Given the beauty and tranquility of the landscape in the Cambridge valley, it’s not surprising that our region has become a haven for visual artists of all types. At Hubbard Hall, we are proud to be a part of that community.
The Small Gallery at Hubbard Hall (in partnership with the Valley Artisans Market) regularly features the work of the finest local painters, sculptors, and craftspeople. Exhibitions have included painters Joan Duff-Bohrer, Clancy King, Adriano Manocchia, Jerri McDonald, Virginia McNeice, Ruth Sauer, Arleen Targan, George Van Hook; charcoal drawings by Bruno LaVerdiere and Gabi Moore; the sculputure of Stephen LeBlanc and Gyula Varosy; musical instruments by Geoffrey Ovington and Robert McIntosh; theatre props by Carol Serotta; works by assemblage artist Karen Koziol; and many more.
Valley Artisans Market was established by local artisans and craftspeople in 1981 as a retail venue for artists and craftspeople of the Cambridge Valley and neighboring communities. The store and gallery are located on the ground floor of historic Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main Street (Rte. 372), Cambridge NY, in a space originally designed as a dry goods store. The store area retains the original chestnut shelving and hardware. The interior walls are wainscoted, made of an extinct local chestnut milled onsite during the construction of Hubbard Hall, in 1878. For information about the latest Small Gallery exhibitions, please call 518-677-2765, visit the Valley Artisans Market website, or just stop in and see what’s new.
Open Studios of Washington County
Washington County, New York is home to a rich, vibrant artist community. Farmhouses, barns and old factories have been converted into studios where artists paint, sculpt, carve and create works of art that are exhibit the U.S. as well as internationally. In July 2015, professional artists will again open their doors for a juried biennial Open Studios of Washington County offering a glimpse into their creative lifestyles, and a unique opportunity to purchase great art directly from their studios. This year’s tour features a wide range of works including bronze sculpture, ceramics, mixed media constructions, folk art, paintings and pastels highlight the talents of this vibrant artist community. Guests are once again invited to a self-guided tour through the beautiful county side and into the studios of each artist to see new work and talk to each artist. Past artists have included: Joan Duff-Bohrer, Clarence King, Stephen Lack, Virginia McNeice, Will Moses, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Jim Schanz, Arleen Targan, Hannie Varosy, Gyula Varosy, and Regina Wickham, among others.
A Festival of Fine Art
July 17-19, 2015
Features Open Studio Tour, Hubbard Hall Summer Shakespeare, and Music from Salem Concert
A Weekend of Fine Art, Theater, and Chamber Music
Three of the region’s premier cultural organizations have come together to present a weekend full of fine art, theater and chamber music July 17, 18, & 19. Building on the success of Open Studio Tours, Hubbard Hall’s Free Shakespeare in the Park , and Music from Salem’s summer concerts, David Snider, Executive and Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education, saw an opportunity to showcase three regional gems in one extraordinary weekend. From Friday night until Sunday evening, this event provides a full weekend of arts indulgence for visitors from near and far.
“These three groups feature world class artists and art. We think wrapping these events together as A Festival of Fine Art will give visitors and residents alike an even greater opportunity to relish the amazing work being done right here in our own backyard.” – David Snider
Open Studio Tour
For only one weekend every two years, 16 artists of Open Studios of Washington County open their private studios to visitors from across the region on Saturday and Sunday July 16 & 17 from 10 AM to 6 PM. The free, self-guided tour through beautiful southern Washington County features professional artists whose works hang in galleries, private collections and museums. Each guest plans his/her own adventure through the countryside discovering artists’ studios tucked away in refurbished barns, contemporary buildings and even on the 200-year-old farm where Grandma Moses began her career. For more information on Open Studios see www.studiotour.org.
Hubbard Hall Free Shakespeare in the Garden
The Hubbard Hall’s touring production of Love’s Labour’s Lost will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 7 PM in the Cambridge Community Garden located on Washington Street. Admission is free to the public.
Option to order a Roundhouse Bakery Café Picnic Dinner! Call 518-677-2495 by July 15 to reserve your picnic dinner for garden delivery at 6:30pm on July 17, 18 or 19 – $15 each (on organic Roundhouse bread or add $1 for gluten free bread). Menu choices: 1) Tuna salad on whole wheat bread with sprouts and avocado 2) The Mediterranean Vegetarian – Eggplant, garlic, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and provolone on a rosemary baguette. 3) Black forest Ham and Swiss cheese on rye with Dijon Mayo and lettuce. Served with two sides: Chopped Vegetable Salad with house vinaigrette and Fruit Salad of mixed berries and melons.
“Experiencing Shakespeare in this gorgeous setting will be an extraordinary experience. Audiences can reserve a picnic dinner in advance, catered by the Roundhouse Bakery Café, and revel in this wonderful evening amongst the flowers, gardens and Shakespeare’s wonderful words.” – David Snider
Music from Salem Special Concert
The Arts Festival Weekend wraps up with a performance by the wildly popular Music from Salem on Sunday, July 19 at 4 PM in Hubbard Hall (tickets $25, pay-what-you-can at the door). Music from Salem brings together professional musicians of international reputation to prepare and perform chamber music. This concert is one of three that Music from Salem presents each July and August, and is titled Clarinet Reveries and features Eric Thomas on clarinet.
The Fine Arts Festival Weekend is a great chance for guests to experience these three artistic expressions and Washington County in its peak summer glory. It is a true joy to celebrate the great talent of the region and have guests experience each is such a personal way. Come one, come all to a very special weekend.