me, shape me: Artist Dina Bursztyn will be part of the
CGA studio tour.
STUDIO TOUR The Catskill Gallery Association will host
the 3rd annual Artist Studio Tour this Saturday and
Sunday (Sept. 11-12) in downtown Catskill. The idea is for
people to be able to see art in the places that it is created—“the
studios and homes from which it emanates, ranging from rural
homesteads to recently revived farmsteads, from garret getaways
to working experiments in the woods.” Participating gallery
spaces include Brik, Day and Holt, The Galleria Catskill,
Gallery 42, GCCA Catskill Gallery, M Gallery, Open Studio
and Play of Light Gallery; like last year, the tour takes
place from noon to 5 PM each day, and is free, but visitors
must all sign up at either the Thomas Cole National Historic
Site (218 Spring St., Catskill) or the Greene County
Council on the Arts (398 Main St., Catskill). You will
receive a special button and a map; and venues are all marked.
For more info, visit catskill galleryassociation.com.
SCHENECTADY STYLE: One of the more venerable, longtime local
festivals is happening tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 10) through
Sunday (Sept. 12): St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church
will hold its 35th Annual Greek Festival at the Hellenic
Center (510 Liberty St., Schenectady). There will be live
music, folk dancing, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and—of
course—delicious, traditional Greek food. Hours are 11-11
on Friday- Saturday, and noon-5 PM Sunday. For more info,
visit stgeorge.ny.goarch.org. . . . On Saturday (Sept. 11)
from 10 AM to 4 PM, you can check out the annual Stockade
Arts Show at 110 N. Ferry St. (around the “Lawrence the
Indian” statue) in the Electric City. Both professional and
nonprofessional artists’ works will be featured, representing
a variety of media: drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles
and photography. For more info, visit historicstockade.com.
MUSIC ON MILLIONAIRES’ ROW It was another successful season
for the folks at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in
Bolton Landing; the theme, Summer of Barber, resulted in artistically
compelling programming inspired by the childhood summers composer
Samuel Barber spent on the shores of Lake George. Now, before
the cold winds really blow, there will be a season-ending
fundraiser for the museum on Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 8 PM: Sembrich
in September: An Evening of Music and Merriment on Mohican
Point. Taking off from that fact that so many of the Lake
George summer mansions on “Millionaires’ Row” once played
host to many concerts and recitals, the Bixby family will
host the Sembrich fundraiser at their Mohican Point estate.
Performers will include the Hyperion String Quartet,
and there will be a silent auction and catering by Monahan
and Chase. Tickets for the trés chic event are $100 per person,
and may be purchased from the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum
by calling 644-2431.
WOOF! MEOW! Art Saves Animals, the 6th annual fund-raising
event for the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society,
is coming up soon—Sept. 30, to be precise. So mark your calendars.
This art show, reception and benefit auction will feature
“artwork and handcrafted items donated by local, regional
and national artists.” The honorary chairs this year are Nippertown
co-proprietors (and musicians and artists) Greg Haymes
and Sara Ayers; the featured artist will be Marc
Tetro. Arts Saves Animals will be held Sept. 30 from 5:30-8:30
PM at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (205 River
St., Troy). Tickets are $40, $80 and $150 (couple); call 434-8128
ext. 204 or ext. 206 for information.