This Weekend in the Catskills: Spektral, Sculptures, and the Wedding Singer!

Open Studios Tour This Weekend in Stamford-Delhi Art Community   

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 8 – 9, from 11 am to 5 pm 18 artists in Stamford, Hobart, South Kortright, and Delhi will open their studios to the public, and show their working spaces, as well as demonstrate some of their techniques. Located in a bucolic scenery, all these studios provide a unique experience for visitors to witness the creation of new works of art, and ask questions that only an intimate space like an artist studio would allow for. Participating artists include ceramicist Solveig Comer, painters Susan Goetz, Robert Schneider, and Tracy Jacknow, stained glass artist Barry Jacknow, woodwork artist John Virga, as well as Tim Touhey, owner of The Gallery on Main Street in Stamford. Learn more here.

Spektral Quartet at Maverick

Maverick Concert Hall in West Hurley is hosting Spektral Quartet this Saturday, July 8 at 8 pm, in a debut partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Quartet, which describes itself as “actively pursuing a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week,” will perform Maurice Ravel’s well-known String Quartet in F Major of the late Romantic period, as well as less known contemporary pieces such as Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 2 “Company” of the Minimalist period. Also the program marks the world’s premiere of Gerard McBurney’s String Quartet No. 1 “Hildegard Quartet,” and New York premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Chi for String Quartet. Thomas was named by the New Yorker “a true virtuoso composer,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer described her style as “nuanced, majestic, elegant, capricious, lyrical, and colorful.” Click here for tickets and more information.    

The Wedding Singer at the Phoenicia Playhouse

The Phoenicia Playhouse presents “The Wedding Singer,” a musical written by Matthew Sklar (score) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics), depicting the journey of an aspiring rock star turned wedding singer. The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2006, is based on the film of the same name released in 1998 and starring Adam Sandler. This production, directed by Victoria McCarthy, has scheduled performances the following three weekends July 7-9, July 14-16, and July 21-23. Performances start at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Learn more here.  

Opening Reception, “Art on the Farm” at Vassar Preserve

Poughkeepsie Farm Project brings you “Art on the Farm,” the first annual outdoor sculpture exhibit, “bringing new art to new people.” Seventeen local and regional artists have been chosen for this four-month display set to the lush backdrop of Vassar Preserve. Simultaneously experience the beauty of nature while appreciating a stunning variety of outdoor sculptures. Walk the free one-mile loop exhibit, set amongst the grasslands and woods of the 527-acre urban oasis.

The opening reception, on Saturday, July 8, from 2 to 4pm, will allow the public to see the sculptures, take a brief tour of Poughkeepsie Farm Project, get information on membership, learn about the other ecological organizations occupying the restored barns of Vassar Farm, sample offerings from food trucks, and enjoy the festivities. “Art on the Farm” will be open to the public dusk to dawn, daily, from July 1 to October 29, and is free to visit.This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc., administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.



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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