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December 08, 2016
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Margaret Helthaler, left, Nada Clyne and Buff McAllister at the opening reception for Catskill Artists Gallery new exhibit

The next day, I checked the batteries on my camera and zoomed off to another opening night at Bethel Woods ( to experience country crossover sensation Lady Antebellum, which performed to a sold-out crowd. Again, my review is online, but suffice it to say that opening acts Thompson Square and Darius Rucker built the momentum to fever pitch before the headliners hit the stage with their signature three-part harmony. As it turns out, I had photo issues that night, but got them straightened out by the time I got to the Liberty Museum (, which is currently hosting a new exhibit of glorious (IMHO) works produced by the artists collective Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG), (

In another example of technological growth, CAG is now available on the internet as a “gallery without walls,” so this exhibit (running through July 8) is a great opportunity to experience the artwork “old school” style, up close and personal. Nada Clyne, Robert Friedman, Cate Gundlah, Margaret Helthaler, Kathy Jeffers, Tom Keleman, Buff McAllister and Hank Schneider outdid themselves presenting a vast array of jewelry, paintings, sculpture and photography and honestly, I left the museum thoroughly impressed. Although my scheduling conflicts prevented me from making it to the newest exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg, NY (DVAA, on Friday, rest assured that I will be stopping in during the coming week to peruse Daria Dorosh’s “Chairs 1982 - 2010,” which promises to be stimulating.

Unable to make it to Domesticities (, I called cub reporter Lucy Jan-Turan, who graciously agreed to swing by Youngsville and report back on proprietor Ann Hart’s second annual garden party benefiting the DVAA. My absence (I took home a prize last year) apparently opened the doors for new competitors and Ramona Jan, Sienna Klaber, Morgan Hamilton and Lucy herself (you’re welcome!) took home the top honors, parading the lush garden in their summer finery.