Schoharie Watershed MonthHunter, N.Y. - The Schoharie Watershed Month Committee is pleased to announce the Third Annual Student/Amateur Photo-Art Exhibit opening on May 3rd, 2014 from 2-4 PM at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery located in Hunter, NY. This student-based Amateur Art Exhibit will be open to public viewing through June 1st. The Exhibit is offered as one of a number of events being held across the Watershed region during the month of May.

The events of the 2014 Watershed Celebration are sponsored and supported by the Catskill Mountain Foundation, the Mountaintop School Districts, NYC-DEP, the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District - Watershed Assistance Program (Tannersville, NY), the Hunter Foundation, the Windham Arts Alliance, the Windham Path Committee, the Community of Windham Foundation, the Gilboa Historical Society and Museum, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Catskill Stream Buffer Initiative, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. The Exhibit's Opening Reception is being held between 2 and 4 PM on Saturday, May 3rd. Exhibitors will be present and the public is encouraged to attend. Expected Special Guests include Photo Artist Francis X. Driscoll and a number of state and local dignitaries. Free light refreshments will be served during the opening. All are invited to attend this special opening.

Schoharie Watershed Month is an annual event that recognizes the role that the Watershed plays in the life of the Mountaintop communities and beyond. Through organizing quality educational activities across different age groups and events that involve local organizations, schools, residents, and businesses, we celebrate the heritage and the environment of our Mountaintop region each year.

The event that launches Watershed Month is the annual Amateur/Student Photo-Art Exhibit. Participating School Districts in 2014 include Hunter-Tannersville, Windham-Ashland-Jewett, and Gilboa-Conesville. These are the very landscapes and locations that inspired a generation of 19th Century American landscape artists to create numerous works celebrating the beauty of our region. Those landscape paintings established the Hudson River School of Art more than 150 years ago and launched the very first wave of upstate NY tourism.

The 2014 display, "Earth, Wind, and Water: The Seasons", takes its theme from the extraordinary mountain landscapes, forests, and waterways that became famous for their beauty and vistas in the art of Hudson River School through the work of local landscape artists such as Thomas Cole (Catskill) and Frederick Church (Hudson). Cole, Church, Arthur Durand and others of the Hudson River School, depicted these scenes and locations - all familiar to our residents - in their art. Those works, in turn, resulted in the first wave of tourists to our Mountaintop communities who wanted to visit these locations and experience the beauty of our region for themselves. That tourism continues to this day.

The Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, located on Main Street, Route 23A, Hunter, NY, is open to the public on Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. The Gallery is closed Monday through Thursday.

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For further information, call:

Michelle Yost, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation: 518-589-6871
Carolyn Bennett, Curator, Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery: 518-263-2060
Robert Janiszewski, Photo-Art Exhibit Coordinator: 518-589-0211