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An installation by artist Dana Robinson at NADA x Foreland as part of the annual Upstate Art Weekend (all images courtesy Stoneleaf Retreat)

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Upstate New York is preparing for an art-filled weekend of exhibitions and events with the participation of more than 61 local museums, galleries, artist studios, and other art institutions. The event will mark the second edition of the Upstate Art Weekend, a three-day celebration of art that will begin this Friday, August 27.

Founded last year by Helen Toomer of the artist residency Stoneleaf Retreat in the Catskill Mountains, the inaugural edition featured 23 art spaces across the Hudson Valley. As most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted this year, the number of participating venues almost tripled, spanning indoor and outdoor locations on both sides of the Hudson River, from Garrison to Chatham.

Artist Hiba Shahbaz working on an installation at Stoneleaf Retreat

“Upstate Weekend Art is about community, collaboration, art, and the outdoors, which are essential to our well-being,” said Toomer in an announcement. “We are thrilled the event has grown so much and cannot wait to connect more visitors with the arts in the Hudson Valley.”

Participating organizations include museums like Dia Beacon, Magazzino Italian Art, the Dorsky Museum, and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. Parks and open-air museums like Storm King Art Center in New Windsor and Art Omi in Ghent are participating too. So are dozens of artist collectives and residencies, including Amenia Crossroads Studios, Interlude, Rachel Mica Weiss Studio, Mohonk Arts, and others.

A public artwork by artist Brenda Zlamany at the Re Institute in Millerton, NY

At Stoneleaf, you’ll be able to see solo exhibitions by artists Hiba Schahbaz and Liz Collins and site-specific projects by Lizania CruzMacon Reed, and Rebecca Reeve. Fridman Gallery in Beacon will present a group exhibition of work by Milford Graves, Basil Kincaid, and Sahana Ramakrishnan. And the Re Institute in Millerton, artist Brenda Zlamany will show a collection of portraits from her decade-long expeditions in communities in the United States and around the world. Artists Alina Tenser and Aisha Bell will open their studios to the public at Interlude Artist Residency in Hudson. Also, Mohonk Arts in High Falls will present a large group exhibition and open studios by resident artists including Katie Gambino, Alex Gingrow, Shanti Grumbine, and Todd Kelly.

Admission cost depends on the participating institution, though many of the events are free of cost. See all the participating organizations and details about admission rates in the festival’s program. The festival’s website also includes a map of all the participating locations, so you can plan your weekend expedition.

A map of all the participating art organizations in the Upstate Art Weekend

The festival will be kicked off on Friday at 12pm with an opening event at the new Barns Art Center in Fishkill. The center is one of three new art centers opening upstate during the festival; the other two are Sunfair and Foreland, which is also hosting NADA x Foreland. An opening reception will be held at Stoneleaf on the same day between 3-7pm.

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Hakim Bishara is a staff writer for Hyperallergic. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. Bishara is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital...

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