Gilboa — Had the illustrious artist Thomas Cole taken the Susquehanna Turnpike to Middleburgh instead of Route 23A from Catskill to Haines Falls, he would have discovered the picturesque beauty of the Schoharie Valley. And, had he traveled just a little further west, he would have come upon the growing beautiful little Village of Gilboa, surrounded, as it were, by the wild beauty of a four-million-year old landscape of gorges, streams, fields and world-class fossils of the earth’s first trees. Cole’s artistic representations would have gained a special place in history when Gilboa village joined others lost to the construction of the upstate reservoirs for the NYC Water Supply System.
On Saturday, August 18, the Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center will host the First Annual “Paint Out,” a special fundraising event at its Fossil Pavilion in Gilboa, NY. The event is sponsored by the Greene County Council on the Arts, including Schoharie County, the Windham Arts Alliance, and MURAL, a gallery and arts center in Hobart, NY. The Greene County Council on the Arts supports artists from the counties of Greene, Schoharie & Columbia Counties; MURAL recognizes artists from Delaware County, and Windham Arts Alliance counts artists from all three counties among its members.
The “Paint Out” will benefit the participating artists, the tricounty arts organizations and Catskill Tri-County Historical Views, a new biannual 80 page publication featuring the Catskills’ natural and cultural history, published by the Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center.
The “Paint Out” will bring in artists from the tri-county area of Delaware, Greene & Schoharie Counties to paint the scenery of Gilboa and then auction off their pieces at a festive reception at the Fossil Pavilion at the Gilboa Museum complex, 122 Stryker Road, Gilboa, NY. The reception will be held under the pavilion from 2-5 pm and include a visit into the new Gilboa Museum & Juried History Center, open to the public until 6 pm that day. Visitors will enjoy wine and craft beer samplings from area wineries and breweries with free appetizers. The setting will be enhanced by the piano music of David Peskin as attendees preview the many views of Gilboa’s history and landscape that will auctioned that day.
The artists are encouraged to paint plein air in the area around Gilboa from now until August 8, 2018. Paintings should be delivered to the Zadock Pratt Museum at 14540 Main Street, Prattsville, NY 12468, Carriage House behind the Museum, weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Carolyn Bennett at 518.299.3171 or (cell) 201.388.5103 with any questions. Application deadline is July 13, 2018.
Artists wishing to participate in the “Paint Out” should contact Shelia Trautman, Windham Arts Alliance, at 201- 803-9854 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to 212 Route 77 Jewett NY 12444 for an application. Completed applications should be sent to Sheila. Featured artworks will include landscapes, buildings, cemeteries, stone walls, historic churches: In fact, anything imagination will allow, including realism, impressionism, abstraction, minimalism, etc. will be featured as long as it is Gilboainspired. Canvases of paintings should be no larger than 5×7. Watercolors on paper should be no larger than 8×10. All paintings must be unframed and valued at between $150 and $300. A map of Gilboa will be sent to participating artists. Photos of Gilboa’s landscapes, cemeteries, stone walls and historic buildings will be posted to Catskill Tri-County Historical Views’ Facebook page throughout the months of June, July, and August. Participating artists will receive 50% of the auction price of their artwork.