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.


Five Fine Events in the Hudson Valley

In this week’s roundup of Hudson Valley happenings, the seasonal theme continues, augmented by a solemn-but-triumphant commemorative event at Bard College.

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Music Venue and Bistro the Avalon Lounge Brings Cool Vibe to Catskill

The chilled-out nightspot was opened last August by local creative couple Liam and Laura Singer.

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6 Women Gallerists & Curators Defining the Hudson Valley Art Scene

Though a historically male dominated field, women have been elbowing their way into the curatorial space for the pace several decades, now reaching a level of prominence and predominance. The national trend is evident here in the Hudson Valley in 2019 where many of the curators and gallerists working to shape and make sense of our emerging art community are women. Here is a list of six women taste-makers in the Hudson Valley art scene.

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“A Quiet Respite” at the Carrie Haddad Gallery and the Ethereal Landscapes of Jane Bloodgood-Abrams

“A Quiet Respite,” on view at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson from November 13-January 5, offers a sampling of new work from seven artists who have dedicated themselves to the task of depicting the solace of nature.

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A Rundown of Hudson Valley Events

Conversation about immigrants’ rights, musical events, and holiday hubbub—as always, there are so many happenings here in the region to work into to your itinerary. COMMUNITY Chronogram Conversations in Kingston Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are facing perilous conditions as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to target all undocumented immigrants and has recently stepped up its efforts in the Hudson Valley. As Michael Frank reported in the November issue of Chronogram, this has prompted community members to organize and fight back against what they view as unjust federal policies targeting immigrants. In tandem with the latter effort, our ongoing Chronogram Conversations series has partnered with Radio Kingston and the River Newsroom to present the panel “Chronogram Conversations: Immigration Advocacy in the Hudson Valley” at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston on December 4 from 6 to 8pm. The event is free and open to all. MUSIC “Dollar Bin Radio” Anniversary Party in Kingston Hosted on Radio Kingston every Thursday from 10pm to midnight by the inimitable DJ Mr. Chips, “Dollar Bin Radio” is sheer crate-digging bliss: two hours of groovy sounds plucked straight from the dollar bin. On December 5 from 9pm to midnight, the show will celebrate the passing of its first year on-air with a live broadcast emanating from microbrewery Kingston Brewing Standard. The free party features a cash bar and mystery gifts from Rhino Records for “lucky guests.” MUSIC Fred Hersch in Kingston Along with his former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson, pianist Fred Hersch carries the passionate, fleet flame of such jazz giants as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal. To these ears, Hersch, who performs magnificently in ensemble settings of all sizes, shines brightest in the time-honored solo-piano setting. On December 7 at 7:30pm at the Senate Garage in Kingston, that’s just what he’ll do, as the featured act of this month’s installment of the ongoing concert series presented there by JAZZstock. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. HOLIDAY FUN Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction in Ghent On December 7 from 10am to 4pm, Hawthorne Valley School’s Parent Teach Association will once again host its annual Yuletide Fair and Gingerbread House Auction at the school’s location in Ghent. The event, which benefits Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, will feature gift items being sold by artisan vendors; candle dipping, stained glass making, and other children’s activities; and homemade food. The Magical Puppet Tree will perform “Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place” at 11am, noon, 1 pm, and 2pm. Admission is $4. MUSIC Delsonido at MASS MoCA Now based in Brooklyn, world-fusion band Delsonido, who will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on December 7 at 8pm, was founded in the Barranquilla region of Colombia. In addition to the sweltering sounds of their South American birthplace, the group pulls from jazz, rock, pop, and electronica to make for a buoyant, infectiously danceable blend of contemporary music that reflects America’s truly diverse culture. Tickets are $18 in advance and $28 and $44 day of show. 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: Kirsten Dierup | December 2019

Hopewell Junction’s Kirsten Deirup Surrealism reveals a technical and conceptual polish that is nothing short of masterful.

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The Good Fighter: Malcolm Nance on the Heels of His Latest Book

Twenty-year Navy veteran, counterterrorism expert, and Columbia County resident Malcolm Nance releases his latest book, The Plot to Betray America.

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Into the Light: The Hudson Valley's Own Holiday Classic

Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Reprise their Holiday Show
The Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Present their holiday show at Kaatsbaan.

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7 Emerging Hudson Valley Artists to Watch

Regional curators Janice La Motta, Paola Ochoa, Karlyn Benson, Alyson Baker, Erin Zona, Derin Tanyol, Carl Van Brunt, and Katie Schmidt Feder select eight emerging artists they consider worthy of the spotlight.

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How to Manage Your Girlfriend’s White Guilt: An Excerpt

An excerpt from 'How to Manage Your Girlfriend’s White Guilt', the new book by stand-up comedian and Hudson Valley resident Duval George Culpepper.

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8 Hudson Valley Books to Gift this Holiday Season

Hudson Valley bookstore owners pick their favorite books of the year for your holiday shopping list.

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Album Review: Geezer | Spiral Fires

Album review of Spiral Fires by Geezer.

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Album Review: Nick Hetko/Rich Syracuse/Jeff “Siege” Siegel | When You Were There

Album review of When You Were There by Nick Hetko/Rich Syracuse/Jeff “Siege” Siegel

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Album Review: Ratboy Jr. | Lucky Foot and Sunny Moon

Album reviews of Lucky Foot and Sunny Moon by Ratboy Jr.

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Album Review: The Templars of Doom | Hovels of the Holy

Album review of Hovels of the Holy by The Templars of Doom.

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8 Events to Light Up your 2019 Holiday Season

Wondering what to do with ALL THAT FREE TIME in the weeks leading up to the holidays? Here are 8 holiday events in the Hudson Valley to get you out of the house and in the spirit.

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Small Is Beautiful: Kevin Kuenster and Other Small Works at Limner Gallery

For its annual small works group show, Limner Gallery displays 76 small works by 54 artists, including Kevin Kuenster.

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6 Must-See Live Music Shows in December 2019

Six Hudson Valley live gigs to pencil in for December 2019, from Amy Helm’s Holiday Express to Xylouris White.

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Energy Dance Company Performs at the O+ Festival

Kingston resident Amanda Cabanillas captures the dynamic performance of Energy Dance Company at O+ on camera.

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Chronogram Poetry | December 2019

A collection of poems by Hudson Valley writers published in the December 2019 issue of Chronogram.

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Spiritual Unity: Sonic Youth Founder Thurston Moore at Colony 12/2

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth shreds solo at Colony Woodstock on December 2.

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Feast Your Eyes on These Hudson Valley Events

Thanksgiving is upon us. That means the holiday shopping season has been hammering us for a month, so far. Here’s a smattering of upcoming, holiday-themed Hudson Valley happenings, along with a couple of musical chestnuts, to gobble up.

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It’s Your Choice: Announcing the Chronogrammies Readers’ Choice Awards

The Chronogrammies Readers' Choice Awards is the voice of readers, offering them a platform to highlight what they love about the Hudson Valley, including restaurants, hotels, and more.

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Music Meets Memoir in Robert Burke Warren’s "Redheaded Friend"

The Staged Solo Show Debuts 11/23 at Phoenicia Playhouse
On November 23, local musician Robert Burke Warren (aka Uncle Rock) will debut his new autobiographical one-man show, "Redheaded Friend." The 70-minute musical memoir tells the tale of RBW’s life from his adolescence searching for fellowship and courage in a group of latchkey kids, southern belles, and thrift-store crossdressers, to becoming bass player to pre-fame RuPaul, to his career-defining stint in Manhattan.

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The Surrealist Leanings of 5 Contemporary Hudson Valley Artists

Local artist Jan Harrison recently won a fellowship for New Surrealist art. We take this award as the departure point to explore the influence of Surrealist methodology and mindset in Hudson Valley painters.

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November Activities in the Hudson Valley

ZZ Top on the big screen, photographer Elliott Landy, the return of Farm & Flea, and more. Stuff your Thanksgiving-month schedule with these savory events.

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Nightclub Revel 32 Opens in Historic Downtown Poughkeepsie Building

A “Dress to Impress Party” will unveil the new music venue and event facility on November 23.
Poughkeepsie's newest nightclub and event venue will open with a bag on November 23, with a performance by award-winning band Remember Jones, who will perform a full-album cover of Amy Winehouse's famed Back to Black at the Reveal: Dress to Impress party.

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A Heaping Handful of Hudson Valley Happenings

The weather is turning colder, but we’ve got all of your hot Hudson Valley action right here. Readings, rock ’n’ roll, and renewable energy—plus more!

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Follow that Spark: Brooklyn Designer Turns Farm Visit into Book that Gives Back

In August, Brooklyn-based digital designer Michelle Layne Lawson read an article on Chronogram's website about Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a 150-acre farm animal sanctuary in Columbia County that was struggling to raise funds to stay afloat. Within a few days, Lawson was on her way up to Hudson to visit the farm. And what began as casual cute animal pics turned into a coffee table book that is being sold to raise funds for the sanctuary and a renewed sense of creative vocation. Don't mind us, we're just sobbing over here.

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Marinella Senatore Leads Cold Spring in an Interactive Day of Dance 11/16

On Saturday, November 16 the streets of Cold Spring, NY will be flooded with an influx of performers and audience-participants as Marinella Senatore and The School of Narrative Dance lead local musicians, artists, and athletes and dancers in a day of creative expression and community celebration, curated by Ylinka Barotto.

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Malcolm Nance Gets Ready to Drop The Plot to Betray America

On November 12, counterterrorist and intelligence specialist Malcolm Nance will release his latest book, The Plot to Betray America, detailing evidence he's gathered on the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia. Ahead of the release, he speaks at Helsinki Hudson on 11/10.

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5 November Events in the Hudson Valley

November’s Hudson Valley cornucopia brings jazz, film, maritime model making, a celebrated explorer and TV host, and—despite Halloween being last week—more zombies!

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Pete Souza Presents at Bardavon

A Q&A with the Presidential Photographer and Author of Shade
Former President Barack Obama in Luang Prabang, Laos, 2016. Image by Pete Souza.

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Remembering Poet-Scholar Pauline Uchmanowicz (1957-2019)

Remembering Pauline Uchmanowicz, an accomplished scholar and poet and frequent contributing writer for numerous Chronogram pieces.

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Un/Natural Selection: The Off-Kilter Animal Underworld of Illustrator Chris Buzelli

Chronogram's November 2019 Portfolio Artist
Like dreams dripping with cryptic symbolism, Chris Buzelli’s distorted biomorphic illustrations blend the innocuous and the bizarre in order to scrutinize ourassumptions.

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Mirna Bamieh's Palestine Hosting Society Reclaims Cuisine—And Cultural Identity

The Palestinian Hosting Society, which began as a way to share Palestinian cultural identity, has developed into a way to return agency to a displaced people.

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Hudson Vally Bookstore Owners Pick 6 Books for November Reading

Six local literary picks for your November reading from the experts at Chatham Bookstore, Postmark Books, Rough Draft, Spotty Dog, Golden Notebook, and Oblong Books.

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Album Review: Blueberry | Tempest in a Teacup

Album review of Tempest in a Teacup by Blueberry.

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Album Review: Jay Anderson | Deepscape

Album review of Deepscape by Jay Anderson.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Through Our Lens Photographic Exhibit @ Hudson Area Library

Through Our Lens Photographic Exhibit

Nov. 14-Dec. 19 — A photographic exhibit by the members of the Columbia County Photo Club....
Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday Show @ Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center

Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday Show

Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. — This show brings Broadway’s finest stars and greatest songs together for an...

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