All Events

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. These events are held at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in the village of Woodstock as well as the Byrdcliffe Theater, the Byrdcliffe Barn, and other venues throughout the historic arts colony.

Artist Discussion

Thursday, July 18

6 pm

Pixerina Witcherina

Curated by Julie Heffernan

Pixerina Witcherina Magisterium brings together the work of Joan Bankemper, Ruth Marten, and Jenny Lynn McNutt in a conversation about slant authority, languages of the absurd, and the abundant pleasures of too muchness.

Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. This event is free and open to the public.

White Pines Open House

Saturday, July 20

12 – 1 pm

Historic White Pines Open House

Step inside White Pines, the original home of Byrdcliffe’s founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead, with Byrdcliffe Historian Henry T. Ford and discover how this 1902 utopian arts and crafts colony began.

Meet on the front porch of White Pines (454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY) at noon; suggested donation, $10.

AiR Open Studios

Saturday, July 20
1 – 5 pm

part of Upstate Art Weekend

The Artists-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe welcomes the public to the first of four Summer Open Studios. 

Come celebrate the creative work of our artists-in-residence. With map in hand, meet the artists, see their studios, and experience work in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, writing, sound, and more, all amidst Byrdcliffe’s historic campus nestled in the Catskill mountains.

For map of participating artists, location of studios, and performance line up – Go to Villetta Inn (3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock, NY.)

Studios open, 1 – 4 pm; readings and performances, 4 – 5 pm. This event is free and open to all!

Writer's Talk & Booksigning

Sunday July 21
2 pm

part of Upstate Art Weekend

A writers’ talk and book signing for the newly published Yazeba’s Bed & Breakfast, an  interactive game-novel that serves as a catalyst for conversation, improvisation and play. Created by Jay Dragon and M Veselak, this densely-illustrated role-playing book was inspired by the writers’ roots in the woodlands of the Hudson Valley.

Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. This event is free and open to the public.

A One-Man Show

At the Byrdcliffe Theater

Saturday, July 27
7 pm

Sunday, July 28
2 pm

SPINNING MY WHEELS: A one man show written and performed by Michael Garfield Levine

This brutally honest, often harrowing, and sometimes funny roller coaster of a ride takes us from the 1970’s streets and stages of New York to the hills of Vermont, into the depths of Michael’s psyche as he battles mental illness and addiction. Clawing his way back to sanity through bicycle racing and a life-long career in acting, he encounters an Olympian, a Zen Master, a Holocaust survivor, and a meditation teacher who becomes his wife. This courageous journey is one of sheer guts, dogged determination, acceptance and survival.

The Reset

First Sundays,
August 4

10 – 11 am

A monthly Wellness ritual of recalibration, restoration, and Community Care.

Experience a transformative journey of guided meditations, contemplations and immersive soundscapes utilizing various sound bath instruments and digital accompaniments to foster deep restoration, grounding, and harmony. Each session serves as a sacred pause, a moment to reconnect with yourself and realign your intentions for the month ahead.  

Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. Pre-registration required. Arrive 9:45 am, no admittance after 10 am.

Acoustic music & sculpture

August 4

2 pm

Acoustic collaboration with sculpture by Ian Laughlin and percussionist David Van Tiegham

Join us for a special sonic collaboration with BIO-SPHERE, an acoustic sculpture by Ian Laughlin and renowned musician David Van Tieghem

Location: outside Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. 

Opening Reception

Saturday, August 17

4 – 6 pm

Works by Ford Crull

Curated by Carter Ratcliff. Ford Crull continues to explore the expressive power of personal and cultural symbols in a series of densely painted and vividly colored compositions. Crull uses identifiable images such as hearts, wings, crosses, and the human figure, as well as geometrical emblems and abstract forms whose meanings are less explicit. 

Join us to celebrate the opening of this solo show and meet the artist.

Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. This event is free and open to the public.

Off-Broadway Show

August 23 – September 8

Friday & Saturday, 7 pm
Sunday, 2 pm

Woodstock Fringe brings “Greater Tuna” to the Byrdcliffe Theater 

Meet Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and Rev. Spikes, just some of the upstanding citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals. This hilarious off-Broadway hit, played by Woodstock actors David Smilow and Wallace Norman, is a love-letter to small town mores, qualities and quirks, takes you through a typical day in the life of Tuna and its most whimsical denizens. Few shows have sustained the longevity and popularity that Greater Tuna has enjoyed over the years.

White Pines Open House

Saturday, August 24

12 – 1 pm

Step inside White Pines – where it all began

Step inside White Pines, the original home of Byrdcliffe’s founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead, with Byrdcliffe Historian Henry T. Ford and discover how this 1902 utopian arts and crafts colony began.

Meet on the front porch of White Pines (454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY) at noon; suggested donation, $10.

AiR Open Studios

Saturday, August 24

1 – 4 pm

The Artists-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe welcomes the public to the third of four Summer Open Studios. 

Come celebrate the creative work of our artists-in-residence. With map in hand, meet the artists, see their studios, and experience work in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, writing, sound, and more, all amidst Byrdcliffe’s historic campus nestled in the Catskill mountains.

For map of participating artists, location of studios, and performance line up – Go to Villetta Inn (3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock, NY.) 

Studios open, 1 – 4 pm; readings and performances, 4 – 5 pm. This event is free and open to all!

Annual Celebration

Saturday, September 7

4 pm

At the Byrdcliffe Barn

CELEBRATE BYRDCLIFFE

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

SILENT AUCTION

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Catch up with friends while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and live music.

AiR Open Studios

Saturday, September 28

1 – 4 pm 

The Artists-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe welcomes the public to the fourth of our four Summer Open Studios. 

Come celebrate the creative work of our artists-in-residence. With map in hand, meet the artists, see their studios, and experience work in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, writing, sound, and more, all amidst Byrdcliffe’s historic campus nestled in the Catskill mountains.

For map of participating artists, location of studios, and performance line up – Go to Villetta Inn (3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock, NY.) 

Studios open, 1 – 4 pm; readings and performances, 4 – 5 pm. This event is free and open to all!

Opening Reception

Saturday, October 12

4 – 6 pm

The Doll Show

A survey of artworks inspired by dolls by contemporary artists in a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, installation, film, and photography.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and to meet the artists and curators. This event is free and open to all!

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