UPSTATE ART WEEKEND returns for its second edition this month, taking place August 27—29 at various locations along the Hudson River. Created by Helen Toomer, co-founder of STONELEAF RETREAT and Art Mamas Alliance, the late summer event includes presentations and programming by 61 galleries, museums, artist studios, sculpture parks, and more, in a weekend-long self-directed art experience.
Accompanied by a map and detailed programming lineup, participants can begin their tour first thing on Friday morning, August 27, with happenings like a dawn-to-dusk showcase of contemporary artists and architects outdoors at Art Omi in Ghent and James Casebere’s exhibition of photography and installation work “Solo Pavilion for Two or Three,” open all day at Chatham’s PS21. After lunch, head to Woodstock for exhibitions like “Sacred Structures” at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and several presentations at the Woodstock Artists Association Museum, closing out the evening with opening receptions for shows at Kerhonkson art spaces Ravenwood and Big Paradise.
On Saturday, choose from events like Urban Cowboy Lodge’s “POST PRIMITIVE,” featuring work by Nate Fish, the SPRING/BREAK Upsate Immersive in Poughkeepsie, and the group exhibition “Chromatic Vigils / Low Tides” at The Sphinx Northeast in Hudson. Then, open into the evening, save time for the free, live, filmed tv show taking place at Whoop Dee Doo Kingstonor The Re Institute’s “The Itinerant Portraitist 2011—2021” by Brenda Zlamany, who is also booking portrait session appointments for the weekend.
Close out the weekend on Sunday at Dia:Beacon with exhibitions of artists like Sam Gilliam, Imi Knoebel, and Charles Gaines, a meetup for the Art Mamas Alliance at STONELEAF RETREAT, and The Poetry Barn’s presentations of Will Nixon, Linda Schultz, and Jena Argenta—which should be enjoyed after with browsing the space’s extensive poetry collection with over 3,000 volumes.
Encompassing an assortment of free and ticketed events, other programming to look out for includes an exhibition by Carl D’Alvia and Marcy Hermansader titled “Thinking of Things Inside,” open studios at Mohonk Arts in High Falls, the exhibitions “Time Capsule 1970: Rauschenberg’s Currents” and “Hudson Valley History Reimagined: Vinnie Bagwell’s Portraits of Enslaved Youth” at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, at Vassar College, and more.