This Weekend in the Catskills—Feb 25-26

  |  February 24, 2017

 American and European Art at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

Founded in 1919, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica holds over 15,000 objects, including American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum houses Thomas Cole’s famous Voyage of Life, painted in 1842. The modern art collection includes works by Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Salvador Dali, Edward Hopper in addition to works by abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, and Pop art icon Andy Warhol, among others. Some of its most recent acquisitions include Sol LeWitt’s Wall Piece #2, Cube Structure Based on Nine Modules, produced in 1976, and Edward Hopper’s The Cat Boat, etching on paper, made in 1922. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. To plan your next visit, find their hours on the MWPAI website.

Liberating the Bird: Sarah Elizabeth Charles Sings the Poetry of Maya Angelou

Composer and vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles performs at the Millbrook Library this Saturday, February 25 from 5 to 7 pm, as part of the Catskill Jazz Factory residency program. The performance is a tribute to legendary poet, writer and activist Maya Angelou, best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, published in 1969. Find the details on the Catskill Jazz Factory site.

Oscar Party at the Upstate Films in Rhinebeck

Upstate Films is hosting an Oscar Party in Rhinebeck this Sunday, February 26 beginning at 7 pm. Upstate Films will provide fruit and cheese. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite snacks. The Awards Program start at 8:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for Best Fancy Attire, Best Dressed-Like-Your-Favorite-Movie-From-2016, and Best Pajamas. There will be a contest guessing this year’s winners; prizes will be awarded for the highest number of correct guesses. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Art of Artifice at the Erpf Gallery

The Erpf Gallery in Arkville is hosting Art of Artifice, a solo show featuring the works of nature photographer Mark Loete. The show includes 40 macro photographs, capturing the tradition of fly-fishing in the Catskills. The show will remain on view through March 18. On March 4 at 1 p.m. the artist will be on site to talk about this exhibition. The Erpf Gallery is open Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more about the gallery.

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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