ARTSWALKIt’s that time of year again! The Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA)19th annual ArtsWalk, the region’s largest arts festival celebrating the Hudson Valley’s most spirited and creative artists. Activities will highlight the arts in all their forms!

Just a quick reminder before getting into the details: ArtsWalk — particularly SATURDAY OCTOBER 12 — is traditionally one of our busiest times of the year, so call us at 518.828.6529 or use our online reservation system to book your table as soon as possible.

ArtsWalk is CCCA’s exciting series of visual and performing arts programs and events showcasing area artists, taking place September 28-October 14, 2013 throughout the City of Hudson..and beyond!

Hudson ArtsWalk kicks off Saturday, September 28th, at the CCCA Gallery, 209 Warren Street, with CCCA’s annual fundraiser, ‘The Postcard/Small Gems Show’, featuring the small original artworks of CCCA member artists. Each original work of art is generously donated by the artists and sold for $50 with proceeds benefiting CCCA’s community-based programs. For two weeks, through October 14th, over 250 CCCA member-artist’s works will be on display in the many beautiful storefront windows of Hudson’s galleries, shops and restaurants in “Windows on Warren”...grab a map and see which window your favorite artist is in! You can see all your favorite artists in one place at the Member’s Show, where all CCCA members art will be on display at the amazing Pocketbook Factory in Hudson. Saturday, October 12th from 6-8pm, is a member’s reception where you can meet the artists, enjoy entertainment by local performers and see some of the artwork of the region’s most talented artists. The 2013 winner of the Linda Arnaud Memorial Award will be announced and 2012’s recipient, Timothy Ebneth, will have a show of his award-winning project at the Pocketbook Factory along with the Member’s Show!

On October 3-5, come watch thirty of the nation’s top plein-air (outdoor) artists paint the awe-inspiring views of Olana! Artists will be painting on-site Thursday through Saturday and visitors are invited to walk the grounds, speak with the artists and watch them as they create ‘Landscapes within the Landscape’. On Saturday, October 5, there will be a show of the artist’s works followed by a cocktail reception and live auction of their masterpieces at the Olana Wagon House Education Center. The event is open to the public.

ArtsWalk Literary features events throughout the weekend. The Hudson Opera House will be host on Saturday & Sunday, from noon-5pm, when twelve diverse and talented poets and authors, representing a variety of genres, will share selections from their impressive work.

Events continue throughout the week when Hudson plays host to dance, music, literary readings and also family-oriented activities at ArtsWalk Kids. On Saturday, October 12, 10am-4pm, visit Warren Street, between First and Second, when a street festival atmosphere takes over as the CCCA ‘sets up its tents’ for the Artists Marketplace! Artists will show and sell fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, crafts and more! While that’s taking place, also on the street, members of the CCCA Plein-Air Painting Club will be painting city scenes and passers-by are welcome to watch! There will also be an impressive lineup of music and performances throughout the day featuring the area’s top musical groups, dancers, street performers (maybe you’ll even want to show off YOUR talent with a bit of karaoke!) The Two of Us Productions will present a special performance featuring songs from their production of the Broadway musical, Spamalot!

The Performance Arts Festival takes the stage at the Hudson Opera House on Sunday, October 13th with a staged reading from a new play, The Velocity of Geography, by James Farrell. Farrell is a resident of Stuyvesant, NY and has a long list of plays to his credit. Also on Sunday at the Opera House will be readings of plays from this year’s Student Playwriting Contest winners- area students who have submitted their one-act plays and will have them read by actors in front of a live audience! There will also be special performances of one-act plays featured at a recent Stageworks Gala production! The festival at the Opera House on Sunday, October 13 begins at 1:00pm.

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