Festival of Books 2021

This year, in spite of the hopes we have for almost everyone to be protected with vaccines by this Fall, we will again hold a virtual Festival of Books. The challenging logistics of our space, and our foremost wish to protect the health of our community and our treasured volunteers, have led us to the decision to err on the side of caution. This year’s Festival will begin on Columbus Day weekend.

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Inherent Beauty:
An Invitational Photography Show

The Online Show is extended through July 4

“A strong sense of design and natural light reveals beauty in each image and leaves a lasting impression. Each photographer offers a unique perspective,” says Lynn Rothenberg, who is co-chair of the Academy Curatorial Committee. “Ellen Lynch artfully captures the interplay of horses, movement, and natural light while Neal Warshaw’s moody black and white photographs evoke mystery and have an old-fashioned flavor. In Gerald Seligman’s drone photography, his thoughtfully composed images capture graphic patterns hidden from our grounded vantage point. David Halliday’s meticulously hand-printed photographs are at times reminiscent of paintings by the Old Masters and reveal the purity and intentionality of his process.”

All photographs are for sale, with a portion of sales benefitting the Academy. Please direct purchase inquiries to [email protected].

Photo by David Halliday

Upcoming Events And Activities

Vegetable Garden Planted: Now What?

Saturday, June 19, 4:00pm

A virtual lecture with Ron and Jennifer Kujawski. Tickets $10. Registration required. Learn more.

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Sixth Annual Members' Art Show

July 10-August 8

Deadline for entries: June 18, 2021. Submission guidelines.

The Gallery

Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 5:30-7:30PM

Food, drinks, music, silent auction, and the chance to see your friends. THE PARTY IS SOLD OUT. Thank you for your support! Learn more.

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SymBeeOtic: Embracing a Life with Bees

SymBeeOtic: Embracing a Life with Bees

Sunday, July 18, 4:00pm

A virtual talk with Sheri Bauer (singer/songwriter/activist) on her recent adventures in beekeeping. Learn more.

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Preserving the Bounty of the Garden with Chef Linda Romeo

July 24, 10:00am

A live presentation/demonstration in the Spencertown Town Park Pavilion. Learn more.

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Watch and Listen to our recent Programming

2021 Young Writers' Contest Winners

Six prize winners and one honorable mention were chosen from 38 entries to the 2021 competition. See the winners and read their works.

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Community Writes III

Thanks to all who participated. Read the selected works in this round from our creative community of writers.

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Jackie Rogers Charcoal Elephant

Student Work from Mixed Media Workshop with Jackie Rogers

Take a look at what this creative crew accomplished.

Family Arts Kaleidoscope
Jovino Santos Neto

Roots & Shoots Streams:
Jovino Santos Neto

Saturday, June 5, 7:30pm

Enjoy the YouTube broadcast of this Brazilian jazz great.

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John Clarke

Artists at Home Continued

Spend some time with John Clarke, artist, musician and writer, in his Housatonic studio. On YouTube.

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Roots & Shoots Streams:
The Lucky 5

Listen to the live broadcast of this hard-swinging jazz band on YouTube.

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Your Support is More Vital than Ever

This past Spring, as the country—and, indeed, most of the planet—went into shutdown mode, it was clear that the Spencertown Academy would need to make some hard decisions in the interest of keeping our community safe. So in March, we closed our doors.

But we didn’t abandon our mission—to build community through the arts. With your support we planned and produced a wide array of successful events and programs. 

One of the benefits of online programming is its low overhead, so that virtually all of the proceeds go to our bottom line. But the reality is that the pandemic has severely reduced our revenue stream and we are behind where we should be. While your support is always valued, this year it is more vital than ever. Please make your tax-deductible gift today.


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A "Home" of Our Own

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