2014 IN ART
Season Four: Year In Review
We expanded our visual art programming this year. World renowned artist, Sterling Ruby, collaborated with us for Basilica SoundScape and created a backdrop for the stage in acid reds, yellows, and deep black which snaked up our factory walls. We also partnered with visiting galleries such as Zach Feuer of Retrospective Gallery and James Fuentes Gallery, and launched a long-dreamed-of exhibition of whale bones by Maine-based brothers, Frank and Dan DenDanto. In the shadows leading up to our annual Basilica SoundScape weekend of music and art, artist Kelie Bowman (pictured above!) of Cinders Gallery painted a large-scale mural, assisted by a team of able volunteers. Jim Krewson’s notable EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH portrait of Marina Abramovic was a hit over the weekend as well. And, thanks to the New England Foundation for the Arts, we were fortunate to kick off the season with a project close to our hearts: ECLIPSE, a work by choreographer Jonah Bokaer and avant-garde visual artist Anthony McCall.
‘TIS THE SEASON
Wow. We did it.
Wow. We did it.
We managed to squeeze a ton of great art, culture, manual labor and collective intentions into a big old dusty factory… again, for the fourth year. Thanks to all of you in our tight little steam engine factory, who have been around long or short, many projects or one — you all made this possible. Feelings of hope and true community is not just a dream at the Basilica. Big dreams, in the little city!
With the steadfast growth of our annual events, overwhelming positive response from those involved in our events and our expanding audience, we have total faith that Basilica now has a sustainable gust of wind in her sails. This achievement reflects it’s true DIY foundation, a commitment to avant guarde, boundry pushing arts AND a genuine desire to bring life into this epic building, in this unique and historic riverfront city. Still so much work to be done, but safe to say, we are on our way…
By coming through these doors in various ways, you have made this public space what it yearns to be, THANK YOU.
Now for some downtime adventures for all. Enjoy the quiet winter Holy Daze, may it be filled with family, rest, good health, spirits and some good Hudson Valley food! HAPPY NEW YEAR – look forward to seeing you back at the Basilica.
STAY TUNED FOR FULL 2014 IN REVIEW COMING TOP OF THE NEW YEAR…
AND PLEASE SAVE THE DATES FOR OUR UPCOMING 2015 SEASON
RAMP FEST – May 2
FREAK FLAG DAY PARTY – June 13
BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE – September 11 & 12
BASILICASCOPE – September 18 & 19
BASILICA FARM & FLEA – November 27 – 29
Any donation $200 or above : “GET YOUR NAME ON A CHAIR” in our North Hall screening room. We’d like to thank the Columbia County Council on the Arts for their support, allowing contributors to make tax deductible donations.
Melissa, Tony and the whole team at Basilica Hudson!
2ND ANNUAL BASILICA FARM + FLEA
A collection of quality products presented by a diverse group of regional makers, farmer, and vintage collectors. Promoting the talents and resources within our community.
IN COLLABORATION WITH HUDSON RIVER EXCHANGE
// BLACK FRIDAY SOIRÉE WITH COCKTAILS + SALES //
// FARM + FLEA MARKETPLACE //
BLACK FRIDAY SOIREE
Kicking off the Farm + Flea weekend with spirits and fun will be the Black Friday Soirée, from 5 – 9 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. The soirée is an opportunity for shoppers to celebrate and peruse selected food and beverage purveyors in advance of the weekend. The array of tastings and offerings includes craft cider, beer and bourbon; fresh oysters; tonics, elixirs, bitters, and potions, local pork belly sandwiches, impeccable cheeses, witchy wreaths and garlands; lacto-fermented hot sauces; and more by the likes of Nine Pin Cider, Chatham Brewing, Hillrock Distillery, Brooklyn Oyster Party, Raven and Boar, Poor Devil Pepper Co., Chaseholm Farm, Good Fight Herb Co., and Farmhand Flowers.
A signature cocktail will be created for the event with all-local ingredients from Hudson Standard, Harvest Spirits, Lady Jayne’s Alchemy and Comb Gin. Music will be provided by DJ Dan Bunny of John Doe Records and Georgia & Co.
Friday night also features a book signing by Tessa Edick, the Founder and Executive Director of FarmOn! Foundation, who will be selling and signing copies of her newest book “Hudson Valley Food and Farming.” There will also be a chance to preview “For The Record”, a “newsletter-format compendium of ridiculousness” described as if “The Farmer’s Almanac, the Whole Earth Catalog, and a Garbage Pail Kid had a baby and no one knew who the father OR the mother was by local collector and purveyor of thoughts Johnny Misheff!”
FARM + FLEA WEEKEND EVENT AND MARKETPLACE
The Farm + Flea weekend event and marketplace will take place from Saturday, November 29 through Sunday, November 30 from 10 AM – 6 PM. General admission is only $3.00 and free for children under 16.
Items include hand-carved wild-foraged wood cutting boards and spoons; gorgeous handcrafted jewelry; ceramics; health, wellness, and beauty products; textiles and paper goods; furniture, light fixtures and home decor. With the specification that applicants must be independant artists and designers, or collectors of high quality vintage wares, this year’s vendor selection has raised the bar. The superlative selection of vendors includes disciplined craftspersons and community-minded artisans like Owlkill Studio, East to West Woods, Publication Studio, Shana Lee Jewelry, Hudson Naturals, and Wishbone Letterpress. Adorning the space with flags, signs, and garlands will be the work of designer/artist Elise McMahon of Like Minded Objects.
The agricultural bounty of the Hudson Valley at this years Farm + Flea is also not to be missed. Purveying everything from produce, meat, dairy and grains to flowers, herbs, and tinctures will be the diligent farmers and food vendors including Camphill Village, who will be offering candles, wood crafts, biodynamic seeds, woven goods, teas, soaps, handmade books, stained glass, medicinal and culinary herbs and more. Sparrowbush Farm will contribute items including popcorn bagged and hot popped, polenta, flour, vegetables, small wreaths of culinary herbs; while the Raw Milk certified Chaseholm Farm will bring artisanal milk, cheeses, and other local delicacies.
The full list of participating vendors are online at www.basilicafarmandflea.com/vendors.
FOOD + BAR
A sumptuous assortment of farm-to-table eats will be available from caterer and Kite’s Nest Co-Founder Nicole Lobue of Alimentary Kitchen, farmer Ruby Duke of Raven and Boar, and local favorite Truck Pizza. Breakfast pastries will provided by the Placid Baker, along with hand roasted coffee by No. Six Depot. Backyard Cooking Company, Breezyhill Cider, and Brooklyn Oyster Party will be on hand to make sure no bellies are left unfilled!
The bar hosts for Saturday and Sunday are Chatham Brewing. Some of the Hudson Valley’s best beers are “Imported from Main Street”- that’s 59 Main Street in Chatham, NY. Chatham Brewing makes a variety of ales, artfully blending malts and hops while using many locally sourced ingredients to create rich porters, citrusy IPA’s, and barrel-aged ales. The county’s first Farm Brewery, Chatham is proud to part of the regional agricultural economy and Basilica is thrilled to have them as our weekend bar hosts.
TRANSPORTATION + ACCOMODATIONS
The address of the Basilica Hudson is:
110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534
– CAR POOLING is the most affordable way to get to Hudson, NY. It’s a 2 hour drive from NYC, and with 4-5 people to a car and one tank of gas, you are here cheap and fast! Don’t have a car? Sign up for Zip Car.
– TRAIN is the funnest way to travel to Hudson, NY. It’s 2 hours from Penn Station, train runs along the beautiful river, has a snack car, and the Basilica is conveniently located 400 feet south of the Hudson NY Amtrak station. However, the trains sell out quickly and get expensive as availability runs out, so you must book ASAP. Train tickets are 100% refundable, better to be safe than sorry – Book now!
– RENT A HOME OR APARTMENT through Airbnb, with more affordable options.
– HOTELS, INN and B&Bs abound in Hudson, each offering something special. We recommend using Trivago to narrow down your search.