Audiences are accustomed to watching musicians perform, it is part of the concert experience, and while you can close your eyes and still relish the music, part of the enjoyment of a live concert is seeing the music played.
But for the visual artist, the creation is a private affair, the final product, though a piece of art, is a presentation only. And though composers must rely on instrumentalists and their interpretation to deliver the musical arts, a visual artist relies only upon his or her own inanimate medium of canvas or clay.
The Mount in Lenox, MA welcomes 40,000 visitors during its season from May 3-October 31. It is a destination point for lovers of Edith Wharton’s writing, historical mansion, exquisite gardens, and now lovers of contemporary sculpture.
Common Ground is an exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculptures currently on display at The Mount and presented in partnership with SculptureNow. In this segment we take a tour of the exhibition with SculptureNow Director, Ann Jon. We also check in with Susan Wissler, the Executive Director of The Mount.
Hudson River School painter Frederic Church designed Olana in Hudson, NY - his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, landscape, and conservation ideals. Considered one of the most important artistic residences in the United States, Olana is a 250-acre artist- designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson Valley.
This weekend, The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM co-present a new iteration of their award-winning exhibition event Groundswell. It’s a site- specific performance and works and in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.
Could it be? Has it been 25 years-- or, in other words, a whole quarter-century-- since the now-landmark documentary ROGER & ME placed its director, Michael Moore, at the epicenter of the American independent cinema? It certainly is and, this year, the Toronto Film Festival is presenting a special 25th-anniversary screening of ROGER & ME.
In the play Lake Effect by Tom Dudzick, it’s 1977 and the Pazinskis gather for an important family meeting and find themselves trapped in their own bar during Buffalo’s famous Blizzard of ’77. With a driving ban in effect and nowhere to go, they’re forced to grapple with a mixture of both hilarious and heartfelt issues.
Lake Effect runs at Lake George Dinner Theatre through October 11th and we are joined now by actors Hillary Parker and Bryan McElroy and by Lake George Dinner Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry Rabine.
Suzanne Vega is an American singer/songwriter with profound insight on the human experience which has earned her followers of all ages and walks of life over a nearly 30 year career yielding critical acclaim and hit songs like “Luka,” “Tom’s Diner” and “Marlene On The Wall” among many others.
Suzanne Vega will be performing at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage next Friday night at September 12th at 8PM. Vega comes in support of her latest release, Close Up, a reinterpreted majority of her catalog in a close and personal manner.