Weekend In The Catskills – High Culture Edition

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Glimmerglass – Photo by Karli Cadel

Glimmerglass Opera Festival
Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown debuts this weekend with The Magic Flute, written by Mozart in 1791. Widely performed all over the world, The Magic Flute is given a fresh, new interpretation at Glimmerglass this summer. “Our Magic Flute is not a journey to a fantastical other world, but a way of looking more deeply into the real place we live in, the woods around Glimmerglass, if you only open your eyes wide enough,” says director Madeline Sayet, quoted on the festival’s website. The first performance takes place Friday, July 10 at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit glimmerglass.org.

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Erpf Gallery – Quilt Exhibit
Erpf Gallery in Arkville is hosting a quilt exhibit called Traditions with a Twist: Quilts by Sally Abrams, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 11 at 3 pm. A member of the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame, Abrams is an experienced artisan who’s done both large and small works in a variety of patterns and colors. Quilting has had a long tradition in America: emerging from a desire to use textiles efficiently, quilting has always had an aesthetic-driven approach that’s led to a multitude of styles. For more information about this exhibit, visit catskillcenter.org.

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Mount Tremper Arts Festival
Mount Tremper Arts Festival begins this Saturday, July 11 with AUNTS camp, a week-long experiment in choreography. The event brings together artists working in various disciplines, and sharing the experience of living and working in the collective. Dinner begins at 7 pm, followed by performance at 8 pm. For more information, visit mounttremperarts.org.

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Photo courtesy of Olana

Olana Plein Air Festival
Olana estate is hosting a Plein Air Festival Thursday through Saturday, July 9 to 11. Thirty artists from all over the country including Scott Thomas Balfe, Rosemary Hanson, and Dominique Medici will paint the Hudson Valley’s scenery much in the tradition of Frederic Edwin Church and his master Thomas Cole. Saturday at 4 pm there will be a live auction of all the works produced over the weekend. Refreshments will be served, and live music will be performed. For more information, visit olana.org.

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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