Jul
27
Sat
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Cheyenne Mallo & Lora Shelley @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for ceramic artists Cheyenne Mallo and Lora Shelley on Saturday, July 27, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Cheyenne’s and Lora’s work, and everybody will be able to meet them at the Byrdcliffe Shop and find out more about the skills and fine artistry involved in their very whimsical ceramic pieces.

cheyenne mallo & lora shelley

Cheyenne Mallo Mallo grew up in rural central Wisconsin. She received her BFA (major: printmaking, minor: ceramics) from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2010. Mallo has exhibited nationally in such places as Krikoran Gallery (Worcester Center for Crafts, MA), Companion Gallery (Humboldt, TN), Southern Dreams Gallery (Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC), ERPF Gallery (Arkville, NY), Butler Art Center (PA), Charlie Cummings Gallery (NC), Gallery 101 (University of Wisconsin – River Falls), Schacht Gallery (Saratoga Clay Arts Center, NY), and Capsule Gallery (Houston, TX). Mallo currently works for the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, and teaches throughout the Hudson Valley. She maintains her own studio practice near Olivebridge, NY.

More than anything, Cheyenne’s work is inspired by hiking and the outdoors. Her process consists of transferring topographic maps onto clean, simple, wheel-thrown and handbuilt forms. In this way, she hopes to create a more vivid, personal representation of the landscapes she loves, while also providing users with a highly aesthetic, but functional ceramic vessel. Many of Mallo’s pieces feature maps of the Hudson Valley, which she has been exploring since she moved to the area in 2011. She finds topographic map imagery aesthetically appealing, but her pieces are most meaningful when they evoke personal memories of the landscapes they represent.

Lora Shelley is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Illustration). At RISD she was selected to spend her junior year abroad in RISD’s European Honors Program with a year of study based in Rome studying Art History, Italian and Studio work and travels throughout Europe. Upon graduating Lora received the esteemed John Randall Orth Memorial Award for Excellence. Back in the States, Lora’s work fell naturally into the gallery scene, with exhibits and gallery representation in Martha’s Vineyard, Carmel by the Sea, California, Boston, NYC, Greenwich, CT etc. The Art in Embassies Program selected Lora’s work to be at the American Ambassador’s residence in Lilongwe, Malawi – 2001-2003, then again in 2004-2007 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa. Her work was then purchased for the personal collection of the seated American Ambassador. Shelley’s work has been featured in many regional and national publications. In 2013 Lora was selected to create original work for the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Her work can be found on a seed packet (Butternut Squash) and the original is currently touring the country with exhibits organized by the HVSL. In 2017 Lora spent the year painting her cat, Charley, everyday as a studio exercise, culminating in a solo exhibit at the Wired Gallery in High Falls, NY. Last year the Women’s Studio Workshop honored Lora by inviting her to design/illustrate the poster for their Iconic Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta.

Adventuring into diverse media is what keeps Lora’s work fresh. From large format color woodcuts (monotypes, etchings etc.) to hand-built clay sculpture to weaving, Lora always comes back to her true love, painting – but with a renewed sense of space, color, and form.

Aug
4
Sun
John Murphy PhD – Art and the Counterculture in 1960s Woodstock @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Woodstock: the word is shorthand for the 1960s counterculture. Artists as well as writers and musicians contributed to Woodstock’s reputation as a bohemian enclave. As early as 1952 experimental composer John Cage debuted his (in)famous 4’33” — four-and-half minutes of silence. Inspired by Cage, avant-garde artist Allan Kaprow staged a 1962 “Happening” in the forests outside Woodstock for which sculptor Eva Hesse made her first three-dimensional piece. Gerd Stern, an intermedia pioneer and founder of the experimental art collective USCO, moved to Woodstock in 1964. In the late 1960s New York School painter Philip Guston moved to Maverick Road to reinvent his practice. This lecture will explore Woodstock as a ferment of art, experimentation, and creativity in the 1960s, a period in which artists as much as writers and musicians contributed to a growing counterculture opposed to mainstream values.

The program is a partnership between the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Historical Society of Woodstock, Maverick Concerts, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Woodstock Artists Association.

About John Murphy PhD: John P. Murphy PhD is the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego and a specialist on Arts and Crafts colonies. He has published work on Ivan Albright, Bolton Brown, William Gropper, and Charles White. His dissertation examined the colonies of Byrdcliffe, Roycroft, and Rose Valley. His research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, the Huntington Library, and the Wolfsonian Museum. He was a 2014-2015 Luce/ACLS Fellow in American art.

John Murphy PhD

Aug
17
Sat
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Ron Zukor & Liz Horn @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
Aug 17 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for jewelry designers and creators Ron Zukor and Liz Horn on Saturday, August 4, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Liz and Ron’s work, and everybody will be able to meet them at the Byrdcliffe Shop and find out more about the skills and fine artistry involved in their intricate and beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

Liz Horn and Ron Zukor craft jewelry of silver and gold, often using semi-precious and precious stones, from agates to diamonds. They also use objects that interest them in their jewelry. Liz and Ron frequently use fossils or sea shells cut to expose their beautiful internal structures which can be enhanced with silver or gold. Interesting glass or ceramic antiques are also a part of the vocabulary of their work. Beautiful and interestingly shaped pearls hold a special allure. With great care they create one-of-a-kind pieces using hand tools. As a result each piece has its own personality. Their love for natural objects and stones has led them to collect a trove of enchanting objects. These beautiful pieces ignite Liz and Ron’s creativity and inspire ideas for their designs. Perhaps you would like to see some of their collection of objects. They might inspire you too. Let Liz and Ron know if you want to work with them to create something special.

Ron Zukor & Liz Horn

Fug Yeah – The Fugs at the Byrdcliffe Barn @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of what everyone knows didn’t really happen in Woodstock, The Fugs—yes, those Fugs—will be performing at the Byrdcliffe Barn on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Ed Sanders, Steve Taylor, Coby Batty, Scott Petito, and—in spirit and intellectual soul—the late Tuli Kupferberg will perform selections from The Fugs’s fifty-plus years of politically energized, raunchy-fun proto-punk songs. In addition to Fugs classics, the August 17 performance at Byrdcliffe will include an “Exorcism of the White House,” with the audience invited to participate in a group chant of “Out, demons, out!”—reprising the legendary 1967 March on the Pentagon led by Sanders, Tupferberg, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and others. The audience is sure to leave the Byrdcliffe Barn feeling empowered, educated, rocked, and maybe a bit sweaty.

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, August 17, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $30 general admission or $25 for Byrdcliffe members – please purchase your tickets online now!

The Fugs originated with Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg in 1964, who started writing songs “at a feverish pace,” says Sanders. They were soon joined by drummer Ken Weaver, with a variety of different musicians in their line-up throughout the 1960s. They played and performed, a whole lot, in New York City—including a 700-show run at the Players Theater on MacDougal Street—and throughout the U.S. They made albums, seven of them between 1965 and 1970. The second album (with liner notes by none other than Allen Ginsberg) hit the charts, and their gigs began selling out; this, Sanders notes, left The Fugs feeling “treated to the very eerie sensation of sudden fame.” As a band with protest holding the top tier of its musical mission, sudden fame for The Fugs also meant receiving bomb threats and always being on the verge of getting arrested.

Fug, fugging, fugged. The band name comes from the euphemism made famous by Norman Mailer’s intricate military novel The Naked and the Dead, while the non-euphemistic variant of the word may, from time to time, be uttered in the performance on August 17. The Fugs are not for the light of heart—but Woodstock isn’t, either. Nonetheless, in the course of an FBI investigation subsequent to the 1966 release of their second album, The Fugs passed a governmental white-glove test: their music was ruled “not obscene” by the FBI. Whether this was a proud moment or a crushing disappointment to the band, The Fugs’s lyrics are memorable and raw. Sanders, as poet, historian, and raconteur, is a wordsmith to be reckoned with.

The current ensemble of the Fugs has been together since 1985. On Saturday August 17, the audience at the Byrdcliffe Barn will be serenaded, sort of, by:

Ed Sanders–founder and singer. American bard, social activist, environmentalist, novelist and for a number of years the publisher, with his wife Miriam, of The Woodstock Journal (woodstockjournal.com). He also invents musical instruments such as the Talking Tie and the microtonal Microlyre. Sanders’s recent projects include the 9-volume America, A History in Verse (Black Sparrow Press) and The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg: A Narrative Poem (Overlook Press). Da Capo Press published his memoirs of the 1960s, Fug You, in 2011. In 2018 Arcade published his Broken Glory, the Final Years of Robert Kennedy, illustrated by Rick Veitch.
Steve Taylor–vocals and guitars. His beautiful voice gives the Fugs outstanding vocal qualities on tunes set to the poems of William Blake and classics such as “Crystal Liaison,” “Slum Goddess,” and “Morning Morning.” Taylor is a college professor and a noted composer who performed with Allen Ginsberg for many years. His string quartet setting to Allen Ginsberg’s poem “White Shroud” is an important twentieth-century composition.
Coby Batty–drums, percussion and vocals. Batty is a well-known musician and songwriter with his own band in Richmond, Virginia, and has performed with Don Cherry, John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne, and many others. He is also a noted actor featured in movies and television productions.
Scott Petito–bass and keyboards. Scott is a well-known composer and record producer who operates NRS Recording studios near Woodstock, where many groups have recorded, including The Band and The Fugs.
Missed very much is departed Fugs co-founder Tuli Kupferberg, who passed away in July of 2010. Kupferberg’s poems and songs are popular around the world. He was also a political cartoonist. The Fugs always honor Tuli in their concerts.

The Byrdcliffe Barn—hip and warm from decades of artists partying and performing in its woody interior—is the perfect setting for an event marking the formative role that Woodstock has had on the American cultural map, both before the 1969 Woodstock music festival and after. And the erudite, beloved Fugs–still hippies after all these years–are the perfect band to celebrate that.

The Fugs
Photo credit: photo on right by Chris Felver.

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
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
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