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.

5 Live Music Shows to See this July

5 Live Music Shows to See this July

From the upbeat Americana of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats to a season-long reggae tribute, here are 6 live music shows to catch this July in the Hudson Valley.

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Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Returns to Parish Field

Back to the Garden, Errr, Town Park
In 2009, Phoenicia made history and put the small mountain town of 300 on the international music map with the first outdoor opera festival. In the past 10+ years, the last-minute fundraiser for playground equipment has turned into one of the cultural highlights of summertime upstate, drawing world-class performers and fans for al fresco opera. Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice again made history last year when, in the throes of the pandemic, they hosted the first-ever drive-in opera in the country at Kingston’s defunct IBM campus. The sprawling parking lot filled with over 350 cars, trucks, and vans as opera aficionados tuned in to listen to the live orchestra and acclaimed singers perform Puccini’s “Tosca” over FM radio waves. This year, in a last-minute pivot, the festival will return to its original venue in Phoenicia, Parish Field, August 27-29 for a live, vehicle-free celebration of al fresco opera. Ever iterating, the festival will feature a collaboration with two downstate companies: Teatro Grattacielo, which specializes in lesser-known verismo operas, and the renowned New York City Opera.  Teatro Grattacielo (TGC), which has built its reputation on using young talent and innovative visual technology to shine a fresh spotlight on more obscure post-Romantic operas, will present Pietro Mascagni’s “ L’amico Fritz” on Friday, August 27. Rarely performed, the three-part opera based on the libretto by P. Suardon, is a love story between a wealthy, bachelor landowner and the daughter of one of his tenants. The lofty tent interior will be illuminated by state of the art projects for a sensorial, multidimensional experience. “We are excited and thankful to Maria and Louis for this invitation,” says TGC General and Artistic director Stefanos Koroneos. “We congratulate them for their hard work and dedication throughout these difficult times.” On Saturday, the Festival will put on a new production of “Pagliacci,” Leoncavallo's spicy tale of jealousy and revenge. Headliners for the production include Metropolitan Opera tenor Errin Brooks, international soprano Marcelina Beucher, and veteran Troy Cook. Festival founder Maria Todaro serves as the stage director, with the festival’s music director David Wroe conducting, in this colorful, modern rendition of the timeless story, relocated here from late 19th-century Calabria to the Western Frontier. To close out the festival on Sunday, August 29, the historic New York City Opera will present Verdi’s “rigoletto,” with an all-star ensemble, including Michael Chioldi in the title role, Brandie Sutton as his daughter Gilda, and Won Whi Choi as the lecherous Duke of Mantua. The company will be performing a new, 90-minute version of the production with an updated narration by actor and playwright Bill Van Horn, under the direction of Michael Capasso, with conducting by Maestro Constantine Orbelian in his debut as NYCO Principal Conductor and Music Director. The 2021 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will take place at Parish Field in Saugerties August 27-29. ...

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A Star of The Moth Stage Comes to the Phoenicia Playhouse

Internationally bestselling author, teacher, and storyteller Matthew Dicks will lead a two-day storytelling workshop and performance at the Phoenicia Playhouse
Matthew Dicks knows how to tell a good story. The internationally bestselling author and elementary school teacher is a favorite of The Moth stage who has earned accolades as a 53-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 7-time Moth GrandSLAM champion. This August 20-21, Dicks will be heading to the Phoenicia Playhouse for a two-day storytelling workshop and Moth-style live performance featuring his own stories alongside those of local voices.

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Benigna Chilla's "From West to East to West" at Thompson Giroux Gallery

A review of internationally renowned artist Benigna Chilla's current exhibition at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham.

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Upstate Art Weekend Returns Next Month

The three-day, self-guided festival August 27-29 explores the diversity of visual arts around the region.
The Hudson Valley abounds with inspiring places to view art of all kinds. From historic institutions and museums to larger-than-life contemporary sculpture gardens to the independent galleries that seemingly dot every town and hamlet, there’s a venue to fit every mood. And this August 27-29, you can set out to visit a cool 61 of them as part of Upstate Art Weekend, a three-day, self-guided visual arts festival that explores the diversity of visual arts across six counties in the region.

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Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival Debuts This Month at Plattekill Mountain

The one-day, family-friendly event features over 30 classes and workshops for all ages and abilities.
During the last year of the pandemic, many Hudson Valley and Catskills yoga enthusiasts discovered a love of practicing in the great outdoors. But the combo of movement and fresh mountain air was one that Delhi fitness instructor Raegan Reed had long ago realized was the perfect fit. Now, after years of dreaming and a pandemic-driven delay, she's finally realizing her dream of launching the Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival. The inaugural one-day event at Plattekill Mountain on Saturday, July 24 features over 30 indoor, outdoor, and mountaintop classes and workshops for all ages and abilities, as well as a farm-to-table dinner and concert.

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City Winery Hudson Valley Offers a Summer Filled with Great Music, Eats, and of Course, Wine

Few things have signaled the Hudson Valley's jubilant return to normal more than a jam-packed summer of live music. And with the region’s thriving music scene humming along once more, the high-profile opening of City Winery Hudson Valley has music, food, and wine enthusiasts alike flocking to scenic Orange County. With its restaurant now open seven days a week and its Concerts in the Vineyard series bringing beloved local acts to its outdoor stage, City Winery Hudson Valley is ready to play host to a whole summer's worth of luxurious, sundrenched plans.

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Dance with Plants is BACK with BLOOM at Blueprint 7/10

“This all started because I wanted to dance,” says Dance with Plants founder Connie Dasilva, who moved to Kingston from Brooklyn three years ago and found a dearth of clubbing opportunities. “I was so surprised that there was no house music/electronic music dance scene in a major way.” So she brought it herself. Dasilva’s first event was a lush, houseplant-heavy dance party in the upstairs of BSP in January 2019. Every iteration of Dance With Plants since has followed the same simple formula––plants and plant-based products, wellness activities, dancing, and electronic music. Though the latter may seem a little incongruous with the rest, it works as a catalyst for the rest. “I know it’s weird, but it’s the music that gets the people going,” Dasilva explains. The next installment of Dance with Plants on July 10 will be hosted at The Lot at BLUEprint with 400 tickets available. This latest iteration is called “BLOOM,” a reboot of the series since their last event pre-COVID in March 2020. BLOOM’s activity roster is multifaceted in surprising ways, with both electronic dance music and vibrating meditation beds under one roof. (That’s metaphorical––BLOOM will be hosted outdoors in the sprawling parking lot of the old IBM campus.) Above all, each episode of Dance With Plants is “arts, culture, music, and plant-focused,” says founder Connie Dasilva. “People have the opportunity to come, sink into their bodies, and have an experience with plants.” The night takes off with a herbal happy hour––the event is alcohol free––with beverages sponsored by uptown Kingston-based Cacao Laboratory. Free plant-based snack bars are provided by Yoe! Superfoods. DJ Redlion will be spinning disco, funk, and soul tunes set to electronic beats. Internationally renowned DJ Tasha Blank, consultant and founder of New York City’s wild dance experience The Get Down, will take over and guide the audience to de-stress through creativity, music, and dance. Performers from a Hudson collective, the self-described “bizarre” Haus of Peculiar, will enact an “LED, spinning, crazy performance,” per Dasilva. BLOOM also includes a projection mapping installation, a visuospatial art form that uses video projectors over a 3D surface instead of a flat screen, turning objects into interactive displays. In the past three years, Dance with Plants has become a popular producer of immersive electronic music, dance, art and cultural events in the Hudson Valley. The events showcase the talent of locals, be they musicians, chefs, or healers, becoming a sort of marketing and production platform for local artists in the area who want to have events but don’t know how to put them on. “The goal is to always support the artists of the community in creating whatever kind of events they want, as long as they’re music/culture/art-focused,” Dasilva says. “It’s always a community effort.” It’s no accident Dasilva slid into coordinating this event series, her professional background is in corporate event production and interior design. Many of her clients gravitated toward plant-heavy homes, as though they were trying to create a miniature indoor jungle. Corporations often bought large collections of houseplants for their events just to throw them away afterward, and after one such event in Kingston, Dasilva decided to just take all the plants home herself. Her houseplant count numbered in the hundreds overnight, the catalyst of her idea to start Dance With Plants. “They really led me,” she says of the plants. “The mission for Dance With Plants is to create a thriving community of artists and to provide a platform for them to share, and also to introduce people to plants in new and interesting ways.” Dance With Plants: BLOOM is July 10, 7-11pm at The Lot @ BLUEprint––201 Enterprise Drive, Ulster, NY 12401. ...

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Record Store Day is Back at Original Vinyl Records

The Warwick shop is celebrating the RSD’s second drop on July 17 with free swag, giveaways, and more
Much to the excitement of vinyl-heads everywhere, Record Store Day, the beloved annual celebration of indie music retailers, has finally returned. Much like last year’s event, which was modified for the pandemic, this year’s event has been split into two separate “RSD Drops” days, the second of which is coming up next Saturday, July 17. And with the Hudson Valley’s recently eased restrictions, shops like Warwick’s Original Vinyl Records are welcoming Record Store Day devotees back in style.

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On the Cover: Hudson Talbott Retrospective | July 2021

The work of celebrated children’s author and illustrator Hudson Talbott is featured in a retrospective, “River of Dreams,” at Hudson Hall through August 15.

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Parting Shot: Queer Ecology Hanky Project | July 2021

A selection of hankies from the Queer Ecology Hanky Project, which will be exhibited at Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale beginning this month.

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10 Events to Attend this July

A cultural crib sheet for the month of July
“The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival James Ijames's “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington,” staged by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel, examines America’s original sin: slavery. The 2018 play centers on the drama of the impending death of George Washington’s widow Martha, whose passing, by decree, will mean freedom for the enslaved people at Mount Vernon. July 24-30 in Gardiner. ACE Summer Arts Festival Kick-Off Presented by Ulster County’s new Arts Collaborative Events (ACE), the inaugural ACE Summer Festival commences at Opus 40 with a free celebration featuring Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, Art Society of Kingston (ASK), Center for Photography at Woodstock, Rock Academy, Unison Arts, and others. Preregistration required. July 10 at 1pm and 3pm in Saugerties. Miro String Quartet at Maverick Concerts One of America’s most acclaimed string quartets, the Miro String Quartet, returns to the nation’s longest-running summer chamber music festival, Maverick Concerts. The celebrated quartet is comprised of Daniel Ching(violin), William Fedkenheuer(violin), John Largess (viola), and Joshua Gindele (cello). July 25 at 4pm in Woodstock. Pam Tanowitz/Jessie Montgomery Dance Premiere Bard College’s 2021 SummerScape festival opens outdoors at historic Montgomery Place with the world premiere of I was waiting for the echo of a better day, a new commission from Fisher Center inaugural choreographer in residence Pam Tanowitz with composer Jessie Montgomery. July 8-10 in Annandale-on-Hudson. “Row” at the Clark Art Institute Dawn Landes’s new musical, “Row,” will premiere outdoors at the Clark Art Institute via the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure and directed by Tyne Rafaeli, the play tells the tale of an extraordinary woman undeterred by the odds. July 13-August 15 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Pilobus at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center welcomes live (limited-capacity) indoor programming back this summer with “Four@Play” by the award-winning Pilobolus contemporary dance company. The program features a group of four Pilobolus dancers in a “mixtape” of vintage favorites. July 31 at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl On the second Saturday of each month, Hudson’s art galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other businesses will stay open late as visitors wander to take in displays of new works by exhibiting artists and enjoy pop-performances and other attractions. July 10 in Hudson. “Mystery in the Mine” in Rosendale Local theatrical troupe Murder Cafe will stage an original whodunit in the historic Widow Jane Mine for three performances this month. Set in 1889, the play portrays several historic figures who impacted the local business and arts scene. Tickets are $20. July 15-17 in Rosendale. Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival How does the idea of practicing yoga under a blue sky on top of a mountain sound? The Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival is a family-friendly event at Plattekill Mountain centering on a variety of classes in yoga and meditation led by visiting instructors from across the country. July 24 in Roxbury. Avant-Garde-Arama in Woodstock Avant-Garde-Arama, a festival of short works of dance, film, music, performance art, poetry, and puppetry founded in 1980 at New York’s PS122 by performance artist Charles Dennis and musician/visual artist Jeffrey Isaac, takes over Mountain View Studio for one weekend this month. July 24-25 in Woodstock. ...

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Three's Company

Just the three of us by Shona McAndrew at Art Omi
Taliesin Thomas reviews Shona McAndrews’ Just the three of us at Art Omi.

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High Art: A Q&A with Joseph Keckler

Multimedia Artist Brings His Psychedelic Show to Ancram Opera House
Arts editor Peter Aaron talks with multidisciplinary artist Joseph Keckler about touring with Sleater-Kinney, covering Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and his fascination with opera prior to his performance at the Ancram Opera House on July 24.

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Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper from the Marieluise Hessel Collection at Bard

"Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection" brings together works from CCS's founding benefactor.

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Album Review: Scott Helland Guitarmy of One | Spy Detective Collective

Haviland S Nichols reviews Scott Helland Guitarmy of One's new record Spy Detective Collective.

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Album Review: Kronos Quartet & Friends | Long Time Passing

Seth Rogovoy reviews Kronos Quartet & Friends' new album Long Time Passing.

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Album Review: Keith Pray | Universal Blues

Jason Broom reviews Keith Pray's new album Universal Blues.

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Sound Check: Listening Picks from Alexander Platt | July 2021

Alexander Platt, music director for Maverick Concerts, shares his music picks for July.

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Poetry | July 2021

Poetry submissions from Chronogram readers for the July 2021 issue.

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Reading List: 6 Books to Read in July 2021

My Time Will Come and Other Reviews
Jane Kinney-Denning reviews Ian Manuel's My Time will come plus 5 other book picks for July.

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Podcast Spotlight: "Cidiot"

A spotlight on Chronogrammies winner in the category of Podcast: "Cidiot" by Mat Zucker.

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Art Gallery Spotlight: The Lockwood Gallery

A spotlight on Chronogrammies winner in the category of Art Gallery: Lockwood Gallery in Kingston.

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A Plant Concert in a Newburgh Ruin

Strongroom Presents a Martin Roth Installation
Martin Roth's secret garden in the ruins of the Newburgh City Club at 120 Grand Street is open for weekend tours through the end of October.

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How to Spend an Idyllic Weekend in Mountaindale

A cozy Sullivan County hamlet with artsy vibes and good eats
Tucked in the bucolic Sullivan County Catskills, the secluded hamlet of Mountaindale has become known in recent years for its cultivated resurgence. Its once-sleepy Main Street is now home to a vibrant constellation of hip independent businesses, from well-curated lifestyle shops to a sound meditation studio to a pizza shop slinging naturally fermented pies and biodynamic wines. Here, we’ve rounded up some places to dine, shop, and rest your head during your weekend stay.

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WYLDE, Hudson's New Hybrid Retail and Community Space

The newly opened WYLDE in Hudson is many things rolled into one: retail store, café, local hangout. France built WYLDE around a sense of community––a place where locals can come and stay awhile to work or to chat, even to build relationships. WYLDE has its own pop-up market on Warren Street, running bimonthly on Saturdays through October 30.

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6 Signs that Things Are Returning to Normal in the Hudson Valley

The masks are (mostly) off, live events are back, and businesses are open. Here are 6 exciting signs that some semblance of normality is returning to the Hudson Valley after over a year of pandemic precautions.

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The Dig on Millerton's Main Street is Both Restaurant and Creative Community Hub

The Dig on Millerton's Main Street sells pantry staples, smoothies, sweet and savory crepes on weekends, and has a daily changing breakfast and lunch menu. The Dig has become a hub for the work of local artists as well as a community gathering place, hosting food-themed events featuring traditional dishes made by locals, live music, and artist pop-ups.

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Celebrating Juneteenth 2021 in the Hudson Valley

Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in America on June 19, 1865. Today, the holiday focuses on Black achievements and culture, recognition of inequality and systemic racism in the United States, and the ongoing fight for equal rights. 2021 brings an expanded list of ways to celebrate Black freedom and to reckon with the racial past and present of the United States.

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The Reher Center Holds Kingston's Ninth Annual Multicultural Festival

This June 13, 20, and 27, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History hosts its ninth annual Kingston Multicultural Festival. Participants will be able to watch performances by dancers, musicians, and poets from diverse backgrounds in the TR Gallo Park gazebo. There will be pop-up eateries, each with their own informational posters about the history and culture of the food they’re making and serving. Central to this year's festival is the Worry Dolls Project, or "Proyecto Muñecas Quitapenas" in Spanish, a Guatemalan craft tradition brought to over 700 local Kingston students.

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Festival Season: 4 Upcoming Events at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds

After a nearly event-less summer last year, festivals, fairs, and shows are back in full force this summer. On the outskirts of the photogenic Village of Rhinebeck, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds is host to some of the region's biggest cultural and tourism draws. From the state's second largest county fair to a breathtaking hot air balloon fest, here are five upcoming events not to miss at the DC Fairgrounds. Rhinebeck Craft Festival | June 26-27 The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival is a not-to-miss Hudson Valley shopping event. With an exceptional mix of 150 up-and-coming and experienced artists, the two-day fair is a short walk from the fine dining and other attractions of downtown Rhinebeck and remains one of the region’s most anticipated yearly events. There will be interactive kids’ and family activities, mouthwatering gourmet foods, and three local distilleries in attendance. Items for sale include handmade furniture, art, clothing, and more. General admission is $10. Dutchess Fair | August 24-29 Launched in 1842, the Dutchess Fair has a storied legacy. Over the years, it has grown into a six-day blowout that has earned its place as the second largest fair in all of New York. The fun includes blue ribbon competitions for livestock, crops, recipes, and fine arts, as well as historic exhibits, concessions and food, and a marketplace, plus live music nationally recognized pop, rock, and country stars. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the fair, with tickets going on sale in June. General admission is $15. Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival | September 11-12 Enjoy an autumn day out at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds during the Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival, sampling wines from dozens of wineries all over the state, craft beer, cider, and spirits. Shop for gourmet foods from more than 100 creative specialty food vendors. Discover fine crafts and home goods. Feast from unique selections available in the Food Truck Corral. Expand your culinary skills and wine knowledge at cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Bring your friends! Vendors selling home improvement & accessories, gift items, jewelry, and cooking tools round out the fun. New York State Sheep & Wool Festival | October 6-7 This may well be the largest event held annually at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Since 1980, the Sheep & Wool Festival has drawn thousands of fiber enthusiasts from a huge radius for two days of shearing demonstrations, knitting and spinning competitions, a llama parade, yarn vendors galore, 4H competitions, and much more. Round up the family for a lively, outdoor celebration of all things sheep. Learn to herd and shear, then, see how craft guilds spin, weave, dye, and knit wool into soft, colorful creations, before hitting the vendor stalls to shop from local artisans. After an all-virtual 2020 event, even the scaled back hybrid event planned for this October will be a welcome return to normalcy. ...

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On the Cover: The Whimsical Clay Sculptures of Mariana Peragallo | June 2021

Whimsical, unsettling, light-heartedly grotesque, the clay sculptures of Marianna Peragallo, now on display at the Wassaic Project as part of the group show “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home by Now,” are cartoon-like in form and semi-surreal.

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6 Books to Read in June 2021

Carolyn Quimby reviews Jonathan Lee’s The Great Mistake. Plus short reviews of Jacky Davis’s Sunny-Side Up, Phoebe North’s Strange Creatures, Michael Slaby’s For All the People, Edward M. Cohen’s Before Stonewall, and Meg Bashwiner and Joseph Fink The First Ten Years.

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Album Review: The Big Takeover | Spilling Water

Jeremy Schwartz reviews the Big Takeover's new album Spilling Water.

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Tom DePetris Quartet @ Lydia's Cafe

Tom DePetris Quartet

Sat., July 24, 7-10 p.m. — Jazz, Blues, Brazilian & Tom’s original compositions Lou Pappas bass, Jim Carroll...

"2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert"

July 10-Oct. 31 — Installation by Martin Roth among the ruins of the Newburgh City Club....

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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.