Upstater Destination: Workshops at the Hudson Opera House

  |  February 23, 2012

We know Hudson is a gallery town, and that’s just fine. But if in the midst of your exploring places like the Carrie Hadad Gallery or any of the other Warren Street spots you suddenly find yourself wanting to actually DO art instead of just looking at it, peruse the Hudson Opera House Workshops page . During the winter months, they have ways to stoke your creative fires with drawing and painting classes. And if you prefer to stoke your physical fires, instead, they have something for that, too.

First, the creating:

During the months of March through May, the Opera House is offering Life Drawing with a Model every Sunday from 10am-1pm. Sessions are pretty doable at $15 a pop, and they’re taught by Gretchen Kelly.  Check out her website and particularly her “One Minute Poses” series.

Gretchen Kelly

The Opera House also offers workshops on Intuitive Paining, taught by Yura Adams. According to the course description, there will be no drawing in this class, but rather interpretation of structures provided to students. These courses run from April through May and cost $185 ($150 for members) for all six sessions. All levels of ability are welcome.

Yura Adams

And now, onto the moving:

If you have physical injuries or disabilities, finding an appropriately gentle exercise program can be intimidating. But the Opera House invites you to check out its Gentle Chair Yoga series, taught by Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga instructor and Integrative Yoga Therapist Karen Rosand.  The classes are geared toward seniors recovering from disabilities or living with them, and they take place on Wednesdays and Fridays in March, and registration is required. $64 for all eight sessions, or $10 for drop-ins.

There are no chairs involved in Kuumba Latin Fever and Kuumba Dance and Drum, however. These classes are definitely for those interested in on-the-feet movement. Kuumba Latin Fever dance classes start on March 6th, and it’s only a $2 donation to participate. Elena Mosely, the Latin Fever dance instructor, also leads the Kuumba Dance and Drum sessions held on March 17 and April 21. And it’s just like it sounds: Bring a drum and play (or borrow one of their drums), or just dance to the music. $5 to participate and free for children.

For more information on workshops, performances and other events at the Hudson Opera House, go here.


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Kandy is a writer and musician/music teacher living in Saugerties, NY.

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