallery in Accord, artist Brinton Baker creates imaginative ceramic works of art; however, they are not intended to be placed up on a shelf simply for aesthetic appreciation. “I try to keep the prices affordable so the pieces will be used,” says Brinton Baker of his unique line of pottery, on display and always in process at his studio/gallery.

Before settling down in the Hudson Valley and raising a family, Brinton and his wife Greta lived in Japan where he studied ceramics. In contrast with the States, Japan has a rich history of the ceramic tradition. He apprenticed for four-and-a-half years, working ten hours a day, six days a week.

Brinton Baker

Jul
22
Sun
Go Flower Go Workshop @ Meet in front of the Byrdcliffe Barn
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

GO FLOWER GO Workshop with Kris Garnier
Plant identification & nature appreciation

Relax, take a deep breath of mountain air, and connect with nature on the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony grounds in Woodstock with New York State Licensed Guide and NYBG Certified Botanist, Kris Garnier.

Each month we will take an informative wildflower walk, exploring a different ecosystem on the Byrdcliffe campus, and focus on genera in bloom. We will casually observe and catalog the native, naturalized, and invasive plants we find and learn plant identification basics; how to use guide book keys and become familiar with plant family similarities. After each walk, we will have a discussion about a few of the plants found on our walk to gain more insight on each individual. We will explore the origins and medicinal properties of our focus plants and trip out on their intricate patterns—from roots to seeds—using loupes and microscopes. Sessions will conclude with a demonstration on the steps of plant pressing; the materials used to display, press, and catalog prolifically growing plant specimens collected by Kris on each walk. We will also discuss which plants are permissible and ethical to collect.

Suggested materials to bring: 10x hand loupe, collection notebook, pen or pencil, shoulder bag or backpack, insect repellent, brimmed hat, sun protection, sensible shoes, and water. Cameras are definitely welcome.

Class dates (each session is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours long):
Sunday, June 17, 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 pm
Sunday, September 23, 2:00 pm

Location: Meet in front of the Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY; parking is permitted on Upper Byrdcliffe Road, on the Barn side of the street only.
Class fees: $10 suggested donation, payable directly to the instructor.
Please send an email to derin@woodstockguild.org to indicate interest. Drop-ins are welcome.

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR

Over the past 20 years, Kris Garnier has been overseeing greenhouses, gardens, and indoor plant collections for both businesses and estates throughout the Hudson Valley. She spends her free time exploring the woods, fields, mountains, stream sides, overgrown lots, cracks in a sidewalk…anywhere plants grow, to learn more about them. Garnier has completed a Botany Certification through The New York Botanical Garden and is a Licensed New York State Guide (Badge #7272).

Jul
28
Sat
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Laura Shapiro @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for woodworker Laura Shapiro on Saturday, July 28, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Laura’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 whimsical wooden pieces.

Having worked with wood since 1986, Woodstock furniture artist Laura Shapiro has developed such a fluency with the woodworking process that each of her pieces seems to tell a story. She builds, carves, and paints each piece by hand, creating whimsical, one-of-a-kind pieces that meld together a disparate range of influences, including medieval, Arts-and-Crafts, and the circus.

Laura Shapiro

Aug
4
Sat
Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JAY COLLINS and THE NORTHERN RESISTANCE with special guest CHRIS BERGSON
Woodstock-area saxophone player, vocalist, flautist, and songwriter Jay Collins will perform with his band The Northern Resistance at the Byrdcliffe Barn, Saturday August 4, 2018. Blues guitarist and songwriter Chris Bergson will perform as a special guest of the band.

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $20 general admission or $15 for Byrdcliffe members and students – please purchase your tickets online now!

Jay Collins is a multi-instrumentalist whose skills and sound are the very essence of solid musicianship. Along with his band the Northern Resistance, Collins mixes jazz, soul, New Orleans rhythms, and blues with a distinct funk appeal that makes it impossible for listeners to sit still. His gritty vocals are powerful and his songwriting ambitious, prompting Time Out New York to exclaim “His soulful croak definitely deserves to be heard!”

Before breaking out on his own, Collins was the saxophone player of choice for Levon Helm, Donald Fagen, Little Feat, and Gregg Allman, also holding the role of musical director for the Gregg Allman Band for 5 years. He has played on two Grammy-winning recordings with Helm and a platinum-selling DVD with the Allman Brothers Band. He is also featured on horns and arrangements on the posthumously released Gregg Allman album, Southern Blood (2017). Collins continues to perform and arrange with the horn section at Levon Helm’s Ramble in Woodstock.

Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance’s new release is The John Brown EP on Decibel Music. For this recording, Collins called on his former band-mate guitarist Scott Sharrard, as well as the youthful sensation from Woodstock, guitarist and vocalist Connor Kennedy. The EP finds Collins singing and playing at the top of his game with 5 new songs–short and straight to the point, including his moving historical narrative, “John Brown.”

It was his work as a New York City-based jazz saxophonist that brought Jay Collins and blues guitarist Chris Bergson together. “A lot of the jazz musicians that I knew didn’t seem to be that deep into the blues,” Bergson says. “It was like a breath of fresh air to me to meet a jazz player like Jay and we quickly found that we had a lot in common.” Bergson fronts the Chris Bergson Band and is a noted jazz and blues guitarist and songwriter who has played regularly at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and New York City clubs from Jazz Standard to the Rodeo Bar. Collins’s and Bergson’s collaboration began in 2004 during a residency at Jazz Standard, which is where the seeds of the Chris Bergson Band germinated; since then each has played on the others’ albums, with both Collins and Bergson being masters of improvisation.

On August 4 at the Byrdcliffe Barn, Bergson will play with Collins’s band; the evening will also feature Bergson’s original songs. In addition to Jay Collins and guest Chris Bergson, the Northern Resistance features Peter Dougan (guitar), Diego Voglino (drums), and Matt Clohesy (bass).

The Byrdcliffe Barn, built in 1902 as a working barn for artist residents of the utopian Byrdcliffe Art Colony, is a beautiful, rustic space atop Mount Guardian in Woodstock. The Barn has hosted the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Simone Felice, and Kate Pierson, and is also the home to Byrdcliffe’s thriving ceramics program. Tickets are $20, or $15 for Byrdcliffe members and students with ID. Cash bar. Concert at 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm. General admission; no reserved seating.

Jay Collins
Photo credits: photo of Chris Bergson (second from left) by Christian-Albrecht Groddeck; photo of Jay Collins (on the right) by James Rice.

Aug
11
Sat
Hiking in the Shade # 2 on Byrdcliffe/Mt. Guardian Trail @ Meet at Byrdcliffe Theater
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Come walk the Byrdcliffe/Mt.Guardian Trails with Dave Holden of Woodstock Trails (www.woodstocknytrails.com). Dave is a member of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, a licensed Hiking Guide, noted local explorer, naturalist, amateur local history-buff, trail-maker, nature-photographer, and nature-writer. His knowledge of the area is wide ranging and deep. Walking the trail with him is always enjoyable as he slowly brings you in tune with the wonder of the natural world of Mt. Guardian. These hikes are more ambles as the group will walk for a bit, then stop and discuss the details of the surrounding natural- and man-made history, more of a saunter in the John Muir style of immersive nature experience.

Still, the walker needs to be prepared for a serious hike, like all Catskills hikes. The trail is very steep in sections, requiring sturdy shoes with good ankle-support (waterproof is always best). Another must-have is water, for yourself and your pet (dogs are allowed but leash-only), and please be prepared to pick up after Fido. Optional items are: trekking-poles; sunscreen (lower section is shaded but upper is open and sunny); insect-repellent, and a snack. Please always watch the weather and be prepared for a rain shower. Heavy, steady rains and/or a thunderstorm will automatically cancel a hike.

The hikes start at 10:00 am and average 2 1/2 to 3 hours in duration, meeting at the Byrdcliffe Theater Parking Lot (380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road). $20/person suggested donation. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, GROUP LIMITED TO 12. Call 845. 594.4863 for reservations or for more information.

Hike dates and themes are:
Saturday May 19: Early Spring on Byrdcliffe/Mt. Guardian Trail
Saturday June 16: Mountain Laurels in Bloom
Saturday July 14: Hiking (Slowly) in the Shade, Hike #1
Saturday August 11: Hiking (Slowly) in the Shade, Hike #2
Saturday September 15: Early Fall on the Byrdcliffe/Mt. Guardian Trail
Saturday October 27: Fall Colors

Aesthetics of Persuasion – Opening Reception @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Aesthetics of Persuasion: Graphic Visualizations of Entreaties & Warnings by Artists, Graphic Designers, & Neighbors is an exhibition of persuasive and communicative images that disclose the visual equivalents of oooooh, aaaah, whew, yikes, mmmmm, and wow. This exciting exhibition, curated by Linda Weintraub, reveals the strategies that enable art to convey these powerful emotions. It will be on view at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts from August 10 – October 14, 2018. The public is invited to attend a reception on Saturday August 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and to contribute to a communal artwork throughout the exhibition.

Aesthetics of Persuasion assembles over 140 images that examine the visual principles that enable art to elevate the stature of leaders, inspire the courage to march into battle, instill piety for gods, galvanize patriotism, and expose corruption. Weintraub explains, “Art has been performing these essential functions throughout history. It was not until the nineteenth century that the concept of ‘art-for-art’s-sake’ became the art world’s ruling creed. By contending that art’s esteem is corrupted by moralizing and entreaty, this rarified concept purged art of motives, leaving only art’s justification for itself. The Aesthetics of Persuasion exhibition reverses art-for-art’s sake mandates by assembling visual images created with the intention of serving a social function. It discloses the strategies of visual communication that account for art’s power to stir the emotions throughout the ages. This transmission occurs in the powerful zone of color, form, and composition that links the stimulus (the artwork) and the response (the art viewer).”

Visitors to the exhibition will engage the intriguing aesthetic components offered by international AIDS posters, recruitment propaganda from the World Wars, satirical drawings by Honoré Daumier, logos by national football teams, national parks posters by WPA artists, and the spiritual transmissions by tantric artists. In addition, the exhibition includes the following contemporary socially conscious artists who summon the power of visual form and color to stir viewers’ emotions, thought, and ultimately their behaviors: Tim Gaudreau, Rikke Luther, Nobuho Nagasawa, the Artnauts, the Beehive Collective, and the Critical Art Ensemble.

Weintraub continues, “The public is not only invited to explore how artists manage the visual field to impart the emotional resonance; they are offered an opportunity to contribute their personal marks to an evolving communal artwork. Please come. Participate. And return to observe its development throughout the duration of the exhibition.”

Curator Linda Weintraub has produced nearly 70 exhibitions and is the author of several popular books about contemporary art. She served as the director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute on the Bard College campus where she toured many of the exhibitions she curated there. Weintraub was the Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College and currently teaches in the Nomad9 MFA program at the University of Hartford.

On Sunday September 23 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Kleinert/James, Weintraub will host a “Gathering of Persuaders,” a discussion and performance including artists in the show and other activists.

Exhibition Dates: August 10 – October 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: August hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); September/October hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Aug
17
Fri
Byrdcliffe Ceramic Pottery Fest @ Byrdcliffe Barn, Ceramics Studio, and grounds
Aug 17 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come to the Byrdcliffe Ceramic Pottery Fest
Friday, August 17, 4:30 – 8:30 pm: starting at 7 pm there will be music by Vida y Romo, Cajun and bluegrass music, and Sabrina & The Gems featuring Rennie Cantine
Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 9 am – 3 pm: event details to come!

We will be selling ceramic bowls of many varying sizes at different price points. There will be around 800 or more bowls out on display along with some students showcasing making pottery. The grounds will be filled from studio to kiln with bowls.

All money raised from the ceramics sales will go toward ceramic scholarships.

Aug
18
Sat
Byrdcliffe Ceramic Pottery Fest @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come to the Byrdcliffe Ceramic Pottery Fest
Friday, August 17, 4:30 – 8:30 pm: starting at 7 pm there will be music by Vida y Romo, Cajun and bluegrass music, and Sabrina & The Gems featuring Rennie Cantine
Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 9 am – 3 pm: event details to come!

We will be selling ceramic bowls of many varying sizes at different price points. There will be around 800 or more bowls out on display along with some students showcasing making pottery. The grounds will be filled from studio to kiln with bowls.

All money raised from the ceramics sales will go toward ceramic scholarships.

Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Marilyn Price @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for ceramic artist Marilyn Price on Saturday, August 18, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Marilyn’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 colorful and functional ceramic works.

Marilyn Price has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1994. After many years as a painter and arts administrator in New York City, she became more fully involved in ceramics. The natural beauty of this area has been a strong inspiration in Marilyn’s work. Frequently in her stoneware landscapes, she conceives of the clay slabs as a canvas. With the many glazes Marilyn makes and uses, she seeks to blur the distinction between painting and ceramics. Other wall pieces, made with smaller handmade tiles, reflect an exploration of subtleties inherent in the color and texture of this technique. This is created when small damp tiles are pressed into the powdered, colored porcelain, fired to stoneware and formed into compositions. Marilyn’s work on the potter’s wheel is always a pleasure for her. She tries new shapes and finishes in pieces which are functional and hopefully esthetically pleasing as well. Her decorative pottery frequently combines wheel thrown and handbuilt techniques in order to create more expressive forms. Many aspects of working in clay continue to intrigue her, especially those dealing with form, color and texture. Marilyn believes she brings a painter’s eye to her work, thus blending the two disciplines.

Marilyn Price

Aug
19
Sun
Byrdcliffe Ceramic Pottery Fest @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come to the Byrdcliffe Ceramic Pottery Fest
Friday, August 17, 4:30 – 8:30 pm: starting at 7 pm there will be music by Vida y Romo, Cajun and bluegrass music, and Sabrina & The Gems featuring Rennie Cantine
Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 9 am – 3 pm: event details to come!

We will be selling ceramic bowls of many varying sizes at different price points. There will be around 800 or more bowls out on display along with some students showcasing making pottery. The grounds will be filled from studio to kiln with bowls.

All money raised from the ceramics sales will go toward ceramic scholarships.