Performing and Visual Artists Featured

For Immediate Release
October 2, 2013
Contact: Joan Lawrence-Bauer
845-331-2140 x 263


Kingston, NY — 10/2/2013 — Laura Katz will be the featured artist in the first bi-monthly art show to be staged at Woodstock Commons. On Friday, October 11, from 4 – 7pm, “The Watercolors of Laura Katz” will open with a live guitar performance by Barry Garneau. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to anyone interested.

Katz, who lived and worked in Manhattan before settling into a 100 year-old farmhouse in Woodstock, was a design major at Cornell and enjoyed a long career as a Stylist/Designer of wallpaper and textiles for home decor. After moving to Woodstock, Laura began to develop other artistic endeavors, and studied watercolor with Staats Fasoldt at the Woodstock School of Art. Though she has also worked in portraiture and mixed-media and is currently experimenting with abstractions in oils, Laura’s original love is the water colors she will display at her Woodstock Commons show.

Katz has shown throughout the Hudson Valley in the Woodstock-Saugerties-Phoenicia area as well as Poughkeepsie and Hudson. She is also a frequent participant in the art community in Ithaca, NY. Laura’s work will be hung in the Community Center at Woodstock Commons. Other local artists will also show with pieces in three different buildings on the complex. Those who attend the opening will be able to meet the artist and see her work and at the same time, tour the Woodstock Commons complex.

Many artists in a wide variety of media have settled at the complex and together they plan to feature a different artist’s work every other month. Barry Garneau, an accomplished musician in a wide variety of genres, will help set the stage for the show with a musical backdrop at the opening. From classical to blues, folk and other types of music, Garneau’s performances are known to draw his listeners and help them capture the feelings of the visual work they are viewing. With two parents as musicians, Garneau has been making music all his life having started on the ukulele and guitar when he was just three.

The opening of the show has been planned to complement other arts activities in the Woodstock hamlet on “Woodstock Nights” held on the second Friday of each month. Most stores and galleries in Woodstock will be open with special features for visitors. After the opening, the Katz work will be hanging for two months and can be seen by making an appointment with the artist.

“Woodstock Commons is a beautiful complex and an asset to the larger community,” said Katz in announcing the show. “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to share my work and to be the lead-off artist in this series.” “We are really pleased to show case Woodstock Commons as we show off the talents of these Woodstock residents,” said RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor. “It’s a beautiful place and a model for what works best in affordable housing and we hope that people from the community who haven’t seen it yet will come out and have a look and enjoy the work of these artists at the same time. O’Connor noted that RUPCO is the region’s leading provider and advocate of quality affordable housing and community development programs aimed to provide opportunity and revitalize communities. For more than 30 years RUPCO, a 501-C-3- not for profit agency, has led the region in creating and maintaining quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, fostering community development and revitalization and providing opportunity to people to improve their living standards. “Our works is ‘strengthening homes, communities and lives,” said O’Connor, and we’re excited to play this role in Woodstock.

More information on the artwork is available at Laura’s website, More information on Woodstock Commons and on RUPCO is available at

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