Upstate Art Weekend Escapes

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday August 25, 2021

Labor Day is so late this year that this summer wind-up could begin and end in different seasons. So I was thrilled to see that the Upstate Art Weekend is on once again this year. Organized by Helen Toomer of Stoneleaf Retreat (above), the three-day event, which runs from August 27th to 29th, brings together dozens of art and cultural spaces, outdoors and indoors, for people who want to explore sculpture parks, museums, galleries, artists’ studios, residencies, public artworks and creative projects situated between Garrison and Ghent, NY. 



Among the sculpture parks are Storm King Art Center, Art Omni (above), and Opus 40 Sculpture Park. Artist houses include Olana, the Al Held Foundation, The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Russell Wright Design Center. Among museums are DIA Beacon, Hessel Museum of Art and the Dorsky Museum. The 61 participants are: 

Airfield, Alexander Gray Associates, Amenia Crossroads Studios, Art Austerlitz, Art Mamas Alliance, Art Omi, ArtPort Kingston, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, Beverly’s, Dia Beacon, Elijah Wheat Showroom, Ethan Cohen KuBe, Fahrenheit 451 House, Female Design Council, Foreland (left), Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Fridman Gallery, Geary, Granja Paraiso, HesselMuseum of Art / Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Interlude Artist Residency, JDJ, LABspace, Magazzino Italian Art, Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, Mohonk Arts, Mother, NADA x Foreland, Olana, Opus 40 Sculpture Park, Poetry Barn, Practice in Paradise, Printed Matter, Inc, PS21 Inc, Rachel Mica Weiss Studio, Ravenwood, River Valley Arts Collective/Al Held Foundation, Rooted: Art + Land, September, Spring/Break Upstate Immersive, Starlite Motel, Stoneleaf Retreat,

Storm King Art Center (above), Strongroom, Sunfair Farm, 'T' Space Gallery | Steven Myron Holl Foundation, The Art of Equal Pay, The Barns Art Center, The Dorsky Museum, The Hudson Eye, The MacedoniaInstitute, The Re Institute, The Sphinx Northeast, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Two Palms, Urban Cowboy, Wassaic Project, Wave Farm, Whoop Dee Doo, Woodstock Artists Association &Museum (WAAM), Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Photographer/visual artist Susan Wides, who is also curator and director of T Space Gallery and a longtime DART subscriber, has work installed at NADA x Foreland (below), in Catskill. 

The Upstate Art Weekend map is here The Upstate Art Weekend Program Guide is here the Google map is here All photos for Upstate Art Weekend are courtesy of the venues



If you find yourself headed to Olana (above), you’ll find numerous galleries in the neighboring town of Hudson ready to welcome wandering art lovers. Currently on view at Tanja Gunert are artist-designed carpets in a show organized by Equator Productions and BraivnLee Editions. 

BravinLee and Equator are both proud members of GOODWEAVE, the world’s leading international non-profit organization working to end child labor in the carpet industry, while offering educational opportunities in the Kathmandu Valley and other weaving communities.
Tanja Grunert Gallery at the Princess Beatrix House (above), 21 Prospect Avenue, Hudson, NY Info VisitHudsonNY