After a three year hiatus, Delaware County’s own Stagecoach Run Art Festival will make its long-awaited return Saturday and Sunday, July 1–2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine.
As they’ve otherwise done every summer since 1996, artists in and around Treadwell and Franklin will once again open their studios, homes, barns and galleries to host friends and visitors from across New York State and beyond. This year’s lineup includes nearly 60 participating artists spread across 20 locales, the majority of which are located along the former “Catskill Turnpike”.
The Festival’s original mission was to use an “open-studio” model to strengthen (and sometimes forge new) relationships between creatives and their neighbors in a more genuine way while simultaneously demonstrating the undeniable financial and cultural value that artists can add to a community. Given the changes this region has undergone over the last few years, this mission seems even more relevant and important.
“Stagecoach” is a self-guided tour and entirely free to the public. Many of its visitors begin their journey at the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell where a salon-style exhibition of participating artists’ works can be found. The exhibit will remain for the month of July but can prove especially helpful when visitors are trying to plan their day(s) at the Festival.
Event maps will be in broad distribution in the month preceding the event but also available at any of the participating venues (recognizable for their large yellow signs) during the weekend of the event.