This annual, free, self-guided tour of artist’s studios and galleries in and around Treadwell, NY has for 22 years delivered great art to the crowds of spectators and collectors from all over the Catskills and New York State. 2017’s festival had nearly 70 participating artists at 25 venues and some of the over 700 visitors even dedicated both days to see it all.
From realist to conceptual, and conventional to experiential, 2017’s roster included artists working in virtually every conceivable media. And while not a juried show, per se, participation in the Festival is by invitation only thereby ensuring that work is both diverse and high caliber.
In effort to make 2018’s festival more visitor-friendly and easy to navigate, an exhibition of participating artists’ works will be staged at Treadwell’s own Bright Hill Literary Center. There, visitors will be able to see works first hand and plan their tour routes… or just buy a piece right off the wall!
Begun in 1995 by fifteen Treadwell artists, the Festival has grown a lot over its more than two decade history. Its original mission, though, remains unchanged: 1) to spotlight artists and creatives living and working locally, 2) to forge new relationships between those artists and their (perhaps unsuspecting) neighbors, and 3) to further prove the theory that artists provide an indefinable yet undeniable financial and cultural value to a community.
As always, the Festival is completely free to attend and maps will be widely available across the region leading up to the event, available at all of the venues during the event, and downloadable via this website at any time.