Art in Common entertainment planned at Commons

Margaretville — Wendy Nief, popular local songstress of jazz, blues and pop standards, will be performing 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Commons Building on Main Street, Margaretville on Saturday, Jan. 17.
Accompanied by Peter Brittain on guitar, Geoff Samuels on bass and Kevin Corkery on drums, Nief will be covering her diverse musical spectrum, as the opening event of “Art in Common,” a series of multi-art events happening every Saturday afternoon this winter at the Commons building.
Nief, a longtime performer with a devoted following, has become something of a regular at the prestigious Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, so a Margaretville appearance is sure to draw her many hometown friends and fans. Wendy will be mixing it up with her warm and sultry jazz and blues, in addition to upbeat rock and pop standards, and she hopes the upstairs atrium space will allow folks to shake a rug if so inclined.
Refreshments will be plentiful, and all the Commons businesses will be open for browsing and shopping until 7 p.m., including the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild and the Longyear Gallery, both of which feature local fine arts and crafts.
The “Art in Common” series has much more in store, each and every Saturday afternoon this winter. A collaboration of Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild and numerous local arts and business organizations, the multi-art offerings are designed to encourage both locals and visitors to get out and about during the winter months, while conveniently enjoying the arts and shopping riches of the area. “It’s so important for all of us to stay connected and supported during the wintertime, and the Commons building seemed the perfect spot to gather artisans, performers, writers and friends each Saturday, so that our visitors can learn about the cultural richness we have to offer and we can enjoy it too,” said Catskill Guild member Jill Cline.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, “Art in Common” will feature three distinctive fiber artists at work with live demonstrations: Theresa May O’Brien, Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes and Karen Lloyd. On the same day, artists Alix Travis and Patrice Lorenz of the Longyear Gallery will discuss “How to Look at Paintings.” On Saturday, Jan. 31, three regional authors (Diane Galusha, Edward Henry, and Carol Stone White) published by Black Dome Press will be discussing and signing their books. As a special treat, the book signing will include a wine and local cheese tasting. The popular cabaret duo Patricia Dell and Kent Brown will be appearing on the first Saturday of February.
Each event will take place from 4 - 7 p.m. with refreshments and no cover charge. For more info, visit www.catsguild.org or call 586-3443.