Category: Arts & Entertainment

Spencertown Academy Art Exhibition, “Whimsy”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood” (mural detail) by Dorothy Sabean (roofing paper, vintage stationery paper, acrylic paint, crafting jewels; 6’ x 11’)

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Whimsy” art exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures by Gabe Brown, Keith Davidson, Ron Harrington, Dorothy Sabean, Audrie Sturman, and Elizabeth Wallin. The show will be on display from October 2 through October 31 (Saturdays and Sundays). Admission is free and all art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Academy. 

Spencertown Academy Curatorial Committee Co-Chair Barbara Lax Kranz organized the exhibition. “In a world that seems more and more fractured and traumatized by a pandemic, the idea of a show focusing on whimsy seemed a necessity for the soul,” she says. “Whimsy can be defined in many ways—capricious, fanciful, fantastical, imaginative, and unpredictable are just a few words that come to mind. We all need a little escape now and then. After all, fun and fantasy are necessary ingredients in living.”

“Six very different artists have produced works that will bring smiles to your faces. They look at the world around them in a different way,” continues curator Lax Kranz. “Some travel to an alternate universe while others create work that will just make you laugh or leave you delighted.”

Gabe Brown (Elizaville, NY) searches for meaning in the unknown. “Art is like magic, an illusion created by the force of humanity. Our choices in life can be amazing portals for adventure,” she says. Her paintings are narrative vignettes that are both alluring and mysterious. Brown has won national awards and was the 2018 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in painting. She is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University.

A national award-winning artist, Keith Davidson (Egremont, MA) considers himself a self-taught artist. His work comes from his imagination. “The Fish Series” to be showcased in “Whimsy” presents playful, colorful forms that are dramatic, captivating, and complex. “The amorphic, fanciful shapes keep the eyes moving, lifting one’s spirit to a better place,” says Davidson.

Ron Harrington (Hillsdale, NY) creates characters from scraps of wood, debris, and interesting pieces of detritus. “Each unique sculpture comes with a name that reflects its personality,” says Lax Kranz. “You have no alternative but to howl with laughter.” 

Dorothy (Dee) Sabean (Dalton, MA) is a visual artist who works in many different media. She got her training on the city streets. She dreamed and she drew in many street festivals throughout the United States, winning many awards along the way. In 2011, she began canvas painting and has had many solo shows since that time. Lax Kranz says, “Sabean’s mural, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood,’ which will be on display in ‘Whimsy,’ will take you, along with Mr. Rogers and numerous friends of the forest to untold places in the woods.”

For sculptor Audrie Sturman (Slingerlands, NY), rhythms of nature ignite her creative vision. Her work is spontaneous and reflects her background in painting and printmaking. “Her sculptures in the show will include both two- and three-dimensional work on a small and large scale and incorporate her vision of stem cells and a Covid cell. “It’s a more pleasant way to look at the disease,” notes Lax Kranz.

The illustrations of Elizabeth Wallin (Kinderhook, NY) are drawn from her imagination and life. She enjoys creating humorous characters, although she is equally comfortable with more sober subjects. Her published illustrations can be found in many books and magazines.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see

DATES/TIMES: October 2 through October 31, 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays / 1pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

Phone: (518) 392-3693


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Christopher Cross at Mahaiwe, Oct 1

Christoper Cross will be performing at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington on Friday, October 1st.

In a career spanning over five decades, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has sold over 10 million albums. His music has garnered five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy nomination and five Top 10 singles, including “Sailing,” “Arthur’s Theme,” “Alright,” and “Think of Laura.” 

Full seating available. Masks required. Attendees will be asked to present proof of vaccination upon admission. Read the updated Safety Guidelinesfor more information.

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 1, 2021 /  8pm

ADMISSION: $40 – $80
$40 Upper Balcony 2
$65 Reserved/Upper Balcony 1 / $60 Members
$70 Preferred / $65 Members 
$80 Premium / $75 Members
Tickets available at

LOCATION: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 1, 2021 / 8pm


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Mac-Haydn Final Performance of Showstoppers: A Musical Revue, Sep 29

The Mac-Haydn’s annual fundraising event returned for 2021 with four performances throughout the month of September. Your final chance to see the show is Wednesday, September 29th.

Join your favorite Mac-Haydn cast members as they deliver show stopping performances of musical theater’s greatest hits. From classic to contemporary, it’s the ultimate show tunes revue.

Vaccination is required for all patrons. For tickets and details on COVID-19 protocols, please visit or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.

DATES/TIMES: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 / 7pm

Tickets can be purchased through by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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Art Omi Fall Writers Reading 2021, Sep 25

Join Art Omi for an outdoor reading from the Art Omi: Writers-in-Residence, on September 25.

Distinguished writers from around the globe will share new and in-progress writing produced during their residence at Art Omi. Hear an uncommon variety of provocative, funny, innovative, and surprising literary voices from a range of traditions, all in one place.

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the the fall colors of the Sculpture & Architecture Park! 

The September 2021 Art Omi: Writers-in-Residence are: 

Click here to learn more about the Art Omi: Writers Fall 2021 cohort.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 25, 2021 / 6pm

LOCATIONOmi International Arts Center
Benenson Center
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

COST: Free


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Window On Hudson Presents Will McLeod

Window On Hudson is proud to present Will McLeod and his vibrant fabric paintings in “Perimeter Cameos” from September 8th – October 4th, 2021.  McLeod’s large textile works fill the storefront windows, with additional sewn compositions and works on paper exhibited indoors.

The series “Perimeter Cameos” presents pieces that have two distinct focal areas in one composition. The Cameo (the elliptical centerpiece of the composition) was created as the initial target, the lure, of the whole piece. The “Perimeter” (the visual periphery around the Cameo) was created to support, inform, and define the “Cameo”.

“The ‘Cameo’ would be a graphic reprieve to the ‘Perimeter’s’ busy and reactionary story,” says McLeod.  “I like to give myself mash-ups and contradictions to sort through as I work.  I am an artist with a deadpan, spacey mentality combined with a more-is-more ethos.  Finding a visual balance with this outlook is challenging and fun.  This series is about those different outlooks and how their tensions and reliefs work together and separately.”

McLeod begins each piece by painting with watercolors on paper.   He uses the watercolor as a blueprint for the final piece, an extraordinarily large representation of the original work.  Each color in the painting is assigned a fabric (found and recycled textiles.)  The forms in the painting are recreated on a large pattern, cut and meticulously pieced together, like one might piece together a soft and fluid stained glass window. 

Will McLeod was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He received his AAS in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. While in New York, Will worked in the fashion industry specializing in women’s wear with a focus on design and development.  In 2016 he and his husband moved to Hudson, NY where Will can pursue more personal artistic endeavors.

DATES/TIMES: September 8th – October 4th, 2021

LOCATION: Window On Hudson
43 South Third St., 
Hudson NY 12534


Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 and your health seriously.  It follows the most current federal, state and local guidelines for safety.  As the population of Hudson is diverse we ask that masks be worn indoors.  

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