Author Nina Burleigh at CAS Oct. 6

This photograph of author Nina Burleigh was taken earlier this year at the Mosque of Nabi Musa, in the desert east of Jerusalem, where Muslims believe Moses is buried.

Reading with Author Nine Burleigh at Catskill Art Society

Livingston Manor, NY – Nina Burleigh, a journalist and the author of
five books including the bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,” will
be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 6, from 4:00 to 6:00
p.m. to read from her upcoming e-book, tentatively titled, “Under the
Black Blanket” and to discuss and answer questions about some of her
previous books, which will also be available for sale.

Burleigh spent six weeks in the Middle East during 2012, based in
Cairo and Jerusalem, working on various projects, including a short
book about the status of women in the wake of the Arab Spring. She
will share her observations on women, religion and politics in this
rapidly transforming and conflicted region, and read from her upcoming
e-book.

Burleigh will also bring and answer questions about some of her
previous books, including her best-seller, “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,”
about the dark side of Italy revealed by the Amanda Knox trial;
“Unholy Business,” about Biblical relic forgery in Jerusalem; and
“Mirage,” about Napoleon’s scientists in Egypt and the first
interaction between scientists and Islam in the modern era.

Burleigh is the author of five books, has appeared often on television
and radio, and has written for numerous magazines, websites and
newspapers. She and her husband are residents of Narrowsburg and
Manhattan.

The CAS Art Center is located at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor,
NY.  There is no cost to attend this event. The CAS Arts Center is
fully wheel chair accessible.

About Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as
a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment
of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary
art practices and facilitates creative and professional development
for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, the
renovated 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts
gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting
studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit
www.catskillartsociety.org

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame to Induct Eight

Stu Apte, right, is among those to be inducted to the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame October 6 in Livingston Manor.

Induction Ceremonies October 6 at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum

See thumbnail biographies of the inductees here

Livingston Manor, NY  — The 17th Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Saturday October 6th  at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum. The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those individuals who have significantly enhanced the culture of fly fishing.

The following individuals have been selected for the 2012 installation:

LIVING: Stu Apte – Saltwater Fly Fishing Pioneer, Innovator, Conservationist & Author; Thomas McGuane – An author who has loved angling always; Ed Shenk Author, Angler, Fly Tyer, Instructor; Larry Solomon – Innovator, Fly Fisher, Author, Conservationist.

DECEASED: Joe Brooks – Dean & Mentor of Outdoors’ Writing, Conservationist, and 20th Century Ambassodor to Fly Fishing Around the World; Carrie Frost – Founder of the Fly Tackle Capital of the World, Stevens Point, WI; Dr. George Parker Holden – Historian and First Mentor to Modern Angling, Rodmaking and Streamcraft; Paul Young Rodmaker, Fly Tackle & Fly Fishing Innovator.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Day Schedule  Saturday October 6:
All activities will be held in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and are open to the public.

  • pm  –  “Paul H Young, His Legacy and Accomplishments” a special presentation by Historian Robert Golder; “Paul H. Young, His Legacy and Accomplishments” will be held in the museum.  Paul H. Young, rodmaker Bob Summers will bring in several examples of Young rods for display.
  • pm  – Pre Induction Reception.
  • 3 pm  – Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, officiated by MC Tom Woodbury. Immediately following the ceremony,  both new and past inductees will be available for photos, book signings.  All 2012 living inductees will be on hand in addition to family members and representatives of the deceased.  Past Hall of Fame inductees will include: Joan Wulff, Art Lee, Mary Dette, Al Cauuci and others.
  • 5:30 pm  – The 2012 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner will be catered on the Catskill Fly Fishing Center property.  Reservations are required to attend the dinner; ($50 CFFCM members and guests, non-members $65; call 845-439-4810 to make a reservation.)

At CAS: It’s a Party!

 40th Anniversary Is Cause for Big Sept. 29 Celebration

Livingston Manor, NY – Catskill Art Society (CAS) is hosting a party to celebrate the organization’s 40th Anniversary on Saturday, September 29 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center, located at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY.  2012 marks 40 years of providing exhibitions, classes, and community for artists and people who care about the arts.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a special evening of dinner catered by Flour Power Bakery and Café, wine from Eminence Road Farm Winery and Callicoon Wine Merchant, and live music. Tours of CAS’s proposed second floor theater and performance space will also be provided.

With donations from CAS members and the community, Catskill Art Society purchased the CAS Arts Center building at 48 Main Street out of foreclosure in October 2011. The 4,500 square foot first floor was renovated for CAS to become a tenant in 2007. Since purchasing the building, CAS has completed major work to reinforce and stabilize the foundation and roof of the 9,000 square foot building. Improving the building’s energy efficiency is next and then on to the real fun: renovating the second floor into a theater and performance space.

A $40 donation in honor of CAS’s 40th year as an organization is suggested at the door. Advance reservations are required. RSVP to the CAS Arts Center at 845-436-4227 or ann@catskillartsociety.org

About Catskill Art Society: Catskill Art Society is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, NY, the renovated 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit www.catskillartsociety.org

‘Framing the Landscape’ Exhibit Through Oct. 7

Show Features the Work of Gregory T. Davis, Chip Forelli & Kit Sailer

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – Catskill Art Society presents “Framing the Landscape,” a three-person exhibition featuring photographs from Gregory T. Davis and Chip Forelli and oil paintings by Kit Sailer at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. The exhibit runs through Oct. 7.

Gregory T. Davis lives and works as an artist in Kentucky. Davis will show a collection of color photographs in “Framing the Landscape” that are an examination of the dichotomy of vision within one space, separated by a single lens. He is a professor of photography at the University of Kentucky. Chip Forelli is an award-winning assignment and fine-art location photographer who specializes in black and white landscapes. Forelli describes his creative quest as “… the discovery of visual gifts – those precious instances of unrevealed beauty that we unknowingly encounter every day.” He lives in Damascus, PA. Kit Sailer will present oil paintings of sites in northwest Sullivan County where she has a second home in Callicoon. Sailer also lives in Jersey City, NJ, where she teaches painting and drawing to adults at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey and to K-12 teachers at the Artist/Teacher Institute.

CAS Gallery hours for this exhibition are Thursday – Saturday and Monday 11 am – 6pm, and Sunday 11am – 3pm.  The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. There is no cost to attend the following events and all are welcome

About Catskill Art Society: Catskill Art Society is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, NY, the expanded 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit www.catskillartsociety.org

Ann Higgins Watercolors at Manor Library

Basking, a watercolor by artist Ann Higgins

Livingston Manor, NY — Livingston Manor Library is pleased to announce an exhibit by well-known Grahamsville watercolorist Ann Higgins. Ann Higgins has been teaching art and painting in the Catskills for many years. She exhibits regularly with the Catskill Art Society, the Orange County Watercolor Society and the five national Miniature Art Societies and has won awards in regional, national and international exhibits.

A native of Pennsylvania, Ann taught art for Liberty Central School after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design. Today, while largely retired from active education, she still sometimes teaches for the Catskill Art Society and privately. Ann has become deeply focused on watercolor and pen allowing her to be both free and precise in her work and, like many Catskill artists, she finds these beautiful mountains and valleys a strong inspiration. For links to more of Ann’s work, go to http://www.annhiggins.catskill-life.com/.

The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse. For more information call 439-5440. Ann Higgins work will be on exhibit during August and September.

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Photos attached. Caption #1: Ann Higgins. Caption #2: Basking.

 

For Sister Fly Fishing Centers, Una Cosa Bella

Jim Krul of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, left, and Giorgio Cavatorti of the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz in Italy as the meet to make official the sister relationship between the two institutions.

Italian Center and Catskill Center Make Official Their Bond of Sport and History

Castel di Sangro, Italy  — On June 23, 2012, at the 9th annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro, Italy, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing.

Over the past seven years, the CFFCM featured international fly fishing exhibits. The 2011 Italian exhibit was coordinated by Italy’s Alberto Calzolari in cooperation with SIM and the Italian Fly Fishing Museum. This outstanding exhibit included a large variety of flies by some of Italy’s finest tyers, hand crafted fly tackle and fly tying tools, and antiquities including a Roman hook verified as being over 2,000 years old. As a result, CFFCM Executive Jim Krul and Mr. Calzolari determined that both museums should develop a sister relationship to share in each other’s fly fishing cultures. Calzolari emphasized “… fly fishing and fly tying is an international language and words are not required. It is also a rich and common friendship that we all share”.

To make this partnership official, Krul and Giorgio Cavatorti, Italy’s director exchanged certificates recognizing this association and the mutual intent to foster goodwill within the international fly fishing community. Both museums will have permanent displays of one another and maintain a dialogue for the preservation and promotion of fly fishing.    This sistership is the first of its kind of  bonding between two international fly fishing museums.

The International Museum of the fly fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz, (Museo Internazionale della Pesca a Mosca Stanislao Kuckiewicz) is located in the ex Maddalena’s 15th century Convent of Castel di Sangro (Italy)  on the Sangro River. It was founded in 2000 by the Italian School of Fly Fishing (S.I.M.) with the collaboration of Castel di Sangro’s municipality, Pesca Sportivi Sangro Association and the Italian ArcheoClub.

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is located on the banks of the Willowemoc Creek in Livingston Manor, NY. Founded by Elsie Darbee in 1981, it continues to grow and  is now recognized world wide as a center for fly fishing.  The CFFCM is expanding again with a 4,800 square-foot addition to the Paul Dahlie Education building to accommodate the Wulff Gallery and the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Craft Center. 

Seeing the Forest, and the Trees

“Shape of the Woods” at the CAS Arts Center will
feature the work of Eric Baylin (shown at left) and Kathleen Hayek.

‘Shape of the Woods’ on Exhibit at CAS Through Aug. 26

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – Catskill Art Society is proud to present “Shape of the Woods,” a two-person exhibition July 21 – August 26, 2012, featuring the work of Eric Baylin and Kathleen Hayek at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.

Eric Baylin is a sculptor who divides his time between North Branch and Brooklyn where he teaches high school art at Packer Collegiate Institute. He has degrees in art from the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Kathleen Hayek is a painter and printmaker that divides her time between Walton and Brooklyn, where she is co-founder of the South of the Navy Yard Artists (SONYA), a non-profit artist network. Hayek completed her graduate work in Arts Administration at Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design.

Baylin makes sculpture using tree branches. His work for “Shape of the Woods” was inspired by fallen branches that were snagged on descent and left to dangle out of place: instant sculpture in the woods. Similarly, Baylin’s work is not permanently fastened but relies on balance and gravity to sustain its form. According to Hayek, she is humbled and awed by the power of life to destroy and create itself endlessly. The work she’s created for “Shape of the Woods” has been inspired by the trees and forests of her roots in south Louisiana, and her new home in Delaware County.

CAS Gallery hours for this exhibition are Thursday – Saturday and Monday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible and open to the public.

There is no cost to attend the following events and all are welcome:

July 21, 3 p.m. – Artist Talk
CAS will host an artist talk for “Shape of the Woods” with Eric Baylin
and Kathleen Hayek from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

July 21, 4 p.m. – 6pm – Opening Reception
CAS will host an opening reception for the exhibit, “Shape of the
Woods” on Saturday, July 21, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Light refreshments will
be served.

About Catskill Art Society: Catskill Art Society is a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. For more information, please go to www.catskillartsociety.org.

Dream Big Workshop at Livingston Manor Free Library

Dream Big: Write and Perform, July 28

Adults and kids — wake up your words!  Transform your own everyday words into short poems and find what dreams hide there at Dream Big: Write and Perform , a free workshop at the Livingston Manor Library on Saturday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Led by performance poet Laura Moran, participants will explore and create poetry and make a world for the poems to live in by bringing them off the page and onto the “stage.” Individuals and families, children and adults, all are welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.  Everyone will leave with a new poem and a way to show others how that poem dreams!

Laura Moran has been called “one of the most beautifully lyrical poets ever to bridge the space between page and stage,” (Taylor Mali, national award winning poet, performer and educator). Ms. Moran is the Adult Programming Coordinator at the Western Sullivan Public Library where she curates and hosts First Fridays: Contemporary Writers Series at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch and formerly coordinated children’s programs.

For more information, please call the library at 439-5440. Registration is requested by Friday, July 27. The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse.

This program is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Rare Casting Simulator Acquired by Fly Fishing Museum

May 10, 2012, Livingston Manor, NY — The Castskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of the Dave Chermanski Rod Casting Simulator on April 28, 2012.

This one of a kind machine was one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing tackle industry for nearly 35 years.  Less than 30 people, prior to 2011, had ever seen or heard of the Chermanski Casting Simulator (CCS) despite the fact it provided important data concerning graphite and fiberglass fishing rods that benefited the entire fishing industry since 1977.

The primary objective was to describe and document the mechanical features, operational capabilities and diverse testing projects of the CCS  as part of a package being donated to a fishing museum.  Dave selected the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum just three weeks prior to his untimely death on March 17, 2012.  The CCS machine now resides in the center of the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.

Based on the many testing projects and test results, composite materials and design concepts in the course of a 16 year period, the CCS provided numerous important and revealing insights to some major fishing topics.  The chronicles of this unique machine were documented and manifested into treatises on casting mechanics, flyrod performance, fishing reel drags systems, fishing rod dynamics, fish fighting techniques and fly line characteristics.  

Dave’s manuscript to the chronicles are highly technical will require extensive study before this machine is put back into use.  The CCS will remain in the center of the museum until it will be appropriately takes its permanent home in the planned  Catskill Rodmakers Workshop this fall.

For more information or photos please contact the CFFCM 845-439-4810, or   flyfish@catskill.net .   For the latest in CFFCM news, visit face book page:  www.facebook.com/cffcm

Major Expansion in the Works for Fly Fishing Center

Catskill Rodmakers, Joan Wulff and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum To Build Major Fly Fishing Complex

Livingston Manor, NY — In September 2011, plans began to build a two story 5,000 sf  addition to the CFFCM  Paul Dahlie Education Building.  This major addition will house the Catskill Rodmakers Workshop and Heritage Craft Center on the lower level and on the upper, the Wulff Gallery. A ground breaking ceremony for the Workshop and Craft Center will be held on April 1, 2012, to coincide with opening of the NYS Trout Season at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.  Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther will be joined by rodmakers and fly fishermen including celebrities Olek Krupa, Mark Ruffalo, and Laurence Hobgood for the ribbon cutting of the Agnes Van Put Kitchen and a shovel in the ground ceremony for the Workshop and Craft Center construction. 

The Catskill Rodmakers’ Workshop and Heritage Craft Center will be a fully operational bamboo rodmaking shop and  include an area for historical rodmaking equipment  and artifacts.  Also planned will be a  dedicated area for the ‘arts of the angler’ with weekly scheduled  programs to include:  reel making, fly tying, net making, photography, carving, painting, writers workshops, etc.  The Workshop will be a living and active component to the CFFCM campus with regular demonstrations of work in progress on and appreciation of bamboo fly rods.

The Wulff Gallery will be on the upper level of this major addition dedicated to exhibits of Lee and Joan Wulff,  featuring both  permanent and temporary exhibits.  Included in this area will be a library in a  multi purpose meeting room  for seminars, film festivals, classes, programs and lectures relating to fly fishing.

This major addition to the CFFCM campus is a joint project under the stewardship of the members of the Catskill Rodmakers Gathering and Southern Rod Gathering, Joan Wulff and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

Like no other place in the world, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is the center of the fly fishing community.  It’s all about fly fishing.