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Artists' Picnic

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 New York 28 Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 United States (map)
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Bring your pencils and paints (or borrow ours!) and a picnic lunch*, and join local artists on our beautiful 62-acres of forest, meadows and wetlands in the mountains to create art outdoors inspired by the landscape. This celebration of art and nature will also feature hands-on art stations and live music and dance performances. 

FREE! As always, donations are appreciated to support the Catskill Interpretive Center.

Kids are welcome. Activities are suitable for all ages unless otherwise noted.

Please dress for comfort outside and the possibility of getting a little messy in the name of great art! 

* Don't want to pack your own lunch? Local cafes on the way to the CIC like Marty's Mercantile and Bite Me Bakery are offering picnic-ready specials just for the occasion! Stop in or check out #artistspicnic on Instagram for more info.

Rain or shine. In case of less than great weather, all main activities will be held indoors or under the shelter of our porch or beautiful new pavilion. 


Detailed Schedule: 

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Plein Air Art-Making (ongoing) 
Join professional artists, friends and neighbors in creating art of all kinds inspired by the landscape. We will have basic supplies available to borrow or feel free to bring your own. 

10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Hike & Haiku (ongoing) 
Try your hand at nature-inspired haiku poetry and straw painting. All ages.  

10:00 am-2:00 pm: Wisdom Trees - Drop-in Community Art Workshop
Leave your mark on our community art installation, led by artist Susan Togut. All ages.   

11:00 am - The Misuses of Photography & Landscape in Contemporary Art
A presentation by Bennett Wine - inside the CIC. Best suited for adults/older teens. 

12:00 pm: AUNTS - Dance Performance by Megan Byrne and Jennifer Kjos
AUNTS is a roving platform for dance and performance guided by core principles of collectivity, cooperation, and sharing. All ages. Presented by Mount Tremper Arts

12:00-2:00 pm - Banner Making Workshop with The Secret City (drop-in) 
Help us make a banner to represent Catskill Center and our love of the Catskills, which will be flown in The Secret City processional on July 29th. Stop by for a few minutes or stay for the whole time. 

1:00 pm - Music in Translation by Nicky Swett
An interactive performance of classical, contemporary, and folk works for solo cello featuring music by J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gyorgy Ligeti, Marc O’Connor, and a host of musical “translations” that bridge all of these musical styles. All ages. 

2:30-4:00 pm: Reading & Nature Writing Workshop
Acclaimed local author Leslie T. Sharpe will present a reading and nature writing workshop. Best suited for adults/older teens. Bring a notebook and a piece of writing to share!