Negotiating the Gnarly: An Unfinished Collaboration
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Negotiating the Gnarly: An Unfinished Collaboration

Performance with word and image at The Laundry King, 65 Main Street, Livingston Manor at 2 pm
(Before the performance, at 1 pm, the artists will be at the exhibition at CAS Arts Center) 

Margot McLean
drawings

Mermer Blakeslee
poems

. . . when a line from one of the poems jumped 
off the page and landed as a title 
on one of the drawings, we 
became interested in the movement 
back and forth. 

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Bobbie Oliver & Magaly Perez
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bobbie Oliver & Magaly Perez

Artists Talk: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Opening Reception: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Bobby Oliver
The intent is to limit the color choice so as to focus more purposefully on composition, texture and quality of the paint on the surface. Each painting is individual but supported by a relationship to the others in the group – I have thought of this as similar to that with trees of same species which have connecting, nurturing roots.

Magaly Perez
My paintings begin, in one way or another, with my feelings about and observations of the natural world. It’s an investigation triggered by natural phenomena such as light at dusk in the garden or a swarm of bees around a hive, abstract rather than literal.

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Shirley Irons & Jeri Coppola
May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Shirley Irons & Jeri Coppola

Artists Talk: 4:00 - 5:00
Opening Reception: 5:00 - 6:00pm

Against all we know about the artificiality of landscape, the man-madeness of it, there is a desire to escape back to that imaginary Eden, when nature was all and perfect. Both Jeri Coppola and Shirley Irons use photography, painting, books and sculpture to simultaneously include and exclude that desire. They use light, actual or represented, to create a sense of spirit, a sense of hope. Repetition is used to keep that sense of spirit away from reference to the sublime or grandiose that images from nature can evoke.

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Tajiri Bradley & David Sandlin
Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

Tajiri Bradley & David Sandlin

Artists Talk: 4:00 - 5:00
Opening Reception: 5:00 - 6:00

Tajiri Bradley
There is a great amount of cultural significance in African American hair. Studying vintage photographs of slave women brought to America working in the fields, picking Cotten, and tending the fields, it struck me there was a relationship between how they did this work and how they groomed their hair. The hair itself serves as a profound poetic metaphor of their relationship to the earth and the land they were so brutally taken from.

David Sandlin
I am exploring aspects of American history and legend that still haunt the present, including concepts like manifest destiny and American exceptionalism. My analogs are U.S. presidents and other political leaders, Civil War battles, and tabloid sex scandals. I use images inspired by American country songs, 20th-century comics, and the mock-epic style, using my family as models, and pop-cultural references and puns.

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Sarah van Ouwerkerk & Lorie Novak
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

Sarah van Ouwerkerk & Lorie Novak

Artists Talk: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: 5:00 - 6:00pm

Lorie Novak
Above the Fold is a trans-media project where front-page sections of The New York Times from the beginning of the Kosovo War in 1999 to the present are categorized by the content of the photograph above the fold, creating a concrete manifestation of contemporary trends/biases of American media and culture.

Sarah von Ouwerkerk
When I stand in a derelict building I see the reality of its current state – empty, ghostly, forgotten, and I feel the energy and power that remain from its long arc through time: the endless twists and turns of its life. I see the initial excitement and vision of its beginning. I see its time of productivity: fulfilling its purpose and overflowing with the energy of people who spent their hours, months and years there. I feel their waves of emotions: joy and sadness, triumphs and failures, almost as if they were my own memories.

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Annual Members Show
Dec
7
3:00 PM15:00

Annual Members Show

Opening Reception: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Join CAS Arts Center for a community show of its members’ work in a variety of mediums. This exhibition showcases the talent in our surrounding community, and is a celebration of the practicing artists who are members of the Catskill Art Society.

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Mermer Blakeslee, Dale Emmart, Theresa Hackett, & Margot McLean
Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Mermer Blakeslee, Dale Emmart, Theresa Hackett, & Margot McLean

Artists Talk: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Opening Reception: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Mermer Blakeslee & Margot McLean
Negotiating the Gnarly
 began when a line from one of Blakeslee's poems jumped off the page and landed as a title on one of McLean's drawings. A third thing happened: the words and the image were both transformed by the force field of the other.

Dale Emmart
The series ‘Nocturne for 17-18’ has been informed by observations of plumes of industrial smoke, exhaust, and the tendrils of smoke rising from rural burn barrels. Smoke obliterates, smothers, cleanses, carries portent and metaphor, pollutes, and transforms. A prolonged meditation on environmental risk and political dismay has motivated these paintings.

Theresa Hackett
My paintings are problems that I construct for myself and try to solve through exploration and experimentation. Formal decisions bounce back and forth, the past and present are analyzed; this process creates a visual recording and evidence of decision making. The surface I work with becomes a "wearing down" of time, a form of weathering an articulation of memory.

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Matthew Ostrowski presents Summerland
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

Matthew Ostrowski presents Summerland

Matthew Ostrowski presents Summerland, an audio work for 24 computer-controlled telegraph sounders.

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 8, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Exhibition Hours: December 8 & 9, 11:00am - 6:00pm

Samuel F. B. Morse’s electromagnetic telegraph, commercially available in 1844, was history’s first readily available system of instantaneous communication over great distances.

The achievement of mastery over the invisible force of electricity stirred great interest in the potential existence of other forces which might offer means of communicating with points even farther removed: the realms inhabited by departed spirits. Adolescent sisters Kate and Maggie Fox reported mysterious tapping sounds in their house near Rochester, New York, which they attributed to the ghost of a murdered man buried in the basement.

In the context of contemporary magical thinking about media, Summerland looks back at the archaeology of communications, seizing from the ether the dead voices of two individuals at the tangled nexus of 19th-century information technology: Samuel Morse and Kate Fox. Attempting to reproduce their words through taps and clicks, texts from Morse’s articles on immigration and Fox’s automatic writing encounters with the inhabitants of the Summer Land are materialized in an electromagnetic séance of digitized speech.

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Content & Context with artist Matthew Mottel
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Content & Context with artist Matthew Mottel

Matthew Mottel, a native New Yorker, has been influenced by his father, Syeus Mottel, a photographer and theater director who documented many of the people that would have strong cultural value for his son.  Mottel has focused on his father’s archive to create a contemporary 'cinema of images titled ‘Osmotic Imagination’ that presents this photographic record not just as 'pictures on a wall' but in an environmental dream state that hallucinates visual photographic interaction between Martin Luther King, the Silver Apples, John Cage, Ornette Coleman, journalistic photography at political rallies of the late 60's/70's, and iconic landscapes of America such as Big Sur, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City.

This exhibition also celebrates Syeus Mottel’s documentation of Lower East Side, New York political and cultural organization CHARAS as facilitator of urban alternative culture. The CHARAS collaborating with Buckminster Fuller built geodesic domes in the early 1970s. The members built the geodesic dome to control their own destiny. The Improbable Dome Builders resonates in 2018. Ever present are the needs of affordable housing, the occupation of public/unused space for civic use, and the participation of communities to take self-determined action when governmental institutions forgo their public duty.

Friday, November 23 from – Film screening
Matthew Mottel will host a film screening of ‘Osmotic Imagination’  8pm. Doors open at 6pm. www.osmoticimagination.info

Saturday, November 24 – Reception and Dance Party
Matthew Mottel will host a reception with music from DJ Nick Forte from 6-10pm.

Sunday, November 25 from 1 – 3pm - Exhibition open

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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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Robin Dintiman and Mary Sweeney
Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

Robin Dintiman and Mary Sweeney

Robin Dintiman works directly with objects found in nature, or taking nature as her subject, Dintiman strives to capture the intimate, emotional quality of certain natural settings, suffused as they are with time, change, and memory. Mary Sweeney will present ceramic sculptures from the Leaf Pile Series which is an exploration of the natural environment, its sustainability and its fragility.

CAS will host an Artists Talk on at 4pm, followed immediately by a free Opening Reception from 5-6pm.

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

Art in the Twenty-First Century screening

Catskill Art Society will screen the "Berlin" episode from Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, featuring artists Olafur Eliasson, Natalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Hiwa K, and Susan Philipsz. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Tina Kukielski, the Executive Director and Chief Curator and the episode's producers from RAVA films.

 A city still in the midst of a post–Cold War cultural and economic rebirth, since the 1990s Berlin has become a haven for artists from all over the world—a free zone where experimentation, individual expression, and international influences converge. From creating large-scale public projects to intimately personal ones, the artists in this episode demonstrate the diversity of practice and sensibilities in the German capital, expose its complicated history of war and migration, and convey hopes for finding systems that foster a better tomorrow.

This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide.

 

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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 Urban Skies by Faakirah Brimfield


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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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