The Blackfeather Retreat
Artists' and Writers' Colony
P.O. Box 588 - 1833 Route 209
Westbrookville, N.Y. 12785
(Directions)
BFR-crow (17K)
Summer Calendar 2017

Presents the
'First Fridays' Series
The First Friday of every month, we have something just for you.
Whether you are an artist, writer, poet or someone interested in the arts and culture or just an entertaining evening out, join us for this wonderful series of 'events'.
See the listings below for details.

Meet the artists and view the exhibits. Listen to artists, writers, musicians, and performers talk about their favorite topics.
Give your talent a voice! Learn about the artist's or writer's craft.
Get published! Produce that masterpiece! Meet interesting people!

Exhibitions and Presentations in the
Studio Art Gallery


Evening Entertainment in the
Absinthe Café


Annual Artist / Figure Model Day
Read this brochure for details

Email: artist@spiritcrow.com
973-614-9101
WWW.SPIRITCROW.COM
        


Calendar at a glance
'First Friday' events occur on the first Friday of each month!
Gallery is Closed 'Second Saturday and Sunday' each month
(Please read the individual descriptions for details.)

MAY
Fri    5   'First Friday' 6 PM - to - whenever
Sat-Sun    6-7   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat-Sun    13-14   Gallery is Closed
Sat-Sun    20-21   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat-Sun-Mon    27-29   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM


JUNE
Fri    2   'First Friday' 6 PM - to - whenever
Sat-Sun    3-4   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat-Sun    10-11   Gallery is Closed
Sat-Sun    17-18   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat    17   Figure Drawing Session 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Sat-Sun    24-25   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM



JULY
Sat-Sun    1-2   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Fri    7   'First Friday' 6 PM - to - whenever
Sat-Sun    8-9   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat-Sun    15-16   Gallery is Closed
Sat-Sun    22-23   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat    22   Figure Drawing Session 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Sat-Sun    29-30   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM


AUGUST
Fri    4   'First Friday' 6 PM - to - whenever
Sat-Sun    5-6   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat-Sun    12-13   Gallery is Closed
Sat-Sun    19   Artist/Figure Model Day - 10 AM - 5 PM
Sat-Sun    19-20   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Sat-Sun    26-27   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM

SEPTEMBER
Fri    1   'First Friday' 6 PM - to - whenever
Sat-Sun-Mon    2-4   Gallery is Open 11 AM - 6 PM
Mon    4   Monday 'Labor Day' is the last open day

*** Gallery Closes for the Winter ***


The Blackfeather Retreat
Highlights

MAY
MAY 5 - 'First Friday' - "Women of the Blues" - Introduction and recordings - 6 PM - to - whenever
Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox; they're all here!
Enjoy some delicious dessert and coffee. If you prefer, bring your own bottle of wine. No smoking! …includes open-mic readings.
No Fee - however, donations are welcomed

MAY 6 - JULY 3 - GALLERY EXHIBIT
Zoë Cone - Naturally
    Zoe Cone     Zoe Cone    
    Orchids-XXIII     Orchid Babies    

Zoë Cone is an artist living and working in Warwick, NY. She received a degree in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2010. She currently works in a variety of media creating paintings and drawings based on fleeting moments, personal experiences and surroundings. Her greatest inspirations are found in the intricate details and beauty of nature, and the unusual mutations of thoughts, feelings, and faces within dreams.

JUNE
JUNE 2 - 'First Friday' - "An evening in Paris" 6 PM - to - whenever
"Westbrookville is the Paris of New York"
A surreal evening, return to fin de siècle Paris (the end of the 1800s) enjoy a surrealist evening in the Absinthe Café.
Artists are encouraged to discuss their works and ideas.
Play the 'Exquisite Corpse.'
Get your photo with a nude model.
Go home with an original work of art.
      
Absinthe Cafe at the Black Feather Retreat
      
Enjoy some delicious dessert and coffee. If you prefer, bring your own bottle of wine. No smoking! …includes open-mic readings.
No Fee - however, donations are welcomed.

JUNE 17 - Figure Drawing Session - 6 PM - 7:30 PM
      
Figure Drawing Session - June 17, 2017
      

Figure drawing sessions, held within the Studio Gallery, after closing, welcome established and beginning artists. Artists must bring their own materials and supplies!
There is a $ 20 model fee to attend. (Bring it with you.)

JULY

JULY 7 - 'First Friday' - "Theater-Theseus in the Labyrinth" 6 PM - to - whenever
Free theater! There will be a dramatic reading of a new play, THESEUS IN THE LABYRINTH by Mark Philip Stone. Your comments will be welcomed. Interact with the actors! Enjoy some delicious dessert and coffee. If you prefer, bring your own bottle of wine. No smoking! …includes open-mic readings.
No Fee - however, donations are welcomed.
Theseus in the Labyrinth A new play by Mark Philip Stone will be presented for your entertainment and review in a 'Coffee House' setting, on stage at the Absinthe Café.
Refreshments will be served - BYOB.
A collection will be taken (We will 'pass the hat.')


JULY 8 - SEPTEMBER 4 - GALLERY EXHIBIT

SATYRIC DREAMS - by Mark Philip Stone - Including Mathemetaphysical Sketches by Mark Pilipski

Mark Philip Stone is a Monstré Sacré, the cousin everyone dearly loves yet never discusses in polite conversation. His opinions border on revolution. He reminds us that his creed is; Sexuality is Creativity. "Polymath, author, scientist, artist, photographer; he moves with facility over several genres allowing them to seamlessly overlap, he simply does not see the boundaries that constrain the rest of us." 1 His current artistic works portray select emotions in photographic form. For the pieces in this exhibit, we see the interplay of form and dimensionality; from a privileged perspective, one-dimensional lines become two-dimensional figures.
He is an artist in residence at The Blackfeather Retreat Artists' and Writers' Colony in the rural town of Westbrookville, NY.
The mathematical drawings by Mark Pilipski began as an investigation into the relationship between prime numbers and elliptical curves.

    Mark Philip Stone     Mark Philip Stone    
    Lonely Wood Nymph     Roseheim    

JULY 22 - Figure Drawing Session - 6 PM - 7:30 PM
      
Figure Drawing Session - July 15, 2017
      

Figure drawing sessions, held within the Studio Gallery, after closing, welcome established and beginning artists. Artists must bring their own materials and supplies!
There is a $ 20 model fee to attend (Bring it with you.)


JULY 22 - SEPTEMBER 4 - GALLERY EXHIBIT

Something Old, Something Nude - by Eddie Dio

Eddy Dio is a writer/blogger, voiceover artist, and photographer. Some of his written works pre-date the internet. He writes poems, plays, short stories, and scripts. He has published, mostly, opinion editorials in multiple publications. He now has a blog making his writing available online. He has been talking like Donald Duck since he was five years old. As a voiceover actor, he can do many character and cartoon voices. Initially, he never wanted to get into photography. He mostly focused on his writing. He only took photo classes in college because they did not offer creative writing classes. After his classes, he would put his camera down and rarely return to it. While he was disabled with an illness, he picked up his camera, again. He would do what he loved, which was walking and decided to bring his camera along on his walks. Since that time he has not put the camera down. Eddy never jumped on the digital bandwagon. All his work is shot on 35mm and 120 film. All manipulation is done in the camera.

    Mark Philip Stone     Mark Philip Stone    
    Streak     Day of the Dead    


AUGUST

AUGUST 4 - 'First Friday' - "Poetry Reading" 6 PM - to - whenever
Enjoy some delicious dessert and coffee.
If you prefer, bring your own bottle of wine.
No smoking!
…includes open-mic readings.
No Fee - however, donations are welcomed

AUGUST 19, 2017 Saturday 10 AM -5 PM
Artist / Figure Model Day - Annual Event

$ 45 with advanced registration.
Register online or by mail.
$ 60 at the door
Artists must bring their own materials!

Come to the Black Feather Retreat Artists' and Writers' Colony in beautiful Sullivan County, NY (a little more than one hour from NYC) and spend a day with artists and art lovers. Experience the pastoral pleasure of clean fresh air, private meadows, woods, streams, springs, ponds, gardens, stone walls, old barns, country roads and the delightful company of others, like yourself, who enjoy sketching, the human form, art, reading, listening and writing. We have planned a wonderful day of many different types of activities. We will awaken your senses with a delicious brunch and begin a continuous series of figure model sessions, lasting until late afternoon. Rain or shine, you will have a wonderful day filled with art. The large Studio Barn (an 18th Century structure) will provide our work space and stage, if it rains, otherwise, there will be ample seating at chairs and tables in the meadow or, if you prefer, you may spread a blanket on the lawn or wander the grounds at will all day. Aside from the scheduled program of figure models, brunch, dessert, and performances, there will be music, poetry readings and amenities such as water, drinks, maps, toilet facilities, and a friendly staff to help you enjoy the day. Despite the beauty of the surroundings, this is an adult program and we do not recommend that you bring children to this program. The pool will be closed for this day. Attendees will be admitted FREE to our Cabaret Evening in the Café Absinthe. You will be delighted stepping back in time to a Parisian Café.
      
Figure Drawing Session - June 18, 2016
      

There is a separate webpage for more details and photos about this event
ANNUAL ARTIST / FIGURE MODEL DAY
AUGUST 19, 2017 Saturday


SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 2 - 'First Friday' - "Music" 6 PM - to - whenever
An evening with T.B.D. This musical talent is bound to please. Songs with musical accompaniment will fill the Absinthe Café and entertain our guests. If you enjoy good story-telling and the voice of experience, this is the evening for you.
Enjoy some delicious dessert and coffee.
If you prefer, bring your own bottle of wine.
No smoking!
…includes open-mic readings.
No Fee - however, donations are welcomed

SEPTEMBER 4 - GALLERY LAST DAY




Directions:
      
Map (333K)
      

The BLACK FEATHER RETREAT
Box 588 - 1833 Route 209
Westbrookville, NY 12785
(973)-614-9101

From NYC:
GWB to the Palisades Interstate Parkway North to the NY Thruway.
Take the NY Thruway North to Exit 16 (Harriman.)
Take Route 17 W to Exit 113 (Wurtsboro.)
Make a left turn on to Route 209. (Look at your odometer.)
Go 4.8 miles to 1833 Route 209.
The entrance to the Black Feather Retreat is on the right.
(If you enter the little town of Westbrookville, you have just passed the entrance.)

From Northwest NJ:
Take Route 23 North to Port Jervis.
Turn right onto Route 209.
Go 12 miles to Westbrookville.
We are on the left.

From Northeast NJ:
Take the Garden State Parkway North until it ends at the NY Thruway.
Take the NY Thruway North (Follow the signs for Albany) to Exit 16 (Harriman.) and then follow the directions above.

From PA:
Route 84 or 209 East to Port Jervis.
Pick up Route 209 in Port Jervis.
Continue on Route 209 or turn right onto Route 209.
Go 12 miles to Westbrookville.
We are on the left.

By Train:
From Hoboken/Secaucus board the Main Line to Otisville, NY.
For car service from the train station, please call a day before you arrive with your scheduled arrival time.