ArtBeat: The Hudson ArtsWalk, 10/8-11/10

CCCA ArtsWalk

If it’s Columbus Day weekend, then it must be time for the annual Hudson ArtsWalk. Except that apparently it isn’t the Hudson ArtsWalk anymore. Maybe it never was, but that’s what we always called it. (Yeah, and sometimes we still refer to the Times Union Center as the Knick, too.)

Anyway, now it’s going by the title of the Columbia County Council on the Arts ArtsWalk, and the action has spilled over into Chatham, as well.

If you haven’t spent much time in Hudson, this is the perfect opportunity to check out the smorgasbord of great art galleries, antique shops and restaurants that make the city such an intriguing place.

As a matter of fact, two of our Cool Factor 10 subjects – Dennis Herbert and C. Ryder Cooley – are based down in Hudson, and you can check out their fabulous work this weekend.

There are so many things going on around Hudson, you can’t possibly see it all – music, visual art, readings, kids activities and much more. Most of the activity is on Warren Street, and it’s all within easy walking distance. Here are a few suggestions:

“Apparitions,” an exhibition of Sylvia Plachy photographs at the Davis Orton Gallery

“Nothing To Fear,” an exhibition recent work by paper artist Ken Polinskie at the Nicole Fiacco Gallery

The funky and sometimes frightening sculptures of Lee Musselman at David Dew Bruner Design

“Faunal Respirations,” an installation by C. Ryder Cooley at the Hudson Opera House with a special performance by Cooley and Lady Moon at 6:30pm on Saturday.

But don’t limit yourself to Warren St. There are some real gems to discover off the beaten path, too:

Check out the new nightclub/restaurant Club Helsinki Hudson. They’re also hosting music by Henry Wolfe at 9pm Friday and stand-up comedy by Seth Herzog, Ted Alexandro and Sean Patton at 9pm Saturday.

You’ll be fascinated by the modern folk art assemblages of Dennis Herbert at the Garage Gallery.

Time + Space Limited is screening a pair of intriguing documentary films: “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” (about the enigmatic classical pianist) and “Kings of Pastry” (a behind the scenes look at the pressures of prepping for the renowned French pastry competition).

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