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Spring Exhibitions and Music Schedule

Like Flowers Blooming by Your Existence

Photographs by Tom Potter and Margaret Uhalde

April 22 – May 21

Closing Reception Saturday, May 21st 4 – 7 followed by live music

During his life in New York City, Tom Potter was a gallery owner, artist and musician. After his move to the Catskill Mountains, his graceful black and white photographs came to reflect an intimate observation of woodland details, evoking the resonance of natural and human life cycles. Tom passed away recently, and this exhibition honoring his life and work, pairs his images with those of Maggie Uhalde, a young artist and poet whose image and text pieces share a meditative approach to brief moments of contact and connection suspended within the stillness of reflection.

music posters Spring 17


Edna Arloween at Incident Report

Artist Edna Arloween with the ever charming Homer Snyder at Incident Report Gallery in Hudson, NY, where she showed her series of Statue of Liberty project through May 15th. The paintings show the Statue as having a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, including one from outer space, who is making the international symbol for love in American Sign Language. The blue figure represents Traumatic Brain Injury, whose advocacy organization uses blue as it’s signature color. The project was initiated at the Prattsville Art Center.

Incident Report Gallery is a public art project by artists Nancy Shaver and Max Goldfarb


Support the Tom Potter Music Fund

Tom Potter, beloved member of the local community, passed away on March 24, 2017. Throughout his life, he was always inspired by music and the arts, and made it a point to spark that inspiration in his children. He played in bands, worked as a photographer, and loved going to live music shows with his family, including right here at PAC.

The Tom Potter Music Fund has been established in memory of Tom’s legacy, with the intention of supporting local musicians, providing youth with music lessons and other opportunities to express their creativity, and increasing community access to live music. To donate, please click the paypal button on the Support Us page. PAC and the Potter family greatly appreciate your support.

Tom with his sister Tracy playing the flute on a NYC rooftop in the late 1980s. 

Welcome to our new Associate Director, Phoebe Potter

We are excited to welcome Phoebe Potter to the Prattsville Art Center and Residency (PAC) family as our new Associate Director. Phoebe grew up just ten minutes away from PAC and has deep ties with the local community. As Associate Director, Phoebe will work closely with Executive Director Nancy Barton and the Board to shape and advance the strategic goals of the Center through community engagement, collaborating with artists in residence, and fundraising and development efforts.

Since graduating from Gilboa-Conesville Central School in 2005, Phoebe has worked in government and non-profit agencies to advance reforms of the criminal justice system, including efforts to reduce the nation’s dependence on mass incarceration and improve the reentry process for people returning home from prison and jail and their families. Over the past year, Phoebe launched the Heartivist Collective to promote collaboration amongst healers, artists, and activists, and support their work through strategic visioning and program development.

In transitioning to PAC, Phoebe intends to use her experience in non-profit management and community organizing to promote grassroots social change rooted in the arts and creative expression. She believes that public art spaces have the power to bring diverse people together to creatively envision and build holistically healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities. She looks forward to collaborating with the many people who support the Center to achieve this vision.

Phoebe can be reached by email at, and welcomes you to visit her at the Center during our open hours!

Winter’s Dead Fest opens our All Ages Music Club

Celebrate the opening of Prattsville Art Center’s new All Ages Music Club with our Winter’s Dead Fest February 10, 11, & 12

(All Ages clubs are designed to include audiences under 21, and don’t serve alcohol)

We will be featuring live music by young bands touring the New York Area, most weekends. Music will range from Hip-Hop , Rock, & Pop-Punk to Electronic, Folk, and Funk.



Help Support the Art Center on its 5th Anniversary

The Prattsville Art Center will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2017, and we are so incredibly proud and grateful to everyone who has made this place a reality.

Our community: the artists and musicians, the interns, carpenters, volunteers, and advisors, who re-built this flood ruined place and made it theirs.

Our funders and partners, who took a chance on this place before we had heat or electricity


Our generous patrons including Kevin Piccoli, Kerry and Steve St Pierre, Margaret Irwin, and Carolyn Bennett, who enabled us to take our first steps, and folks like Ted Petricini and Sonny Rock who donated a pellet stove and a drum set

We still have a long way to go…

But NOW, with our first online fundraiser, YOU can join these amazing folks by making a contribution to the Art Center HERE:

If all of our Facebook friends shared $2 with us, it would cover our electricity and wi-fi for the year!

For $3 we could afford the heat to stay open 2 extra days each winter – offering a place for Seniors to warm up by the fire, and extra nights for our all ages music club!

If everyone was feeling flush and sent $5, we could cover the costs of our new Annual Summer Music Festival or a summer’s worth of free art, music, and dance classes!  Send $10 and we can do both!!


We know there are a lot of worthy causes out there that deserve your support this year.  Our Director donates her time & we own the building, so our costs are low.  We don’t want to break the bank, but if you have enjoyed our events, exhibitions, classes, or even just our crazy facebook posts, please share something, to help us keep the Art Center free!!



Images from “On Photography” at the Art Center Gallery



On Photography, After Susan

Susan Sontag’s book, On Photography, published in 1977, angered many photographers for its description of an image-soaked world, decades before the internet would channel that stream into the phone in our pocket. Haunted by mortality, photographs, cut into the passing of time; every selfie is a memento mori. As if to refute this unwelcome knowledge, digital images, with their vivaciousness and disposability, repress the sense of nostalgia-before-the-fact which defines the photographic message. The weight of photographs, as Sontag describes them, in meditations often linked with tragedy, is lightened. The vulnerability of the latent image, captured but unprocessed, hardens into certainty.

The exhibition, On Photography collects attempts to resist predictability, unearthing the instability that underlies even the most banal of photographic activities. The exhibition is composed of works that may not read as photographs at all; large photograms made by moonlight, a tabletop covered in dirt removed from a flood site, a cyanotype covered in the history of rituals, faded prints of a woodland religious camp crumbling into a shooting range, a video of indeterminate images. Yet as attempts to trace realities that cannot be fully resolved or known, they speak to to the genuinely elusive function of photography more clearly than more readily decipherable pictures.

Peter Perrone, a close friend of Ms. Sontag was invited to mediate her voice for this project. He has chosen quotations from On Photography and paired them with contemporary stories. In the course of our work, he mentioned that he still dreams about Susan. And perhaps he is not alone. Nearly 40 years after they were written, her observations have become so omnipresent as to seem commonplace; we rely on Freud’s dream language of condensation and displacement keep their implications below the surface.

– Nancy Barton




Jared Handlesman, photograms exposed with moonlight, automobile headlights,  altered with handheld light sources, and photographic chemistry during development




(installation view)


Katherine Bauer, aka Kitty Monteray


The Veil, cyanotype on fabric exposed during sequential performances


Projected Materialization, 16mm projector and mixed media



Elizabeth Hall-Dukin