Byrdcliffe Afternoon

September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Byrdcliffe Art Colony
Upper Byrdcliffe Road

Free performance by piano virtuoso Ilya Yakushev caps off a day of colony-wide activities at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony

On Saturday, September 28, a free concert by pianist Ilya Yakushev at the Byrdcliffe Barn is the culminating point of a day of visual art, readings, studio visits, and tours at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Area residents and out-of-town visitors are invited to experience the multiple creative disciplines and services at the heart of the organization’s mission. 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.” His free performance at the Barn will include works by Haydn, Mussorgsky, and Gershwin. This concert is generously brought to the public by our friends at Maverick Concerts.

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 Villetta Inn, 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 the free concert by Ilya Yakushev, a not-to-be-missed performance by a pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and more.

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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