Byrdcliffe Afternoon @ Byrdcliffe Art Colony
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Free colony-wide activities at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony

On Saturday, Sept. 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.

The day starts with a meet-and-greet for Byrdcliffe friends and supporters at WBG’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts (36 Tinker Street, Woodstock) from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. This includes a short talk by Karen Quinn, Senior Historian and Curator of Art and Culture at the New York State Museum, on the Historic Woodstock Art Colony Collection of Arthur A. Anderson, a recent donation of over 1500 artworks to the New York State Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

From noon – 3:00 pm, WBG’s Artist-in-Residence program will host its final Open Studios of the season at the Villetta Inn (3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way), where visual artists including painters, ceramicists, weavers, sculptors and more will share their studio spaces, work, and creative processes in an informal meet-the-artist format. From 3:00 – 4:00 pm, visitors can attend artists-in-residence readings and performances at the Byrdcliffe Theater (380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road), always a highlight demonstrating the interdisciplinary spirit that makes Byrdcliffe’s residency program so unique.

Visitors to Byrdcliffe Afternoon can also drop in at the jewelry studio to meet everyone’s favorite Renaissance Man, jewelry teacher Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig, at 17 Whitehead Road; and see the ceramic studio run by long-time ceramics program director Rich Conti, on the lower level of the Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road. Robin and Rich will be at their studios from noon to 4:00 pm.

The day’s many events also include a 2:00 pm tour of White Pines (454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road), the beautiful 1902 Arts & Crafts home of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph and Jane Whitehead. The tour is guided by WBG Board member and Byrdcliffe historian par excellence Henry T. Ford. Visitors to White Pines always enjoy the grand finale of the tour: the legendary “pottery attic,” housing hundreds of wooden and plaster molds and unglazed pots created by the Byrdcliffe Pottery between 1916 and 1925. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor sculpture exhibition on the grounds of White Pines, Psych Out!!!, curated by Alan Baer.

At 4:30 pm, visitors will have the opportunity to convene at the Byrdcliffe Barn (485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road) for a free concert by pianist Ilya Yakushev of whom American Record Guide says “Yakushev is one of the very best young pianists before the public today, and it doesn’t seem to matter what repertoire he plays—it is all of the highest caliber.” Yakushev has performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including Glinka Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, Korea). His performances with orchestra include the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, and many others.

This concert is brought to the public by WBG’s friends and partners Alexander Platt, Kitt Potter, and the rest of the staff and board at Maverick Concerts and generously sponsored by Paul Washington, President of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and a trustee of Maverick Concerts.

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

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Ilya Yakushev

Artist in Residence Program – Open Studio Session 04 @ Villetta Inn
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


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 4:00 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 – 4:00 pm (Villetta Inn)

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

100 Years of Counterculture Through Arts & Music

Join filmmaker and historian Stephen Blauweiss for a lively and engaging multimedia presentation about the town’s rich history and some of the dreamers and visionaries who helped create it. A native of Manhattan and Hudson Valley resident since 1999, Blauweiss has a passion for arts, history, and storytelling that guarantees an evening that will entertain and inform both natives and newcomers of all ages. Beginning with 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, industrial developments, and aspects of early counterculture that explore how Woodstock came to be – its history and what it represents today. The presentation features eight original short films by Blauweiss, hundreds of rare historic photographs and images, and lesser-known anecdotes about the town’s vibrant history. We’ll even have a bit of live music from 1969, starting 30 minutes before the presentation.

About Stephen Blauweiss: An independent filmmaker focusing on art, history, and social and environmental issues, Blauweiss has produced over seventy-five short films, three features, and several music videos. A number of his films have been screened in museums, exhibitions, and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada. Blauweiss has taught for over twenty-five years, including a decade at Pratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology. He is co-director and co-producer of Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, a documentary that has been screened across the Hudson Valley, Albany, and New York City, and received numerous awards. Blauweiss is also a graphic designer and historian, and recently published a book with his colleague Karen Berelowitz titled The Life & Death of the Kingston Post Office.

Lecture Date and Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 8:00 pm (30 minutes of live music from 1969 starts at 7:30 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

2019 Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exhibition Live Auction @ BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

2019 Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exhibition Live Auction
to benefit the Family of Woodstock Hotline’s Text-Me-Back program and John Herald Fund

Sunday October 13:
2 – 3:30 pm: Preview with music
Auction starts at 4:00 pm
Online auction now thru October 11, 8 pm EST:

Event page at:

Twentieth Annual 5 by 7 Show – Call to Artists // Submission Deadline @ Drop off at the Byrdcliffe Shop
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Twentieth Annual 5 by 7 Show……………………………….Everyone’s Favorite Little Show
December 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020 with the Preview Party on Friday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498 | 845.679.2079 |


Dear Artist,

You are invited to participate in the Twentieth Annual 5 by 7 Show — please make a small work for us!

The Kleinert/James Center for the Arts’ 5 by 7 Show is one of Woodstock’s premier events, showcasing artists from the Hudson Valley and beyond. It’s such a success that we now get work from new artist friends from all over the country and even abroad! Works are exhibited anonymously, a fun way to give equal voice to all—so please only sign the back! 5 by 7 artworks are sold for $100 each. All of the contributing artists receive complimentary admission to the Preview Party (Friday, December 6), always a true Woodstock happening, with over 400 attendees. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe; by contributing a small work you help support our high-quality programming in the arts, including exhibitions and performances.

Every year we receive more and more work in sizes other than 5 by 7 (7 by 5 is great too). Unfortunately, we have to turn these away because…it’s called The 5 by 7 Show! Please make sure you follow all the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

–Work is due no later than FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019, 5:00 PM
–Please limit the number of 5 by 7 works to two
–Artwork must be dry (and if framed, ready to hang). Wet paintings will not be accepted
–Final size must be 5 by 7 inches or 7 by 5 inches, including frame. Please do NOT put work in frames measuring 6 x 8, 8 x 10, etc. Most 5 by 7s are unframed canvas boards, available at our office
–ALL MEDIA ACCEPTED! 5 by 7 shadowboxes are great for jewelry
–Three-dimensional objects need to have a 5 by 7 base but can be any height up to 7 inches
–Works on paper do NOT need to be framed, but if you wish, we have a limited selection of black 5 x 7 frames; please come by the office if you would like one
–Please do NOT write your name on the front of the work. Write on the BACK only: your name, address, phone number, and email; also please indicate the top of your work
–Mail work: Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (attn. 5 by 7 Show), 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498
–Drop off work: Tues – Fri, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at 34 Tinker Street; or Thurs – Sun, 12:00 – 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop, 36 Tinker Street
–The Preview Party is Friday, December 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Attendees can purchase a 5 by 7 before the gallery opens to the public at noon on Saturday, December 7
–The price of admission to the Preview Party is $10 – free for this year’s 5 by 7 artists; sorry , artists’ partners and family members must pay…it’s a fundraiser! Free for children 12 or under
–Stay tuned for an announcement about an additional perk of the Preview Party!
–All work unsold by December 20, 2019 will be discounted to $50
–Participants under the age of 16 need to indicate their age on back of work
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you’d like unsold work mailed to you after the show closes on January 5. Artists have until February 28, 2020 to pick up unsold work. Work left after that date will be discarded; we have reached our capacity to store unsold work.

If you want us to mail you a 5 by 7 canvas board (or two), please email or call us. You may also use your own equivalent-sized surface. Please make sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email on the back of your work so we may thank you properly and inform you of the purchaser in the event your work sells.

Your participation makes a real difference to us. We look forward to seeing your 5 by 7s this year!

With gratitude and best wishes,
The Staff and Board of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

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