Art in Common warms up February with music, art, fine crafts, readings

Margaretville — The multi-arts series “Art in Common” brings you fun, art and enrichment every Saturday in February at the Commons building in Margaretville — performances by Patricia Dell and Kent Brown, a group show opening at Longyear Gallery, fine craft artisans demonstrating their creative work, and Catskill authors from Purple Mountain Press regaling you with discussions about our region’s landscape, history and settlement.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown will be singing “Songs We Just Love to Sing” at the Commons building’s upstairs space from 4 - 7 p.m., featuring the classic standards and musical theatre hits that have made this cabaret-style duo a regional favorite. 
During every Art in Common event, Commons businesses, including the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild and the Longyear Gallery, will be open for browsing and shopping and complimentary refreshments will be available. 
On Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, the Longyear Gallery hosts a reception for its Group Show Opening from 4 - 7 p.m. The Longyear is itself a “common” space, a fine arts gallery shared by many well-known Catskill artists across a broad range of techniques and media. You can check out their contributing artists, many with websites of their own, at www.longyeargallery.org.
Fine craft artists will be center stage on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m, demonstrating various techniques of working with paper: Marcia Guthrie demonstrates her techniques with paper cutting, creating intricate artworks from a single piece of paper and a knife. Val Wells will demonstrate 25 years of expertise in traditional and innovative paper marbling, which she has used to create handmade photo albums and journals. Gail Bunting works in egg tempera painting, a technique which predates oil painting, in which hand-ground pigments are mixed with egg yolk to create characteristically translucent, luminous color palettes. 
At the same time on Feb. 21, in the Longyear Gallery, fine artists Gerda Van Leeuwen and Ros Welchman discuss “Exploring Three Dimen-sions.”  Van Leeuwen uses her own hand-etching press to work with rusted metal objects and patterning on rice papers. Ros Welchman has turned a lifelong career in mathematics teaching and geometry to her new passion, hand-built ceramics, which also reflect her traveler’s fascination with design motifs from around the world.  
On Saturday, Feb. 28, Purple Mountain Press authors Bob Steuding, Tim Duerden and Michael Kudish will talk about and sign their newest volumes about the Catskills from 4 - 7 p.m., as guests enjoy a wine and local cheese tasting.
For more information about the Art in Common series and to preview March events, visit www.catsguild.org or call 845 586-3443.