Art for every mood

Welcome to the first of many cultural columns in the Red Hook Observer. I plan to highlight the best and most interesting events in the wonderfully rich cultural landscape that we enjoy in the Hudson Valley. We’ll travel near and far to find something for everyone, from theater productions to art exhibitions and hopefully a little bit of everything in between. There are so many arts groups and activities to profile, and I plan to bring you a sampling of their offerings here. If you have a tip or information on an upcoming event, email me at

Tivoli Artists Co-Op: “When Art Meets Science”

Let’s kick things off with an exhibition called “When Art Meets Science,” hosted by the Tivoli Artists Co-op. The group invites the public to “explore the common ground of scientific discipline and artistic vision.” The show will be on view through Sunday, March 25, at Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway, Tivoli. The hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 845-757-2667 or go to

Cocoon Actor’s Theater “Waiting for Godot”

Open your mind for a wild mental ride with the Cocoon Actor’s Theater (C.A.T.) presentation of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” (by special arrangement with Dramatist’s Play, Inc.). Get ready to question the existence of man! Two rotating casts will perform the play, running from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, April 1. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25; pay at the door with cash or a check. Reserve your seat by calling 845-876-6470. The show will be held at the Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. For more information, go to

RHCAN/ArtPop: “Small Works”, “Business of Art”

Later this month, RHCan will also be sponsoring a workshop for emerging artists called “Business of Art” workshop. The event will cover business practices, including writing a statement and resume, taxes, gallery relationships and marketing. Local artist Kari Feuer will run the workshop, which will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. An entrance fee of $25 includes breakfast and refreshments. Email for more details and to reserve your space.

Betsy Jacaruso: “Aqua Estuary”

Get ready for some spontaneous art: On Friday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. ARTpop and the Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCan) will open a new show titled “Small Works” at a pop-up gallery at 7516 North Broadway (next to Village Pizza) in Red Hook. To learn more, email and check out Red Hook Community Arts Network on Facebook for up- to- the- minute details.

More art can be found at the Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery in a new exhibition titled “Aqua Estuary.” The show features new work by Cross River Artists. The opening reception will be held on March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 43-2 E. Market St., Rhinebeck. For more information, call 845-516-4435 or go to

Strawberry Hill Fiddlers with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Finally, plan to attend an evening of beautiful music for a good cause: The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers will perform upbeat, traditional music at the Bardavon (35 Market St., Poughkeepsie) with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason in a benefit concert to raise money for a musical exchange to the United Kingdom. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and the show begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. For more information, call 845-473-2072 or go to

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