Community Arts & Trades
Involving the arts at the very center of community revitalization
2012 Fall and Winter Exhibtions at the Resource Center
This season's exhibitions by local artists are thematically curated to expand the community discussion on the ideas to restore and conserve the abundance of natural resources in Philmont, including land conservation, water restoration at Summit Reservoir, protecting the watershed, enjoying wildlife habitats, creating habitats, creating natural trails, growing village gardens and parks, supporting local farming, gaining food security, and developing renewable energy resource opportunities.
Exhibitions made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts providing the artists with an artist fee.
Exihibitions held every weekend.
SOIL & WATER - Sasha Chermayeff, Ruth Leonard, Tasha Depp. An exhibit of original works by three local artists inspired by the Hudson Valley. Artist curated by Victoria Brill Oct 6-7 to Oct 13-14
CHANGING ENVIRONMENT - Frank Wildermuth Oct 20-21 to Oct 27-28 An exhibit of original photographs taken over time 2007
2008 Main St. Banner Project
Five professional local artists, designers, and an architect were commissioned by the PB Inc. Main St. Program to design Streetscape banners. 5'7' X 23" the banners were printed and fabricated by Nancy Scans, LLC in Chatham, and are now ready for installation along the Main St.
If you are a business owner and would like a banner outside your storefront on the Main St. – please let us know. (hardware included).
Barbara Lehman – nationally published children's book illustrator. Resident of Philmont.
John Issacs – internationally recognized graphic artist and recent recipient of the 2008 Graphis Gold Award for the design of Berkshares local currency. Resident of Claverack.
Jim Rossant – internationally recognized architect and designer. We are honored that Jim took a special interest in the revitalization of Philmont's Main St. and will be proud to fly his banner designs in memory of his great talent.
Pink Cloud Gallery – nationally recognized illustrator and clock shop. Gt. Barrington and frequent visitor to Philmont.
Eileen Ordu – artist. Resident of Philmont.
See Children’s Save The Lake Banner – created on Community Day 2007.
2007 Community Day Banner Project
"Join PB Inc. and follow Corey Cox the Stilt Walker from the Main St. Parade to join artists, teachers, poets and writers for a fun family orientated art activity. Make a silk pray flag or banner to celebrate the beauty found in nature - sky, water, earth, and wind to celebrate the natural gifts Summit Reservoir gives to our community. Join us to help paint a few dashes of color, have fun using block printing and color dipping, write or draw a favorite memory of nature, or just hang out watching and enjoying a colorful event. Open to all ages, all levels of artistic skills, even if you think you don’t have any!"
Local artists joined over 40 children to create a banner installation to celebrate the opening of the Community Center, in July 2007.
This project lead to five local artists designing Main St. banners to enhance the Main St. Program target area.
The Philmont Mural 2001-2003
The Philmont Mural turned a drab and neglected service parking lot in downtown Philmont Village on the corner of Main St. & Elm St. into an urban exterior 15’ x 100’ mural comprising of a compilation of historic buildings and dwellings dating from the 1850’s to the present located in the Village of Philmont. The project was a partnership between Philmont Beautification, Inc., the Columbia County Office of the Aging, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Taconic Hills Central School District Middle and High school, Hawthorne Valley School community service program, and the many volunteers who lent a hand cooking breakfasts, putting up tents, selling add-your-name-to-the-wall bricks, and the many supporters who cheered this project along in the summer of 2001.
This site now hosts the seasonal Philmont Farmers Market held from June to October bringing local farmers to the Main St every Sunday from 10am to 1pm.
The project involved renowned streetscape artist Roger Mason Sr. and his son Roger Mason Jr., 103 students participating in the first Artist in Residency program to be held at Taconic Hills High School, and was funded by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Taconic Hills Central School District, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Columbia County Council on the Arts, the Twin Counties Fund, Hudson River Bank Trust Foundation, Liberty Paint of Hudson, the Village DPW, local businesses, community contributions, and an in-kind and volunteer team for project management.
Project completion was accompanied by a fund raising Buy-a-Brick campaign netting over 90 community names added to the wall by the Hawthorne Valley School High School calligraphy class. The educational component comprised a core group of 60 Taconic Hills High and Middle School students and teachers, including, an High School art class, an 8th grade Accelerated Art class, a technology class, an English language class producing an oral history of Philmont historic buildings, a CAD CAM computer class producing site plans, renderings, a scale site model, and an on-site student and community participation mural painting during the July and August summer break of 2001. Teacher salary time was a part of this project budget.
Is your name on the wall?
The Philmont Mural received 2 Columbia County Council on the Arts Awards recognizing a community based arts project.