Artists-in-Residence Program applications are being sought

 Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Erpf Gallery have kicked off the 12th-year of their Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence Program with a call for applications.
The 2009 program runs from June 15 to Oct. 15 and offers artists a chance to stay from a few days to two weeks at the rustic Platte Clove Red Cabin, situated at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Nature Preserve near Tannersville, Hunter, and Windham in Greene County.
“Our program is an artist’s dreamscape,” says Lisa Rainwater, executive director of the Catskill Center.  “From the gushing waters crashing onto the rocks of Plattekill Falls to the hiking trails that wend their ways through old growth forests, a creative mind is continuously stimulated with the glorious smells, sounds, and sights of this beautiful Catskill landscape.  We are delighted to provide such respite to those who gain artistic inspiration from nature.”
Open to visual artists, photographers, writers, playwrights, composers, and performing artists, residents must have an affinity for the natural world, and their work at Platte Clove should foster an appreciation of the environment through the aesthetics of art.
“Since the beginning of the American Landscape movement, epitomized by the Hudson River School in the early 1800s, the Catskill escarpment has remained an enduring source of artistic inspiration for generations of artists,” says Inverna Lockpez, director of the Artists-in-Residence Program and Curator of the Erpf Gallery.  “Our residency, the only one in the country situated in the historic landscapes that were the inspiration to Cole, Church, Durand and others, provides a rustic workplace and retreat for artists working in a variety of disciplines in the living landscape where American art began.”
An Artists-in-Residence exhibition will be held in May, 2010 at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery, located in Arkville.  The works to be exhibited will be chosen by the curator from among all the pieces done during the residency or inspired by time in the cabin.  The work may be traditional or experimental.
Since its inception, over 130 artists, painters, writers, and composers from across the country have participated in the Artists-in-Residence program – becoming artistic ambassadors for environmental stewardship once returning to their communities. 
Artists interested in applying can download the application form at www.catskillcenter.org.  For additional information, e-mail invernalockpez@yahoo.com.