Shandaken art tour set for this weekend

Shandaken — It’s the new scene in Shandaken. This little town in the high peaks of the Catskills is fast becoming an alternative to the crowds of Woodstock and Hudson. 

The best time to view the art is the third annual Shandaken Art Studio Tour, being held this year on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18. The entire event is coordinated by Shandaken artists Judith Singer and Dave Channon.

There are dance and music performances by renowned professionals at Mount Tremper Arts, Friday night movies, the new Mama’s Boy café, and of course the extraordinary number of fine artists the town has attracted.  There are dozens of open studios to tour on Saturday and Sunday.  You can actually watch the artists as they work and listen as they explain their methods.  This year the tour has expanded beyond the studios, with special exhibitions at Belleayre and The Emerson as well as sculptures in public view throughout the town.  The art ranges from traditional landscape paintings by Ralph Persons to the very latest in electronic media by Shalom Gorewitz. 

There are painters, sculptors, glass blowers, weavers, photographers, video artists... and some we dare you to categorize!  Visit the working studios of Wendy Drolma Masks, whose creations grace the Cirque D’Soleil, misty landscape painter Christie Scheele, and welded metal sculptor Dave Channon.

Studios will generally be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Saturday night receptions begin at 6 p.m.  Call 688-2977 for information, or visit www.ShandakenArt.com for a free guide map and studio preview.