Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, June 19 to June 26, 2017


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Thursday-Sunday, June 22-25

TSL Films:

> Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – “An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.  What we see is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor….”

> Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – The story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942.  Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.  “…the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one….”

> Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – “Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of ‘celebrity chef’….” – Produced by Anthony Bourdain

> Manifesto – Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. “Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time….”

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

An updated version of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical, opens and runs through July 2 – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or –  Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opened its 2017 season on June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Fridaythrough Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.  Information at – (See under Saturday, June 17.below for community picnic to celebrate the opening.)

Friday-Saturday, June 23-24

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

5th Annual Hudson River Exchange Summer Market – On the riverfront – Featuring 90 vendors of high quality handmade items, unique vintage finds, and farm fresh food; live music and DJ sets throughout the weekend; multiple areas for lounging, picnicking and enjoying the beauty of the river and the company of friends; a full compost and recycling program in partnership with Perfect Ten and Etsy – For the first time, the Market includes Friday night programming. A sister event—the Take Care Fair —takes place on Sunday and features local health and wellness practitioners. (See below under Sunday.) – Free and open to the public – Friday from 4 to 9 pm; Saturday from 11 am to 6 pmHenry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25

Buds, Blooms, and Blossoms – The Greenport Garden Club presents a flower show at Verdigris Hudson – Beautiful floral arrangements will be on view all weekend – Watch and learn about building floral arrangements from garden club members – Information about the garden club by email to – View the flowers during Verdigris open hours – Information at or call 518-828-3139 – Verdigris Hudson, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

Saturday, June 24

Electronics Recycling Day – Bring your old and broken electronics to Columbia-Greene Community College and they will be taken away free of charge (exception: a $10 charge for air conditioners and dehumidifiers) – The drive is sponsored by I Hear Media of the Hudson Valley, Columbia-Greene Community College, United Way of Columbia-Greene, Maven Technologies, and Metal Mike – Information at 518-828-50069 am to 12 noon – Columbia-Greene Community College, 5620 Route 9G

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Strawberries are here!  Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Auction of the Collection of Keith & Patti Richards including furniture, decorations, and fine art – Online catalog at  – Information at 518-751-100011 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Jack Shainman Gallery / The School celebrates the opening of The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness, two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” – A special performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB. Drinks, music, and local fare – Please RSVP by email to rsvp@jackshainman.com2 to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening – Summer Exhibit: Paintings by Mark Beard and Corinne Robbins – Works on Paper by Kahn & Selesnick, Claire Lofrese, Anne Francey, Sue Bryan, and David Seiler – On view through August 6 – Information at 518-828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – Various art and design locations welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This spring-to-summer monthly open gallery event presents nine galleries on Warren and Front Streets open for viewing, some with artist receptions – See listings for details

>Participating galleries on Warren Street are:  Kea Tribal Rug Gallery, 238 Warren Street;

  1. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street; FRG Objects and Design/Art, 2nd Floor, 217 Warren Street; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; and Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

> Participating galleries off Warren Street are: Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (big white building behind the Basilica); and Wasserbach Fine Art, 99 South Third Street, Door 21

> Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – PRISON – An exhibition of photography and four evening programs – Through this exhibition of fine art/documentary photography and special programming, the Gallery, in partnership with Prison Public Memory Project/Hudson, presents opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice—a prison’s impact on individuals, families and towns in Hudson, NY and beyond

> Exhibition of Photography: Isadora Kosofsky, Still My Mother, Still My Father: Parent Child Visits; Joe Librandi-Cowan, The Auburn System; and a Portfolio Showcase by Jason Koxvold and Dana Ullman

> Exhibitions on view through July 23 – Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5:30 pm and by appointment – Information by email to or 518-567-4056

> Four Thursday Evening Programs at the Gallery from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Contact the Gallery for details

> Reception from 5 to 7 pm with artist talks at 6 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Two Exhibition Openings & One Holdover

> Nichole van Beek: The Longest Day—New Paintings – “van Beek’s new work dives deep into the expressive potential of geometry, pattern and surface…This is her third solo exhibition with the gallery.”

> Green: John Dilg, Floryn Honnet, David Shaw and Eric Wolf – A group exhibition of painting and sculpture.

> Carl D’Alvia’s sculpture is still on view in the garden

> All on view through August 6

>Information at  or 518-828-6680 – Reception from 6 to 8 pmJeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – “You lose yourself, you reappear”: New Work by Richard Finkelstein –  The artist draws inspiration from a quote by the playwright Samuel Beckett:  “To find a form that accommodates themes, that is the task of the artist now.” A common thread of cinematic isolation unites this exhibition, which initially gives the impression of being a group show.  However, closer inspection reveals the singular focus of Mr. Finkelstein, who communicates stories of separation using diverse media such as miniature tableaux, installations, drawings, and photographs…. – On view through August 6 – Work by gallery artists is also on view – Information  at or 518-828-4539 – Reception from 6 to 8 pmBCB Art, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – John Davis Gallery announces new exhibitions – Six artists will be shown in the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Carriage House—Main Galleries: Farrell Brickhouse: New Work; Sculpture Garden: Sculpture by Howard Kalish; and Carriage House: Paintings by Jenny Snider, Alison Fox, Rosie Lopeman, and Kathy Osborn – On view through July 16 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 1/2 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – 3 Artists: New Work: Barney Bellinger, Mark Wasserbach, and Jonathan Sweet showing sculpture, paintings, photography, and furniture design – Preview the new collection from these three acclaimed Hudson artists – Information by email to or call 518-368-5340 – On view through July 16 – 6 to 9 pm – The Warehouse, Door 21, 99 South Third Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Salome – “This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salome at the center of a revolution…” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

John Paul White – Once a member of the Southern Gothic folk duo, Civil Wars, John Paul White  launched his solo career with last year’s album called Beulah – It has been described as a “remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy Southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop…” – Lera Lynn opens the show – 9 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thomas Cole National Site Annual Summer Party – An evening under the stars on the banks of the Hudson River – Sweeping views of the Hudson River, cocktails and dinner, a chance to bid on thrilling getaways and other fabulous auction items, and fireworks!, all to benefit Thomas Cole National Site – Information at or 943-7465 – Extremely limited availability. Please call Carrie Tuccio at 518-943-7465 x 4 to inquire. – 7 to 11 pm, 152 William Street, Catskill

Garden Conservancy Open Day in Columbia County – Visit these three unique country gardens in Taghkanic, Craryville, and Ancram – Admssion fee paid at each garden

> Alice Platt’s garden – “This garden, which won a Golden Trowel Award from Garden Design magazine in 2005, is nestled in the woods at the end of a country lane…” – 10 am to 4 pm – 46 Tibbet Lane, Taghkanic

> Rabbit Lane – “Forty years ago, my husband Richard and I bought a tiny ‘get-away’.  A nineteenth-century farmhouse set in fifty-seven acres of a second-growth woodland…”- 10 am to 5 pm – 158 Maiers Road, Craryville

> Adams-Westlake Garden – “Two writers, Abby Adams, who writes about gardens and interiors, and her late husband, crime novelist Donald Westlake, authored the various plantings on this former farm in a pastoral Columbia County valley…” – 12 noon to 4 pm –Ancram

> Information at


Blackdome Music Festival – Featuring the Brooklyn-based orchestral pop piano-violin duo Gracie and Rachel, which crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals; Hite, the new project from Julia Easterlin, described as “rooted in folk yet still using the language of art and electronica”; and Jiji, an adventurous artist on guitar performing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, as well as works by Ginastera and Albeniz – Discounts for seniors, students and children 12 and under – Information and tickets at or call 917-816-59107:30 pm – Windham Civic Centre, 5379 Route 23, Windham

Real People Real Stories – Ancram Opera House starts its summer season with a much-anticipated  evening of homegrown stories told by local residents – The program is inspired by the Moth Radio Hour, but with its own unique improvised style – The storytellers are Lisa Morris from Gallatin, Sherry Weaver from Livingston, Darlene White from Pittsfield, Joan Galler from Ancram, Mildred Aksen from Ancramdale, and Ellen Thurston from Hudson – Information and tickets at or call 518-329-01148 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking behind the Opera House)


Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Sunday, June 25

Take Care Fair – Hudson River Exchange in collaboration with Stella Fay, launches the Take Care Fair, the Hudson Valley’s first interactive marketplace dedicated to health and wellness – Showcasing healing arts, living food, and a broad spectrum of supportive services for physical, mental and spiritual health. – The marketplace setting allows attendees to learn about and experience in a low risk, introductory way the growing variety of resources available  – Participants are able to ask questions, receive mini-sessions, attend talks and take classes – Approximately 75 practitioners and makers will vend at the market; classes, workshops and presentations take place in the riverside gazebo or under tents throughout the day.  Participating vendors represent a variety of fields including acupuncture, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition coaching, mental health and more.– Free and open to the public – Rain or shine – Information at takecarefair/ – 11 am to 4 pm –  Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Book Sale and Signing – Author Adrienne Ross, former Hudson City School District teacher, now author, editor, columnist, and speaker hosts an Open House with a special invitation extended to former students and colleagues – An inspirational speech and book talk will be given at 12 noon, followed by the book signing – Ms. Ross is the commencement speaker at Hudson High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday – Her available books include Push Your Way to Purpose and #Aunt Alma Unleashed – Information at or 518-828-415712 noon to 2 pmHudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Modern Gaming 101 – Stuck in a Monopoly rut?  House Rules Café announces the first in a series of sessions to teach new games and to learn about the plethora of games that have been released in the last 20 years.  This first lesson will take a look at Splendor, published in 2014.  Splendor is a set-collecting game where players are trying to build the biggest and best collection of precious gems.  Good for two to four players, it’s easy to learn, but has the potential for some gory strategy and vicious backstabbing! – Information at 828-5938 – 1 to 6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Plays in Progress (PIP) presents Taking a Stand, a performance of staged readings of short pieces (both comic and serious) written and produced by the playwrights, actors, and directors of Plays in Progress:  Ellen Clarkson, Mel Cobb, Jr., Christopher Conant, Lucile Lichtblau, Byron Nilsson, Marcia Slatkin, and Jesse Waldinger – The program includes never before performed plays about different forms of love and fear of commitment: William Shakespeare’s improbable gentlemanly aspirations, the turning point of the Dreyfus Affair, a contest between hummus-makers, and more. – To benefit Hudson Hall – Tickets and information at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org3 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Michael Hearst’s Nerd-fabulous Author Event – Original musical accompaniment to a Power Point slideshow featuring his new book, Curious Constructions,  a follow-up to his previous  books–Unusual Creatures and Extraordinary People – In this book the reader will come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures such as a fire-breathing octopus sculpture, the skateboard ramp you would need to jump the Great Wall of China, a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica, and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos – These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful and gloriously unnecessary await inquisitive readers, aspiring engineers, and anyone who ever looked at a skyscraper and thought, “Yeah, but what if it had a roller coaster on top?” – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at or 518-671-60064 to 7 pm The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson, present The Hudson River School (1825-1875):  A Slideshow and Conversation by gallery owner Peter Jung – Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole, Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederic Church, and others, captured some of the last moments of the virgin landscape inhabited by Native Americans before the European immigrants transformed borders of true wilderness into farms and settlements.  These artists believed that God was manifest in the form of the American landscape, and their reverence for the vistas before them is recorded in the paintings known as the Hudson River School paintings – Information and tickets at or at the door – Reception at 4:30 pm; Lecture at 5 pm Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Brazilian Girls – “They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angelique Kidjo…and has established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band.” – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 26

Governor’s Office Health Care Forum – Learn what  the impact of the Trump era American Health Care Act (AHCA) might have on you and your family – The Governor’s Office is sending an expert panel to give you the opportunity to learn what is at stake and how best to protect your family from possible changes to our health care system.  RSVP to – Information at 822-1438 – 6 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

First Annual OutHudson Awards Night – The judges were Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, Richelle Martin, and Rick Rector – Awards of a one-of-a-kind statuette will be given in eight categories—Most Hudson Spirit, Most OUT There, Best Music, Most PRIDE, Most Kitsch, Most Fabulous, Butchest, and Best in theme: Wild Queendom – Give-what-you-like contributions will be taken at the door; cash bar; weekday menu items available from the Helsinki restaurant – Dinner reservations at 518-828-48007 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 27 – NOT!

Helsinki Open Mic –– No open mic on June 24 or July 4!!! – Information at 518-828-4800 or – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Lucero – with Banditos opening – “The five members of Lucero have been steady road warriors since 1998, averaging 250 gigs a year.  You can see that these guys have put in their proverbial 10,000 hours and then some.  The result is they know how to grab a crowd and take them along on a rock ‘n’ roll journey.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or – Doors at 6 pm; show at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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Ellen Thurston


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