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Function or Form: Utilitarian Art / an exhibit
to Jan 6

Function or Form: Utilitarian Art / an exhibit

The 2nd annual exhibit, Function or Form: Utilitarian Art, will be on display in the Erpf Gallery November 18, 2017 through January 6, 2018. It will feature beautiful functional items by 14 local artists.

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, November 17, from 6-8 PM, at the Erpf Center in Arkville.

Many of the products we use every day are not only useful, but beautiful. Homemade furniture, clothing, pottery, quilts… so many items we depend on for everyday use could be on display for their beauty.

In 2016 the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery hosted the first Utilitarian show to celebrate local people that create art with both function and beautiful form.  

The 2016 show was such a success – with a dozen sales and hundreds of visitors - that the Utilitarian Art show has become an annual event. This year’s show will feature some returning artists and several new artists.

2017 Exhibitors include:

Jessica Baker – window coverings
John Byer – woodwork
Enid Cytryn – clothing
Maureen DeKaser – floor coverings
Rosalind Dickinson – pottery
Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes – weaving
Janie Greenwald – seat weaver
Annie Hayes – hooked rugs
Richard Kirgan – furniture
Cheyenne Mallo – ceramics
Joe Muehl – wood work
Franc Palaia – furniture
Dan Palm – woodwork
John Virga - woodwork

header image compliments of:  Maureen DeKaser

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April 1 - Opening Reception - Catskill 360: Photography by Alan Powell
2:00 PM14:00

April 1 - Opening Reception - Catskill 360: Photography by Alan Powell

The Catskill Center is pleased to announce the opening reception of Catskill 360, a show of immersive photographs by Alan Powell on Saturday, April 1st from 2-4pm at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery. The show is scheduled at the Gallery from April 1st thru May 20th. Alan Powell’s photographs capture unique scenes from across the region using a special technique that stitches together multiple images into an immersive 360 degree view.

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Writers Exposed! - Writers in the Mountains
1:00 PM13:00

Writers Exposed! - Writers in the Mountains

Writers in the Mountains will hold its annual summer event, "Writers Exposed!" on August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York 12406.

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Come hear what WIM students and instructors have been thinking and writing about in the past year. Be prepared to experience the exhilaration of returned affection, the heart-wrenching pathos of ordinary life, and triumph over emotional fears. See and hearwriters lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire. Come and meet people who, in the words of the WIM motto, "Dare to Write!"

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An open mic for the fearless will follow the scheduled readings.

WIM's annual summer reading event this year is a great opportunity to honor distinguished journalist Lillian Browne, who has just been appointed editor-in-chief at The Reporter,Delaware County's official newspaper

Lillian Browne, a nationally recognized journalist, is a Catskills-based writer who grew up on the banks of the Beaverkill River. An inquisitive nature and fearless attitude recently landed her a position working for Gatehouse Media in southern Nevada where she covered stories that drew national attention. Most recently, Lillian was promoted to editor-in-chief of The Reporter, the third woman in the paper's 134 years history to hold this position. At The Reporter Lillian continues to cover topics such government spending, politics and the environment. Lillian is also the editor of Catskill Country Magazine. She joined WIM's Board of Directors in 2014. 

The day will include live music: WIM board member Carrie Bradley Neves, who is a cookbook editor and songwriter, will perform some of her original songs. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

If you have taken a WIM class in the past year and would like to read a 3 minute piece at the event, please contact Jean at or 607-326-4802.


Listen to The Writers Voice every Tuesday at 1 pm on WIOX Community Radio, 91.3 FM to hear work by local writers, interviews with literary personalities, and stories, poems, plays, etc. by published authors, read and discussed by people you know.  

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Traditions with a Twist: Quilts by Sally Abrams
to Aug 21

Traditions with a Twist: Quilts by Sally Abrams

Traditions with a Twist: Quilts by Sally Abrams will be on display at the Erpf Gallery July 11th to August 21st, and will feature several unique styles of quilts designed by Sally Abrams. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 3-5 PM, at the Erpf Center in Arkville. 

 This is the second year of hosting local Catskill Quilters in the Erpf Gallery.  The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame spends the spring selecting the artistic talents of Catskill quilters, of which there are many.  Following its goal of cultivating local traditions of art and culture, the CMQHOF chooses a successful quilter who has kept quilting alive, while also encouraged it to grow.  This year, Sally Abrams was the clear choice for the exhibition.

 Sally Abrams began quilting 29 years ago and has grown into a leader of the quilting community of the Catskills.  Although she began quilting with traditional patterns and styles to learn the intricate craft, she now possesses her own unique brand which she says came from her interest in “seeking out new avenues.”  Sally Abrams has been a great asset to her community not only by passing down the tradition she is so passionate about, but also by donating her work to fundraising efforts of organizations such as Sullivan County Habitat for Humanity, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, several veteran groups, and 4-H clubs. 

 Sally is an inducted member of The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame, has served as President of The Calico Geese Quilters, curated a “Back to Nature”  show at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, and developed and produced a 60’ x 100’ tented outdoor quilt show at The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  She has accomplished all this while operating a cattle farm in Livingston Manor.

 Traditions with a Twist: Quilts by Sally Abrams is on display through August 21st. For more information, contact the Catskill Center at 845-586-2611, or visit 

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