This Weekend in the Catskills

Carter Ratcliff at Cross Contemporary Art Gallery


INside of Cross Contemporary Art gallery

Cross Contemporary Art Gallery in Saugerties is hosting a poetry reading this Saturday, August 19 at 7pm featuring poet and art critic Carter Ratcliff, known for The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art and The Reinvention of Art: 1965-1975as well as his collections of poetry Fever Coast, Give Me Tomorrow, and Arrivederci, Modernismo. In 2015, Ratcliff published his first novel Tequila Mockingbird. His art criticism has been published in Art in America, Artforum, Modern Painting, Tate, Art Presse, and Artstudio. The poetry reading coincides with the closing of SITE / SIGHT, a group show featuring the work of six women painters—Suzanne Caporael, Martha Diamond, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Sharon Horvath, Ellen Kozak, and Joyce Robins, an exhibition curated by Ellen Kozak.

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul: Sari Botton in Conversation with Jeremiah Moss


Vanishing New York book cover

Bestselling author Sari Botton, known for Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, will be in conversation with Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, published earlier this summer, and tackling the city’s rapid gentrification and its impact on redefining neighborhoods. From the book’s description: “For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.” The event will take place at the Kingston City Hall Friday, August 18 at 6 pm.

Nancy Kamen at Belleayre Music Festival


Nancy KamenJazz pianist Nancy Kamen performs at Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount this Saturday, August 19 at 6:30pm. A graduate of Julliard, Kamen has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and has taught in the Dance Department at the Brooklyn College. The Belleayre Music Festival celebrates its 25th season this summer. Get your tickets 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 and Kindle. For more information, visit

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