May
25
Sat
Byrdcliffe Artist Spotlight – Peter Kaj Brown @ The Byrdcliffe Shop
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for woodworker Peter Kaj Brown of PKB Woodworking on Saturday, May 25, noon to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Peter’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 beautifully creative and functional wooden items.

To Peter Kaj Brown, each tree writes its own story. Its grains and knots speak a history that is measured in decades and generations, telling of times and events that are only now dim memories and half-remembered fables. With each item he creates, care is taken to reveal the grains of the wood, allowing their stories to show through. Peter feels that when he makes something, his goal is always to bring out that beauty. He takes great pleasure and enjoyment in revealing the many and varied stories told in the different woods.

Peter Kaj Brown

Jun
8
Sat
Go Flower Go Workshop @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Calling all plant-aholics, weed-watchers, nature-lovers, and creative types! Botanist Kris Garnier of Go Flower Go is offering a three-week workshop merging her enthusiasm and love of science and art through the fascinating, abstract world of plants. Up your plant identification skills, take field notes, gain interesting plant facts and learn the steps and preservation techniques used to create beautiful and informative herbarium specimens.

To start off our first session, we will collect prolifically growing plants from the Byrdcliffe Art Colony grounds, take field notes, identify and press them. In the next two sessions we will learn mounting techniques and detailed information on our collected plants with a diverse collection of books provided. At the third meeting, we will finish mounting our specimens and conclude with student presentations. The end result will be frameable keepsakes and a deeper appreciation of the plants growing in our region.

Microscopes will be available each session to examine some of the plants collected more intimately, revealing the gorgeous symmetry and intricacy of each.

Classes will be held on June 8, 15, and 22 for roughly 2 hours per session and will be limited to six students. A $35.00 material use fee is required.

Materials included: use of wooden press, ventilators, blotter paper and news print, weights, acid-free herbarium paper, glue, thread and needles, acid free finishing tape, books, informational hand outs and microscopes.

Students should bring a pocket-sized notebook, a pencil, clippers, a large shoulder bag, Insect spray, sun protection, and water. A camera or cell phone camera is recommended.

Maximum 6 students.

Class dates :
Saturdays, June 8, 15, and 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (end time is approximate)

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
Price for 3-week workshop: $110 for Byrdcliffe members, $120 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $35.00 materials fee paid directly to teacher (please bring cash or check to first class meeting).

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

payonline

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).

Jun
15
Sat
Go Flower Go Workshop @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Calling all plant-aholics, weed-watchers, nature-lovers, and creative types! Botanist Kris Garnier of Go Flower Go is offering a three-week workshop merging her enthusiasm and love of science and art through the fascinating, abstract world of plants. Up your plant identification skills, take field notes, gain interesting plant facts and learn the steps and preservation techniques used to create beautiful and informative herbarium specimens.

To start off our first session, we will collect prolifically growing plants from the Byrdcliffe Art Colony grounds, take field notes, identify and press them. In the next two sessions we will learn mounting techniques and detailed information on our collected plants with a diverse collection of books provided. At the third meeting, we will finish mounting our specimens and conclude with student presentations. The end result will be frameable keepsakes and a deeper appreciation of the plants growing in our region.

Microscopes will be available each session to examine some of the plants collected more intimately, revealing the gorgeous symmetry and intricacy of each.

Classes will be held on June 8, 15, and 22 for roughly 2 hours per session and will be limited to six students. A $35.00 material use fee is required.

Materials included: use of wooden press, ventilators, blotter paper and news print, weights, acid-free herbarium paper, glue, thread and needles, acid free finishing tape, books, informational hand outs and microscopes.

Students should bring a pocket-sized notebook, a pencil, clippers, a large shoulder bag, Insect spray, sun protection, and water. A camera or cell phone camera is recommended.

Maximum 6 students.

Class dates :
Saturdays, June 8, 15, and 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (end time is approximate)

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
Price for 3-week workshop: $110 for Byrdcliffe members, $120 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $35.00 materials fee paid directly to teacher (please bring cash or check to first class meeting).

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

payonline

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).

Opera to Pops @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

WOODSTOCK BYRDCLIFFE GUILD HOSTS “OPERA TO POPS”, OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MUSIC ACROSS THE AGES WITH MARIA TODARO, CO-FOUNDER OF THE PHOENICIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE VOICE

Please join us for this annual celebration of music across the ages. Enjoy a locally-sourced dinner followed by music, champagne, and dessert. And prepare to participate in our raffle of amazing items. Proceeds for the events support Byrdcliffe’s arts programming.

Tickets: $150 each ($75 is tax deductible); Benefactor $500 for two tickets ($350 is tax deductible); Patron $1,000 for four tickets ($700 is tax deductible) – buy your tickets online!

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is pleased to announce its annual evening of music across the ages; with songs from famous operas to popular music on Saturday, June 15, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Barn on Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY. There will be musical delights for everyone, all in celebration of the voice and the creative spirit which both the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice share.

Come and attend a special evening in the Catskills at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. The evening will include a delicious locally sourced sit-down dinner, champagne, wines, and pastries, along with an enticing selection of raffle items, all in support of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Artists-in-Residence programs, exhibitions, performances, and classes in weaving, ceramics, writing, and metal work.

“It is a pleasure to present many of the musical stars of the upcoming Festival of the Voice 2019 season at the June event at the Byrdcliffe Barn. By joining forces, we create one special intimate evening, bringing the arts and music together in celebration of the community we share. A wonderful way to start the summer season together, united in continuing to grow the creative culture of the region.”
– Maria Todaro, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

“The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild continues to appreciate the collaborative partnership of Maria Todaro and Louis Otey, Founders of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. For the last few years, they have brought the best musical talent to the intimate setting of our Barn and presented a memorable evening of music and fine dining to our guests – a night not to be missed.”
– Jeremy Adams, Executive Director, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild provides a vibrant center for excellence in the arts and crafts in the beautiful and unique rural community of Woodstock, New York, while preserving the historic and natural environment of one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America. It offers an inspiring combination of residency, educational, exhibition, and performance programs that encourage creative collaboration among artists, students, arts professionals, and the public.

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice’s mission is to elevate the human spirit and enhance community through the power of the voice in music. Through performances across a range of musical genres, we seek to expand the audience for the vocal arts and to discover and develop new vocal talent from around the corner and around the world. We also seek to be an economic engine for our region, adding to the recreational activities, the fine cuisine, and the alluring shops, the possibility to perform and experience vocal music in the pure mountain air and exceptional natural beauty of the Catskills.

10 Year Gala, Decade of Opera Favorites
The Festival of the Voice celebrates its 10 year Anniversary by bringing some of your favorite stars and operas from past years. You will want to be there for our 2019 opening night when the retrospective of previous years could include favorite arias from Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Barber of Seville, La Boheme and more.

Jun
22
Sat
Go Flower Go Workshop @ Byrdcliffe Barn
Jun 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Calling all plant-aholics, weed-watchers, nature-lovers, and creative types! Botanist Kris Garnier of Go Flower Go is offering a three-week workshop merging her enthusiasm and love of science and art through the fascinating, abstract world of plants. Up your plant identification skills, take field notes, gain interesting plant facts and learn the steps and preservation techniques used to create beautiful and informative herbarium specimens.

To start off our first session, we will collect prolifically growing plants from the Byrdcliffe Art Colony grounds, take field notes, identify and press them. In the next two sessions we will learn mounting techniques and detailed information on our collected plants with a diverse collection of books provided. At the third meeting, we will finish mounting our specimens and conclude with student presentations. The end result will be frameable keepsakes and a deeper appreciation of the plants growing in our region.

Microscopes will be available each session to examine some of the plants collected more intimately, revealing the gorgeous symmetry and intricacy of each.

Classes will be held on June 8, 15, and 22 for roughly 2 hours per session and will be limited to six students. A $35.00 material use fee is required.

Materials included: use of wooden press, ventilators, blotter paper and news print, weights, acid-free herbarium paper, glue, thread and needles, acid free finishing tape, books, informational hand outs and microscopes.

Students should bring a pocket-sized notebook, a pencil, clippers, a large shoulder bag, Insect spray, sun protection, and water. A camera or cell phone camera is recommended.

Maximum 6 students.

Class dates :
Saturdays, June 8, 15, and 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (end time is approximate)

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
Price for 3-week workshop: $110 for Byrdcliffe members, $120 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $35.00 materials fee paid directly to teacher (please bring cash or check to first class meeting).

Pay your class fee online! Or you can call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

payonline

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).

Artist in Residence Program – Open Studio Session 01 @ Villetta Inn
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

IT’S OPEN STUDIO TIME AT BYRDCLIFFE!

Meet the Makers – the first Open Studios event for our 2019 Artist in Residence (AiR) Program takes place on Saturday, June 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be open studios from 4:00 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 June 22 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)

Jul
11
Thu
Shostakovich and his World in the 1960s @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Shostakovich and his World in the 1960s,” part of the series From Maverick to Woodstock: in the Spirit of the 60s

An interactive talk led by Klara Moricz (Professor of Music, Amherst College) and Alexander Platt (Music Director, Maverick Concerts).

From Maverick to Woodstock: in the Spirit of the 60s is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Free Admission.

maverick concerts

Jul
13
Sat
11th Annual Woodstock House Tour @ Pick up maps at Byrdcliffe Shop
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Byrdcliffe’s Eleventh Annual Woodstock House Tour is set this year for Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A benefit cocktail party follows from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Like Byrdcliffe’s annual fashion show, the House Tour reflects on how style and design savvy are not exclusive to city life. Ticket-holders will experience the architecture, interiors, and art collections of local residents whose homes mirror the tranquility of the Catskills. These compelling spaces and their decor are reminders that Woodstock—as much today as in the days of the burgeoning Woodstock Art Colony—attracts people with its beauty; and those people create beauty in turn. John Ruskin’s proposition that mountain air inspires the artistic faculties is pointedly illustrated by Woodstock—by its artists, and by its homes.

As in the previous ten years, this year’s Woodstock House Tour again combines contemporary houses and stunning views with a taste of history. Visitors may move at their leisure from home to home.

Jul
20
Sat
Artist in Residence Program – Open Studio Session 02 @ Villetta Inn
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

IT’S OPEN STUDIO TIME AT BYRDCLIFFE!

Meet the Makers – the second Open Studios event for our 2019 Artist in Residence (AiR) Program takes place on Saturday, July 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be open studios from 4:00 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 July 20 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)

Aug
17
Sat
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.