Artist In Residence program at Platte Clove Preserve
Every summer the Catskill Center opens the Platte Clove Preserve’s cabin to a jury-selected handful of artists for week-long residencies.
The location has inspired works by 19th century painters Asher B. Durand and Thomas Durand and is a spot on the Hudson River School Art Trail.
As a retreat for artists working in a variety of disciplines, the cabin provides a tranquil and rustic workplace, nestled in the living landscape where American art began.
The rustic cabin is located atop a stunning 60' box canyon waterfall and is surrounded by more than two hundred acres of hiking trails, multi-tiered waterfalls and old growth forest.
The cabin has a gas heating stove, a kitchen stove, front porch and a sleeping loft.
"In the summer of 1840 Cole wrote to his friend and famed poet, William Cullen Bryant, imploring him to visit “the delicate morsel.”
One 19th century tourist, Lucy Lillie, remarked that Platte Clove’s untrammeled wilderness may go another fifty years before succumbing “to the imperious claims of man.”
Today, over 150 years later, Platte Clove remains a pristine wilderness area preserved by the Catskill Center since 1975.
The Clove’s many lofty cliffs, carved by rushing torrents from melting glaciers, have earned this immediate area such foreboding names as “Devil’s Kitchen” and “Hell’s Hole.” As such, we ask that visitors please take the utmost care in navigating the terrain around Platte Clove." - Hudson River Art School