Welcome to this blog dedicated to telling the story of the historic Woodstock art colony.
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This blog aims to explore the colony's colorful past with the hope that it will help lead to its important place in the history of American art and culture becoming better known.
Jessie Tarbox Beals
Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead on Porch of White Pines, c. 1908
The Winterthur Library:
Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
Margaret and Rudolph Wetterau,
Map of Woodstock with Artists Houses, 1926
Maverick Festival, 1929
From left: Ernest Brace, Florence Ballin Cramer, Reeves
Brace, Konrad Cramer, Helen Walters, Eugenie Gershoy,
Harry Gottlieb and Marjorie Barnes
Archives of American Art
WHY'S AND WHEREFORE'S
Dedicated to the Fascinating History of One of America's Leading American Art Colonies
Learning Woodstock Art Colony is devoted to the endlessly rich and fascinating history of the art colony that developed in the Catskill town of Woodstock, New York, with the founding in 1902 of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony on a mountainside overlooking the village. The colony thrived for decades, and attracted many leading artists of the period, who summered or made their home there. Among the artists to congregate in Woodstock and the surrounding area were Birge Harrison. John F. Carlson, Zulma Steele, George Bellows, Andrew Dasburg, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Philip Guston, Raoul Hague, Marion Greenwood, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alexander Brook, Isamu Noguchi, Doris Lee, Arnold Blanch, Harry Gottlieb, John B. Flannagan, Andree Ruellan, and Abastinia St. Leger Eberle.
Interior with North Window, Christian Science Church,
Woodstock, Former Classroom of the Art Students League
CONTENTS OF THE BLOG
Learning Woodstock Art Colony will cover a broad range of interesting topics relating to the Woodstock art colony. Among other things it will incorporate some discussions drawn from the lectures I delivered in the summer of 2018 and 2019 at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. Plans include reaching out to historians, curators and people in and outside the community to contribute to the blog. The site has been created with the goal of making signifiant contributions to knowledge about the art colony, as much still needs to be done to more fully teach and tell the story. I look upon the biog fully as a teaching and educational instrument - fully in line with my public lecturing.
Interior Maverick Concert Hall, Including View ofJohn B. Flannagan, Maverick Horse and
Carl Eric Lindin, Portrait of Hervey White
Interior of Former Home
of Henry Lee McFee
Studio, Interior of Home of Raoul Hague
Bruce Weber's Recent Publications
About the Woodstock Art Colony
Essays, Articles, Books
WOODSTOCK SCHOOL OF ART
Native Stone: The Art of Tomas Penning (1905-1982)
(Rescheduled to Autumn 2021)
With Accompanying Catalog Essay
Organized with the Assistance of Paula Nelson and John Kleinhans
WOODSTOCK BYRDLIFFE GUILD – KLEINERT/JAMES ARTS CENTER
Zulma Steele: Artist/Craftswoman (August 21-November 22, 2020)
Curated by Henry Ford, Derin Tanyon, Bruce Weber and Tom Wolf.
With Accompanying Catalog Essay: "A Minister to the Eye: Zulma Steele’s Ashokan Reservoir Series”
WOODSTOCK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM
Otto Bierhals: A German-American Artist in Woodstock (February 1-March 20, 2020)
With Accompanying Catalog Essay
“Making It Permanent: Community, Family, Friendship, and the Building of the Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association,”
Essay in Woodstock Artists Association: One Hundred Years of Community and Art (Autumn 2019)
THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES
“A Glimpse of the Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum” (American Painting Issue, Nov.-December 2019).
HUDSON RIVER VALLEY REVIEW
“In Quest of Harmony: The Founding and Early Years of the Woodstock Artists Association” (Autumn 2019).