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Imagine walking in to a room and the walls are bare; turning on the radio but there is no sound; opening a book and the pages are blank. What would the world be like without the arts? The answer is simple: bare, silent and blank. As a vibrant and vital arts organization, the CCCA’s commitment to embrace art in all of its magnificent forms and share it throughout our community ensures that the arts will always be readily available to inspire, uplift and enrich the lives of all. We pride ourselves in the varied and outstanding programs which support and reflect the work of our 800-plus artist members and the community of thousands of residents and visitors whom the CCCA serves each year.

In 2013 we are proud to have:

  • Coordinated and mounted six group shows in our 209 Warren Street gallery. Along with our yearly Juried Art Show at the Hudson Opera House, we partnered with the Claverack Library in support of literary and fine arts, the Olana State Historic Site for our second annual plein-air fundraising event, with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to produce six member solo show exhibits at the Chamber’s gallery space.
  • Assisted in the creation and launching of the Art School of Columbia County, answering a call for fine arts education for adults and children throughout our community Coordinate the Hillsdale Arts Festival – an inaugural event which highlighted fine arts and music throughout the village of Hillsdale for two days this September.
  • Presented ArtsWalk 2013 offered something for everyone! Literary Events offered area bibliophiles two days of literary events featuring twelve renowned authors; Performing Arts highlighted plays of noted professional playwrites and area student award-winning one-act plays which were read before a live audience. ArtsWalk Kids offered children enriching creative activities, Windows on Warren displayed member’s artwork in store windows throughout Hudson. Our annual Member’s show was a highlight of ArtsWalk festivities with over 250 works of art displayed (visit for photos and highlights!)

The CCCA distributes funds administered through the GCCA from the NY State Council on the Arts for arts organizations and individual artists. This regrant program benefits dozens of local organizations and artists to support workshops and events that benefit all residents throughout Columbia County. Two individual artists each year receive $2,500 to support new, original work while school districts throughout Columbia and Greene counties receive over $10,000 through Arts in Education grants for in-school partnerships with artists.

The CCCA proudly administers The Linda Arnaud Memorial Award, granted yearly to a CCCA member-artist for the creation of a new body of work.

We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events that we plan for 2014 and see firsthand the pride we take in producing programs that advance the arts and engage our county’s residents and visitors; provide services that support our county’s cultural organizations, artists and resident participation in the arts; and build collaborative partnerships within the county and beyond so that our vision becomes a reality. In order to meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve those in our community each year.

We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual appeal by making a cash donation. This year our goal is $10,000 and we hope that you will be able to make a contribution. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work.

Please click here or on the ‘Donate’ link at the top bar of this website. Remember that every donation, regardless of size, makes a difference. Your support in any amount is critical in helping us keep the arts and arts education a fundamental part of this region. Thank you in advance for your support!

Cynthia Mulvaney
Executive Director


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CCCA Fundraising 2011 An inspiring letter from CCCA Board President Jan Grice reminds us of the value of the arts—visual, performing, and cultural—for bringing people together, opening eyes to new perspectives, and celebrating diversity.
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Depict your favorite view of the streets of Hudson: Architecture, streets, or special events in any medium that reflects the tapestry of this lively urban gem.

Artwork above: Kenneth Young “Farmers Market” Oil on Canvas

Exhibition Dates:
May 24, – July 12, 2014

CCCA Gallery
209 Warren Street Hudson, NY

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 24,
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Juror: David Lee Photographer for the Hudson Register Star.
David Lee of Chatham was born and raised in rural Minnesota where he learned at a very early age the technique of gelatin silver photography. His father, a small town doctor, built a darkroom in the basement of their house and introduced him to the alchemy of photography. During his formative college years he studied art history at the University of Minnesota and spent many years working as an art handler for contemporary art at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

He began his career in the “editorial arena” in New York City as an editorial intern for a photography publishing company and later for various museums and galleries. He later came to Columbia County and initially worked as a photographer and an “old -letters –reader” for a local sculptor. This paved the way for his positions in local newspapers in Columbia County where he is currently the photographer for the Hudson Register Star. For the past twelve years he has also taught photography at Berkshire Community College and has exhibited his works in Mohawk-Hudson Regionals and at the Koussevitsky Gallery at Berkshire Community College.

“Through these chapters, I have climbed down from my ivory tower on the last falling strains of my balding pate to walk among the community of which I now consider myself a member” states David.

David’s work in the field of photographing the community of Columbia County gives him a rich background in street photography and you can see his works daily in the Hudson Register Star.

Submission Guidelines:

Email Digital Submissions to: Please indicate in the subject line the name of the show you are submitting for.

Submission Deadline:
Midnight, Friday, April 25th.

No late entries will be accepted.

Include in the Document:
Artist Name, phone number and e-mail address, along with the Title, Medium, Size and Price of each submitted piece. (Incomplete information will exclude your work from being considered by the Juror.

If Mailing or Dropping Off:
Send 8x10 photo samples (not originals) by the due date, with the above information to: Columbia Council on the Arts
209 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
(Please include self-addressed stamped envelope for return of samples.)
Up to 3 images may be submitted in jpeg format, the largest dimension being a maximum of 1024 pixels.

Submission Fee: Non-members must pay a non-refundable submission fee of $25.00.
The $25.00 fee may be applied towards membership* if application for membership together with any additional fee owed is received within 30 days after CCCA’s receipt of the $25 submission fee. The submission fee may be paid by check, made payable to CCCA, 209 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 (Check must be received by the due date for submissions), or you can pay by using PayPal. Payments through Pay Pal ON THE CCCA WEBSITE in the Gallery Submission Link which allow you to pay via your PayPal account or a credit card of your choice.

Selected artwork MUST be gallery ready, framed and wired for exhibition. No saw toothed hangers are permitted. Work not delivered in this condition will not be hung. No exceptions.

In some cases artists may be asked to provide their own pedestals or protective display box or may be required to install their own work should it prove to be heavy or require special handling.

Notice of Acceptance:
Artists will be notified of acceptance within two weeks after submission date. An installation fee of $10.00 is required for the first piece juried into the show and $5 for each additional piece. Fees must be paid at the time the work is dropped off or it will not be accepted.

Artwork must be priced for sale and CCCA retains a 30% commission on all sales. Selected artists will be notified of drop off and pick up dates. All artists are required to pick up their work(s) on the dates posted. If artists cannot pick up their works they should make arrangements for someone else to do so. A storage fee of $30 will be charged for works not picked up as scheduled. CCCA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to artwork not timely picked up and after 30 days artwork will become the property of CCCA.

CCCA requires all exhibiting artists to assist in gallery sitting.

Thank You.

For further information, please call 518-671-6213 or email:

*Membership benefits include free submission to six annual shows, access to other juried and non-juried exhibition opportunities and venues, and multi-level discounts at restaurants, retail establishments, service providers and hospitality venues in and outside of Columbia county, throughout the year. Please click here for more information on becoming a member.

Eric Keenaghan, Poet
Jeffry Lependorf, Musician
An Evening of Poetry and Music
May 3, 2014, 5 – 7 pm

CCCA Gallery
209 Warren Street Hudson, NY

Presented by Columbia County Council on the Arts.
Wine & cheese reception follows.

Download PDF of event for more information.


Dan Region – Plumb Bronson House – photograph

Photo: Dan Region “Plumb-Bronson House Staircase” photograph.

Exhibition Dates:
March 22, – May 16, 2014

CCCA Gallery
209 Warren Street Hudson, NY

Juror: Ken Bovat, Jr., Master Photographer Craftsman, is the owner and sole photographer of Photo-Art by Ken Bovat, in Claverack, New York. He began his business in 1976, photographing mostly weddings and environmental portraits, working out of his home. As his business grew, he relocated to an old railroad depot, which he converted into his current studio. His photography consists of weddings, portraits, specializing in High School Seniors, and a small amount of commercial photography.
Ken received his Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America in 1988 and his Photographic Craftsman Degree in 1992. He received the PPA National Award from the Professional Photographer’s Society of New York in 1998, where he served as President (2003-2004). Ken is the recipient of numerous photographic awards on the local, state and international level, and has lectured and given demonstrations to many photographic groups, both professional and amateur.

Exhibiting Artists:
Carla Berger, Debra Lynne Bilow, Arlene Boehm, Denise B. Chandler, Gerald Cooley, V. James DiPerna, J. Pierre Gontier, Karen Hummel, Scott Keidong, Wayne King, Hildy Pincus Kronen, Jeffrey Levin, Katharine Mahoney, Wendy Moss, Michael O'Shea, Daniel Region, Susan Sabino, Peter Sagal, Ken Tannenbaum.

For further information, please call 518-671-6213 or email:

Note to Members Using AOL
We have been informed that some CCCA members using AOL e-mail accounts are not receiving CCCA communications. This is most likely due to heightened AOL security settings. If a member chooses to work around by creating a separate gmail account, please notify CCCA of the new alternative e-mail address.

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