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Experience The Hudson Valley

An Artful Visit

  |   October 1, 2019  |  Comment

The Hudson Valley’s rich history, exquisite natural beauty, and concentration of talent culminates in one of the most vibrant communities of artists in the country. With dozens of museums, galleries, and outdoor sculpture gardens, the region always has something new and exciting on display. Get out of the cold this winter with these art centers.

The Museum at Bethel Woods offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the peace and love generation. The permanent main exhibit on the Woodstock Festival, which happened on the site of the museum and performing arts center, and the ’60s as a decade of immense cultural change, offers an immersive multimedia experience. Artifacts, films, photos and music recreate a powerful era and illuminate the festival that rocked the world.

If you have a tendency to go off the beaten path, pay a visit to one of the Hudson Valley art world’s hidden gems. Despite its unassuming rural appearance, JDJ/The Ice House, set on six acres in Garrison, hosts breathtaking avant-garde art in an antique ice house brought together by the sharp curatorial eye of Jayne Johnson, former director of the Peter Freeman Gallery in SoHo. Open by appointment only.

A new and exciting music center popped up in a century-old architectural fixture of Pine Plains, and you can be one of the first to experience it. The Stissing Center, which just this summer finished renovations on its historic venue, Memorial Hall, is a must-visit destination for lovers of authentic folk, rock ‘n’ roll, and bluegrass music.

The Carrie Haddad Gallery, which was the first fine art gallery to open its doors in Hudson back in the ’90s, brings together a consistently high tier of emerging and established painters, photographers, sculptors, and multimedia artists from all across the Hudson Valley.

Two years ago, Mother Gallery was opened two years ago in Beacon by feminist artists Paola Oxoa and Kirsten Deirup, who were determined to push back the separation of creative output and family imposed by the male-dominated art world. Their gallery brings together a wide breadth of provocative contemporary artists, in thoughtfully curated exhibitions.

11 Jane St., an art and performance venue housed within a 19th-century brick warehouse located right in the village center, is the newest addition to Saugerties’s small but vibrant art scene. Gallery owner and director Jennifer Hicks brings together cutting-edge contemporary art in a gorgeous post-industrial space.

Pictured above: Linden Scheff poses with Nick Simpson’s The Perambulator at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson. Photo by John Garay.

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