CAS Film Club for Kids! Debuts Independent Films in Livingston Manor


From “The Painting”

From "A Cat in Paris"

From “A Cat in Paris”






Livingston Manor, NY – The Catskill Art Society will present two independent movies for children as part of its new program, the CAS Film Club for Kids!, this month as a part of its expanded performance and film programming. Two animated films, “A Cat In Paris” and “The Painting,” will be shown in the newly renovated, air-conditioned galleries at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY at 11am and 3pm on Fridays and Sundays over two weeks this August. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5.

  • 11am and 3pm, Friday, August 16 and Sunday, August 18: “A Cat In Paris”

The Academy Award® nominated “A Cat In Paris” from directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris.

Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico – a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. Rife with film references (from Reservoir Dogs to Goodfellas to The Night of the Hunter) A CAT IN PARIS is a warm and richly humorous love letter to classic noir and American gangster films, with jazz soundtrack featuring Billie Holiday.

Featuring the voices of Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), Academy Award® winner Anjelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket). The film is rated PG for mild action and violence, and some thematic material.


Animated, 70 minutes, Rated PG.

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  • 11am and 3pm, Friday, August 23 and Sunday, August 25: “The Painting”

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations.

“Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages! A constant feast for the eyes!” raves Variety!

Animated, 78 minutes, not rated.


These films are presented by CAS by arrangement with GKIDS. GKIDS (Guerrilla Kids International Distribution Syndicate) is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in titles that cross over between art-house and family audiences. Recent theatrical releases Tomm Moore’s animated Oscar® nominated “The Secret of Kells.” GKIDS is also longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Frances McDormand, Uma Thurman, John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, James Schamus, and Matthew Modine. The GKIDS.TV website is a place where children, teens, and adults can watch, rate, review, buy and share award-winning film and animation from around the world.

About the Catskill Art Society

The 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. 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

Funding for CAS is provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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All Tied Up In Knots

Half-hitchesOn Saturday, August 10th, adventurers of all ages will have a chance to gain knot-tying skills when Morgan Outdoors hosts two Knots for Hiking and Camping classes. Bringing a lifeless rope to life is not only fun, it’s useful in everything from jewelry-making to rescuing people. The hour-long children’s class runs from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is geared for kids age 9 and up. They will learn several of the key knots useful in camping and hiking, from making a loop to a taut-line hitch. The class for adults runs from 10:30 – 11:45am and will cover additional knots useful in everyday life, like the trucker’s hitch that is great for cinching down loads on top of a car. Instructor Mick Wheaton is a graduate of SUNY ESF, working in forestry management, and a former counselor at DeBruce Conservation Camp in Livingston Manor. All materials are provided and pre-payment is required to reserve a place, as the class size is limited to 10. The children’s class is $8 per person and the adult class is $12.

RSVP to reserve a place by calling Lisa at 845-439-5507. Pre-registration is easy: in person with check or cash; over the phone with a credit card. This is the final Outdoor Skills class of the summer. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor (air conditioned!)


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Say Hi to ‘Hello Bistro’ in The TH-Record

Seven months after shutting down their venerable Flour Power Bakery, Denise and J.R. Rowley have opened a new bistro in the same Livingston Manor location.

By Leonard Sparks
Times Herald-Record
Published: 07/31/13


LIVINGSTON MANOR — Denise and J.R. Rowley indulged themselves with much-needed down time after they decided to close their popular Flour Power Bakery in January.

They visited family.

They rested.

Then they grew restless.

Now seven months later the couple has opened Hello Bistro, a 50-seat restaurant carved out of the same converted house on DeBruce Road where they operated the bakery for five years.

Hoping for a repeat

The bakery had been a gathering spot for local foodies, and the Rowleys are hoping for the same from the bistro. So far it appears their hopes may be realized. Friday’s opening day was booked, as was Saturday, Denise Rowley said.

“We just like to feed people,” Denise Rowley said Friday afternoon as the apron-clad couple hurried to get ready for a 5 p.m. opening. “Something about it makes us happy.”

Exhausting schedule

The Rowleys, who both have backgrounds in advertising, opened Flour Power about seven years ago, after deciding the area needed a bakery more than a restaurant.

They moved into a retrofitted white house overlooking the hills enveloping Livingston Manor five years ago. The year-round bakery, with its large porch, became a destination, and the Rowleys omnipresent at area farmers markets.

But both wearied of the challenge of surviving the county’s dead winter months and of the physical demands of running a bakery while also driving from market to market.

“It was exhausting,” Denise Rowley said. “There was a lot of rushing to get to market on time.” The decision to open a bistro meant renovating. One wall was removed to open up the dining room, and the Rowleys bought new furniture. J.R. Rowley did most of the woodwork, and the couple added new fixtures, trim and paint.

Why a bistro?

“A bistro is casual,” J.R. Rowley said. “It’s a very friendly atmosphere; people talk to each other.”

A bit of everything

Hello Bistro’s menu will feature “a little bit of everything,” J.R. Rowley said. Diners will be able to enjoy dishes ranging from American and French entrees to hamburgers.

The opening weekend menu included such fare as Asian pork tenderloin, pan-seared scallops, caramelized shallots and crème brulee. The menu will vary by season and will depend in part on what local farmers have available.

Upstairs, the Rowleys will continue to host book and poetry readings and display works by local artists. Downstairs, the rush to fill and deliver diners’ orders promises a special reward:

“The smile on their faces when they eat something really good,” Denise Rowley said.

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2nd Annual ArtWalk ChalkWalk

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Meet Children’s Book Creator at Library July 6


It’s All Part of Artwalk Chalkwalk on Saturday

Lindsay Barrett George, children’s picture book author and illustrator, will be the featured guest at the Livingston Manor Library during Artwalk Chalkwalk, the annual street celebration of art in Livingston Manor, taking place on Saturday, July 6 on Livingston Manor’s Main Street.
Children of all ages are welcome to storytime with Lindsay Barrett George from 12:30 to 1:00. Many people will recall Lindsay’s books including Beaver at Long Pond (1988). Her newest picture books include Alfred Digs, Maggie’s Ball and That Pup. To learn more about Lindsay Barrett George, go to
The library is located at 92 Main Street across from the firehouse. For more information call 439-5440.

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Learn Old School Skills: Read Maps, Use a Compass

Old School Skills Are Focus of Saturday Session

Livingston Manor, NY   — Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 AM   Reconnect with a
skill set that is rapidly disappearing. Morgan Outdoors is hosting a
90-minute course in Reading Map & Compass for adults. Learn how to
interpret a topographic map, to better understand the lay of the land, and
use of a compass for navigation. These simple, increasingly forgotten
skills are practical to know and help us reconnect with a world often
overlooked in busy lives.

Register at Morgan Outdoors by calling Lisa at. 845 439 5507. The course
fee is $12 for 90 minutes of indoor and outdoor fun!  Class size limited
to 10. First come, first served.
Morgan Outdoors is at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY

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Bug Music Scheduled for Saturday, June 29th Postponed

Due to embugmusicergency circumstances, the book reading/musical performance of David Rothenberg’s “Bug Music” originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 29 has been postponed to a date TBD.

I understand that the vast majority of you are not able to post a correction in this short time, but I wanted to keep everyone informed to the furthest extent possible. Any help in spreading the word via you social media and blogs would be much appreciated. Please contact me with any questions.

Again, thank you very much for your attention and time.

Thank you,

Bradley Diuguid
Executive Director
Catskill Art Society
48 Main Street, PO Box 991
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
845-436-4227 |

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Livingston Manor ArtWalk / ChalkWalk July 6th


On July 6, 2013 (raindate 7/7), 10am to 4pm, Livingston Manor’s ArtWalk/ChalkWalk will be back with over 25 artists, with works ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography and this year, we’ll have artisans with crafts on display as well!

Keeping ahead of the weather, you’ll see tents from WaterWheel Junction, Pearl Street and Renaissance Park, with more art on display at the following locations:
Wildlife Gift has watercolorist Bob Lee, Plunk has Claire Coleman’s own exhibit along with the Outsider’s Studio and Catskill Art Society has its Member’s Show plus a demonstrating potter, Jesse Spaethe.

RM Farm Realty will host the work of James Karpowicz, LM Library will display illustrations by Lindsay George and the Ambulance Corps will have Ramona Jan’s puppetry at 12:30 and 1:30 PM.
Jeff Bank will have two photographers stationed outside, Stephen Davis and James Carney, and Rafael Weinstein will also be demonstrating his art alfresco, as many of our other artists will.

Foodies can enjoy our local fare and our community-sponsored barbecues and goodies along the way. And to keep visitors on track, maps will be handed out and posted in store windows alongside artwork from our participating artists.

But wait, there’s more! ChalkWalk will return for kids who want to become a
“Livingston Manor Artist for the Day” with certificates for all and selected creations to be shown in our YouTube 2013 Artwalk/ChalkWalk video.

Finish your Fourth with a real outing and join us for a fun day!


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Now at the Catskill Art Society

CAS Summer Members Show
Now Through July 14

Above image: Exodus, oil on canvas by Tank-A Gabriliants, CAS member artist.

Above image: Exodus, oil on canvas by Tank-A Gabriliants, CAS member artist.

The Catskill Art Society will present its fourth annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists. Celebrating the summer and its importance in our lives, themes of nature’s power, bounty, and growth shine through this year’s show. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.

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