Artists in Residence Program – 2021 OPEN STUDIOS Session 1

June 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way Woodstock NY 12498


Meet the Makers:
2021 Artists-in-Residence (AiR)
Open Studios

Visit visual artists’ studios to see their finished works and work-in-progress and hear writers reading from their works of fiction or memoir. Residents live and work at the 117-year-old Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, just north of downtown Woodstock.

This event is the first of four Open Studio events held throughout the season.

June 19th from 2pm – 5pm
Writers’ Readings at 3pm
Maps available at Byrdcliffe Villetta

Parking: The Villetta and the Byrdcliffe Theater each have parking lots. Please observe parking signage, driveways, and public roads.

Featured Creators:
Nancy Bilyeau
Shawne Johnson
Katharine L. McKenna
Moon Zappa
Hosted by Marty Correia
Can’t make it to the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony?
Join Writers’ Readings via Zoom
Meeting ID: 983 6750 7771
Passcode: 078463
Visual Artists
Helen Houghton
Mark Sengbusch
Eric Strauss
Caroline Burdett
Elissa Gore
Corinne Beardsley
Robert Lucy
Andrea Ray
Samantha Bittman
Jodie Mim Goodnough
Heather Hutchinson

The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony AiR Program is proud to host Open Studios events throughout the season. These events are free and open to our members, supporters, and the community!

About the Authors

Nancy Bilyeau is a historical novelist and magazine editor based in New York. She wrote a trio of thrillers set in 16th century England for Simon & Schuster and publishers in eleven foreign countries. Her debut novel, The Crown, was an Oprah magazine pick. Her fourth novel is The Blue, an 18th century novel revolving around the art and porcelain world. Her latest novel, Dreamland, set in Coney Island in 1911, was published in January 2020 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly: “Bilyeau populates her story with achingly believable, realistically flawed characters. This fascinating portrait of the end of the Gilded Age deserves a wide audience.” While living at Byrdcliffe, she is writing The Fugitive Colours, a sequel to The Blue set in London in 1764. A former staff editor at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and InStyle, Nancy is currently the deputy editor at the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College and contributes to Town & Country magazine. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Born in Berkeley, California, Katharine L. McKenna is a longtime resident of Woodstock, New York, and divides her time between the Hudson Valley and the American West. Her adventures, from early childhood, began in the secret turrets of the American Museum of Natural History where her father held the prominent position as Curator of the Frick Collection of Fossils for 40 years. Like Alice in Wonderland, she slipped through a hidden door to a world few are privileged to know, and when he explored the world, so did she, returning with fossils and tales of the wildernesses and deserts. McKenna is well known as a painter whose work resides in collections at the Rockwell Museum, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Booth Museum, the Woodstock Artists Association, and at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Arizona.

Shawne Johnson, author of Getting Our Breath Back and Eden Ohio, is an English professor atCommunity College of Philadelphia and has served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique Africa. She is currently working on her third novel about the devastation of the HIV epidemic of the 1980’s on one African American family.

Moon Zappa is a writer, comic, artist, podcaster, yogi, and mom. She is hard at work on her second book, a memoir and love letter to herself.

About the Host
Marty Correia, author of Pigeon Mothers, writes fiction, memoir, and poetry in NYC’s East Village. A native Masshole and a graduate of NYU’s creative writing MFA program, Marty is currently writing the genderqueer memoir, Dear Dead Dad.  

Upcoming Open Studios:
2:00pm – 5:00pm
@ Villetta
Saturday, July 17th
Saturday, August 28th
Saturday, September 25th

Interested in becoming a member of one of the oldest artists colonies in the United States? Click here for more information today!