Announcing the 2013 Exhibition:
Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England
On view May 1 - November 3, 2013
The 2013 exhibition, Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England, is now on view. The show, curated by Annette Blaugrund, former director of the National Academy Museum, focuses on Albert Bierstadt’s east coast paintings and offers a rare opportunity to see these little known but magnificent works. Best known for his iconic images of the American West, Bierstadt created an important body of work that depict botanical and geological details in the unspoiled wilderness, mountains, and meadows in the White Mountains, Hudson Valley, and other scenic locations in New England and New York.
This exhibition is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Legislature administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts, the Bay and Paul Foundations, and the Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation.
The Thomas Cole Historic Site is pleased to present a series of guided hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail, which brings you into the magnificent landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and other luminaries of 19th-century landscape painting. The schedule of hikes is below.
The package price per person is $17, or $14 for members, and includes the following components:
- A copy of the Hudson River School Art Trail Guidebook, a 55-page book with full-color illustrations ($7.95 value)
- A guided tour of the Thomas Cole Historic Site at the end of your hike ($10 value)
- The guided hike/walk along the Hudson River School Art Trail
2013 Hike Schedule
June 22- Sunset Rock and the Catskill Mt House (moderate)
July 20 - Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
August 17- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)
September 21- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)
October 12- Sunset Rock and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
October 26- Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
Reservations for guided hikes are required in advance.
After you have read the information sheet above,
Did you know that you can pick up the free map-guide in our Visitor Center and go out on the trail anytime? Click here for our Visitor Center hours.
We need more trail guides! Are you interested? Please call Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465 ext.5.
Hudson River School Art Trail hikes are made possible through the Carol T. Savage Art Trail Docent Program, named in honor of our late friend and former Board Chairman.
Claude Mirror Installation
Live Web Streaming of Thomas Cole's View
Contemporary artist Alex McKay has installed an optical device called a "Claude Mirror" at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, aimed at the view towards the Catskill Mountains that Cole painted more than any other. A "web cam" is now aimed at the mirror, enabling you to see the view live, at any time of day or season. Click here to see the live streaming video and to learn more about the project.
The 2013 Summer Party
June 29, 7 pm
Mark your calendars for the event that has been called "the party of the year"! Cocktails, dinner, dancing, fireworks... all overlooking a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. All proceeds benefit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Individual tickets are $175 and sponsorships are available at $2500, $1500, $1000 and $500. Reserve your spot by sending a check made out to the Thomas Cole Historic Site, PO Box 426, Catskill, NY, 12414. Preview the live auction items here.
Maria Cole's 200th Birthday
August 3, 2013
Save the date to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Cole's wife, Maria Cole. Details to be announced.
Saturday August 17, 4-7 pm
Celebrate the artist Albert Bierstadt with a tasting from local and award-winning breweries along with German food, music and fun. Details will be announced soon.
Third Annual Community Day
September 8, 2013
Details to be announced.
Saturday September 14, 3 pm
Laurie Dahlberg, professor of art history and phography at Bard College, explains Bierstadt's use of stereographs and then leads participants in making their own stereographs of the landscape.
Online Exhibition: Postcards from the Trail
Over 250 postcard-sized artworks by artists of all ages were submitted by the August 31st deadline in 2012 for the exhibition of landscape paintings inspired by the views along the Hudson River School Art Trail. After the one-day show at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in September 2012, one artwork by each of the participating adult artists was entered in an online exhibition and contest. Vote for your favorites! The artworks that receive the most votes will be reproduced on notecards and available for sale in the Thomas Cole Historic Site visitor center and elsewhere. The images are now online at http://www.hudsonriverschool.org/gallery.
The Thomas Cole Historic House is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.