3 Things to Do Upstate the Weekend of January 19

The weather outside might be frightful but these events are so delightful. Bundle up and get out of the house this weekend, January 19–21, and see some art or hear some jazz. It’ll warm your soul, we promise.

“Painted Cities” at Carrie Haddad Gallery

Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson is hosting “Painted Cities,” a group show featuring the works of 10 contemporary artists including Patty Neal, Richard Britell, Robert Goldstrom, Scott Nelson Foster, and Dan Rupe. The works depict urban scenes captured in New York City, Hudson, Poughkeepsie, and Albany in a realistic, sometimes hyper-realistic style, as is the case of Richard Britell, or in a Fauvist, richly colored style, as is the case of Dan Rupe. The show will remain on view through February 18. The gallery is open daily from 11am to 5pm.

Catskill Jazz Factory Presents “Puccini Meets Bechet: Parallels in Opera and Jazz”

Catskill Jazz Factory presents “Puccini Meets Bechet: Parallels in Opera and Jazz” this Saturday, January 20 at 5pm at Millbrook Library in Millbrook. Aaron Jackson, saxophonist and jazz scholar, disciple of Charlie Parker and the Bebop era, will explore the parallels between Giacomo Puccini’s Bel Canto Operatic tradition and the sounds of Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans music. Admission is free.

House Tour at Olana State Historic Site

Olana, home of 19th century landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, is open for tours Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 3pm until March 25. The mansion was built between 1870 and 1872 in the Eclectic style, and incorporated many Middle Eastern elements. In 1888, Church added the studio wing, along with guest rooms, and the observation room in the tower. The estate also includes the Cosy Cottage – the family’s original home, as well as splendid gardens and orchards, and has stunning views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. Book your tour of Olana online.

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 Amazon.com and Kindle. For more information, visit www.simonadavid.com.

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