June 24-July 16, 2017 Awakening

First Annual Juried Photography Show
Over 40 works by regional artists. Juror: Jack Shear
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 24, 4:00-6:00pm

Inspiration for capturing an image arrives at times unexpectedly, while at other times, just as you had hoped and anticipated. Either way, our spirit sings when we successfully record what we see through the lens. The real magic lies in the individuality of how we each observe light and shapes expressing our intent. When all the elements align, our mind’s eye awakens, and our vision is preserved to share with an audience.

July 8-August 20, 2017 Too Many Books, Too Little Space? Donate your extras to the Festival of Books

If you have more books than your shelves can hold, there’s an easy way to lighten the load: Donate! The 24/7 donation bin will be in the parking lot behind the Academy from July 8-August 20.  Please bring books in boxes or bags.

Hard and soft-cover books in good condition are welcome, but the Festival can’t sell books with cracked spines or damaged pages, or items that are soiled, mildewed or heavily written in.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017 A Special “Conversation with Neighbors” Join the Garden Revolution: Natural Landscapes Workshop 9:30am-12:30pm, $55 per person

Learn how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful and healthy landscapes with experts Linda Horn, Heather Grimes, and Barbara Hughey.

This special off site workshop, hosted by The Academy, will focus on meadow, riparian, and woodland restoration at the Spencertown home of artist Linda Horn: local naturalist, habitat restorer and self-taught arbiter of going native.  Continue reading…

September 1-4, 2017 Festival of Books

Festival of Books 2017, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 1 through 4. The event features a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a children’s program, this year featuring Dr. Seuss’s beloved Cat in the Hat, and the Cookbook Café, serving fruit snacks, home-baked goodies, and our famous no-alarm vegetarian chili. As always, admission to the events is free, save for the early book-buying opportunities.

October 7-22, 2017 Annual Regional Juried Show Inspiration and Influences

Opening reception: Saturday, October 7, 4:00-6:00pm

Working independently and drawing inspiration from disparate sources, Picasso and Braque pioneered a similar style. In time their influence on each other would ignite the Cubist movement. Meanwhile, American artist Henry Hensche (1899-1992) was influenced by the color palette of his mentor Charles Webster Hawthorne and used it to inspire his own students.

Inspiration and influence: Whatever their source, they fire our imagination and lend shape to our own creations.