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Experience The Hudson Valley


  |   September 25, 2013  |  Comment

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October 4, 5, 6, 2013

The momentum is building for the first annual Hudson Valley Arts Festival at Rhinebeck, now less than a month away. The Hudson Valley Arts Festival will feature over 200 outstanding artists and craftspeople from 21 states, 30 gourmet food purveyors, 25 musicians and performers, and a host of other features and interactive activities. Preparations are in full swing for the thousands of visitors who will come to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on October 4, 5 & 6 to enjoy what is destined to become a major annual cultural event in the region.

Exciting shopping, interactive experiences, delicious food, exceptional live music and family activities are around every corner. Enthusiastic show-goers can expect to see the following and more!

200 fine artists and contemporary craftspeople will be showing and selling their one-of-a-kind and limited edition works. Artists such as: Cliff Lee, a former neurosurgeon who uses his keen eye and precise technique to create porcelain sculptures that can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and private collections around the world and who was featured with his wife who is also participating, jeweler Holly Lee, in the PBS mini-series Craft in America; Patricia Palson, an award-winning hand-weaver who creates vibrantly colored and patterned merino wool, silk and bamboo jackets from fabrics she makes from scratch; sculptor Laura Baring-Gould who creates large scale, permanent installations that are spotted throughout Boston and will be showing small scale, affordable versions of her unique bronze sculptures; Lauren Blais who hand-crafts Victorian inspired jewelry with an edge, using sterling silver, natural gemstones, fur and exotic leathers and whose work is popping up in magazines and the hottest galleries all over the country. Guided tours of the show will be given once daily by Artrider director, Stacey Jarit.

The Hudson Valley is well represented with over 35 participating artists from around the region including glass blower John Gilvey of Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, mixed media artists Pat and Allen Littlefield of New Paltz and wearable fiber artists Loraine Jackson and Paul Friedman of Olivebridge. Several internationally renowned jewelers also make the Hudson Valley their home: Tom Herman of Stone Ridge, Adel Chefridi of Woodstock, Richard Messina of Round Top and Maija Neimanis of Windham. A special showcase of the Hudson Valley Furniture Makers will feature some of the most celebrated furniture makers in the country who also happen to live in the Hudson Valley including Michael Puryear, Robert Hare and Michael Leggitt. A full list of Hudson Valley Festival artists is available upon request.

Opportunities to create and explore abound at the Hudson Valley Arts Festival. Fiber Flame Studios of Saugerties will have hands-on art projects for children as well as a “live art project” that art lovers of all ages can be a part of. Todd Crowley will be bringing his interactive musical experience, the “Musical Petting Zoo” to awaken the musician in all of us where patrons can interact with dozens of instruments from A (accordion) to Z (Zither). View a sneak-peek of the new episode of the PBS documentary series Craft in America: FORGE which will be screening all weekend. In addition to all of these exciting experiences, many artists will be demonstrating how they make their work throughout the show including painters, fiber artists, mixed media artists, jewelers, felters and more.

Performing arts and literature will also be present: The CENTER For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck will be recreating favorite songs and scenes from “Spamalot”, “Camelot”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”; author Joanne Michaels will be signing her books that celebrate the Hudson Valley including The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: An Explorer’s Guide, Hudson River Valley Farms and the books she co-authored with renowned photographer Hardie Truesdale, Hudson River Journey and Adirondack High; Bliss Plot Press will be showcasing the rich writing talent in the Hudson Valley with their most recent publications Saraceno by Djelloul Marbrook, The Principal of Ultimate Indivisibility by Brent Robison and volumes 3 and 4 of Prima Materia which are anthologies of fiction, memoir and poetry by Hudson Valley authors.

The Hudson Valley Arts Festival will also highlight the bounty of gourmet foods in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. Food enthusiasts will enjoy: delectable hand-crafted chocolates by Oliver Kita Chocolates (Rhinebeck); unique and unusual jams and jellies from Surprenant’s Berry Farm (Mooers); scrumptious biscotti including gluten free and sugar free options by Bella’s Home-Baked Goods (Highland); farm-raised venison sausage and jerky from Highland Farms (Red Hook); farmer’s market seasonal produce from Hardeman Orchards (Red Hook); and many more.

Rounding out the Arts Festival is an outstanding line-up of exceptional artists from across all genres who perform both locally and nationally. A sneak-peek of the artists who will be performing include: Jay Collins Band, Mike and Ruthy, The New Lazy Boys, Mambo Kikongo, Myles Mancuso, Lindsey Webster Band, CKS Band and more. Visit www.artrider.com for the most up to date schedule.

Artrider, a 30-year veteran in producing high quality craft and art shows in the Northeast, is producing the Hudson Valley Arts Festival in collaboration with Chronogram, Hudson Valley Tourism, The Dutchess County Arts Council, WHUD/WBPM, The Woodstock Film Festival, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, The Valley Table, The Performing Arts Center at Rhinebeck, Fiber Flame Studios and others with the intention of making this event the center of an annual arts weekend for the pleasure of area residents and tourists.

Show hours are Friday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10, seniors are $9, kids 6-16 are $4 and kids under 6 are free. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds are located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue (Route 9) in Rhinebeck, New York. There is free parking and the show is rain or shine. No pets are allowed on site.

Full details on the Hudson Valley Arts Festival as well as links to Artrider’s other events are available at www.artrider.com.

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