This Weekend in the Catskills: Arts All Around!

Far and Wide Group Show at The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM)

The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is hosting Far and Wide, a group show featuring the works of close to thirty regional artists, opening reception Saturday, May 6 at 4 pm. The show includes one piece by Didier Cremieux, an accomplished painter and illustrator who was featured in How Art Is Made: In the Catskills, released earlier this year. Throughout his career, Cremieux has experimented with various printing techniques from silk screening to etching and Xerox or letterpress printing. His artwork has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. In 2014 Orphic Gallery in Roxbury hosted a retrospective show titled Postal Mix Tapes dedicated to Cremieux’s mail art, which was inspired by his life-long interest in music. As a painter, Cremieux is interested in City scapes and still lifes. The exhibition at WAAM, hosted in the Main Gallery, will remain on view through May 28. To learn more, visit the WAAM website.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Celebrates Its Ninth Anniversary

Launched in 2009, the Hudson Children’s Book Festival takes place every year the first Saturday in May. This Saturday, May 6 the event will host close to a hundred authors and illustrators, including Seymour Simon, author of nearly 300 science children’s books, whom the New York Times called “the dean of the [children’s science] field.” Featured author this year is Jack Gantos, who has published 49 children’s books and YA novels, including Jack Henry and The Trouble In Me. The program includes readings, workshops, and craft demonstrations as well as musical performances.

Kentucky Derby Party at Equis Art Gallery

Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook is hosting its third annual Kentucky Derby Party this Friday, May 5 at 6 pm. The gallery, dedicated exclusively to equine art, both vintage and contemporary, currently features works by oil painter Alecia Barry Underhill. Underhill, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is an associate member of the American Academy of Equine Art. “The imperfections and variations that make each horse unique are what interest me,” says Underhill. See part of the gallery on their website.

About Simona David

Simona David is a writer living in the Catskill Mountains, New York. She is the author of Art in the Catskills (3rd edition, 2016), available on and Kindle. For more information, visit

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