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.


Take the Stage at the Best Open Mic Spots in Hudson Valley

It’s time to step out from the shadows and let your hard work shine! Open mic performances may seem daunting, but you’re in the same boat as everyone else on stage. Break out of your comfort zone and be a star for the night at these cool Hudson Valley open mics and gigging grounds.

Tags: Music

Levon Helm Studios’ Dirt Farmer Music Festival Returns Next Month

Amy Helm talks about her father’s legacy and the annual event he inspired.
Amy Helm talks about her father’s legacy and the annual event he inspired.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

A Little Touch of Stardust: Where to Celebrate 50 Years of Woodstock in the Hudson Valley

Here in the Hudson Valley and Catskills there’s a coziness about the Woodstock '69 50th anniversary. While tie dye and tolerance have never really gone out of style around here, those who’d like to mark the anniversary in some way have a number of local goings-on to slake their thirst for nostalgia, peace, love and music. Hey now, we still know how to brew that stuff from scratch.

Tags: Festivals

Voices of the Earth Festival at Seed Song Farm

The first ever Voices of the Earth Festival on Labor Day weekend brings together musicians, dancers, artists, and speakers of both indigenous and transplanted heritage, with environmental groups to inspire a culture of celebration and action toward a healthy Earth.

Tags: Festivals

Iconic Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair is Paradise For Lovers of the Handmade

The Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz will transform into a wonderland of creativity, packed with dozens of masterful makers: fiber artists, metal sculptors, woodcrafters, fine artists, jewelers and more for the Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair, which has been happening each Memorial Day and Labor Day for nearly four decades.

Tags: Festivals

Eckert Fine Art Explores Elusive Art of Realism With "Realish"

The creativity and skill it takes to approach the realm of “real," is what’s being explored in the upcoming show “Realish” at Eckert Fine Art in Kent, Connecticut from August through October. Curated by Realist Artist Eric Forstmann, the show examines the “creative impulse to interpret what is Real."

Tags: Visual Art

If It Ain't Got That Swing: The Philadelphia Orchestra and JLCO Bring Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony to SPAC

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-week residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will, for the first time, showcase a presentation of Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) playing alongside the orchestra on Thursday, August 15 at 8pm.

Tags: Music

Coming Soon to the DENIZEN: "A Picture Paints a Thousand Words" and "Meek"

As the Denizen theatre celebrates closing night of their run of “White Rabbit Red Rabbit”— a show that celebrates the connections between actor, audience, and (absent) writer— they’re showcasing local visual artists and local non-profit Wild Earth Sunday in exhibition inspired by the show.

Tags: Theater

On The Cover: Woodstock, Moonwalks, and Norman Rockwell's America

The exhibition "Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 Illustrated" at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, dives into the zeitgeist of this momentous year.

Tags: Visual Art

7 Books For Your To-Read Pile This August

From an account of economics, family, and race in New Orleans to an exploration of the ways art and religion intersect, here are seven short book reviews for August reading.

Tags: Books & Authors

4 Short Album Reviews

Album reviews of Silver; Pagliacci by Jim Sande, Stumbler's Business by Kendl Winter, Twelve Pieces for Solo Piano by Eric Starr/Michelle AlvaradoPiano, and Ornettiquete by Chris Pasin.

Tags: Music

Emily in Lumpland

Art, Bodies & Self-Love With Emily Ritz
The creator of “Lumpland,” artist Emily Ritz explores self-love and healing through ceramics, work on paper, and music.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Michael Lang on the Woodstock Festival

Michael Lang, cocreator of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival, reflects on its legacy (and future) from 50 years out.

Tags: History

'Much Ado About Nothing' Brings Shakespeare and Doo-Wop Together at Boscobel

Shakespeare meets Americana in a Doo-Wop “Much Ado About Nothing” at Boscobel.

Tags: Theater

Multimedia Dance Duo Bridgman/Packer Take PS21

Bridgman/Packer Dance incorporates video in their work, coming to PS21 in Chatham.

Tags: Dance

The TEAM's "Reconstruction" Revisits "Gone With The Wind" at Lumberyard

Brooklyn’s The TEAM theatre ensemble wrestles with intersectional identities in Gone With The Wind at LUMBERYARD.

Tags: Visual Art

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Feminist, Millennial Artist On Bodies, Hair & Gender

Feminist, Millennial, and utterly unapologetic, artist Angela Alba tackles bodies, hair, and gender in her surreal found-object sculptures.

Tags: Visual Art

6 New Ways to Experience Olana in 2019

Olana is one of the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. The property features 250 acres of artist-designed landscape, five miles of carriage road, and a Persian-inspired house and offers an ever-evolving list of tours that let guests experience (and re-experience) the Hudson River School's Frederic Edwin Church's beautiful home in new and exciting ways.

Tags: History

3 Upcoming Concerts at Arrowood to Round Out Your Summer

Thanks to Impact Concerts and their partners, Arrowood Farm Brewery in Accord will host a diverse range of artist for days and nights of beautiful views, good beer, and good music.

Tags: Music

Room to Grow

Kaatsbaan’s Residencies Give Dancers and Choreographers the Necessary Space to Develop Their Craft
Dancers Stella Abrera, Sascha Radetsky and choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo talk Kaatsbaan, the benefits of residencies for young artists, and the beauty of recharging and honing your craft in the Hudson Valley.

Tags: Dance

"White Rabbit Red Rabbit" at the Denizen is a Cold Reading Social Experiment

Playing July 17 through August 3 (with shows at 8pm and a Sunday show at 2pm), “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” lets actors take on the material without a director, a set, or rehearsals— interpreting work that’s only been unsealed moments before.

Tags: Theater

Good Times Brewing: Concerts at Arrowood

Arrowood Farms will once again host world-class musicians on their grounds for a number of concerts and events this summer. Coming up in August, Boston-based alternative rockers Guster, the famous ferocity of Low Cut Connie, the harmonies of The Restless Age will take the farm's stage.

Tags: Music

Illustrator and Digital Artist Evan M. Cohen Wants to Share Some Feelings

July's Cover features art from a Beacon-based Graphic artist, comic illustrator, and Hudson Valley Brewery beer can designer.
Graphic designer and comic illustrator Evan M. Cohen talk about his art and the emotions he is hoping to evoke through it.

Tags: Visual Art

Urban Archive App Expands Service to Newburgh—Including Phone-Guided Tours

The nonprofit Urban Archive launches an interactive app which shows Newburgh through the years—allowing the city itself to become a museum and your phone, a reliable local tour guide.

Tags: History

Artist Judy Sigunick, Remembered

In April, artist Judy Sigunick passed away, leaving behind a legacy of charged work that was just the beginning of a promising career.

Tags: Visual Art

Staging Area: Hudson Valley Theater Residencies Pave the Path to Broadway

Peek behind the curtain of the region’s theater residency programs, which have birthed such Broadway hits as “Hamilton.”

Tags: Theater

Earmark These 7 Books for July Reading

From a scintillating debut poetry book to a Capote-like dissection the 1997 “Schoolgirl Murder,” here are seven short book reviews for July reading.

Tags: Books & Authors

Album Review: Reisa Adato | Shine

Album reviews of Shine by Reisa Adato.

Tags: Music


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Verisimilitude: Watercolors and Drawings Exhibit by Annamarie Evans @ East Fishkill Community Library

Verisimilitude: Watercolors and Drawings Exhibit by Annamarie Evans

Aug. 1-31 — The East Fishkill Community Library is proud to show the work of...
Disney's Newsies @ Park Playhouse

Disney's Newsies

Thu., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.

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