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.
This year’s cocktail party (starting at 5:00 pm) will be held at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts at 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. The Cocktail reception will have a very special guest, Don Freeman, filmmaker and photographer of the book and film, ART HOUSE. In the documentary film, ART HOUSE, Don explores the handmade homes created and lived in by eleven distinguished American artists, and he sheds light on a unique architectural typology and the fierce spirit of individual expression each house conveys for its owner and creator. Don will focus on the memorable White Pines House at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY. White Pines was the home of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Jane Byrd McCall. Don will show excerpts from his film, along with taking questions from the audience. Look inside an artist’s most personal expression of their singular vision and talent, their home. Don will show images of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including George Nakashima, Henry Varnum Poor, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Russel Wright. Enjoy wine, other beverages, and local delicious small bites during this evening’s presentation and discussion. Don Freeman will also bring the full video version of ART HOUSE for purchase.
So bring your passion for houses and don’t miss out on this special evening Benefit Cocktail Party, after the always popular 11th Annual Woodstock House Tour. Tickets are limited, to order click here.