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Art and more in Hudson, NY

My neighbor who lives 2 doors down the hall since 2008 is an artist who has been in NY art scene since the 80's. I admire his work as much as I respect the man. He told us he has an exhibit in Hudson,NY for the entire month of August. I've lived in New York since 2001 and I am embarassed to say, I've never been to Hudson,NY. We already planned a hiking trip in the Catskills so we decided to visit Hudson on our way back to Brooklyn. It was only a 20 min. drive from the tiny house in the woods we stayed in. Pamela Salisbury Gallery is on Warren St. lined with independent artisan shops, restaurants and antique stores. Hudson Hall is just a few feet away from the gallery. It is in a historic opera house and known as New York state's oldest surviving theater. I was thrilled when I found out that *Ralph Waldo Emerson actually gave a talk here about "Social Aims" and Susan B. Anthony lectured here to abolish slavery and to rally the cry for women's suffrage. In 1914, Teddy Roosevelt even regaled a crowd with his adventures in Africa. * ( quoted from Now, it hosts various arts and culture program. You can even book weddings and corporate events in this historical venue.

I can only imagine this street must be bustling Pre- Covid-19 Pandemic. It gives me comfort that the shops require masks. People actually wear them and practice social distancing. I heard that for the past few years, New York City creative types moved here in hordes. The area was revitalized.

As soon as I entered the gallery, I was immediately greeted by Chuck's works in the main floor. One particular art that is so timely is Walking with Corona, which is basically walking with shit. His art has sense of humor but is profound. He may be the most amiable artist I have known but his art is always poignant. Not surprising, some of the pieces were already sold. Pamela Salisbury herself greeted us warmly and immediately offered my 5 year-old daughter paper and pencils. DD gladly obliged. Now, her eyes on paper piece is currently on display in Pamela Salisbury Gallery.

The gallery has 2 buildings with a courtyard in the middle, the perfect spot for Donald Baechler's flower sculptures. His works are on display until November 1, 2020. There is a second building behind the courtyard. Its concrete and reclaimed wood provided contrast to Martha Clippinger's vibrant colored textiles, David Humphrey and Carlo D'Anselmo's paintings and complemented Pamela Blum's sculptures. Their exhibit ended August 30 but you can see works of other artists beginning each month. Hudson will even be more picturesque during the Fall season. So check out the art galleries and support local independent shops. They have been greatly affected by this Pandemic. ... but please just wear your mask.

Hudson is approximately 128.2 miles from NY

By car: 2 1/2 - 3 hours

By public transportation: 2 hours from Penn Station

Amtrak stops at Hudson NY in Columbia County via the Empire Services, Maple Leaf, Adirondak & Ethan Allen express lines

Pamela Salisbury Gallery

362 ½ Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534

Hudson Hall

327 Warren St., Hudson NY 12534

Other places of interest:

Olana State Historic site- Home of Hudson River Painter Frederick Church

5720 NY 9G Hudson NY 12534

If you are hungry or thirsty:

American Glory- classic American comfort food and Bbq

342 Warren St.

Bread Folks bakery

322 Warren St.

Swoon Kitchenbar- Inventive new American Cuisine, Locally sourced

340 Warren St.

Hudson Brewing Co.- Hudson’s 1st Brewery since prohibition

Talbot and Arding Cheese provisions

Backbar- open air cocktail bar with picnic tables serving southeast asian street food

347 Warren St.

Le Perche- French bakery and bistro, fresh local ingredients

Red Dot Restaurant & Bar- Hudson’s oldest continually operating restaurant and bar

321 Warren St.

If you are sleepy and need a bed:

The Hudson Guest House- Bed and Breakfast

550 Warren St.

The Barlow Hotel

542 Warren St.

Tiger House

317 Allen St

Batterby House

251 Allen St.

If you want to shop or just want to window shop:

Source Adage- perfumes, colognes, candles and home fragrance store

314 Warren St.

John Doe Books and records

434 Warren St.

Hudson Clothier- all American made clothing and accessories for men and women

443 Warren St.

Fluff Alpaca- family's Alpaca farm provides wool for the children's and adult's clothing , accessories and yarn sold in their Hudson store

521 Warren St.

Good Fight Herb Co.- Herb shop

253 ½ Warren St.

Magic Hill- mid- century vintage furnitures

307 Warren St.

Look Apparel & accessories- vintage clothes and accessories

401 Warren St.

IF you want to know where your food came from:


Table to farm tours – temporarily closed due to Covid-19 but will re- open next season

If you want to pray and worship

First Presbyterian Church of Hudson- beautiful and iconic building in Hudson built in 1837

369 Warren St.

St. Mary's Catholic Church/ Holy Trinity

429 Allen St.

Shiloh Baptist church

14 Warren St.

Congregation Anshe Emeth- Synagogue

240 Joslen Blvd.

Hudson Islamic Center

Hudson friends meeting - Quaker Church

343 Union St.

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