Things To Do In Hudson: April

With April springing us into the warmer months of the year, the Hudson Valley reminds all of us why we love it here so much — soon, tulips will bloom, we’ll wake up to the sound of birds and the sun will stay out longer. The cold, dry days of winter will be forgotten during the warm months. Tap into the resurgence of energy that this month brings and catch all the best things happening in Hudson and nearby!

 

Carrie Haddad Gallery

Peculiar Rarities: A Group Exhibit

Open until April 22nd, is Carrie Haddad Gallery’s current exhibit, “Peculiar Rarities.” Catch this group show of works ranging in many different media from Play-Doh to ceramics and paintings, creating a space that is a beautiful blend of gritty, whimsical, and provocative. Among the artists in this show is David Halliday, exhibiting odd and quirky versions of some of the still life photographs he is well known for, alongside Carl Grauer, Donise English, and many others. Ranging from the peculiar photographic portraits by Nick Simpson and the cinematic and somewhat unsettling scenes shot by Newbold Bohemia to the stoic and mysterious iceberg drawings of Juan Garcia-Nuñez, “Peculiar Rarities” is as mixed and and enthralling a show as its name would suggest.

Catch it on display until the 22nd! 622 Warren St, Hudson, NY.


 

The Thomas Cole Historic Site

Fellows Presentations

If you are in the know about the arts in Hudson, you no doubt are very familiar with Thomas Cole, the founder of the style of art known as the Hudson River School. The achievements that have made him an icon of American art all took place in nearby Catskill during the 1820s. His home is now a museum and historical landmark where events are held and guided walks through the property are organized. Spring is the perfect place to visit the Thomas Cole Historic Site if you haven’t already!

If you’re already a fan and you’re interested in learning some of the latest research on Thomas Cole and his historic home, make sure to attend the free event with presentations by the 2017-18 Cole Fellows on April 6 from 5-7pm. Grab a refreshment and learn about the newest findings and research on this iconic American landmark. After the presentations, take a stroll around the property and enjoy the natural beauty of what inspired Cole’s prolific career painting vast, detailed landscapes of the Hudson Valley.

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY.


 

Olana State Historic Site

Traveling Talks: Justyna Badach and the Land of Epic Battles

Drive across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge right outside of Hudson, and you’ll see a beautiful, castle-like Persian-style house perched on top of a hill right next the the river. Olana State Historic Site is the extravagant and ornate home of fellow Hudson River School painter, Frederic Edwin Church. While Olana stays at the top of the list of must-see landmarks near Hudson, there is more to this house than its architectural grandeur and acres of pristinely preserved land right on the Hudson River.

While Church is famous for his paintings of the Hudson Valley, he was also heavily influenced by the arts and culture of the Middle East, which can be seen in an upcoming exhibition that compares and contrasts a collection of his clothing items from his Middle Eastern travels with the works and voices of contemporary artists. To kick this off, Philadelphia-based artist Justyna Badach is giving an illustrated talk about her work that explores and compares American and Middle Eastern landscapes through photographic prints and works pulled from film stills that showcase the dichotomy of these two places.

The talk will take place on April 28 from 4-6 PM at the Wagon House Education Center. 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY. 


 

Verdigris Hudson

Chocolate and Wine Tasting

Do we really need to say more? Attend this free wine and chocolate tasting at Verdigris on Warren Street on April 14th from 5-7 PM to sample some of the delightful Asher’s Chocolates: chocolate covered graham crackers, potato chips, pretzels, and lots more. Sip on some local wine from the Hudson-Chatham Winery for a little pre-dinner drink and dessert, because life is short and you deserve it! 135 Warren St, Hudson, NY


 

Hudson Hall

Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Alicia Salvatore

Until May, every Wednesday at Hudson Hall, join in on the popular hour-long Hip Hop workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore. Alternate between this and classes at Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, and you’ll have your exercise rhythms all balanced out for the Spring season. Classes are Wednesdays from 5-6 PM, excluding Wednesday April 4th, when there will be no class. Catch this at Hudson Hall before it’s over on May 23rd! 327 Warren St, Hudson, NY 


 

Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation

One-Day Retreat with Sondra Loring and Alison Sinatra

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed after months of cabin fever, or the idea of a get away for a spiritual day of working on your yoga practice sounds thrilling, you may want to sign up for this one-day retreat with Sondra Loring and Alison Sinatra hosted by Sadhana Center on Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM - 5 PM. For just $150, enjoy a full day of yoga, space, engaged rest, a sauna, lunch, and community gathering guided by Loring and Sinatra, to uplift your spirit and replenish your soul. Breathe in the fresh April air and breathe out the stress and tensions of everyday life. Directions are provided upon signing up for the retreat.

For more information, email sadhanacenterforyoga@gmail.com.

 

Art Omi

Spring Reading at Hudson Wine Merchants

Hear Art Omi: Writers Spring 2018 international writers and translators in residence will read and share their work with the audience. Art Omi provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature and this is the first reading this year.

Refreshments will be provided by Hudson Wine Merchants. The event is free and open to the public. Hudson Wine Merchants 341 1/2 Warren St, Hudson NY.

Racquel Roberts