It was announced today by Elizabeth Jacks, director of The Thomas Cole National Historic Site at Cedar Grove, the launch of the 2008 season with an exhibition of rarely seen oil sketches of famous Cole paintings, including Cole's oil study for Kaaterskill Falls. The 2008 special exhibition, "Thomas Cole's Sketch Paintings: An Exploration of the Creative Process" opens to the public on Sunday May 4. There will be a free viewing of the exhibition on opening day (10am to 2pm). Many of the objects are coming from several private collections and therefore have rarely been seen by the public. In addition, renowned Smithsonian American Art Museum Chief Curator, Eleanor Jones Harvey, will be guest speaker at 2pm. The talk is $7 for non-members and $5 for members.
Cedar Grove Director, Elizabeth Jacks, will be a guest on the WAMC morning talk show, Roundtable May 2. Your interest in attending and covering the May 4 event is welcome and appreciated.
Press worthy story leads might include; Cedar Grove: From Yard Sale to Homecoming (The story of Thomas Cole, the father of American landscape painting and his descendants fateful Cedar Grove yard sale of the 70's, to a resounding return of success.) Smithsonian Chief Curator Visits Catskill (An interview with Cedar Grove opening day guest speaker, and renowned Smithsonian American Art Museum Chief Curator, Eleanor Jones Harvey.) Art Flourishes In Upstate NY (Dia, Olana, Hudson, Catskill), and Old Homes Becoming Centers for Art (e.g; Olana, Cedar Grove, etc.) Interviews and background information will be made available.
Exhibit: May 4 - October 26.
Regular Hours: Thursday through Sunday 10AM - 4PM with the last tour departing at 3PM. Tickets for the tour are $7.
This exhibition is made possible in part with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Greene County Cultural Fund, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.
PR: Brian Branigan (518) 943-4292
For more information you can call Cedar Grove Director, Elizabeth Jacks at (518) 943-7465 or visit http://www.thomascole.org .
Cedar Grove is located at 218 Spring Street,Catskill, NY near the western entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, with easy access from the New York State Thruway, Exit 21.
Please see PDF for more information: http://www.brianbranigan.com/cedargrove/2008COLESKETCHPAINTINGS.pdf
Hi Res photos available upon request.