What started as a gathering of friends learning to paint on a front porch grew into the Catskill Art Society (CAS), a nonprofit organization cultivating public interest, participation and enjoyment of the arts. This expansive multi-disciplinary organization in the town of Livingston Manor, NY, explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists.
The organization was founded in 1971by Charles Beck, who housed an increasingly popular gathering of artists and art lovers dedicated to developing and sharing their common interests in his Cooks Falls home. By 2007, CAS had transcended its humble beginnings and found a historic building on Main Street to restore. It became the center’s permanent location and, with the generous support of its enthusiastic membership, CAS was able to purchase the building.
The recently expanded facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio and two studio classrooms. A great diversity of local artists gather there, from high school students to well-established professionals. Executive Director Bradley Diuguid says they are all deeply committed to expression and to creating meaningful, thought-provoking work.
In addition to gallery exhibits, CAS’ diverse, dynamic and life-enriching programming includes classes, readings, concerts, film screenings and the annual Trout Parade, a popular Livingston Manor event dedicated to the region’s beloved fish. This year it will be held on Saturday, June 13th.
48 Main Street
Livingston Manor, NY 12758