On Friday and Saturday, the Second Ward Foundation, the not-for-profit created by Walter Sudol and Steven Johnson to exhibit and lend contemporary art, is presenting an inaugural concert event in the rehabilitated auditorium of what was once the Charles Williams School. The performances feature John Exposito and the ensemble A Book of Five Rings, with video artist Laura Steele. Each night the concert begins at 8 p.m., preceded by a reception at 7 p.m.
Friday night also is the beginning of the Literary Arts Festival. The opening event, "Spotty Lit," which takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, is an evening of emerging and established writers--Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Sarah Kilborne, Karen Crumley Keats, Sara Kendall, Kenji Suzuki--hosted by Karen Schoemer.
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, October 3, and through Saturday, October 5, thirty celebrated plein air artists will be at the Olana State Historic Site, creating "Landscapes Within the Landscape." You can walk the grounds, speak with the artists, and watch them as they paint the awesome Olana views. This very Hudson River School event, sponsored by The Olana Partnership and the Columbia County Council on the Arts, culminates on Saturday afternoon with a cocktail reception at 4 p.m. and a live auction of the paintings at 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Wagon House Education Center at Olana.