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Curator’s Lecture: Curator’s Talk: Sunday, May 19, 2 pm

Lumberyard Creekside Studios, 62 Water Street, Catskill, NY 12414

Tickets: $10-12


Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr. Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College discusses the Thomas Cole Site 2019 Exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek, on view in the New Studio May 4 to November 3. The exhibion will illuminate masterpieces from major museums and private collections, and explore the deeper meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, considered as an integral series for the first time. The exhibition is based on new scholarship developed by Professor Peck in his book of the same title, published by Three Hills (an imprint of Cornell University Press).

The lecture will take place at 2pm at the Lumberyard Creekside Studio, located at 62 Water Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Lumberyard is located in the heart of the village, less than a mile from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.


The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an international destination presenting the original 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; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the recently reconstructed New Studio building; and panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided and self-guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, printed publications, lectures, extensive online programs, activities for school groups, the Cole Fellowship program, free community events, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enables people to visit the places in nature that Cole painted. The goal of all programs at the Thomas 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.