Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hillsdale ArtsWalk

ArtsWalk 2016 logo date on bottomThe 3rd Annual Hillsdale NY ArtsWalk will be held on Saturday August 27, from 10 am to 4 pm in the Town center. Over 50 local and regional artists and artisans will be exhibiting indoors and outside under tents. This free, family friendly event will be held rain or shine.

Guests will enjoy a huge variety of art, spanning oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor painting, ceramics and pottery, woodcraft in many forms, traditional and avant-garde photography, custom jewelry, found object art, mixed media, whimsical felted objects, fabric art, and metalwork.

The artists and artisans will be found in numerous locations. A printed map guide will be available at two “Information Booths” as well as many of the storefronts in the Hamlet. The indoor exhibits include Hillsdale’s three art galleries — Neumann Fine Art, LABspace and The Art Annex — and several shops where art is featured year-round: Trudy’s Beauty, Passiflora, O’s Hillsdale Diner, and Village Scoop. In addition, you will find pop-up galleries at Hillsdale Fine Wines & Liquors and CrossRoads Food Shop.

Outdoors, individual and group tents will be placed in three locations within walking distance of each other: the Village Square and the first block of Anthony Street (both closed to vehicular traffic), and a large grassy lot on Route 23 across from The Art Annex and Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop.

Live music will be performed in front of the Hillsdale General Store. The exciting lineup is Two of Us Productions (performing selections from their upcoming musical comedy “Young Frankenstein”); John Farrell (acoustic folk); Howard Lieberman (composer integrating jazz, blues, rock and NeuBop); Christina Dellea and Zach Nayer (60’s-80’s pop favorites); Abby Lappen (acoustic folk influenced by jazz, rock, and blues); and Anne Banks with Mikey Merrill and Lucas Swann (performing American roots music, with a funky blend of old time, blues and bluegrass).

Food and beverages will be in ample supply for the ArtsWalk. Hillsdale’s regular eateries will be open for business — CrossRoads Food Shop, O’s Hillsdale Country Diner, Hillsdale House, Village Scoop Artisanal Ice Cream & Alcohol-Free Bar, Four Brothers Pizza. In addition, food vendors will be located in the grassy lot, serving up baked goods, grilled foods, non-alcoholic beverages, sandwiches and more.

August 27th is an action-filled day for Hillsdale. Not only will the ArtsWalk provide culture and entertainment, the day kicks off with the monthly “Artisan Day” at the Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market (9-1) and ends with Grillsdale, a new event promoting “Grills, Thrills, and Music in the Hills” beginning at 6:30 pm (tickets and info at

The Hillsdale ArtsWalk is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that provides a showcase for local artists and artisans to share their work with a large and diverse audience. Hillsdale’s galleries are an integral part of this effort, providing direction during planning, and highlighting their own artists’ work during the event. Our mission is to foster an atmosphere in Hillsdale that is supportive of art, and that brings greater awareness of the cultural richness that is found in our region.

A dedicated committee of volunteers are bringing ArtsWalk to life: Lynne Chmurzynski, Trudy Crimi, Christina Dellea, Rene Gibson, Laura Griffin, Tom Kenny, Jeff Neumann, Judi Sledz, and Chair, Bill Sullivan of The Art Annex. If you are interested in volunteering for an hour or more at the event, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

As Artswalk is a non-profit event, we appreciate the support from over a dozen local businesses, through advertisements in the printed map guide: Affordable Transportation, Columbia County Real Estate Specialists, Countryside Car Service & Detailing, Hawthorne Valley, Herrington Fuels, Hillsdale General Store, HGS Home Chef, Interiors by Timi II, Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop, Moore-Bridger Tree Service, Swiss Hutte, Westendlock Farm, and a generous anonymous sponsor. We also thank Herrington Lumber for the use of thirty 5-gallon buckets.

Printed program books will be available at many Hamlet businesses as well as the two Information Booths. The program shows the locations of all 72 artists, as well as sincere Thank You’s to all of the businesses and volunteers who’ve made this event possible. If you want a preview of the program book, click here and here to see all 8 pages.

More information about the artists, artisans, musicians and food vendors at Hillsdale NY ArtsWalk can be found at