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Bend me, shape me: Artist Dina Bursztyn will be part of the CGA studio tour.

Photo: Julie Chase

THE 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

FESTIVALS, 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 . . . 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

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.

—Shawn Stone

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