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Upstate Art Weekend featuring Natural Tendencies at Yellow Studio

July 18 - July 21

Yellow Studio is thrilled to be an official participant in Upstate Art Weekend.

Natural Tendencies, featuring work by Tomoko Abe, Natale Adgnot, Allison Belolan and Christy Sheppard Knell, is an exploration of human inclinations and how they inform our interactions with nature. Through glass, fabric, projection, ink, beeswax, thermoplastic, horsehair and beyond, these artists explore the relationship between humanity and nature, the tension between transience and permanency and the ubiquity of bias, both conscious and unconscious. Experimenting with unusual materials and allowing them to dictate what takes form serves as a reminder to distinguish between what is designed and what is destined, and to strike a balance between the two.

UPSTATE ART WEEKEND (UPAW) is a connective annual event, for residents and tourists alike, celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York. The fifth edition of UPAW will take place Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21, 2024, spanning ten counties in the Catskills Mountains and Hudson Valley.

UPAW launched in 2020 with 23 participants, expanding to over 140 this year, welcoming thousands of visitors to the region. The participants are comprised of local arts organizations, galleries, museums, residencies and creative projects, mixed with temporary exhibitions and events staged especially for UPAW.

UPAW compiles a program of events and a comprehensive google map, which garnered 320k+ views for the 2023 edition and continues to be used as a resource to discover the arts Upstate.

UPAW has been featured in The New York Times, artnet news, The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic, Chronogram, Cool Hunting and Whitewall, among others. 

UPSTATE ART WEEKEND was founded by Helen Toomer (STONELEAF RETREAT) and is powered by SPACE design + productions.


July 18
July 21
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