Mount Tremper in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Inspiring the American Imagination
The Catskill Mountains
In 1825, Thomas Cole (1801 -1848) first painted and sketched the romantic and sublime mountains, cloves and creeks of the Catskill Mountains.
Asher B. Durand (1796-1886) was among many artists who followed Cole into the Catskill Mountains. Their paintings were imbued with a spiritual sense of wonder celebrating nature and are recognized as the Hudson River School of painting, active through the 1800s.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1848) wrote that a house he visited atop Kaaterskill Clove… seemed high placed, airy, and perfumed, fit to entertain a traveling god… It was the very light and atmosphere in which works of Grecian art were composed, and in which they rest.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site at Cedar Grove in Catskill offers the Hudson River School Art Trail with an online brochure matching paintings and present views. Visit www.thomascole.org.
Catskill Region Art Colonies:
Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead’s Byrdcliffe opened in 1903 with the Byrdcliffe School of Art in the present Byrdcliffe Theater building. It was the first art school in the Hudson Valley and is today a National Register site with 30 unique picturesque buildings on 300 wooded acres.
John Burroughs, a Catskills Naturalist
The celebration of nature is felt in the writings of John Burroughs (1827-1921), born in Roxbury in Delaware County. The Catskills helped inspire him to become one of America's great naturalists who helped lead the conservation movement at a critical time in the nation's history. He visited all the Catskill Art Colonies.
Hervey White, a Catskills Character
In 1902 artist Bolton Brown brought Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Hervey White to Woodstock. In 1904 Hervey White, writer, social reformer and iconoclast, left staid Byrdcliffe to establish The Maverick Art Colony in nearby West Hurley, along what is now Maverick Road.
Beginning in 1916 raucous festivals to raise funds for the Maverick Colony presaged
Paintings of the Woodstock School
With the establishment of Byrdcliffe and the opening of the Art Students League summer school in 1906, the 20th century Woodstock School style of landscape painting — more modern than the 19th-century Hudson River School style became influential.
Music in the Catskills: Folk, Rock and Roots
Camp Woodland brought city children to Phoenicia from 1939 to 1962. The progressive, integrated camp stressed folkways and folk music, with annual visitor Pete Seeger teaching, performing and leading songs. Camp Director Norman Studer compiled Folk Songs of the Catskills and Catskill Mountain Songbook.
While the "Borscht Belt" of the southern Catskills was known for entertainment at hotels like Grossinger's and the Concord in Sullivan County, in the late 1960s, young musicians flocked to the Woodstock area in Ulster County. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair which was staged at Max Yasgur's farm at White Lake in Sullivan County took its inspiration from the cultural energy in Woodstock.
Artists, musicians, writers and actors continue to live and work in the Catskills.
The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum dates from the 1920s and has hundreds of active members. Many galleries and arts organizations in the region
Erected by Catskill Interpretive Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment.
Location. 42° 1.724′ N, 74° 16.353′ W. Marker is in Mount Tremper, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is on New York State Route 28 ¾ mile south of New York State Route 212, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located at the west corner of the Catskills Visitor Center interpretive kiosk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5096 New York 28, Mount Tremper NY 12457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Catskill Communities (here, next to this marker); Firetowers (here, next to this marker); Catskill History (here, next to this marker); Fort Shandaken (approx. 0.3 miles away); Catskill Mountains - Shandaken Area (approx. 1.9 miles away); Phoenicia Station Centennial Shandaken Eagle (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mount Tremper Fire Tower (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Tremper.
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