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The CCCA is facing challenging financial issues that force us to reassess our current situation. We are reaching out to you, our valued members, for your input, your thoughts and ideas, as we travel on the road to solutions.

Our income is generated primarily through grants from New York State, Columbia County, the City of Hudson, foundations and private individuals. We generate funds through fundraising events, donations and membership support. Gallery commissions on art sales, submission fees and hanging fees also account for a small percentage of income.

Within the past few years, CCCA’s grant income has been cut by 20 to 25%. A major private, beloved benefactor recently passed away, resulting in a significant shortfall in our operating budget. In January, our rent in the gallery was increased by 25%. Sales of artworks have not been sufficient to meet our needs. WE ARE IN AN UNSUSTAINABLE SITUATION.

Through our 50-year history, there have been ups and downs, but CCCA has always been resilient, adapting to circumstances as needed. Presently, we recognize the need to make changes in order to continue operating as an organization. In an effort to serve our membership most effectively, we are reaching out to you for your input as we assess our options.

We ask that you please take a few moments to complete a survey which has been created to gather information from you, our membership and supporters, so that we can better-serve artists of all kinds and our community in ways that matter and help us continue on the path of providing arts programming, opportunities for artists and enrichment in the arts throughout our community in even bigger and better ways for the coming 50 years!

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Photo by Daniel Region

Paint en plein air in the Hudson Valley; the birthplace of the first truly American Art Movement – the Hudson River School!

Celebrate the arts in October 2016 with a paint-out, juried prizes and celebration on the beautiful grounds of Olana State Historic Site, and culminating in an optional Quick Draw and painting sale in the heart of downtown Hudson’s commercial district. Columbus Day Weekend is one of Olana’s biggest attendance weekend’s and the Hudson Valley is teeming with tourists insuring artists the biggest possible audience for their paintings at Olana.

En Plein Air artists will capture the beauty of the Olana grounds and surrounding viewshed, once the home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The paint out culminates Saturday with a judged competition and artist reception (and special guest preview sale of juried work). Guest judge, noted landscape painter Jane Bloodgood-Abrams will select the winners. On the following day, Sunday, October 9th, artists will have the opportunity to participate in a special tent sale in Hudson, where additional works may be sold. There will also be a Quick Draw competition from 2-3pm on Sunday juried by news-worthy people, and cash awards will be given

Anyone can apply. Applicants must register through The Olana Partnership by sending an email to with “En Plein Air Registration” in the subject line. Indicate your name, contact information and submit 2 digital images of recent work. There is a $50 submission fee which may be paid online through or check may be made payable The Olana Partnership and mailed to: P.O. Box 199, Hudson NY 12534. All registrations must be submitted by midnight on June 15, 2016.

JURORS: Participants will be selected by jury: Bob Bahr, editor of PleinAir Today, Valerie Balint, Associate Curator at Olana, Joan Damiani, Hudson Artist and Gallerist, and Hudson Artist Ken Young.

We look forward to you joining us at this year’s exciting event!


Design/Illustration by Arlene Boehm

Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA) is the premier arts organization dedicated to the promotion of visual, performing and literary artists in and out of our county. For over 50 years we’ve supported the creative arts community and in recognition of this, we’re doing something special! Three dimensional artists are invited to submit to Chatham Meadows, a season-long outdoor sculpture show, with a kickoff gala fundraiser opening in July.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send jpg images (max. 1024 pixels) of self supporting, outdoor, wind and weather resistant sculptures to (Indicate in the subject line of your email: “Chatham Meadows”) You may submit multiple views of a work, but please be sure to label artworks clearly (i. e. SCULPTURE TITLE, View A, View B...). Submit free with no installation fees. Maximum submission of works per artist is five (5). If there are any “special circumstances” related to installation, artists are asked to contact the curators in advance. Questions and installation ideas should be directed to curator at to CCCA will insure sculpture against damage and loss. CCCA will charge a 30% commission on all sales.

John Cooley
has displayed his work in numerous juried shows in the Hudson Valley, Massachusetts and Michigan. He was educated at Syracuse University (BA & MA), with a PhD in American studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In reference to his own work, Cooley says: “I am attracted to three-dimensional art and typically work with wood and other natural materials”.

Stepan Kubicek creates welded metal sculpture in the Hudson Valley. He is inspired by the natural and industrial world and utilizes both new steel and salvaged machinery. Steve’s work ranges in size and style, but is almost always in steel, and allowed to weather.

LOCATION: 101 Harmon Heights Road, Chatham, NY. Exhibit space is fifteen acres of rolling meadows, wooded paths, pond and stream–a variety of micro-environments to complement multiple aspects of varied works.

Submission Deadline: June 25, 2016, by midnight. Artists will be informed July 2nd of their status.

DROP OFF: Friday, July 15th, 1 pm to 4 pm and Saturday, July 16th, 10 am to 1 pm. Artworks will be installed in their exhibition position at drop off and sculptors are encouraged to assist in this operation.

EXHIBITION DATES: July 23 to September 10, 2016. Open viewing hours throughout the summer are on weekends: Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 5pm. Self guided tour maps are available on the front porch.

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, July 23, 2016, 5 pm to 7 pm. (Rain Date July 24, 5 pm to 7 pm.) is a fundraiser for CCCA and each guest will be charged $25. Children and exhibiting artists will be admitted free. Featuring performance by Ryder and friends. Enjoy wines courtesy of DRINK Chatham and hors d’oeuvres by D’Arcy Butters in an outdoor setting of rolling meadows replete with art! Prize winners will be chosen by Nicole Hayes, (Sculpture Director at Art Omi) and will be announced at reception.

PICK UP: Saturday, September 10th, 5 pm to 6 pm and Sunday, September 11th, 1 pm to 4 pm.

SPONSORS: We will be promoting CHATHAM MEADOWS on our website and through social media. SPONSORS are welcomed to receive summer-long exposure for this unique, interactive exhibition. Contact CCCA for more information.
Columbia County Council on the Arts
209 Warren Street
Hudson NY 12534

Now on view in our Warren Street Gallery

Essence of Color logo design by Arlene Boehm.

Pow! Crackle! Pop! COLOR—where color is the subject—the main event. Color’s spectrum has an impact on the viewer’s emotions and psyche, arousing feelings and physical sensations. With its own viewpoint, attitude and personality, color can excite, agitate or soothe.

Exhibition Dates:
April 13 to May 18, 2016
CCCA Gallery
209 Warren Street Hudson, NY

JUROR: Wendy Moss
Wendy Moss is a Collage/Mixed-Media artist whose work reflects vivid color and dynamic texture. Her spirited abstracts make use of everyday materials to create an ever-evolving dialogue based on color juxtaposition and placement. She attended the State University College at Potsdam, NY (Art Studio major, Psychology minor), and continued her education at Pratt Institute, achieving an MA in Art Therapy. After years working as an Art Therapist, she took classes at Parsons School of Design in Textile Design and then worked as a colorist in the field. Later, she advanced her studies and her all consuming passion for color at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, studying Collage/Mixed Media, Painting, and workshops that focused on Color Theory, Papermaking, Transfers, and Digital Tools for Collage. As a printmaker she continues to investigate color and texture in her Monoprints. Her work has been shown in NYC (Chelsea), Brooklyn (Williamsburg), and in Hudson, NY. She resides in NYC and Claverack in Columbia County, NY.

Arlene Boehm | Chris DeMarco | Jim Flosdorf | Frank Manzo | Helene Manzo | Melody Mason | Michael O’Shea | Ellie Prakken | Daniel Region | Judy Reynolds | Gilbert Rios | Lori Rothstein | Susan Sabino | Jody Schoenfeld | William Shaughnasey | Marcia Slatkin | Paul Solovay | Scott Taylor | Marianne Tully | Steve Wildermuth

Celebration, Mixed Media by Wendy Moss.


Design/Illustration by Arlene Boehm

A show so big on concept it may not fit in the gallery...! “An·thro·po·cene” (anTHrəpəˌsēn/): Adj. Relating to or denoting the current geological age. 8.7 billion species are currently in existence. But only ONE has made a colossal impact upon Planet Earth unprecedented in rate and scale. That species is Anthropo: MAN. Human life on Earth has always resulted in change, but over the last 1000 years, our presence has become an epic agent of change, accelerating exponentially beyond anything we have previously understood. As a result of the profound magnitude of our human impact, scientific consensus is now calling for recognizing a completely new geological epoch. Human Impact: Living in the Anthropocene Age explores this phenomenon. What does this mean to you? Give us your take on what it means to be living in the Man-Made Age. Works can address any element of human impact and its meaning for the Planet and/or life on the Planet—in the past or present. What does this human impact/change look like? How you feel and think about Planet Earth? Is Earth’s purpose to support us and our man-made environment? Or have we lost our way on Earth? Is this a special age for species extinction and are we Earthlings on the list? There’s a bigger picture for us to see—climate change and social change, environmental shifts and attitudinal shifts and so many points of view. It’s all up for grabs. After all, the world is now literally in your hands.

Join us to view this important show at the CCCA Gallery, 209 Warren Street, Hudson from May 25 – July 6 with an opening reception Saturday, May 28th from 5-7pm. email us at or call 518-671-6213.

There will also be a reading by author and poet, Marcia Slatkin, on the evening of the opening reception. Ms. Slatkin will read from her work OP-ED: Earth, poetry about climate change and politics. Please view to learn more.

Exhibition Dates:
May 25 – July 6, 2016
CCCA Gallery
209 Warren Street Hudson, NY

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 28, 2016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CCCA Gallery
209 Warren Street Hudson, NY

Juror: Valerie Richmond. Since moving to upstate New York, Juror Valerie Richmond has been an active participant in the Art Councils of Columbia and Greene Counties. Her works, ranging from early “constructions” and ceramics in “The Half-Circle of Well-Being Series”, to her monoprints have been shown in group shows in both counties. Her work has also been exhibited in several Outsider Art shows in New York City. Most recently, prints from her 2015 series “Buffalo Monoprints: Escape Across the Hudson” appeared at Fur. Fin. Feathers. at Spencertown Academy Arts Center, NY. This series was created to commemorate the true story of a small buffalo herd that crossed the Hudson River just north of the City of Hudson, in April of 2015, on their way West. Each print illustrates a part of the story of true events, as told to her by Wild Fox Heart and Buffalo Dancer. Richmond writes, “Through my art, I fulfill ancient aspirations and dreams. I try to express what I see in the world and to learn a connective language. This education helps me belong in this world, and celebrating the Creative Process and its mysteries helps me live in this life”.

My Journal of Desires by Valerie Richmond

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