Open Studio Weekend 2017

What Is Open Studio Weekend?

Celebrate with 30 artists who hail from 28 diverse countries at Open Studio Weekend, an annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends!

On Saturday, kick off your shoes and grab a drink to celebrate the culmination of this years' artists residency. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres while overlooking views of the firefly-lit Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi and dance to exuberant live music by Nkumu Katalay in the company of our artists-in-residence and upstate arts community.

On Sunday, a buffet Country Brunch takes place in a tented location near Ledig House overlooking The Fields Sculpture Park. The brunch is followed by a short walk down the road for the much anticipated Open Studios, where visitors will see the work the artists have been making for the last four weeks.

Event Locations:

Studio Barns - Corner of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent, NY

(google maps link here.)

Ledig House - 59 Letter S Road, Ghent, NY

(google maps link here.)

Saturday, July 8th | Tickets & Information

Open Studio Weekend: Dancing Under the Stars

Saturday, July 8, 8:30 PM - Midnight
$25 per person
Benenson Visitors Center (1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075)

Tickets still available, please purchase at the door (cash, credit, check)



Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live music overlooking the firefly-lit sculpture park at Omi, in the company of our artists-in-residence and upstate arts community. Celebrate the culmination of the 2017 artists residency and Open Studios the following day!

Children ages 11-18 are $12, and can be paid for at the door (cash, credit, check).
Children ages 10 and under are free!

Sunday, July 9th | Tickets & Information


Open Studio Weekend: Country Brunch

Sunday, July 9, 11 AM - 1 PM
Ledig House at Omi: 59 Letter S Road, Ghent NY
$40 for members, $50 for not-yet-members

Tickets available at the door (cash, credit, check)

Omi honors our international artists-in-residence and celebrates with a country brunch on the lawn of Ledig House. Join us for mimosas, French toast, and fresh fruit to fuel up for a day of art-seeking before you head down to the Studio Barns!

Members may RSVP by emailing to confirm a reservation for brunch. 

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Children ages 11-18 are $25, and can be paid for at the door (cash, credit, check). Please e-mail to RSVP.

Children ages 10 and under are free!

Alumni tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the door. Please e-mail to RSVP.


Open Studio Weekend: Open Studios

Sunday, July 9, 1 - 5 PM
The Studio Barns: intersection of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent, NY

Where else in Columbia County can you see the work of 30 artists from 28 countries in one place? After our relaxing Country Brunch, take a short stroll down to the studio barns, and see what the artists have been working on for the past four weeks, along with additional events and installations to be announced!

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

2017 Artists-in-Residence

2017 Artist Residents

Click here to view the full bios.

Kiichiro Adachi,
Shurooq Amin,
Camila Arriaga Torres,
Claudio Beorchia,
Anna Berry,
UK, Unlimit Art Fellowship
Elaine Byrne,
Claudia Chaseling,
Furen Dai,
China/USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship
Modou Dieng, Senegal/USA
Lang Ea,
Cambodia/New Zealand
Iñaki Garmendia, Basque Country (Spain), Eremuak Fellowship
Barbara Kaplan,
Jennifer Karady,
USA, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic & Religious Conflict
Francois Knoetze,
South Africa, American Dream Fellowship
Anna Kristensen, Australia/USA, Art Omi Australia Committee
Diego Lama,
Eunsook Lee,
South Korea
Rodolfo Marron,
USA, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Omar Mismar,
Branislav Nikolic,
Jebila Okongwu,
Yann Pocreau,
Canada, The Antrev/Habland Award
Viktor Popovic,
Croatia, Fellowship for an Artist Living and Working in Croatia
Alejandra Prieto,
Chile, Cecily Brown Fellowship
Farid Rasulov, Azerbaijan/USA
Yves Sambu,
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Julie Schenkelberg,
Omid Shekari,
Anssi Taulu,
Thu Kim Vu,


About Nkumu Katalay


IG, FB, Twitter: @nkumukatalay



Nkumu Isaac Katalay was born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo where he spent one half of his life before moving to New York City in1996. Music became Isaac's path to navigate the world. Music has become Isaac's corner stone, which holds fragments of his identity together.


Music is Nkumu''s passion. The study of musical notes or beats, especially their movements, patterns, and how they are parallel to human cultures, remains his lifelong fascination. To Nkumu, "musical notes or beats are pieces of cultures residing within the realm of sound, and the ensemble of their interactions makes music." Similar to notes, human cultures are fragments of historical formation, which gather under a specific civilization, and like notes, cultures are continuously seeking for alternative manifestations. So, artistically, he discovered one tool after the other. Nkumu's musical concept was cultivated via the "Mbonda" or "Ngoma" (drum) and movements (dance).


The cultural and social dynamics that exist in New York City and Kinshasa helped his quest for translating his idea of sound and movements. Both places are very diverse and rich in culture. These two cities introduced Isaac to the world, and they also poured in him a deep appreciation of humanity. While he mainly represents Congolese music and culture, his style is a hybrid of various genres reflecting global culture. Through dance, movements, songs, folklores, drumming, games, devotions, music, and more importantly, through sound, he is able to tap into the dialectic space of humanity. In turn this dialect enables him to express the three forms of human struggles, which he refers to as justice: the cultural justice, the social justice and global justice.


Nkumu created a musical style he calls, RumbiaFunk or RumbiaF. Rumba Funk is a combination of african aesthetics, music and thought processes which exemplify how Congo influences every music style throughout the African Diaspora. RumbiaF consist of gospel, funk, Afro Cuban, traditional Congolese and contemporary. Rumba Funk is influenced by Fela Kuti, and the Afro Beat movement, only difference it's via a Congolese prospective.


His devotion to humanitarian causes sends him leaning towards various directions. While art remains his main instrument for positive outlets, he devotes a significant amount of his spare time to community leadership and development. He is currently, the technical director of a musical group in the Living Church of God's Divine provision under the leadership of Dr. Alex M. Levry. Isaac has served as president for the African Student Associations at John Jay College of criminal justice and for the past eight years, he retains a strong leadership involvement throughout CUNY Universities. Isaac also has strong interest in intellectual initiatives, which promote on going debates for the future of Africa as the center of human culture.


Nkumu's mission is to introduce new communities to Congo's rich culture, the embodiment of his vision lies within the name of his music band; The "Life Long Project" band. Life Long Project interprets his philosophy that "one lives until he or she dies" therefore life is a series projects for survival. To survive, one garnishes life with endless projects or activities. Nkumu's mission is to explain and show via live performances the contribution of Congolese culture in world history. His style is a combination of Congolese gospel (church music) and secular music. This mix while controversial, Isaac believes it will spark the debates to unify the Democratic Republic of Congo and the much-needed supports the country needs from the Diaspora.


Nkumu is currently working on his upcoming album, "Paradox", which will be released in the fall of 2016. He looks forward to sharing Congo's lengthy musical influence on many genres throughout the world.


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