Filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss’ ArtScene TV – The Maverick Festival and Living Large


Each month, filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss produces “ArtScene,” a monthly video web series with short segments on artists, galleries, and museums in the Hudson Valley. Check it out at As told to Kelly Seiz.

The Maverick Festival

An exhibition of images corresponding to the Maverick Festival Concert Series is on display at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum and the Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Guild through August. Instead of focusing on the music, curator Susana Torruella Leval compiled assorted memorabilia that focus on the musicians and composers that participated and contextualized the historic importance of the Maverick Art Colony founded by Hervey White. The centerpiece and namesake of the festival, John B. Flannagan’s sculpture of the Maverick Horse, is prominently featured in the exhibition.

Living Large

The Historical Society of Woodstock is celebrating the Maverick Festival’s centennial with an exhibition focusing on two influential Woodstock women who helped sculpt the local art scene in the early 20th Century. Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, a same-sex couple who met in the early `20s were deeply involved in the local artistic community. Seven years after the festival was forced out of commission by the police for public intoxication and explicit nudity, Nan and Wilna picked up the reigns, renaming it the Full Moon Costume Picnic. They kept the festival alive from 1938 to 1962, paving the way for the Woodstock Festival of 1969.

Click link for more information courtesy Chronogram:  ArtScene TV Episode 8.



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