This student-based Amateur Art Exhibit will be open to public viewing through June 1st and will include a film festival for the very first time. The Exhibit is offered as one of a number of events being held across the Watershed region during the month of May. The 2016 Watershed Celebration is sponsored by the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District - Watershed Assistance Program (Tannersville, NY), in partnership with the Catskill Watershed Corp., the US Geological Survey, and NYDEC. The exhibit is supported by the Catskill Mountain Foundation, The Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, the Mountaintop School Districts, the Mountaintop Historical Society, the Gilboa Historical Society and Museum, the Windham Arts Alliance, the Greene County Sportsman's Federation, the Catskill Stream Buffer Initiative, Columbia-Greene Trout Unlimited, the Platt Clove Neighborhood Center, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Student-Exhibitors will be present and the public is encouraged to attend. Special Guests include Photo Artist Francis X. Driscoll, representatives from the Watershed, our arts community, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Light refreshments will be served during the opening. All are invited to attend.
Schoharie Watershed Month is an annual event that recognizes the role that the Watershed plays in the life of our Mountaintop communities and beyond. Through organizing quality educational activities and events engaging different age groups and interests, involving 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 Art Exhibit. Participating School Districts in 2016 include Hunter-Tannersville, Windham-Ashland-Jewett, and Gilboa-Conesville. These school districts and neighborhoods 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.
That art established the Hudson River School of Art more than 150 years ago and launched the very first wave of upstate NY tourism. The 2016 display, "Now Streaming: Life in the Schoharie Watershed", takes its theme from the extraordinary mountain landscapes, forests, and waterways that supply fresh water to our region and beyond. These waterfalls, creeks, lakes, and streams became famous for their beauty and vistas in the art of the Hudson River School through the work of well-known landscape artists Thomas Cole (Catskill) and Frederick Church (Hudson). Cole, Church, Arthur Durand and other artists 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 vistas and experience the beauty of our region for themselves. That tourism continues to this day.
The 2016 Amateur/Student Art Exhibit features rendered art, sculpture, photography, and film. The film segment Premier will accompany the still art Grand opening at the Doctorow Center Theater adjacent to the gallery. Perhaps we will discover our own Ansel Adams and/or Steven Spielberg in 2016.
For more information:
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