GALLERY RECOUNT. Our latest revised count of art galleries in downtown Catskill is seven. Welcoming Holiday Stroll participants last Saturday night (12/10) was previously unheralded Gallery 384. It’s in the northern half of what formerly was Ann Stewart’s kilt shop. Proprietor Peter J. Griffin says (www.gallery384.com ) the 384 will show “emerging artists” who “make statements on our changing world, the impact of man on his environment, the grand mystery of nature….” Favored works will demonstrate how “the changing natural world…is altered by the artist” and will, moreover, transcend “the hyper-real” and “the banality of the contemporary digital age.” Conspicuous in the gallery’s first show are topical pictures that are, well, embedded in pictures. The artist is Roberta Griffin.
IMMINENT Sunday (12/18) and free at 3: Richard Dorr, distinguished operatic baritone, reads Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and then John Mace, illustrious vocal coach, leads Christmas caroling, at Catskill’s Brik Gallery, 473 Main St, Catskill; 943-0145.
“LIVING ON THE HUDSON,” says videographer Brian Branigan, “is like seeing a unique and beautiful performance on a daily basis. It creates conversation. It soothes the mind and fills the soul.” So: let’s get together and make a documentary. Let’s call it “
POLITICAL NOTE. After retiring from his two
FRIENDS’ NEW FOE. He co-founded the organization six years ago, gave it most of his time and energy, led it to a stunning victory, retired voluntarily from it in triumph, and then became its fiercest critic. Sam Pratt has mounted a stinging attack against the current leaders of Friends of Hudson. The directors, he declares in a widely circulated e-mail message, shut him out of “the transition” following his departure last September. They have failed “to carry forward the values and integrity that [we founders] tried to instill in the group.” Their president (Christopher Reed) and their present executive director (Susan Falzon of
TOO DELICATE for words? “Newburgh City Police have charged a child advocate and Wal-Mart Santa Claus with asking a boy to with him.…[The suspect] is charged with allegedly showing a pornographic video to the victim, exposing himself to the victim and attempting to have the victim engage in with him.”—Hank Gross of MidHudsonNews.com.
DAILY MAUL. On the Daily Mail‘s“Greene County” page, under a “Catskill” deckhead: a story about a Hudson Valley Choral Society concert, in Chatham. But what’s really conspicuous is absence: of the choicest Sunday features (Ray Beecher column, Carl Collection photo, Yesteryear column); and of “Terez Limer, Assistant Editor” from the paper’s masthead).
DISSOLVING on Monday (12/19): Literacy Volunteers of Columbia and
POSTPONED until February: Trial or pre-trial hearing for GreeneLand Sheriff Richard Hussey, on the drunk driving charge. Prosecution will not be handled after all by District Attorney Richard Winn of Washington County, because he’s preparing for a murder case.
FIRE FIGHTS. “I find it ironic,” says a Seeing Greene correspondent, “that as the town and specifically the Village is making a comeback,” “the Catskill Fire Organization is unraveling at the seams. Do I need to purchase a home alert system? Will the fire trucks show up?” That anxious assessment is based in no small measure on messages posted as comments in the wake of our October 25th blog. Most of those messages—233 at last count, and the daily dose seems to be increasing—relate to the ordeal that has accompanied consolidation. And most abound in casual slanders, accusations, vituperation. Could there be a reconciliation? Post your suggestions.