This Weekend in the Catskills: Baroque, Lithography, and Making Art


The Arts Converge – Mutual Muses in the Catskills at the Catskill Interpretive Center 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents The Arts Converge – Mutual Muses in the Catskills at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper. The first talk in the series takes place this Saturday, May 27 at 1 pm. Art writer Simona David will discuss her latest book, How Art Is Made: In the Catskills (2017), and share the stage with several acclaimed artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains: painters Margaret Leveson and Lisbeth Firmin, ceramicist and printmaker Peter Yamaoka, and textile artist Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. How Art Is Made: In the Catskills pays homage to the place where American art was born through a series of conversations with creatives who live and work in the Catskills. Recent works will be exhibited. The second talk, featuring poet and soprano Sharon Israel in conversation and performance with composer Robert Cucinotta, will take place Saturday, August 12. The third and last talk in the series will take place Saturday, September 23, and will feature nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe in conversation with photographer Rudd Hubbell. To learn more, visit

Photo courtesy of Catskill Mountain Foundation.

Baroque Music at the Doctorow Center for the Arts 

Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter is hosting An Evening at a Venetian Palazzo Saturday, May 27 at 8 pm. The program features Baroque music performed by mezzo-soprano Tracy Cowart, tenor Nathan Hodgson, violinist Rachel Evans and Leah Nelson, harpsichordist Hsuan Wen-Chen, guitarist Richard Kolb, and violon performer Anne Trout. The evening will re-create what a night of entertainment might have looked like in Venice in the 1630s. For more information, visit

Photo Courtesy of Woodstock School of Art.

Lithography Workshop at the Woodstock School of Art 

The Woodstock School of Art is hosting a two-day intensive Lithography workshop with Ron Netsky Saturday and Sunday, May 27 – 28, 9 am to 4 pm. Students will learn to work with prepared stones, draw black-and-white images with lithographic crayons and pencils, etch the stones, and print the images. Invented in Germany in the late 1700s, lithography became popular in America in the early 1800s. Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting, employed this medium in his work. Netsky has taught printmaking since 1975. His prints are in various collections including The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz. To learn more, visit

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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