Get Into Nature
Sunday, April 19 through Sunday, October 18. In love with the natural environment since childhood, sculptor Robert Lobe confesses to being fascinated by working in the woods: “Perhaps it reminds me that as a boy my heart was up in the trees where countless hours went by. I loved building things in the woods. I still seem bound to these shapes, materials, textures.”
Lobe began working with motives drawn directly from nature in the 1970s. With wood as his primary medium, he began solidifying the shapes and volumes of his sculptures—some of which reflected the reductive tendencies of Minimalism. Prior to this, he was a practitioner of process art, creating temporal pieces using varied pliable and disposable materials.
Lobe’s pieces are drawn from nature, but within their stately shapes they contain a wide array of meanings and allusions. They ask us to contemplate the issues of creativity, aesthetics, the history of American art and, above all, man’s constantly evolving and increasingly complex relationship with the natural world.
Curator Emerita, Brooklyn Museum
Robert Lobe was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1945 and studied at the Oberlin College in Ohio and Hunter College in New York City. His work has been presented in a number of solo and group exhibitions and is included in such major collections as the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the National Gallery in Washington D.C.; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; and the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a recipient of numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award.
Tuesdays in June, July, August, and September, 6:00pm-7:15pm. With Jacqui Nash of The Yoga House. Breathe deep as you relax and take in the fresh air and mountain views. Join Jacqui as you unwind from your day and reconnect with yourself in this beautiful outdoor setting. The series will focus on Vinyasa Yoga for beginner and intermediate students. Sign up for individual classes, any 9 classes, or the full series. Bring your own mat and water. Rain or Shine. Please arrive 15 minutes early to set-up, so the class can start promptly at 6pm. Children ages 12 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required and payment is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, register early.$12 per class for Preserve members; $14 per class non-members. Register for 9 classes and receive 10% off (enter coupon code yoga9 at checkout). REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, October 3rd, 9am-10:30am. Join our Conservation Science staff and Tom Sarro, Mohonk Preserve Research Associate, for an indoor presentation introducing distinguishing characteristics of migrating species in flight. Children ages 10 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. The fee per person is $8 for Preserve members and non-members, and is required at the time of registration. Day passes will be provided so you can search for hawks all day!
Saturday, October 3rd, 10am. Join the race organizers on a beautiful fall day as they take you on a tour of the course starting and ending at Spring Farm. All ability levels welcome! Joe Alfano will lead hikers on a 10-mile round-trip, and Ken Posner will take runners out on a choice of 6, 12, or 18 miles. Each group will receive tips and training ideas on how to successfully complete the challenge. Participation (including parking) is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP here.
Please note that this program has been cancelled.
Sunday, October 18th, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Join Nina Jirka, of Tango New Paltz and dance the Tango while looking out over the Catskills and the beautiful colors of fall. Bring water and comfortable shoes for dancing. All ages welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Space is limited. There is a suggested donation of $5.