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March 2017

March Sunday Salon & Winter Tours at Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill

Sunday, March 12 2pm "Buried Treasure: Thomas Cole's Decoration of Cedar Grove" Jean Dunbar, Matthew Mosca Meet the historic interiors experts - Jean Dunbar, of Historic Design, Inc.; and Matthew Mosca, of Artifex, Ltd. - as they reveal the story behind the amazing discovery of Thomas Cole's decorative paintings on the walls of his home that had been hidden from view for over a century and will be uncovered with the completion of the Parlors opening May 2017. These experts have painstakingly brought Cole's original design to life, while revealing the earliestknown interior decorative painting by an American artist. Please join them as they recount their journey of uncovering these fascinating new discoveries about Cole's home in Catskill.
Winter Tours: 1:00 & 3:30pm
Tickets for the Sunday Salons and the Winter Tours are purchased separately. Enjoy just a tour, or just a lecture, or enjoy the afternoon at the historic site and purchase tickets for both at Tickets for the Salons range from $10-12 and tickets for the Winter Tours are $10.
Detail of the recently exposed decorative border painted by Thomas Cole in the East Parlor of the artist's home
218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 518-943-7465
Thomas Cole, View of Florence, 1837. Oil on canvas. 39 11/8 x 63 1/8 inches Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, The Cleveland Museum of Art
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 2pm "A Painter's Paradise": Thomas Cole and His Transformative Experience in Florence, 1831-2" John F. McGuigan, Jr. Although Cole's fame as a largely self-taught American artist was launched in 1825, it was his tutelage in Florence in 1831-2 with two of the most eminent artists then working in Tuscany - Giuseppe Bezzuoli, who became his drawing master, and Pietro Benvenuti, president of the Accademia delle Belle Arti - and the seminal influence of Scottish landscape painter George Augustus Wallis, that heralded Cole's shift from being a gifted artist to his emergence as a great one. Join independent scholar John McGuigan as he explores the critical twelve months Cole lived and worked in Florence, the place Cole's biographer called "next to home itself, the happiest place in which he ever lived," and where he produced some of the finest paintings of his career.
Winter Tours: 1:00 & 3:30pm
218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 518-943-7465
About the Sunday Salons and Winter Tours Now in its 13th year, the Salon series presents engaging speakers exploring the impact of the Hudson River School. Lectures take place once per month on Sunday at 2pm from January through April in Thomas Cole's New Studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. This year, the site is excited to offer new Winter Tours on the same days as the Sunday Salons. Visitors will get a sneak preview into the installation of the Parlors, which integrates a meticulous historic restoration with interactive audiovisual technology to bring to life the two main parlors of Thomas Cole's home. The project will reveal the only known interiors designed by Thomas Cole, the founder of the first American art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The interiors include recently discovered original decorative painted borders by Cole himself and reveal another facet of his artistic vision that was previously lost to history. Tours will be held in the Main House at 1:00pm and 3:30pm on the same days as the Sunday Salons. Please note, tours are for your eyes only and photography is not permitted. The Parlors will be completed and open in May 2017.
About the Thomas Cole National Historic Site The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first major art movement. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House, 1839 Old Studio, the newly reconstructed 1846 New Studio, and several other buildings. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. Following a restoration of the Main House, the Cole Site opened to the public in 2001. The site's activities include guided tours, exhibitions, printed publications, extensive online programs, activities for school groups, free community events, lectures, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail--a map and website that enables visitors to see the nearby views that Cole painted. Each year, the Cole Site organizes a loan exhibition of Hudson River School paintings, providing a first-hand experience with the art movement that Cole founded. The goal of all programs at the Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in Thomas Cole's life and work. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings--such as landscape preservation and our conception of nature as a restorative power--are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives.
Visit Thomas Cole's home, studios, special exhibitions, and grounds are open May - October, Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 to 5pm. For details visit: