Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, August 24 to Sept 1, 2017


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Take Me to the River

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and available on the second Saturday of each month, through October –There are only two tour dates remaining– September 9 and October 14.  Make your reservations now.  See details and contact information under HUDSON CRUISES below.

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

Take a Look

Ongoing Exhibitions are listed near the end, in no particular order. 

Thursday-Sunday, August 24-27

Films  at TSL

> The Midwife – Two of French cinemas biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented by tightly wound midwife, and Beatrice, the estranged, free spirited mistress of Claire’s late father – In French with English subtitles.

> Sidemen: Long Road to Glory – An intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’Wolf sidemen.

> Kedi (2016) – Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> Hare Krishna – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

> Pop Aye – “A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up.  The two embark on a road trip to the man’s childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside….Filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals.”  In Thai with English subtitles.

> The Little Hours Bored, volatile, and sexually repressed Renaissance nuns live in a monastery under the watchful eye of Father Tommasso.  Their dull lives are shaken up by the arrival of a handsome new groundskeeper, whom Father Tommasso introduces as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation.  Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the situation erupts into a frenzy of debauchery and hormones….

> The Exterminating Angel – (1962) – A group of high society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave – This film, full of eerie, comic absurdity, furthers filmmaker Luis Bunuel’s wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes. – In Spanish with English subtitles.

> The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography – Errol Morris’s loving portrait of an artist too often overlooked in consideration of twentieth-century photography

> Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Hello, Dolly! “one of the greatest musicals of all time,” –  Monica M. Wemitt recreates her stellar role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a “woman who arranges things,” making matches for one and all, including herself.  Ms.Wemitt, a Mac-Haydn favorite, performed in the show on Broadway with Carol Channing.  Hello, Dolly! “is filled with hope and love and will keep you happy until 2018, Mac-Haydn’s gala 50th anniversary season!”  This final show of the 2017 season runs from August 24 through September 3  – Performance times vary; tickets are available for both matinee and evening performances –– Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit – – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday-Saturday, August 25-26

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.

Saturday, August 26

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Green beans, corn, peppers and tomatoes of all kinds and colors, eggplant, prepared foods,  eggs, cheeses, pasture -raised meats, nuts, pesto, pickles, breads, herbs and greens, and fresh fish, and peaches! – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has fruit pies and tarts. – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! – Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Hudson Ketermaya Connection Community Meeting – All are welcome and invited to come together to discuss the needs of the Syrian refugee families and children living in Ketermaya, Lebanon and ways in which we can help. Three core areas of need, including nourishment, environment and education, will be discussed. Come with an open heart and your positive energy and spirits to discuss these points of help and connection. Information at or or Facebook@helpsyriaskids – We believe our community will make a difference – 11 am to 1 pm  –  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Artist Talk – Artist Brenda Ann Kenneally’s project Upstate Girls, is currently being shown in LightField’s Just the Facts exhibition at Hudson Hall – Kenneally’s film and photo project is a 12-year immersion into the lives of a group of young women in Troy, NY – The conversation will be about portrayals of the working poor and the realities of living on the margins, as well as how creativity and artistic vision can increase worth and confidence. In this Artist Talk, Kenneally will be talking with Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America – Kenneally’s project is also coming out in book form in November 2017 – 5 pm – West Room, Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. – Information at 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Storyteller Tom Lee returns to Olana State Historic Site to perform  Storytelling Tours for families and The Question Tour – Inspired by Frederic Church, Lee has written a new exciting story to perform inside the historic rooms at Olana – In addition, the all new Question Tour inspires a lively discussion – Lee’s storytelling began at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  He has worked as an arts educator for over 20 years through telling stories, myths, and legends from cultures around the world. – This public program is repeated on September 30 and October 28. Enrollment is limited and advance registration is highly recommended – Information and registration at or call 518-828-1872, ext. 105.

Exhibition Opening – New to Earth: Paintings by Donna Moylan – Music by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-392-3336 or by e-mail to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Sunday, August 27

Chatham Film Club presents a screening of Detroit – Film critic Peter Biskind says:  “Detroit is likely to be the most powerful, punishing, and important film you’ll see this year.  Director Kathy Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal go a half century back in time to the riots that tore that city apart, and focus on a shocking police assault on the Algiers Motel, that they mistakenly believed housed snipers.  According to the film they subjected the occupants to hours of emotional and physical torture.  Three black men died.  Detroit is not for the faint of heart, but its essential viewing.” – Information at www.crandelltheatre.org12 noon, Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Next Monday, August 28

In Development – A special  show has been added to the Mac-Haydn Theatre Monday night schedule – In Development, with songs from two original musicals being developed by Musical Director David Maglione, will be performed.  Wendy’s Shadow is a modern-day retelling of the mischievous and magical adventure of Peter and Wendy, with a contemporary folk/rock score.  The second musical being developed, Fitted Up, is a tale of human connection, injustice and, ultimately, freedom.  – Mr. Maglione has been the musical director of several MacHaydn shows this summer.  Performed by Mac-Haydn company members for one night only –– Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit –  www.MacHaydnTheatre.org7:30 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Next Tuesday, August 29

Prison Alley Tales – WGXC’s Diamond Street Radio Players present stories, plays and poems to benefit Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM hands-on radio station – Produced by Matthew Tombers – Suggested donation at the door – A light supper will be served – Cash bar – Also broadcast  live on WGXC 90.7 FM – Doors open at 6 pm – Show at 7 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 319 Warren Street

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or  – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series. –Namesake – To quote Roger Ebert: “…the story of all immigrant groups in America: Parents of great daring arriving with dreams, children growing up in a way that makes them almost strangers, the old culture merging with the new.” – Information at or 518-392-61218:30 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Next Wednesday, August 30

On the Fly Story Slam invites Travel Stories – “Traveling! Some people go west, some venture south, some travel great distances in their minds. And some of us eventually find our way home. Traveling entails movement from one place to another, and that’s the stuff good stories are made from. We summon you to come share stories of enlightening , illuminating, and inspirational moments from the road. Or tales of vacations gone bad, imaginary or real-life journeys down into or out of the rabbit hole, encounters with worlds unknown. We look forward to another exhilarating night of stories told live without notes…”  Come early to put your name in the hat. – Information at 518-828-4800 or  – Doors open at 6 pm – Stories at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, August 30 through Monday, September 4

Columbia County Fair – “Family Fun for 177 Years” – A demolition derby, pig races, Monster tractor pull, a rodeo, daily livestock events, a holiday cookie contest, talent shows, and a Travis Tritt concert on Sunday, September 3 at 7 pm – Ride discounts every day – Admission includes parking and ALL entertainment – Kids under 12 admitted free – Info at – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham

Saturday-Monday, September 2-4 

Twelfth Annual Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading – A giant used book sale, distinguished  authors’ readings, a children’s book room and a chance to meet the Cat in the Hat, a cook book café, an early bird preview, and much more -– Information and schedule at /events/schedule  or call 518-392-3693 – Starts with a Preview Party on Fridayand ends with a Clearance Sale on Monday – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


*Your Turn: A Collaborative Art Show – All work exhibited was created through a series of collaborative art making workshops at the Library, led in July by working artists Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose – On view through September 4 – Free and open to the public – Information at info@hudsonarealibrary.orgor 518-828-1792 x 101 – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Up River: The Journey Home – An exhibition/installation by Kingsley Parker – For artist Kingsley Parker, the Hudson River has served as a metaphor for his personal and professional journey from New York City to the Hudson Valley.  His 67-foot-long multimedia installation is a “deeply felt and lovingly-executed meditation on the waterway that continues to shape commerce, history, environment, recreation, politics, art, and daily lives in New York State…This installation is his tribute to the immense power of the Hudson River, its impact on the natural world and the communities along its shores, and its profound influence on an artist as his life has changed along with it.”  – On view through September 24 – Information at or 843-324-5614Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

 *Just the Facts: Lightfield Festival of Photography & Multimedia Art – Lightfield’s second annual festival features photography and video work by six distinguished artists: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Brenda Kenneally, Phyllis B. Dooney, Stacy Kranitz, Zoe Strauss, and Masterjia, and a screening of a documentary by director Manfred Kirchheimer. – The exhibition projects delve into the lives of working class people who struggle daily to keep their dignity in a social landscape that is increasingly hostile to immigrants and the working poor.  The festival also looks past common stereotypes to show how marginalized people, largely invisible to mainstream culture, have been left behind by technology and globalization –– The festival runs through September 30.  – Free and open to the public – Information at  or call 347-254-0009Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*Summer Exhibition – Featuring works by Jenny Nelson, Stephen Walling, Christopher Engel, Bruce Murphy, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Joe Wheaton & John Griebsch – On view through September 24 – Information at or 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery:

*> Jason Middlebrook: Glow – An exhibition of new planks and outdoor sculpture – Middlebrook’s planks (from either vertical or horizontal cross sections of trees) bridge divides between painting and sculpture, surface and ornament, and point abstraction back to its roots in naturally occurring pattern….

*> Joshua Marsh: Paper Garden – In the fall of 2016, Joshua Marsh spent two months at an artist residency in the mountains of Nikko, Japan.  Aspects of a moss garden there date back centuries.  Its rock walls, indigenous plants, stream and pond fostered the vocabulary for Marsh’s new graphite drawings….

>Both exhibitions on view through September 17 – Information at  or 518-828-6680 –– Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions” – Information at   or call 718-450-6801 – On view through the month of September – Hudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

*Third Annual Group Show – Featuring fine art photography by 50 artists curated into a singular vision by Juror Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA – On view through August 28– Information at or 518-567-4056 – Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Kiyoshi Ike: Silver Landscape Exhibition extended through October 1 – Information at Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*Halaburda:  Contemporary Paintings on Cardboard – “Philippe Halaburda’s highly unusual body of work is inspired by his 2015 move to New York City, when he made the daring decision to paint on cardboard, a material easily acquired in the streets of Brooklyn.  Flattened packages, tubes used for carpet or fabrics, and even cereal boxes provided an exciting deviation from traditional shapes and canvas surfaces and increased the urban narrative of Halaburda’s work.  The works on cardboard seem to channel the metropolitan energy of New York.  Applying the language of abstract expressionism has created intense, emotional paintings while retaining a fierce sense of identity and independence.  With each painting, Halaburda embarks on an improvisational journey, the outcome being vivid, rhythmic compositions of geometric shapes and staccato brushstrokes, always spontaneous yet precisely executed….” – On view through the month of September – Information at 646-483-9109 or by email to –   5:30-8:30 pmFRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

John Davis Gallery Exhibition Openings – The work of six artists is being shown. – In the Front Galleries – Michael David:  Navigators, Golems and Geishas; in the Sculpture Garden – Bruce Gagnier:  Animula; and in the Carriage House – Works by Larry Brown, Kinnea Paskow, Daisy Craddock, and Stephen Reynolds. –– All on view through September 10  – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pmJohn Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street 

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Two Worlds: The Art of Dan Peterson and Christina Painter – The exhibition features two artists, sharing life as husband and wife, and sharing a passion for exuberant self expression.  The Florida natives live in two worlds, with studios and homes in Miami Beach during the winter months, and in Hillsdale, where they live and work each summer.  This will be their first joint exhibition. – On view through October 7 – Information at or 413-246-57765:30 pm – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

*Sanford R. Gifford In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill 


*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.

* Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and available on the second Saturday of each month, through October – (Remaining tour dates are September 9, and October 14.) Tour one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River. This gem still has its spiral staircase, working fog bell, and wonderful architecture – Learn its history and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family who lived on the lighthouse.  The Hudson-Athens Light is still an active aid for navigation for water traffic. –  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at or by calling  888-764-1844 – Tickets are available the day of the tour at the departure site – For general information go to  or call 518-828-5294 – Tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pm and  depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour –Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of purchase and check-in. –  In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, accessed via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

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Ellen Thurston

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