Hudson Valley Art Scene

Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are what define the Hudson Valley.
The communities along the river are cultural wellsprings, with an abundance of performances, like music and dance, and creative communities for artists and writers. The region also boasts world-class theaters and museums, like Dia:Beacon, Bard’s Fisher Center, and the Bardavon. The region’s vibrant culture can only be matched by the Hudson Valley’s history, still evident in the form of its historic buildings, streets, and landmarks.


Live Music and Screenings Among This Week's Hudson Valley Events

This week’s roundup of Hudson Valley activities brings quite an interesting assortment of things to do.

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Turning the Page on the Pandemic: Local Bookstores vs. COVID

Hudson Valley bookstores were shut down when COVID hit, so they had to develop strategies to keep their businesses running and the books moving. They turned to social media to create a virtual browsing effect for the community, established curbside pick up and delivery, and planned for their reopening. Despite the challenges they faced during lockdown, now their doors are finally open and people can once again peruse the aisles for books under established and maintained health protocols.

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The Hudson Valley and Northeast's Museums Start Reopening

Hudson Valley museums adapted to life under lockdown by going digital, now they are slowly reopening with abundant safety precautions, reduced capacity, and the lessons of virtual programming under their belts.

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Shakespeare, a Market, and a Movie Are Among This Week's Hudson Valley Events

Arts outlets and businesses around the region continue to seek a balance as they negotiate reopenings amid the pandemic.

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Inaugural Kingston Annual 2020 Exhibition Goes Forward Despite COVID

There's Still Time! Submission Deadline Extended to July 31
The vibrant Hudson Valley arts scene has refused to be cowed by COVID-19, and in fact new initiatives have been launched throughout the pandemic from virtual exhibitions to outdoor art displays. Local organizations the Kingston Midtown Arts District (MAD) and Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) are currently looking for submissions for the inaugural Kingston Annual 2020 art competition. The exhibition will feature local artists of all mediums who either work or live in the mid-Hudson region. Coronavirus forced the organizers to rethink their inaugural event in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. “The planning for this annual exhibition predates the COVID-19 outbreak. The Arts Society of Kingston and the Kingston Midtown Arts District designed the Kingston Annual to be the premier regional fine arts exhibition, unlike any other in the Mid-Hudson Valley,” says MAD marketing and communications director Rick Whelan. Original plans for an exhibition in the ASK galleries, as well as an opening ceremony and in-person painting demonstrations had to be scrapped. Despite these casualties, the Kingston Annual 2020 will still include special treats. Joining the ranks of these artistic locals will be world renowned multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, who has been invited to participate as a guest artist. The Tivoli resident has garnered a reputation as a “pioneer of installation art,” and has won multiple awards like the MacArthur Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The deadline for artists to submit was recently extended to July 31. Works will be showcased at the ASK galleries in Kingston from September 5-27, pandemic-permitting. The works will also be shown in an online gallery that will be available for a year. MAD began operating in 2013 as a coalition of volunteers with the goal of creating a flourishing art center in Midtown Kingston. The more than 400 artists and arts-based enterprises that are now located in Midtown Kingston have fostered community development and economic revitalization of the area. “The Midtown Arts District is excited to partner this year with the Art Society of Kingston for The Kingston Annual 2020,” says Anne Bailey, president of MAD’s board. Since 2005 ASK has been providing a dynamic variety of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other events in their multi-arts facility. “The show, which will be curated by Kingston’s Distinguished Artist Awardee, Julie Hedrick, will undoubtedly be the first public art show since the pandemic,” Bailey says. Hedrick is a Kingston-based painter who has had her work exhibited in the United States, Canada, Colombia, and Europe. “The number of exceptional artists living in the Hudson Valley at this time is historic,” she says. The submissions deadline for Kingston Annual 2020 is July 31. All selected works will be featured in the online gallery. Aside from inclusion in the 2020 exhibit, the contest also includes cash prizes: $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd, and $150 for 3rd $150. For more information about Kingston Annual 2020, including application and submission guidelines for artists, please visit or send an email. ...

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Even Aliens Love the Hudson Valley: On World UFO Day, Celebrate the Local "Flap"

Each July 2, fans of unidentified flying objects celebrate their belief that We Are Not Alone—and that They have come closer than official sources care to acknowledge. Are the aliens coming? If they are, the Hudson Valley's clearly already on their supercharged next-gen radar.

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This Week's Hudson Valley Openings Include Art, Music, and More

July is here, and under Phase 3 of the New York State on PAUSE act things continue to cautiously and slowly reopen. Here are a few examples right here in the Hudson Valley. ART Storm King Art Center Set to Reopen The renowned Storm King Art Center sculpture center in Mountainville recently announced that it will be opening its 2020 season on July 15 and running Wednesdays through Mondays from 10am to 5:30pm. For the season, the 500-acre outdoor grounds will be open for limited-capacity visits (the museum store, cafe, and tram and bike rentals will remain closed for the time being). To coincide with the center’s reopening, special exhibitions by Kiki Smith and Martha Tuttle will be unveiled, and other program highlights will include special loan presentations of Mark di Suvero’s E=MC2 and Louise Bourgeois’s Eyes. MUSIC Grand Cru Heats Up with Bands and Barbecue Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market in Rhinebeck has returned to the local live music landscape and this weekend will be presenting North Carolina’s the Knotty G’s (July 2 from 7 to 10pm) and Kingston’s Gold Hope Duo (July 3 from 5 to 8pm) as the outdoor accompaniment for the reappearance of food truck the Grille Wagon. Burgers, seafood, and barbeque items will be served up straight from the grille and 16 varieties of craft beer are on tap. There’ll be a bonfire after sunset and partiers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to set up with the required six feet between their neighbors, in case the socially distanced outdoor tables are full. ART Green Kill Gallery Reveals New Works Kingston’s Green Kill gallery is a peer-to-peer artist space for visual artists, songwriters and performers, literary artists, and filmmakers. The facility’s July exhibition kicks off this Saturday from 5 to 7pm with an opening party (with staggered, limited-capacity admission) for an exhibition of new works by Fred Duignan, Don Perlis, and Karen Sasha. “Green Kill is equipped with a heat pump, so the air is constantly refreshed and the space is, as always, sanitized,” says gallery curator David Schell. The exhibit runs through July 25. MUSIC Daryl’s House Doors Unlocked for Dining and Shows Daryl’s House, the Pawling restaurant and live music venue owned by singer Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, is now open for outdoor and indoor (limited seating) dining and, soon, performances. Shows will resume with a blues brunch engagement by Adam Falcon (July 19) and continue with dates by AshenMoon featuring Garry Beers of INXS (July 22), Lee DeWyze (July 23), Willie Nile (July 25), the Verve Pipe (August 2), Walter Trout (August 6), Constantine Maroulis (August 15), Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets (August 27), KT Tunstall (August 30), and many others. ART Chesterwood Announces 2020 Season Chesterwood, the historic Stockbridge, Massachusetts, summer home, studio, and gardens of foremost American sculptor Daniel Chester French—famous for his statues of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Minute Man soldier in Concord—will open its 51st season as a national historic site on July 2 with an outdoor sculpture show of works by Rick and Laura Brown. The site will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 10am to 4pm, and the entry fee is $20 per car (two-hour passes for each visitor). Visitors can download maps and self-guided tours of the formal gardens, landscape, hiking trails, and woodland walk (face masks are required, and social distancing must be maintained when appropriate). To find out about more upcoming events in the Hudson Valley, subscribe to our weekly newsletter Eat. Play. Stay....

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On the Cover: Pauline Decarmo | July 2020

Artist Pauline Decarmo discusses her art and what inspires it.

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Cornell Creative Arts Center's Inclusive Approach to Virtual Classes

While the CCAC team is looking forward to fully opening the space to the community in the future, this summer they have wholeheartedly pivoted to virtual offerings, which are live-streamed through an app called Mindbody. While the virtual classes offer a solution in the short-term, the team also sees a new world of possibilities for the organization's long-term programming.

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Arts & Entertainment Winners

The 2020 Chronogrammies winners in the Arts and Entertainment category.

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Album Review: Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline | Music from the Early 21st Century

Album review of Music from the Early 21st Century by Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, and Nels Cline.

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Poetry | July 2020

A selection of poetry submitted by Chronogram readers.

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Music Store Spotlight: Alto Music

A spotlight on Alto Music, Chronogrammies winner in the Arts and Entertainment category.

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Arts Organization Spotlight: Arts Mid-Hudson

A spotlight on Arts Mid-Hudson, Chronogrammies winner in the Arts and Entertainment category.

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Music Festival Spotlight: O+ Festival

A spotlight on O+ Festival, Chronogrammies winner in the Arts and Entertainment category.

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Art Supply Store Spotlight: Catskill Art & Office Supply

A spotlight on Catskill Art & Office Supply, Chronogrammies winner in the Arts and Entertainment category.

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Dog-Friendly Dining Spotlight: Keegan Ales

A spotlight on Keegan Ales, Chronogrammies winner in the Food category.

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Author Q&A: Glenn Nystrup

On Dealing with Anger in the Classroom
Glenn Nystrup talks with us about his book, 'Anger in the Classroom'.

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Album Review: Aliza Hava | Natural State

Album review of Natural State by Aliza Hava.

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Album Review: Pitchfork Militia | Grass or Gravel?

Album review of Grass or Gravel? by Pitchfork Militia.

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Album Review: Robert Burke Warren | Redheaded Friend

Album review of Redheaded Friend by Robert Burke Warren.

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Six Books for Your July Reading List

Carolyn Quimby reviews Nothing Can Hurt You, a kaleidoscopically told murder novel by Bard alum Nicola Maye Goldberg, plus five short book reviews.

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6 Actual and Virtual Galleries to Check Out in July

Virtual and physical art shows to see in July 2020

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Parting Shot: "The Ripple Effect" at ArtPort Kingston | July 2020

The cavernous ArtPort exhibition space on Kingston’s waterfront capitalizes on its spacious digs to offer two art exhibitions you can visit in person.

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Online and Outdoor Events in the Hudson Valley This Week

With the Hudson Valley now in Phase 3 of New York State reopenings, get ready to dine out again as you consider this list of Hudson Valley activities.

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This Newly Opened Kingston Arts Center is Offering Virtual Classes for All Ages and Abilities

The Cornell Creative Arts Center Offers Inclusive Dance, Yoga, Visual Arts, and More
The Cornell Creative Arts Center (CCAC) in Midtown Kingston, an organization dedicated to breaking down barriers to arts participation, has a full summer schedule of live-streamed arts classes that you can attend from the comfort of your own home, including inclusive visual art workshops, dance, yoga, and guided meditation.

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These Hudson Valley Summer Dance Programs Will Keep Kids Moving

Registration is now open for the Vanaver Caravan's SummerDance and CaravanKids
Summer just isn’t the same without camps. For kids and teens, they’re an invaluable opportunity to build lasting friendships and learn new skills. For parents, they come as a well-deserved break accompanied by the peace of mind that their kids are having fun in an enriching environment. This year, kids and parents both can look forward to the return of SummerDance and CaravanKids, the beloved summer dance programs from New Paltz-based the Vanaver Caravan.

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From Pop Culture to Cop Culture

How writers of cop TV shows like “SWAT” are wrestling with the genre’s influence on real police officers
Writers of cop-centric television shows reconsider their portrayals of policing in the US amidst an ongoing wave of protests against police brutality.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth 2020 in the Hudson Valley

Celebrate the official end to slavery in the US this Juneteenth with these four events in the Hudson Valley.

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Reopenings and Online Events Happening This Week in the Hudson Valley

Mid-June is bringing more sunshine as well as the phased reopenings of many local businesses and cultural sites.

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Black Artists in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley has long been home to many vital black creatives, and the list below is just a tiny cross section of the ones who are making art, music, and literature today.

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Public Art in the Age of Plague

From Leonia, NJ Up to North Bennington, VT and all through the Hudson Valley, Outdoor Exhibits to Feed Your Art-Hungry Soul
In lieu of going to art galleries and exhibits this summer, to keep your art appreciation socially distant, sculptor Dave Channon rounds up public art on display from New Jersey through the Hudson Valley and even up into Vermont.

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Witness to History: Rhinebeck Neighbors During COVID19

Amy Wu, Award-Winning Journalist and Filmmaker, Documents Her Neighbors During the Pandemic
Award-winning journalist and filmmaker and Rhinebeck resident Amy Wu has been interviewing one neighbor a day during the pandemic and taking their portraits, for a series in collaboration with the Starr Library called "Witness to History."

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Five Online Hudson Valley Arts Activities

For your consideration, here’s our current roundup of artistic happenings.

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On the Cover: A Portrait of Swedish Painter Hilma af Klint | June 2020

Klint's Tree of Knowledge Series on Display at Lightforms Art Center in Hudson Until 8/9
The cover of the June 2020 issue of Chronogram features Hudson Valley artist Helena Zay's portrait of Swedish abstract painter and mystic Hilma af Klint's (1862-1944), who has work on display at Lightforms Art Center until August 9.

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The Joy of Botanical Drawing

Wendy Hollender's Latest Book Teaches Bite-Sized Lessons in Botanical Illustration
Illustrator Wendy Hollender’s latest book, The Joy of Botanical Illustration, takes the amateur artist on a journey from assembling the basic materials through methods for drawing scientifically accurate fruit, flowers, and leaves.

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Alternate History: A Brief Synopsis on the Origin of Spoons

Alex Bildsoe explains how spoons come into being.

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Between Gigs: Hudson Valley Musicians and COVID-19

Peter Aaron talks with Lara Hope, Bobby Previtte, and James Felice about what’s sparking creatively for musicians sheltering in place.

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Album Review: Shana Falana | Darkest Light

Album review of Darkest Light by Shana Falana.

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Album Review: Chris Maxwell | New Store No. 2

Album review of New Store No. 2 by Chris Maxwell.

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Hudson Valley Events

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ASHLEY GARRETT: Aegis @ September


June 26-Aug. 16, 12-5 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 16 — SEPTEMBER presents 'Aegis,' Ashley Garrett’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. After...
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Drawing with the Masters

Wednesdays. Continues through July 15 — Self-isolating at home? It’s the perfect time to work on your drawing...

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Hudson Valley Art

In our Visual Art coverage, you’ll find Chronogram’s beloved covers, which feature different artworks by Hudson Valley artists each month. We’re also regularly updating gallery openings and art exhibits throughout the Hudson Valley—from painting and sculpture to photography and multimedia.

Books and Music

Each month, we profile a Hudson Valley author along with book reviews and announcements for local readings, and our music coverage is dedicated to promoting artists with a connection to the Hudson Valley. We offer news about upcoming music events and concerts, CD reviews, and features on notable musicians from the area, all with tracks that you can listen to while you read about the music.

Films and Festivals

Not only is the Hudson Valley home to dynamic independent theaters like Upstate Films, the Downing Film Center, and Rosendale Theatre, and to festivals like Mountain Jam and Clearwater, which attract world-renowned performers every year, but it also has a burgeoning film festival culture. The Hudson Valley is becoming a popular shooting location, and independent film festivals throughout the region are making an impression on the industry, like the annual star-studded Woodstock Film Festival.