Jeff Bank 2019 Calendar Reception
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Jeff Bank 2019 Calendar Reception

Jeff Bank and Catskill Art Society (CAS) held the tenth annual photo contest, exclusive to students 18 years and younger earlier this year to select images for the 2019 Jeff Bank Calendar. The photographers will be on hand for our debut reception. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The new Jeff Bank Calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS. 

The Jeff Bank photo contest and calendar initiative is an ongoing partnership between CAS and Jeff Bank. This project was first started by Jeff Bank in 2009 as a way of offering financial support to the local arts community and to give talented photographers a venue to share their work with the public. The calendar has the added benefit of promoting the scenic beauty of Sullivan County to local residents as well as area visitors. Find out more at www.jeffbank.com.

Image: Jeff Bank 2018 Calendar cover photo by Paula Kelly. 

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Art in the Twenty-First Century screening
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Art in the Twenty-First Century screening

CAS will host an Art21 screening with Tina Kukielski, Executive Director and Chief Curator leading a discussion. Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. Content is yet to be determined.

 

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My Autonomous Neighbor 
Nov
3
6:30 PM18:30

My Autonomous Neighbor 

A Sneak Peak of:
My Autonomous Neighbor  62 minutes, USA
Color and B&W
A film by Michel Negroponte
Featuring Fred "Tate" Billings
Executive Producer - Guy Maddin

The subject of My Autonomous Neighbor is the outsider artist, post-psychedelic philosopher and compulsive knick-knack collector, Fred "Tate " Billings. Tate spends his waking hours creating playful work about hidden dimensions and galactic time travel using clip art, found objects, distressed boxes and automatic drawing. Inspired by Tate's techniques, the film uses the collage format to create a layered portrait with surprising twists and turns. As he journeys from his ramshackle house in the Catskills to New York City, the Maine coast, and the battlefields of Gettysburg, Tate excavates personal and  historic mysteries, both real and imagined, to fuel his creative momentum. In the end, he boldly hurtles towards an unexpected destination ... a place where no man has gone before.

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Dance Gallery Festival Performance
Sep
2
6:00 PM18:00

Dance Gallery Festival Performance

CAS is proud to partner with the Dance Gallery Festival to offer the Level UP choreographers and dancers a three-day residency in the picturesque mountains of the Catskills. The artists will open rehearsals and class to the public at the Laundry King and the residency will culminate with a free performance at the Beaverkill Valley Inn on Sunday, September 2, at 7pm.

 

Reception - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (drinks available for purchase)
Performance - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (free and open to all)

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Dance Gallery Festival Open Class
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Dance Gallery Festival Open Class

CAS is proud to partner with the Dance Gallery Festival to offer the Level UP choreographers and dancers a three-day residency in the picturesque mountains of the Catskills. As part of their residency, they will offer a class open to all ages and skill levels on Saturday, September 1 at 10 am. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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Dance Gallery Festival Open Rehearsals
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Dance Gallery Festival Open Rehearsals

CAS is proud to partner with the Dance Gallery Festival to offer the Level UP choreographers and dancers a three-day residency in the picturesque mountains of the Catskills. The artists will open rehearsals and class to the public at the Laundry King and the residency will culminate with a free performance at the Beaverkill Valley Inn on Sunday, September 2, at 7pm.

Friday, August 31
Open rehearsal - 3 - 6 pm

Saturday, September 1
Open class - 10 - 11 am
Open rehearsal - 11 am - 1 pm
Open rehearsal - 3 - 6 pm

Sunday, September 2
Open rehearsal - 10 am - 2 pm

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Carol Hepper in Conversation
Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Carol Hepper in Conversation

Carol Hepper is the subject of the 2018 invitational exhibition, Carol Hepper: The Skin of Things, a major exhibition of recent works by Carol Hepper, a Jeffersonville and New York City based artist, on view at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, June 30 through August 25. Since the early 1980s, Hepper has exhibited in museums in the United States and abroad, and her work is part of private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center; and North Dakota Museum of Art. This exhibition brings together a selection of Hepper’s recent sculpture, drawing, and photography made over the past decade with her sculptural constructions of the early 2000s.

Nancy Princenthal: is a Brooklyn-based writer whose book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art (Thames and Hudson, 2015) received the 2016 PEN America award for biography. A former Senior Editor of Art in America, she has also contributed to ArtforumParkett, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. Princenthal is the author of Hannah Wilke (Prestel, 2010), and a co-author of two recent books on women artists. Her essays have appeared in monographs on Shirin Neshat, Doris Salcedo, Robert Mangold and Alfredo Jaar, among many others. She has taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Princeton University; and Yale University, and is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

Oliver Shultz is an art historian and a curator based in New York City. Since 2015, he has been part of the curatorial team at MoMA PS1, where he has helped organize more than a dozen exhibitions, among them the comprehensive career retrospective Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting (October 2017 - March 2018); a major mid-career solo show, Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers (October 2016 - March 2017); PS1's fortieth anniversary exhibition curated by founder Alanna Heiss, FORTY (June - August, 2016);  and the fourth iteration of the quinquennial survey of the region, Greater New York (October 2015 - March 2016). In 2018 he completed his PhD in art history at Stanford University in California and dissertation on the work of American artist Paul Thek (1933—1988). 

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Aug
11
3:30 PM15:30

Poetry Reading with Cheryl Clarke and Stephen Motika

Cheryl Clarke is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including  Living As A Lesbian (1986), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005), and By My Precise Haircut (2016). She is on the faculty of Rutgers University for many years, she now lives with her partner Barbara J. Balliet, in Hobart, New York, where she co-owns  Blenheim Hill Books. 

Stephen Motika is the author of the poetry collection Western Practice (2012) and the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono (2007), In the Madrones (2011), and Private Archive (2016). He is also the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and co-editor of Dear Kathleen: On the Occasion of Kathleen Fraser's 80th Birthday (2017). For many years he has served on the staff of Poets House in New York, and he is the publisher of Nightboat Books.

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Weekend of Chamber Music
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Weekend of Chamber Music

A Set of Variations, Baroque, Contemporary, Improvised and Visual. Marin Marais, La Folia, for cello Improvising Variations (a Peek Behind the Curtain) Bach, Goldberg Variations, for string trio, with Fractal Projections. Andrew Waggoner, violin; Lois Martin, viola; Caroline Stinson, cello.

Admission is $25 at the door.

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Chasing Heroin film screening
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Chasing Heroin film screening

A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light — telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic’s years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.

Writer, director and producer, Marcela Gaviria and correspondent, Martin Smith answer questions after the screening. 

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Music in Translation - Cello concert
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Music in Translation - Cello concert

Join cellist and teaching artist Nicky Swett for an exploration of classic and contemporary solo cello music! This interactive concert will feature works of J.S. Bach, Alfredo Piatti, Benjamin Britten, Krystof Penderecki, Marc O’Connor, and others. The program will also include a host of short musical “translations” that bridge the gaps between all of these musical styles.

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Weekend of Chamber Music - Freedom of Expression: A Peek Behind the Curtain
Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Weekend of Chamber Music - Freedom of Expression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Freedom of Expression: A Peek Behind the Curtain, at CAS, July 23rd, 3:00 pm. On the program will be discussion of the whole WCM 2018 season, Free Variations, along with excerpts from the La Folia variations of Marin Marais, for solo cello; the Passacaglia in g minor of Ignaz Franz von Biber, for solo violin; improvisations illustrating a step-by-step approach to variation technique on familiar tunes; and an intro to the brilliant, rhythmically-charged music of Composer in Residence Joan Tower. With Andrew Waggoner and Caroline Stinson, artistic directors, and violin and cello, respectively.

Admission is complimentary and first come first served. Reservations can be made by emailing info@catskillartsociety.org.

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Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

CAS Gala - Annual Fundraising Event

Save the Date
Beaverkill Valley Inn
Lew Beach, New York

Contact 845 436-4227 or info@catskillartsociety.org.

Over locally sourced food and drinks, learn how CAS is moving to the next level. We will honor community figures, share our progress in the arts, and look forward to building our future with you.

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Trout Parade
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Trout Parade

The Catskill Art Society and the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce are proud to present The 15th Annual Trout Parade on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Get ready for our biggest celebration yet!

The Trout Parade celebrates creativity and community, drawing more than 1,500 people from all over Sullivan County, New York State, and beyond to visit our town and join in the festivities. Participants include local businesses, performance groups, churches and schools, artists and musicians, book readers and fly casters – just to name a few! It’s Mardi Gras meets the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in the Catskills with all sorts of floats, marchers, music, costumes, wit, and hilarity.

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Chuck, Lost Object Found
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Chuck, Lost Object Found

An abandoned house, an abandoned past: a chance discovery leads Claire Coleman, Catherine Skalda and Joanna Hartell on a quest to piece together the story of mysterious man that lived in Livingston Manor in 1985. Using the vast amount of ephemera that was found strewn around the house they tell the story of the poignant life of a remarkable person who struggled to find happiness in an unforgiving world.

Through the prism of found objects the film unravels the complex life of an artist and father to discover the depths he travels in the journey of his life. From Brooklyn to Livingston Manor, to speech pathologist to photographer, from son/brother/husband to lover, Chuck’s story is touching and effective.

$8.00 suggested donation.

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Chuck, Lost Object Found
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Chuck, Lost Object Found

An abandoned house, an abandoned past: a chance discovery leads Claire Coleman, Catherine Skalda and Joanna Hartell on a quest to piece together the story of mysterious man that lived in Livingston Manor in 1985. Using the vast amount of ephemera that was found strewn around the house they tell the story of the poignant life of a remarkable person who struggled to find happiness in an unforgiving world.

Through the prism of found objects the film unravels the complex life of an artist and father to discover the depths he travels in the journey of his life. From Brooklyn to Livingston Manor, to speech pathologist to photographer, from son/brother/husband to lover, Chuck’s story is touching and effective.

$8.00 suggested donation.

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Chuck, Lost Object Found
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Chuck, Lost Object Found

An abandoned house, an abandoned past: a chance discovery leads Claire Coleman, Catherine Skalda and Joanna Hartell on a quest to piece together the story of mysterious man that lived in Livingston Manor in 1985. Using the vast amount of ephemera that was found strewn around the house they tell the story of the poignant life of a remarkable person who struggled to find happiness in an unforgiving world.

Through the prism of found objects the film unravels the complex life of an artist and father to discover the depths he travels in the journey of his life. From Brooklyn to Livingston Manor, to speech pathologist to photographer, from son/brother/husband to lover, Chuck’s story is touching and effective.

$8.00 suggested donation.

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Chuck, Lost Object Found
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Chuck, Lost Object Found

An abandoned house, an abandoned past: a chance discovery leads Claire Coleman, Catherine Skalda and Joanna Hartell on a quest to piece together the story of mysterious man that lived in Livingston Manor in 1985. Using the vast amount of ephemera that was found strewn around the house they tell the story of the poignant life of a remarkable person who struggled to find happiness in an unforgiving world.

Through the prism of found objects the film unravels the complex life of an artist and father to discover the depths he travels in the journey of his life. From Brooklyn to Livingston Manor, to speech pathologist to photographer, from son/brother/husband to lover, Chuck’s story is touching and effective.

$8.00 suggested donation.

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Exhibit Opening: 2018 Annual Members Show
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Exhibit Opening: 2018 Annual Members Show

The Catskill Art Society will host a free opening reception for the 2018 Annual Members Show on Saturday, March 24 from 2-4pm. The Annual Members meeting will take place at 1pm. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on display March 24 - April 14, 2018. 

Annual Members Meeting - 1pm
Exhibition Opening and Reception - 2-4pm

CAS Member Shows are presented annually to showcase artwork made by current CAS members. CAS members also receive discounts on classes, events, and items from participating local merchants. For more information, visit www.catskillartsociety.org/membership

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Annual Members Meeting
Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

Annual Members Meeting

All current CAS members are invited to attend the Annual Members Meeting. Join our Executive Director and meet our organization's Board of Directors as we present the year's achievements and look forward to the year to come. Everyone is welcome to stay afterward for a free public reception to celebrate the CAS Winter Members Show. 

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Exhibit Opening: Elise P. Church and Barbara Friedman
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Exhibit Opening: Elise P. Church and Barbara Friedman

Artists Talk - 3 to 4 pm
Opening Reception - 4 to 6 pm

Inspired by the discovery of a vinyl photo album from 1966 at a flea market, Elise P. Church’s work is an examination of nostalgia through memorabilia both lost and found. In the painting series titled “Remnants” the artist repurposes photographs for potential studies on large uniquely shaped paintings using scraps from the photographs. Church’s work uses the photographs to cut, crop, frame and excise fragments for an assemblage with consideration to color and form. With great attention to detail she matches the color of the painting to that of the aged analog photographs. Finished works vary in size from a few inches to upwards of 100 inches and replicated in ink and gesso on paper. Matte paintings layered with drips and brush marks contrast and offset the glossy finish of the photographs.

Barbara Friedman’s divergent and changing motifs pay homage to different genres. Drawing on a variety of artistic traditions – portraiture, history painting, plein-air landscape and abstraction – together, pursue themes of dislocation. Employing a diverse cast of anti-heroes, Friedman’s compositions include Gulliver the hyperbolic misfit; a suspiciously malleable Gumby; that known prevaricating half-boy Pinocchio. The artist allows these bedfellows images to appear and give a sense of arriving, as if they come into the paintings’ pictorial spaces from somewhere else they’ve been. To this effect, the characters are dislocated from their right place, though stabilized through Friedman’s expressive painting amidst a disorienting space. Friedman’s characters play to her current concerns, be they formal, conceptual, or worldly. 

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Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan

David Al-Ibrahim's Calling Thunder explores the untold history of New York through
spatial audio and mobile VR. Audiences will be transported through a series of interactive
soundscapes that compare today’s urban cacophony to the Lenape's vibrant ecosystems HenryHudson would have encountered in 1609. The narrative considers Manhattan’s past to address its future: unearthing wonder in the green pockets of our city. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience mobile VR and walkthrough a demo of the program with its creator, David Al-Ibrahim.

This privileged opportunity allows participants to visualize and hear the sounds of nature in Mannahatta during the time the Lenape Indian tribes inhabited the island. According to naturalists, “Manhattan in the 17th century had more ecological communities per acre than Yellowstone.” Using 360 audio technology with field recordings produced by collaborator Bill McQuay and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library, Al-Ibrahim creates an immersive and memorable learning experience. Collect Park and Inwood Hill Park come to life as they were before the Dutch settled the island in 1624, transporting the sounds and sights of katydids, bullfrogs and crows undisturbed by honking taxis, squealing breaks and the ubiquitous city worker jackhammering the streets.

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Jeff Bank 2018 Calendar Reception
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Jeff Bank 2018 Calendar Reception

Jeff Bank and Catskill Art Society (CAS) held the ninth annual photo contest, Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes in Sullivan County, NY and Orange County, NY, earlier this year to select images for the 2018 Jeff Bank Calendar. The photographers will be on hand for our debut reception. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The new Jeff Bank Calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS. 

The Jeff Bank photo contest and calendar initiative is an ongoing partnership between CAS and Jeff Bank. This project was first started by Jeff Bank in 2009 as a way of offering financial support to the local arts community and to give talented photographers a venue to share their work with the public. The calendar has the added benefit of promoting the scenic beauty of Sullivan County to local residents as well as area visitors. Find out more at www.jeffbank.com.

Image: Jeff Bank 2018 Calendar cover photo by Paula Kelly. 

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LUMINOUS RAGAS with Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen
Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

LUMINOUS RAGAS with Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen

Grammy winner, and five time Grammy nominee, Steve Gorn is creating a new idiom, a music that combines the essence of classical Indian tradition with a contemporary world music sensibility. The strength of this music arises from a virtuoso mastery, generating a vibrant fusion, alive and accessible to western ears. From Indian classical music to world music and jazz projects with Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter and others, Steve infuses great mastery with a haunting, lyrical sweetness to bring the healing breath of the sacred to our demanding contemporary lives.

Bill Buchen is a composer, musician and sculptor living in New York City. He has studied North Indian classical music most recently with Selva Ganesh,   Anand Kumar Mallick and Ustad Zakir Hussain and western composition with Gustavo Casenave and Dan Kaufman. Bill has played and recorded with Bill Laswell, Steve Gorn, Laurie Anderson, Pete Calandra, Tom Davis, and Gigi among others. He performed on Broadway for the musical Bombay Dreams and at venues throughout the world.Along with his wife Mary Buchen, he designs interactive musical instruments for science museums, public plazas, and children’s museums throughout the world. They reside in the East Village of New York City.

$20 suggested donation.

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