Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 16 to 23, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

*PICK OF THE WEEK* – Opera at the Opera House! – To celebrate the opening of its second floor performance hall and the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State, Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House is producing Virgil Thomson’s rarely performed opera, The Mother of Us All, about the famous suffragette Susan B. Anthonyand her struggles to get the vote for women.  The opera has a libretto by Gertrude Stein. and is directed by R. B. Schlatherwith music direction  by Tony Kieraldo, and a vocal and instrumental ensemble of over 30 Hudson Valley residents.  Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens plays the lead role of Susan B. Anthony.  Not only are the cast and directors local, but the lighting, set and costume design are all the work of talented local individuals as well.  The entire cast and crew is a reflection of the community of artistic talent that resides in the Hudson Valley, and draws attention to the Hudson Opera House, and its history as a cultural and civic beacon in the City of Hudson .

> To accompany the performances of the opera, Hudson Hall is offering a series of free pre-and post-performance gatherings called the “Not Talk Back Salon Series,” which invite the public to hear from creative thinkers, local historians and contemporary artists to explore the opera’s themes that are increasingly relevant today. These gatherings are free and open to the public, subject to space availability.  Brochure available at the Opera House. – Other highlights include a pop-up canteen by local Hudson restaurant/installation/performance project, Lil’Deb’s Oasis, and a mobile Experimental Reading Roomwhere visitors and cast can immerse themselves in Stein’s world through the written and spoken word.

> The Mother of Us All runs for five performances only on November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19, with two performances  remaining– this Saturday and Sunday..    All performances for the opera are sold out. – A limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – All performances start at 4 pm.  For Wait List information call 518-822-1438. – 4 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

ELLEN’S WEEKEND PICKS

Thursday-Monday, November 16-20

> Films at TSL:

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced  persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> Chavela – “…the captivating portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico…After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

> Rat Film – – “’There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore.  It’s always been a people problem.. Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but they make homes in them.  Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. – A brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.’”—The New York Times, 2017 – Directed by Theo Anthony

The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Faces Places – Eighty-nine-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to direct this enchanting documentary…Together they travel the villages of France in JR’s truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  – In French with English subtitles.

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, November 17

HWM Free Friday Tasting – Maria Clark from Polaner Selections will be pouring reds and whites perfect for Thanksgiving dinner – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com  or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pm Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome.  This week Sher Stevens will share information about her tile-making business, with great conversation to follow – Sher, a sculptor from California, became obsessed with the Mermaid,, and as a result, she created her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries – She now lives in Hudson, – All are welcome – Please bring a friend and a dish to share – Anyone who wishes to share their work at the next meeting can contact artistpotluck@gmail.com – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

The Oxbros Live this Friday – Steven Michael Pague & Benjamin Herndon with Craig Peyton – Information at smoonwsun@aol.com8 to 10 pm – Main Street Pub, 12 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

Friday-Sunday, November 17-19

Upstage Productions presents the Broadway musical Mary Poppins – Tickets available at the door or online at https://upstageproductions.org  – Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Hudson High School auditorium, 208 Harry Howard Avenue

Saturday, November 18

Hudson Farmers’ Market –– This is the final market of the 2017 outdoor season – The Winter Market—now in its seventh year– returns to the former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street the first Saturday in December, will be open the four Saturdays in December, will take a rest in January, and return again on the first Saturday in February. –  Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Drag Queen Story Hour – Presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with Out Hudson – Drag queens reading stories to children – A family-friendly event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer   – “Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood, this story hour gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”  – Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity – There will be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-179211 am to 12 noonHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel, conducted by its composer Thomas Ades – The opera is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel for the 1962 Bunuel film – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera by composer Sheila Silver with libretto by Stephen Kitsakos – Live Workshop Performances of Act II  – Performers include Katy Pracht, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen, Michael Scarcelle, with an ensemble of seven instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri and Jonathan Singer on tablas.  Music direction bySara Jobin, and stage direction by Leslie Swackhamer.  – The opera is based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini and is set in contemporary Afghanistan, “…more than a story of survival in the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds….it is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people and individuals seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.”—Contemporary Literature – This two-part program shows an opera in progress – A film  shown earlier this month, shows a workshop performance of Act I that took place in Key West, Florida,   The world premiere will be presented by Seattle Opera in 2020. – It is presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with American Opera Projects and is free and open to the public.  Donations are accepted. – Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Information and reservations at 518-828-1792 x101 or by email to brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org – Performances at 1 pm and 4 pmCommunity Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street

BeLo 3rd Gallery Stroll – Art and design locations below Third Street welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This open gallery event presents five galleries open for viewing,  – See listings for details  – Participating galleries are Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street;  Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street; and Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica – Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – 8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to davisortongallery.com  Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – Reception from 5 to 7 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Closing Party for Eric Rhein’s 360 Moons – Information at 518-828-45395 to 7 pmBCB Art, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Hudson Valley LandscapesOn view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or call 518-828-1915 – Artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Bella’s butter toffee covered in milk, dark or white chocolate is  simply the best! – And paired with wine from the Hudson-Chatham Winery? !!   Could it get any better?!! – 5 to 7 pm – Information at 518-828-3139  or www.VerdigrisTea.comVerdigris Tea, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

A Not Talk Back conversation related to the production of The Mother of Us All, the Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera taking place at Hudson Hall – A discussion of “Black Dada” will be presented by artist Adam Pendleton who lays out his “disruptive theory” in his new book– Pendleton works in an array of different media, from collage to painting to video and performance.  What draws all these threads together is a concern with language and historical narrative viewed through the lens of African-American culture and aesthetics—plus his own guiding theory, dubbed ‘Black Dada.’” Free and open to all, subject to space availability – Information at 518-822-14386 pm to 7:30 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Handcraft Night: Craftworking with Kara Snyder – Join Kara Snyder of vital corps (http://www,vitalcorpswellness.com/) for a digital detox away from all our gadgets and technology, for an evening of crafting and conversation.  Kara will lead a discussion of the mind-body benefits of simple repetitive crafts, and share how she’s using handmade, upcycled envelopes to collect 33,000 handwritten task lists from women around the globe. – Free admission, but RSVP is requested by emailing Katharine@dropforgeandtool.com or sign up through the link at the  Drop Forge & Tool website. – 6 to 8 pm Drop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre, dedicated to staged readings by professional actors of prize-winning plays, presents THEM by Dean Taylor.  Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger – “a satiric comedy about a tight little neighborhood wishing to keep out any perceived foreign elements, as well as anyone who does not ‘fit in’.” – The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 pmAuditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Tim O’Brien with Amanda Anne Platt opening – Grammy Award-winner Tim O’Brien is a veritable, certified bluegrass/roots-music superstar.  He’ll bring his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, as well as his dazzling skills on every stringed instrument known to mankind – In the 1970s he founded Hot Rize, long regarded as one of the most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street –

New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & Dance-Off  – Featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin – “Panache Booking is bringing the world’s most popular soul party to Hudson!!” – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-156210 pm to 1 am -– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack’s 57th Annual Holiday Bazaar – Silent auction and thousands of beautiful items to purchase – Easy parking – Lunch available – Proceeds benefit special in-need projects around the world and at home – Information at 518-851-3811 or go to  claverackreformedchurch.org10 am to 2 pm –  Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, 88 Route 9-H, Claverack

Saturday-Sunday, November 18-19

The Mother of Us All has a run of five performances–November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19.  .  All performances for the opera are sold out. – A limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – A Wait List has been established for both of the remaining performances on Saturday and Sunday For Wait List information call 518-822-1438, or show up and take your chances.. All performances start at 4 pm.Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Sunday, November 19

The National Theatre of London/NT Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies – “There is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after the final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.” – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Author’s Talk and Book Signing – Matt Bua, author of Talking Walls: Casting out the Post-contact Stone Wall Building Myth of the American Northeast – Matt Bua will talk about his book, Talking Walls, which scrutinizes the oft-repeated story of the origins of Northeast America’s famed stone walls.  Were 252,000 miles of stone walls—enough to reach the far side of the moon—in fact built by European colonists in a period of roughly 100 years, or are they perhaps much, much older?   Employing a mountain of testimony from archeological sources, popular history, and hands-on investigation, Bua’s book draws closer to a profound new reading of our shared landscape and its ancient past. His talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. – Information at 518-822-0510 3 to 5 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – The photographer asks, “What is photography if not a celebration of light?” – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-90884 to 7 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

The Hudson Interfaith Council is holding a service aimed at sending help to the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico in their struggle to survive probably the most severe storm to hit the islands in 100 years – Speakers will include Rev. Teddy Almodovar, pastor of the Power & Restoration Church of God, a Spanish-speaking church in Hudson – Learn how you can make cash donations or send other forms of assistance – Information at 518-851-7044 – Service from 5 pm to 6:30 pmFirst Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

The Mother of All Town Balls with DJ Fulathela and guests – Cover charge – Cash Bar – Information at 518-822-14386 to 9 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Justin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle “While Justin bears a heavy burden given his birthright and heritage and perhaps the expectations placed upon him, he is his own man with his own sound,…”  and his own accolades and awards in the music world. – Joshua Hedley warms up the crowd for Earle – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, November 20

Crafting Night – Yarncraft, Papercraft, Anycraft! – Every other Monday, join a group at the House Rules Café for a session of crafting and discussion of our favorite topics—be it nerdy, books, movies, local events, national events, or personal events—anything is up for grabs – Drop cloths will be put down for any potentially messy activity – Information at 518-828-5938 or go to www.facebook.com/events6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of 8th St.)

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting – Information at 518-672-7901 – 6:30 pm to 8 pm – Chatham Town Hall, 488 Route 295, Chatham

Next Tuesday, November 21

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 helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate / Bunnybrains – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, November 23

Hudson’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since the 1980s, the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been an opportunity to bring the community together, feed those less fortunate and extend the church’s ministry through a day of outreach.  Forced to shut the doors of the church due to emergency roof repair, the festive meal has been more difficult to organize.  Christ Church Episcopal Church has agreed to host the event again this year.  Rev. Beilke at First Pres emphasizes that this event is not just for those in need, but a means to bring the whole community together.  Volunteers are needed to help set tables, prepare the meal, and serve the meal, but also to deliver meals to shut-ins.  Last year 150 meals were delivered and 70 meals were served in house.  A wide variety of food is also needed.  To volunteer and/or learn what specific food might be needed, call 518-267-9322 – A gofundmecampaign has also been established at www.gofundme.com/1st-pres-annual-thanksgiving-meal

Saturday, December 2

Winter Walk! – Mark Your Calendar – The Hudson Opera House (Hudson Hall) annual holiday celebration comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year” in 2014, 2015, 2016, Winter Walk has been known to draw an estimated crowd of 20,000 Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, to help Hudson kick off the holiday season.  At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone, but the real Santa will be in the Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.  So be there, with bells on!  5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond

FUN & GAMES

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 by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* 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 http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , 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….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*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 27.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions  email  Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

* Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438 – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 –FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses – The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

* Selection ’17  – Concepto Hudson presents the first juried exhibition of its six-year run in Hudson – Twenty artists were chosen from an extensive number of submissions – The quality of the submitted works was exciting and unexpected, with a diversity of emerging, mid-career and self-taught artists.  The result is an exciting representation of present artists from in and around our region. – On view through November 19 – Information at concepto.gallery@gmail.com – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680 – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

* Eric Rhein: 360 Moons – Eric Rhein has gained international recognition as a significant and widely exhibited artist, whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience of HIV.  Rhein tested positive in 1987 at age 27; 360 Moons now honors his three decades of creating artwork through this profound experience.  The selected works of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evoke the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and his personal connection to the natural world.  Resilience and vulnerability, loss and survival co-exist in these light and shadowed works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually driven understanding of being human. – Also on view is Ribbon Corner, a site specific installation by Lynn Itzkowitz, made of 23 graphite ribbons, floor to ceiling in a confined space, creating interplay of illusion and reality. – Work of gallery artists is also being shown – All on view through November 19 – Information by e-mail to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com or call 518-828-4539 – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm510 Warren StreetGallery, 510 Warren Street

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

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