SEASONS: Catching Nature's Cycle; Landscapes from the Collection of the Historical Society of Woodstock

Forty landscapes from the Collection of the Historical Society, selected by guest curator Susana Torruella Leval and co-curated by Letitia Smith, lead a visual tour of the seasons. The earliest images, from 1914, a summer view of Overlook by Zulma Steele, and a winter scene by Edmund Rolfe, remind the viewer of the scenic quality that made Woodstock an arts colony.  A variety of styles are exemplified, from expansive romantic views and proto Cubist and modernist abstractions to lucid depictions inspired by Realist, Impressionist, and post Impressionist models. The public is invited to experience SEASONS: Catching Nature's Cycle at the Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive, on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5  pm through September 5. Admission is free. COVID protocols will be in effect including social distancing, limited occupancy and masks will be required. For more information go to: www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org, call 845-679-2556 or email historicalsocietyofwoodstockny@gmail.com

As early as 1903, the village’s lush meadows, gentle streams, wooded glens, and healthful climate attracted visionary artists, who chose the site for the Utopian arts and crafts colony of Byrdcliffe, and, later, the Maverick Colony, giving birth to Woodstock as an arts colony. Three years later, the Arts Students League of New York set up a summer school, soon known as the “Woodstock School of Landscape Painting”, highlighting the tradition of painting out of doors.

By 1920, the New York Times referred to Woodstock as “a place of pilgrimage in the art world.” Landscape painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church had pioneered the plein air tradition in the Hudson Valley during the 19th century. Their artistic descendants, Birge Harrison and John Carlson, directors of the Woodstock School of Landscape, would have approved of the successful continuation of their legacy into the “modern” era.

The public is invited to experience SEASONS: Catching Nature's Cycle at the Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive, on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm through September 5. Admission is free. COVID protocols will be in effect including social distancing, limited occupancy and masks will be required. For more information go to: www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org, call 845-679-2556 or email historicalsocietyofwoodstockny@gmail.com

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 1 pm to Sunday, September 5, 2021 - 5 pm
Historical Society of Woodstock
20 Comeau Drive
Woodstock
12498
845-706-0540

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