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Birthplace of a Hudson River vision: Thomas Cole’s studio in Catskill.

Art Beat

PAWS FOR A GOOD CAUSE

I shouldn’t have to tell you that the dreadful economic climate has had a terrible effect on the nonprofit world. There’s been a double-whammy to animal protection and rescue groups, too, in that donations are down while the need has only grown. The newly poor, you see, can’t afford their pets anymore, and folks who would have adopted stray pets in the past can no longer afford to. You can do something about the pet crisis today (Thursday, Oct. 8) by enjoying the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society event Art Saves Animals, held from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Albany Institute of History & Art (125 Washington Ave., Albany). For the $40 entry fee, you will enjoy a cocktail reception, and a “live and silent auction of over 150 pieces of original artwork and hand-crafted items.” Tickets will be available at the door, so wear something nice to do something nice for the kitties and puppies. For more info, visit mohawkhudson.org.

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE

If B.A. Nilsson can write about restaurants in Queens and Laura Leon can review a restaurant in Syracuse, as both have done in recent issues, I can tell you all about an important exhibit that’s opening tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 9) at Syracuse’s Everson Museum of Art (301 Harrison St., Syracuse). Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces of the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales includes “53 works of art by 29 world-renowned artists, including Cézanne, Renoir, Monet and van Gogh.” Syracuse is one of only five cities hosting the show, and the only one in the Northeast. So, you might want to hop on Amtrak or the Thruway and check it out. You can even buy tickets online. For more info, visit everson.org.

A CATSKILL WALKABOUT

On Saturday (Oct. 10), the Catskill Gallery Association is presenting the Second Annual Catskill Village Artist Studio Tour. From noon until 5 PM, local artists in-and-around Catskill will open their studios for your enlightenment and enjoyment; this year, the tour also includes the studio at the Thomas Cole House National Historic Site. From 5 to 8 PM, the action shifts over to Catskill’s galleries for a “street-long post-tour reception,” complete with refreshments and conversations with on-site artists. The participating galleries will include The Galleria Catskill, M Gallery, Union Mills, Day and Holt, Terenchin Fine Art, Brik, the Greene County Council on the Arts, Play of Light and Gallery 42.

And, like the best things in life, it’s free! You need to sign up and receive a button and map, however, at either the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (218 Spring St.) or the GCCA (398 Main St.); all participating studios and galleries will be marked with numbered signs. Note, however, that all sites may not be handicapped accessible. For more info, visit catskillgallery association.com.

LAND SAKES!

Last, but certainly not least, the Agricultural Stewardship Association is sponsoring the 8th annual art exhibit Landscapes for Landsake from Saturday-Monday (Oct. 10-12) at the Maple Ridge Barn (172 State Route 372, Coila), which is just west of Cambridge. The hours each day are noon to 4 PM, and admission is $5. (Private tours are available by appointment.) Remember, the point is that 50 percent of art sales go toward farmland preservation. For more info, call 692-7285.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

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