Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond – August 28 to September 5, 2017 and more


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Lighthouse Tours

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.

Sightseeing Tours

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.  Call to find out gallery hours.

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 – Information  at – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham

Thursday-Sunday, August 31-September 3

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 but 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

> 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….

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

> Dawson City: Frozen TimeThis meditation on cinema’s past, pieces together the bizarre history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s.  Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush.  It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon.  The films were seldom, if ever, returned.  The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer… dug up a horde of film cans.

> The Pulitzer at 100 — …an independent documentary released in conjunction with the Pulitzer Centennial.  The film is told through the riveting stories of the artists that have won the prestigious prize….

> Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & 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 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, September 1-2

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, September 2

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Corn, peppers and tomatoes of all kinds and colors, eggplant, prepared foods,  fresh ginger, eggs, cheeses, pasture -raised meats, nuts, pesto, pickles, breads, herbs and greens, and fresh fish, – 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 Sts


Exhibition Opening – Encaustic Paintings: New Work by Carol Brody – Live music by Sam Rosen – Also works by guest artist Sam Sebren and by gallery artists – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com3 to 6 pm510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Photography Exhibition curated by Greenwich Village, NYC gallerist Robin Rice – Featured artists include Benjamin Heller, Bill Phelps, Jose Picayo, Lynda Churilla, Patricia Heal, Pete Kelly, Robin Rice, and Todd Burris, among others – On view through October 2 – Information at or 518-828-34305 to 7 pm – FINCH Hudson, 555 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101, will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 15.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

Screening of Canners and post-screening talk with the filmmaker  – Manfred Kirchheimer’s deeply humane film takes to the streets in an ode to the men and women who earn their daily bread by diligently collecting New York City’s bottles and cans.  They talk to him about their struggles, their families, and their dreams, never straying too far from this film’s abiding subject–survival in the city.  This lyrical documentary, along with Manny’s earlier films about New York (including Stations of the Elevated ) , makes a superb addition to a body of work fifty years in the making, defined by Whitmanesque generosity and grandeur – Eric Hynes will lead a post-screening talk with Manny.  Hynes is a critic and columnist at Film Comment and Associate Curator of Film at the Museum of the Moving Image. – The screening is part of Lightfield’s second festival of photography and multimedia art – Reservations and information at 518-822-1438 or hudsonhall.org7 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Charles Busch:  My Kinda 60’s – Tony nominee and Helsinki on Broadway favorite returns with a brand new show and a brand new look, singing an eclectic mix from the 1960s.  It was a great decade of music with songs from Burt Bacharach to the Beatles, from The Stones to Sondheim, with Kander and Ebb and Henry Mancini rounding things out.  Cool music and hot gossip from the legendary Charles Busch! – Doors at 6 pm; show at 8 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or  – 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica Turns Three! – with DJ Ephraim Asili & Zemog el Gallo Bueno – Information at or 518-828-15628 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Art Omi Exhibition Openings & Readings:

> Charles Clough – The gallery inaugurates new works by Charles Clough 1 to 3 pm – Plus an interactive public painting workshop led by Clough from 10 am to 5 pm – Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery

> Architecture Opening – On Site: Galia Solomonoff Part of the Art Omi: Architecture indoor gallery series – 1 to 3  pm – Kantor Lobby, Benenson Visitors Center

> Kristiania Writers’ Collective Reading – Members of Kristiania will offer public readings and performances at various locations throughout The Fields Sculpture Park.  This year’s readers are Lee Bob Black, Lonely Christopher , Ben Clague, Hanan Elstein, Josh Furst, and Uche Nduka – A reception celebrates Kristiania’s first publication– a limited edition, handmade anthology of work by its members on the theme of Wealth – 3 pm – Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery

> All programs free and open to the public – Information at – Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery, Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Annual Columbia-Greene Garden Party – The 2017 party will be held at the Claverack home of acclaimed film director James Ivory – The 1805 federal mansion features original interiors, a late Greek Revival porch and a handsome rear wing. After our host bought the house and surrounding farm buildings in 1975, it quickly became Merchant-Ivory headquarters. – The party also features a Silent Auction – All to benefit the Alliance for Positive Health and its programs to reduce the impact and incidence of HIV/AIDS and other serious medical and social conditions – Information and reservations at 518-434-4686 or visit allianceforpositivehealth.org3 to 6 pm – Claverack

SaturdayMonday, 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  or call 518-392-3693 – Starts with a Preview Party on Friday (September 1) and ends with a Clearance Sale on Monday – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Sunday, September 3

Eilen Jewell, “self-styled ‘queen of the minor key’ brings her blend of nourish rockabilly, surf-tinged country, retro-rock, and jazzy folk to Club Helsinki…”– She is celebrating the imminent release of her new album, “Down Hearted Blues.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or  – 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday Music on the Patio: T.J. Santiago & John Bendy– Santiago has been part of the Hudson Valley music scene for a decade.  He co-fronts the power house blues outfit, The Black Dirt Band, which calls Orange County, NY its home.  T.J. has been performing as a solo act covering a wide variety of well-known artists and, as well as his own original compositions.  The Café Omi menu  is prepared by Chef Rita Soares-Kern using local ingredients from nearby farms – Music from 12 noon to 2 pm – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Christopher K. Morgan:  Pohaku – Choreographer Morgan danced the hula as a child in California, far from his family’s Native Hawaii.  For Pohaku, an evening-length solo dance, Morgan brings together storytelling, hula, modern dance, classical music, and projection design.  He incorporates his personal stories into the larger story of Hawaii’s native people. – Pohaku features live music by Kumu Hula Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder and classically trained electric cellist Wytold. – Information and tickets at or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (I mile north of Chatham Village)

Tuesday, September 5

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



*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

*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 843-324-5614 – Walnut 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 347-254-0009 – Hudson 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

*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

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

*Kiyoshi Ike: Silver Landscape – Exhibition extended through October 1 – Information at – Concepto 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 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

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

Davis Orton Gallery: Collage/Constructed Image. Pat Horner – collage montage, Astrid Reischwitz – Tales from the Kitchen Table; portfolios by Carol Erb and Teresa Meier through October 1. Reception Sept 9, 5-7pm. Davis Orton Gallery,  114 Warren St.

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 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

New to Earth: Paintings by Donna Moylan – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-392-3336or by e-mail to – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham



*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


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 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

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Ellen Thurston

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