Artist Kathy Ruttenberg (photos by Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Something wild: Kathy Ruttenberg’s Woodstock studio

Artist Kathy Ruttenberg lives at the end of a long road up a mountain, and at dusk it’s easy to miss the small sign off the main road. By the time I find…


Lovin’ spoonful: Joshua Vogel’s new book presents utensil-carving as metaphor

Josh Vogel makes beautiful wooden spoons, and in The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen he explains how he does it. But the book tells more than the…

Mark Hogancamp, “Anna and Hoagie” (2015), from Welcome to Marwencol © 2015 Mark Hogancamp / Artists Rights Society, NY

Mark Hogancamp to sign new book, Welcome to Marwencol, at Inquiring Mind in Saugerties

The world of Marwencol as glimpsed in Mark Hogancamp’s intriguing photographs is instantly addictive: In the Belgian town under siege by the Nazis, the female residents alternately seduce, protect, comfort, fight over and…


Friends of Historic Kingston to launch The Street that Built a City

  Lowell Thing’s The Street that Built a City: McEntee’s Chestnut Street, Kingston and the Rise of New York, just published by Black Dome Press, was more than 30 years in the making….

Claire Lambe (photo by Dion Ogust)

Claire Lambe’s library portraits, Lynne Friedman’s landscapes on view in Woodstock

Since the beginning of this year, Claire Lambe has embarked on an ambitious project: painting portraits in the Woodstock Library for anyone who signs up. Every Friday, she paints her subject in acrylic…

Jen Taylor Friedman is the first woman in modern times to have written an entire Torah.

International Conference of Women Torah Scribes this week in Woodstock

The reading of the Torah is central to Jewish religious practice, and the writing of the Torah scroll is a deeply spiritual task, which has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of years. In the…


Eye of the needle: Margie Greve’s sewing-inspired art

Margie Greve’s show of paintings and woodblock prints at New World Home Cooking depicts famous rock and blues musicians, Kaaterskill Falls, the beach at Montauk viewed down a set of cascading stairs and…


MacArthur Fellowship-winner Joan Snyder showing at Woodstock’s Elena Zang Gallery

  Born in Highland Park, New Jersey in 1940, Joan Snyder became famous in the early 1970s for her paintings of strokes – marks, sometimes arranged in stacks, often bearing a cascade of…


Summer fun in the Rondout

Photos by Dion Ogust   With summer underway, Kingston’s downtown waterfront Rondout District is blossoming. Boaters from as far away as New York City, Chesapeake Bay and West Palm Beach tie up their…


Kingston Land Trust seeks community input for Greenline design

  Over the past 50 years, America has been radically reengineered for the car. Expressways, massive suburban sprawl and parking lots have fragmented and attenuated the old urban fabric of gridded streets and…

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