Art Events in Hudson NY and Beyond from June 25 to July 8, 2018 including Ongoing Exhibitions


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Every Wednesday through the summer months

Upstreet Farmers’ Market – This mid-week market is open in Seventh Street Park every Wednesday through the summer months, bringing food mid-week  to Hudson, “by the local, of the local, for the local” and including meats, cheeses, vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, gluten -free foods, and other prepared foods – Information at upstreetmarket@gmail.com4 to 7 pm – Warren Street side of Seventh Street Park

Every Saturday through November 17

The Hudson Farmers’ Market is in its usual summer location in the parking lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Columbia Street, where it will reappear every Saturday until November 17 –.  The Cidermakers will be joining the market on a bi-weekly basis. – You will find the familiar, friendly group of vendors selling  prepared foods, bread, cookies, spring greens, spring flowers, strawberries (!), asparagus, eggs, meats and cheeses, fresh fish, and plants for the vegetable garden, flower beds, hanging baskets and herb gardens – EBT and WIC are accepted by all qualified vendors –- Information at –– Open from 9 am to 1 pm – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Thursdays through Mondays

(closed for maintenance through July 5) Films at TSL – Time & Space Limited shows a wide range of (mostly) independent and foreign films screened Thursdays through Mondays. Consult the website for film descriptions, schedule, and tickets.  A monthly calendar can also be found on the website. – Information at  or call 518-822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Fridays through August

Athens Performing Arts Corporation has launched its riverside summer concert series – During the summer months, live music is presented in Athens Riverfront Park on Friday nights from 7 to 9 pm – The series started on June 22 with Kristen Capolino (blues, soul, rock) and continues on Fridays through August 24 –  Hudson Cruises’ Hudson-Athens ferry service runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 pm and takes passengers directly to the riverfront park in Athens  – (See details below)  – The season finale will be on Thursday, August 30 with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.  Information by calling Rick at 518-522-9470.

Fridays & Saturdays

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 is 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, go to the waterfront via the Broad Street grade crossing,  past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.  The city dock is behind the gazebo in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on Water Street.  In Athens, the ferry docks in Athens Riverfront Park, 4 Water Street.

The Hudson River School  of Art Trail Hikes

Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Catskill Mountain Wild have launched a series of professionally guided hikes called The Hudson River School of Art Trail Hikes 2018 – Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded America’s first major art movement—the Hudson River School of landscape painting—and many of the views that inspired Cole, his legendary student Frederic Church, and other Hudson River School artists are made accessible by the Hudson River School of Art Trail, which includes twenty locations in the Hudson River Valley.  The hikes will take place once a month, They started on June 23 and will continue through October on subsequent Fridays—July 27, August 24, September 28, and October 26. – Each hike will be guided by a licensed guide from Catskill Mountain Wild, a guide service creating custom outdoor adventures.  All hikes begin in Haines Falls or Catskill. Information on how to register for the hikes, and other details can be found at The hikes are presented in partnership with Olana State Historic Site, The Olana Partnership, and a number of national, state and county agencies.

Sunday Matinees

Kid Flicks One – Basilica’s Free Family Matinee Screening Series – Recommended for children from 3 to 7 years of age – On select summer Sundays, Basilica Hudson will be screening the Kids Flicks Tour—The best short films from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival!  All matinee screenings will be open to the public with free admission to all.  The series kicked off with Party Mouth (USA), I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia), and If You Fall (Canada). –  Information and schedule at  – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

 Monday, June 25

Gut Fauna, Lily & Horn Horse – Information at Dog Books/ or call  518-671-6006 – 8 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Hillsdale’s Historic Cemeteries: Pioneers, Patriots and Politics – Roeliff Jansen Community Library hosts an encore presentation of this illustrated talk by local historians Jeanne Kiefer and Lauren Letellier.  The talk was originally given on May 20th to an SRO audience at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – The two historians have been active in identifying and documenting Hillsdale’s 15 known cemeteries, from tiny family plots to abandoned church graveyards and rural cemeteries.  The sites reveal the story of a vanished past when the region played a dynamic role in America’s transition from the colonial era to the early Republic.  Many of the cemeteries are in sad repair, but some still-legible headstones provide rich clues for examining Hillsdale’s early history, and are one of the last best links to that time for historians, genealogists, descendants and the community at large.  The presentation will run about one hour, with Q&A to follow, and will focus on the stories behind the Krum Church Cemetery in Northwest Hillsdale and the recently re-discovered McKinstry Family Plot on Upper Hunt Road.  Information on the website at or call 518-325-4101 – 6 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale


Thursday, June 28 

Odds Against Tomorrow – A film screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker David McDonald – This classic movie was shot in Hudson in 1959.  Come see our city immortalized on the silver screen! – The film stars Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan and Shelley Winters, as well as  Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame, and probably some of your friends and neighbors who acted as “extras.”  – The screening will be preceded by a preview of McDonald’s trailer for his documentary in progress about the filming of Odds Against Tomorrow – This is a Special History Room Program – There is no admission charge, there is a suggested donation at the door – Wheelchair accessible – Information at 518-828-1792 x 101 – 6 pmCommunity Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street  (corner of State Street)

Friday, June 29

The Operation Unite NY Cocktail Party celebrates Operation Unite’s 26th year of serving the community, and honors decades of service by its outstanding honorees, Jay Carlisle and Don Moore.  – Special performances by the Fabulous Versatones  – Information and tickets at or call 518-828-3612 – Champagne Reception at 5:30 pm, followed by a Cocktail Gala from 6 to 8 pmHudson Lodge, at the intersection of Union and South Sixth Streets

The Athens Performing Arts Corporation (APAC) presents the Chris O’Leary Band, playing  “award-winning groovin’ blues,” as part of the summer series.  – 7 to 9 pm – Athens Waterfront Park, Water Street, Athens

Calling All Bluegrass Lovers! – The Wickers Creek Band will be playing for your listening and foot-tapping pleasure at the Philmont Pub – Information at 518-965-1437 – from 8 to 10 pm – Philmont Pub, aka Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1

Scat! by Urban Bush Women –  Part of Lumberyard’s Under Construction Summer Festival –—  “Lumberyard isn’t waiting for its new home to be finished to present its inaugural summer season.  Instead, the dance organization kicks off its 2018 season with a world premiere performance of Scat! by Urban Bush Women—a dance-driven musical that takes place in a fictional nightclub – Scat!  tells a love story of two people making  their way during the Great Migration through song, dance, and storytelling.  It is the powerful tale of one family and what happens when dreams encounter the realities of American life in the 1940s and ‘50s. – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or go to helsinkihudson.comFriday and Saturday at 9 pm, Sunday at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, June 30

Exhibition Opening / Artist’s Reception  – Richard Butler:  Happinessisthespace betweensorrows  – New paintings and works on paper  – Information at or 518-828-4539 – 5 to 7 pmBCBART, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening Reception – Mark LaRiviere: A Certain Light – This solo show “combines paintings done years ago with current sculpture.  The work is a continuation in Mark’s investigation on making images with a variety of materials that embody a sense of form, a sense  of scale, and a sense of color to evoke a sense of being.  Mark LaRiviere’s work is figurative, he makes art that represents who we are, our current state as people in today’s culture.  Finding new solutions to create work that depicts our existential place on the planet.” – Live music by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner – On view through August 5 – Information at 518-392-3336 or go to  – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Opening Night of PS 21’s Pavilion Theater – Performance Spaces for the 21st Century opens its new state-of-the-art  open air pavilion with a dazzling celebration of dance, music, and theater.  Headlining the opening are TAKE Dance, Parsons Dance, and Vanaver Dance, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, and physical comedian Hillary Chaplain.  The new 300-seat open-air pavilion theater replaces the tent that served as the main venue for twelve years.  It is an elegant, flexible design and includes state-of-the-art sound and lighting.  The black box theater portin of the venue, a 40’ by 60’ performance space enclosed in the winter and seating up to 99, opened in April.  The pavilion portion of the theater, open in warmer months, is created when the black box transforms into a stage and the east wall slides open – Information and tickets at 1-800-838-3006  or 518-392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21/Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village

Ancram Opera House opens its season with Songs for Charming Strangers, performed by David Cale with Matthew Dean Marsh – Renowned monologist David Cale, author of this season’s award-winning off-Broadway hit Harry Clarke, appears here in his sharply witty song cycle of love at large  – Information and tickets at or 518-329-0114 –  8:30 pm -Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram  –  PLEASE NOTE: Special bus service from Hudson’s Red Dot restaurant (321 Warren St.) to and from the Ancram Opera House for this performance.  The bus leaves from the Dot promptly at 7:45 pm and leaves from Ancram immediately following the performance – $5 roundtrip bus fare is payable at the door. – No reservation is needed for the bus, but advance purchase of show tickets is recommended.  (Riders enjoy 10% off their pre-show meal (not including beverages.) at the Dot!)

SaturdaySunday, June 30-July 1

Take Care Fair – Markets, workshops and community for Hudson Valley Makers & Collectors – This is the second Take Care Fair, a wellness and health interactive market event with shopping, talks, classes and experience, free all weekend.  On Saturday from 6 to 8 pm join the 5Rhythms “Interdependence Celebration”—part workout, part class, part dance party! – Information at info@hudsonriverexchange.comSaturdayfrom 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm – –Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street (access via Broad Street crossing, past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Monday, July 2

Bobby Previte’s 2X Trio – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or go to helsinkihudson.com8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day

Bright Future Bar-B-Q – Bar-B-Q is followed by DJ Tedd Patterson, artist Jack Walls, and HifiBangalore’s Exploding Inevitable Dance Party – Information at  – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Thursday, July 5 through September 2

Broadway musicals in your neighborhood!  Applaud MacHaydn Theatre which is celebrating 50 seasons of professional musical theatre.  The 2018 season started on May 24 with Damn Yankees, then moved forward with Funny Girl and Cabaret, but there is plenty of music and dancing ahead.  Mamma Mia opens on July 5, The Hunchbasck of Notre Dame on July 26, The Wedding Singer on August 9, and the beloved Annie on August 23.  Three children’s theatre productions—The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood, The Pied Piper, and Wendy’s Shadow– will play during June, July, and August – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or go to the website,  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday through Sunday, July 6-8

Hudson Hall presents  the Stephen Petronio Company  which announces its arrival in the Hudson Valley with a program of signature show-stopping works at Hudson Hall in the historic Hudson Opera House.  For their Hudson debut the Company performs three dances by choreographer Stephen Petronio including his newest work, Hardness 10, which marks his third collaboration with composer Nico Muhly and first with fashion designer Patricia Field ARTFASHION; an excerpt from Underland (2003), inspired by the dark, sensual music of Australian legend, Nick Cave; and Bud Suite (2006), which muses on the melodic pop-tunes of Rufus Wainwright.  Also on the program is a revival of choreographer Steve Paxton’s virtuosic Excerpt from Goldberg Variations (1986), a Bessie-nominated restaging from Petronio’s Bloodlines project, established to revive works by post-modern dance masters.    Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Stephen Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance-makers of his generation.  He has collaborated with a wide range of artists in many disciplines over his career, a practice that drives his creativity and vision.  Hudson Hall welcomes Petronio’s artistry as a choreographer in tandem with the Petronio Residency Center’s inaugural season of residencies.  To learn more about the program or to putchase tickets call 518-822-1438 or go to the website at


* A Conversation – A special art exhibition in the library’s Community Room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher StevensA Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form.  These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work, exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies.  Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history, while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st-century femme lifestyles.  Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.  Sonia Ruscoe lives and works in Hudson.  She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint.  Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tile maker, artisan and instructor – The exhibition will be available for viewing during library hours through July 1 – Information at, or call 518-828-1792, x 101. – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Three Rivers Art Project –  All are welcome to see the opening exhibit at the new Elbaz Studio & Gallery at 711 Warren Street.  The gallery is celebrating its official opening and its first collaboration with Three Rivers Art Project, as well as Israel’s 70th anniversary.  In response to a call for artists for this juried show, 70 artists from all over Israel were selected from over 400 applicants.  Their work, in various mediums, will be on display through the month of June.-  Information at 518-822-1097 –  Elbaz Studio & Gallery, 711 Warren Street

* JD Urban’s [R]EVOLUTION IS UNCOMFORTABLE – A photography and video exhibition with exhibition design by Tom Taylor – A new installment of the photographer and filmmaker’s award-winning, perennial conversation series, “The Everyday People Project,” a dynamic documentary series featuring intimate conversations about some of the most pressing social concerns facing our nation today.  The project is a living, breathing archive of the human experience featuring filmed conversations with hundreds of citizens across the country.  This latest installment focuses on the residents of Hudson, NY – Information at 518-822-1438 or visit – On view through June 24  – Hudson Hall,  Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

* Landscape: Abstract, Fractured, Suggested.  Recent work by Hudson artists:  photo/sculptures by Margaret Saliske;  mixed media and paintings by David Drake -. Photo Portfolios by Barrack Evans and William Nourse – On view through July 8 – Information at or by email to Karen@davisortongallery.comDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street.

* Stars and Cells – Works by Nicole Cherubini, Victoria Fu, and Carrie Moyer – Curated by Jen Mergel – On view through July 15 – Information at or by email to, or call 518-822-1333 – September Gallery, #3, 449 Warren Street

* Figures We Fancy – Works by Mark Beard, David Dew Bruner, Robert Goldstrom, Greg Decker, David Austin, Louise Laplante, and Abel Ramirez – On view through July 29 – Information at  or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Sextet III  – Works by Yuko Mizobuchi, Traci Mims, David Sheskin, Anthony Ruscitto, Christy Marie, and Scott Dow – On view through July 14 –   Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

* SCULPTURE – Works by Jake Fallat, Margaret Roleke, and Steve Rosenzweig, providing ethree distinct expressions of the medium – On view through July 22 – Information by email to  – Concepto Gallery, 741 Warren Street

* Illumination: Light from Darkness  – A flash of understanding, insight, epiphany. This year’s Annual Photography Show highlights the work of twenty-one photographers who artfully display, in both black and white and color, how this year’s theme, “illumination,” inspires  their imagery.  The exhibition exemplifies the deeply personal process of creating art in all of its forms. – On view through July 15 – Information at –   Gallery, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

* Six solo exhibitions of sculpture and painting in the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House – Work by Yura Adams, Lightswitch; Howard Kalish, sculpture; Rodney Dickson, paintings; Holly Hughes, paintings; Clay Sorrough, paintings; and Yi Zhang, sculpture – On view through July 15 – Information at 518-828-5907 or go to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

* Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana – The Olana Partnership is focused this summer on a new exhibition called Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana – Many programs are being built around the theme of this exhibition.  The Artists on Art Tours series, for example, is a collaboration with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York City.  The collaboration enables contemporary working artists to interpret the Main House at Olana from their own unique perspectives.  Participating artists this season are of Arab descent and will bring their personal and expansive perspective touching on themes such as Olana’s Persian influence, landscape, identity, clothing, gender, as well as the larger issues of Orientalism and Islamophobia.  These tours are offered twice a month and followed by an in-depth discussion with the artist.  Go to or call 518-828-1872 x 103 to find out the details on the exhibition and the ancillary programs – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Greenport

* Picturesque & Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance – Thomas Cole National Historic Site opened  this new exhibition on May 1.  It will be on view through November 4   – The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and members of the Yale History of Art Department – It complements the Thomas Cole exhibition now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – > Information and tickets at – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill


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