Katherine McKenna uses the term “Color, Light and Spirit” to depict her style of painting. Her goal is to create the illusion of light with color and to capture the spirit of place. Her inspiration for western scenes comes from childhood summers spent in Wyoming and Colorado with her paleontologist father prospecting for fossils and dinosaurs.
Roger Ricco is co-owner of Ricco/Maresca gallery in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district. Ricco studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and won the prestigious Rome Prize in painting. Ricco presents photographs which are heavily influenced by his background in painting, and are an ephemeral selection from several bodies. All photographs are created within the confines of a tabletop set, involving simple, often mundane objects, but Ricco’s use of light itself becomes the subject.
ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The Elena Zang Gallery, founded in 1989 by Alan Hoffman and Elena Zang, represents contemporary fine art by internationally known and regional artists living in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The gallery exhibits paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics from over twenty artists including 3 MacArthur fellows.
The Lily Ente Studio exhibits Ente’s unique sculptures, unusual monoprints, uncommon wood wall pieces, and a variety of sketches, journals and reading material that chronicle her works and career.
ART SCHOOLS AND CLASSES
Byrdcliffe Art Schools and Classes – The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (WBG) is steward of Byrdcliffe, possibly the oldest continuously-operating arts and crafts colony in the nation. Established in 1903, Byrdcliffe was willed to the WBG in 1976 by Peter Whitehead, the surviving son of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph Radcliffe and Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead. Today the Byrdcliffe Colony supports today’s working artists while simultaneously undertaking a vigorous historic preservation program.
The man behind the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the musician who launched the School of Rock are teaming up to open the Woodstock Music Lab, an educational center designed to train musicians and help them navigate the music industry. The Woodstock Music Lab will occupy the former Zena School in Woodstock, which had been operated by the Kingston School District. The 50,000 square-foot-building sits on 23 acres and will be outfitted with recording studios, rehearsal rooms, broadcast and streaming facilities for live events and more.The Woodstock School of Art, Inc. offers year-round classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more in spacious, renovated, climate-controlled north light studios. The campus buildings, listed on both NYS and National Registers of Historic Places, are located just east of Woodstock at 2470 Route 212. Students with all skill levels from beginner to advanced, are welcome. Gallery, open year round, features exhibits of historically significant regional artists as well as work by instructors and students.
This year Woodstock Bookfest celebrates 8 years of bringing readers and writers together to ignite the conversation. Up until last year, you knew them as the Woodstock Writers Festival. They’ve changed their name, but they’ll keep bringing you there legendary story slam, outstanding panels and speakers, fabulous parties, life-changing workshops, and the kind of merriment only found in Woodstock. This year’s festival is April 27-30, 2017.
Woodstock Arts is dedicated to the experience that is Woodstock, its artists, writers and performers.