October 15-November 13, 2016 2016 Juried Regional Show

The Academy’s third annual regional art show features 40 artists from the area working in disciplines from oil and watercolor to sculpture and fiber art.

Opening reception: October 15, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-5:00 pm.


Opening Reception with the artists: September 24, 4:00-6:00pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-5:00pm

The winners of the Academy’s 2015 Regional Juried Show, Scott Balfe and Jane McWhorter, will be exhibiting two solo shows of their new works in the galleries.

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Saturday, September 17 Intersection Austerlitz: The Crossroads of Art, Literature and History Costume and Culture: Designs for Life 9:00am-4:30pm

This special program, sponsored by the Academy, the Austerlitz Historical Society, and Millay at Steepletop celebrates fashion and fabrics with workshops, exhibits, presentations and tours. The day of activities begins with a welcome at the new Austerlitz Town Hall, then moves to the Spencertown Academy, followed by a visit to Old Austerlitz (where you are invited to have lunch on the grounds and enjoy some quick DIY projects). The afternoon concludes at Millay at Steepletop. Reserve your tickets here.

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September 3-5, 2016 Annual Festival of Books: Labor Day Weekend

The Festival of Books at Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a celebration of books and reading for the whole community. Over Labor Day Weekend, we welcome dozens of outstanding writers and poets and nearly 2,000 readers and book-lovers to our 1847 schoolhouse in rural Columbia County. At the heart of the Festival is a giant book sale featuring more than 10,000 gently used books all offered at very affordable prices. See the Schedule of Events.

Friday, September 2, 2016 Festival of Books Members’ Preview Party 6:00-8:00pm $25

Academy members and supporters are invited to an exclusive preview party on Friday evening. Enjoy a glass of wine with fellow book lovers before heading up to the book rooms for first choice of more than 10,000 new and gently used books. Book rooms open at 6:30pm.

Please note: This event is for Academy members and friends only. Book dealers are asked to take advantage of the Saturday morning early buying opportunity. Click here for details.

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Saturday, February 13 Intentional Jazz Ensemble 7:30pm General admission $20, Students $10

This talented sextet returns to the rich tradition of jazz from the Blue Note era exemplified by Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Led by Rob Fisch, Intentional Jazz brings together some of the finest jazz musicians from northeastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont, including the likes of Rob Fisch (trumpet), Aaron Dean (sax), Dave Pickard (trombone), David Bartley (piano), Dave Christopolis (bass), and Steve Collins (drums). Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.

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July 23-August 14, 2016 Mysterious & Unexpected: the Merger of Art and Science

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm

Art and science have much in common from the spark or hypothesis that generates an idea; to the discipline of the process; the risk taking with tools of the trade and the surprise of the result. This exhibit displays the work of six artists who incorporate science to create their art. The processes are unique and the results outstanding and unusual.

Artists from New York and Massachusetts include; Carrie Crane, Kay Hartung, Larry Kagan, Gwenn Mayers, Karen Schoolman and Catherine Wilcox-Titus.

June 25-July 17, 2016 Capturing Color: Contemporary Pastels

Opening reception Saturday, June 25, 4:00-6:00pm
Gallery Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00-5:00pm

Pastels are the purest form of artist color, made from pure pigment with only enough binder to allow them to be formed into useable sticks. This media allows artists a choice of many subtle color variations. Pastel techniques are challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface.

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