A message from our Founder, David Lyons
Bethany was founded with one guiding vision: that as a society we need more places that welcome all of us – artists of all ages and levels of experience and the community at large – to gather together to explore and create art, to engage in artistic endeavors, and through these experiences to enhance our perception and perspective of the world. At Bethany, everything we do is shaped by this vision and our aim to inspire sharing, connection and collaboration.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our efforts just as it has changed life for all of us. Self-isolation, absolutely necessary these past few months, is so contrary to our vision of community. While it has been tough, we remain committed to our vision and are working hard to responsibly re-open.
Our current exhibit of deeply moving photographs by Artour Toulinov is available online. And, these past few months we made two of Dr. Jill Kiefer’s classes available online, including her 100 Greatest Artists of the 20th Century series. Upcoming online classes include Picasso: The Man – the Myth – the Legend and American Modernism: The Other Modern Art.
We now look forward with our 4-Phase reopening plan. Phase 1 began in early July when our new Managing Director joined the Bethany team and our Assistant Director returned to the office. We began the work of developing policies and procedures, training staff and contractors, and cleaning and preparing the facility for the public. Phase 2 will commence July 20 and will permit limited access for gallery visits and will allow for our resident artists to return to their studios. We also hope to welcome Theater O’s summer camp in August. Phase 3 will start September 18, when we will welcome a few artists to our fall residency program which was substantially reduced to enable plenty of room for social distancing. The public program component of our residency will largely take place virtually or outdoors with limited, socially distanced seating available. More details to come as we get closer. Finally, we look forward to the day we can enter Phase 4 and return to a full offering of programs and events.
Each stage of our reopening plan allows us to carefully track and adjust our practices so we can do our part in helping our visitors, artists and staff stay safe. We are carefully tracking federal, state and local guidance and will continue to evaluate our reopening plan at each phase. We intend to make adjustments to this plan as required or as our team deems prudent.
We excitedly look forward to welcoming our studio artists back to their second “home” and visitors to our gallery.
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I had a vision of creating a community of artists that not only interacts with each other but with the community as a whole, locally and globally. BAC is a place where the established artist can tap into the potential that resides within, the new artist can continue to find their creative voice and the beginner (including the “I am not an artist”) can learn and grow. BAC is a place where all levels of artists can gather to help each other and each other’s art flourish. It is exciting to have you here and we are looking forward to enhancing the creative process.
Thank you for joining us. – David Lyons
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Resident Artist Feedback
“Bethany Arts Residency is a special experience. It offers a combination of solitude on a Hudson Valley hilltop, as well as the comradery of artists from all over the world. I was continually inspired and creatively challenged by our exchanges. The combination of community and solitude proved magical for my writing. The particular combination of cross-cultural conversations and solitary creative immersion made my residency incredibly productive—I nailed down the first part of my second novel. Thank you Bethany—I hope to be back! “
“Arts and artists have a way of raising up a community to its highest potential. Bethany arriving in Ossining is a game changer for an already artistic community. Not only will Bethany serve as inspiration, but also as an art making home to so many artists at so many points in their artistic lives. I can’t wait to see the conversations, collaborations and artistic growth that Bethany will be home to. And I am delighted that Bethany chose Ossining as its home.”
Beyond that it is clear that Bethany is a very special, nourishing place from the artists it attracts. I feel as if I met some of the most inspiring artists who will or already are leading their fields forward. I also mean “nourishing” quite literally: we residents were incredibly spoiled when it came to food and accommodation, which was the cherry on top of an already generous experience.”
“We were thrilled to be the first company in residence at Bethany Arts Community this past May! When the company is able to disconnect from their every day lives and just be in the room together, working, creating, that is when inspiration is found. Our gracious hosts at Bethany took care to make sure we had that space in a beautiful environment with amazing food and a welcoming community that nourished our bodies and souls. Thank you all! We hope this is the beginning of a long journey together.”
“From exploring the trails to writing in the solarium or singing in the former chapel, we felt inspired, productive, and very well taken care of during our time at Bethany Arts Community. The BAC team has created a nurturing and dynamic place that, we discovered, was an ideal home for our collaborative writing process. Our in-progress reading of excerpts from The Village of Vale, along with our conversations with local audience members, helped us focus and clarify our ongoing work on the show. We’re grateful, and we hope we get to come back soon!”
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