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Listen to the recent interview with Valerie Mansi and Jodi Siblia, Curator for the Arts Nest Gallery on WJFF Radio Catskill.

Prepare to be immersed in a world of artistic splendor at the Catskill Artisan and Fine Art Exhibition, a feast for the senses that promises to leave you captivated and inspired!

Event Details:

- Artist Reception: November 18th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Location: Delaware Valley Opera Center Arts Nest:
6692 St. Rte. 52, Lake Huntington, New York 12752-0124

Exhibition Duration: November 18th, 2023 - January 29th, 2024

From the moment you step into the Arts Nest, you'll find yourself transported into a realm where creativity knows no bounds. Marvel at the masterpieces curated for your visual delight, each stroke and shade telling a unique story.

Why You Can't Miss It:

Dazzling Diversity: Explore a kaleidoscope of artistic expressions, from contemporary masterpieces to timeless classics, showcasing the rich tapestry of talent within our community.
Wine & Cheese Reception: Elevate your art experience with a complimentary wine and cheese reception during the opening night. Sip, savor, and mingle with fellow art enthusiasts in a celebration of creativity.
Engaging Conversations: Connect with the brilliant minds behind the artwork. Gain insights into their creative process and be part of a dynamic dialogue that brings the art to life.
Free Admission: This is not just an exhibition; it's an invitation to an unforgettable experience. Admission is free, making it accessible to all who appreciate the power of artistic expression.

Mark Your Calendar:

The artist reception on November 18th is your exclusive entry into this visual extravaganza. But don't worry if you can't make it on opening night – the exhibition will continue to grace the Delaware Valley Opera Arts Nest until January 29th, 2024.

Come one, come all! Let the Catskill Artisan and Fine Art Exhibition be a source of joy, wonder, and inspiration for you and your loved ones.

We look forward to welcoming you to an evening of artistry, elegance, and community.

Arts Nest at Delaware Valley Opera - Julian Giaimo, Coy Melville

Two Singer-Songwriters in One Evening

Find your way to the new intimate performance space ARTS NEST next Sat Oct 21 for an entertaining evening of original music. Our Autumn Concert Series features the incredible talents of local musicians in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where the music can really reach you. Come out and find out what we mean. Julian Giaimo and Cody Melville will perform in this intimate space, bringing your their best. Doors open at 7pm, music from 8 - 10pm.

Arts Nest offers a large variety of entertainment year-round in a comfortable, friendly setting – a fun place for serious artists. Come with your friends, take a table, have a few drinks and small plates, while enjoying the performances.

The Arts Nest Gallery at the Delaware Valley Opera Center

The 'Arts Nest' is a haven for creativity and artistic expression in our community, and this event marks the beginning of a new era in our commitment to supporting local artists. We have curated a diverse collection of artworks that showcase the immense talent that resides right here in our region. From paintings and sculptures to photography and mixed-media pieces, there's something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.

This Art Opening is not just an exhibition; it's a celebration. We will provide light refreshments and beverages to enhance your viewing experience. It's also a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with fellow art enthusiasts, local artists, and members of our community who share a passion for the arts.

We believe that art has the power to inspire, transform, and unite communities, and we hope that you will be a part of this momentous occasion as we kickstart this exciting venture at the Delaware Valley Opera 'Arts Nest.'

Thank you for your continued support of the arts, and we look forward to sharing this remarkable evening with you. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let's celebrate the local artistic spirit together on September 17th from 4 - 6pm!

Warm regards,

Jodi Sibilia
Delaware Valley Opera 'Arts Nest'

What’s this? Another performance space in Sullivan County? Grand Opening of "Arts Nest” on September 16th. “Arts Nest” will offer a large variety of entertainment year-round in a comfortable, friendly setting – a fun place for serious artists. Come with your friends, take a table, have a few drinks and small plates, while enjoying the performances.

Grand Opening of "The Nest” Kathy Geary & Pedro Boregaard, "Singer-Songwriters"
Saturday September 16, 2023. Doors open at 7pm | Performance starts at 8pm

Kathy Geary

“Arts Nest” will open with celebration featuring long-time DVO supporter and admired performer, Kathy Geary, singing her own songs from her album “Skyhigh” as well a few favorite tunes from her muse, Joni Mitchell.

Pedro Boregaard

And introducing, Pedro Boregaard, well-known in the area for his magnificent jewelry creations, but not known for his secret talent as a singer/songwriter. The secret is out, and his debut will help to celebrate the opening of this new, exciting, entertainment venue.

Brooke Schooley in Concert "Maddened By the Stars"
Saturday September 23, 2023. Performance from 7pm - 8:30pm

Brooke Schooley

Brooke Schooley will perform her one-woman show sharing classical, popular, and cabaret songs, and stories about losing one’s bearings. This super talent is not to be missed.

"Rokko and the Hat" Annie Hat and Rokko Jams
Saturday September 30, 2023. Doors open at 7pm Performance at 8pm

 Annie Hat and Rokko Jams

Local celebrity, Annie Hat, and her longtime friend and collaborator, Rokko Jans, have been entertaining audiences since the 1970’s and still play regularly in Chicago. Now Sullivan County can enjoy their talents and unique styles as they perform original works and a selection of American Songbook classics.

I was around six years old the first time I stepped inside an opera house. Excited by the sights and sounds of the audience taking their seats and the orchestra tuning up, I had no clue what would take place that afternoon. As the matinée performance of Puccini’s world-famous “La Boheme” began, a hush fell over the crowd.
Mesmerized by the magnificent music, the larger-than-life singers and the gorgeous costumes and sets, I began a journey of operatic discovery. It led to a lifelong appreciation of the art form, which is alive and well in Sullivan County, NY. 
When I heard that the Delaware Valley Opera Company (DVO) had announced its 2023 season, and that “La Boheme” was on the bill, I reached out to DVO Artistic Director Carol Castel to discuss the upcoming productions. They will debut this month in the company’s new home—the Delaware Valley Opera Center, located in beautiful Lake Huntington, NY.
JCF: I’m excited about “La Boheme,” but I read that the company is also presenting an opera for children. What’s that all about?
CC: Yes, it’s Jonathan Stinson’s “The Three Bears,” and we’re excited. It’s the first time we’ve ventured into children’s opera. 
JCF: So, it’s Goldilocks, right?
CC: Yes, but this retelling is a slight alteration of the classic tale. Goldilocks wants to be friends with the three bears, but they don’t like her because she doesn’t look like them. It’s kind of silly and fun, but with a message. And we have some very special guests who will be seated with the kids. The show is short and sweet and I think it’s a good introduction to opera for the kids. I’d like to do one every year.
JCF: I know that some people balk at opera because of the language barrier. “La Boheme” is written in Italian, isn’t it?
CC: Yes, but we’re presenting it in English. We do everything in English. I think people who have seen it in Italian will get a kick out of it. Opera has the ability to transcend language through music. Creating an opera begins with the words, which come from the left brain, and the music—which comes from the right brain—is written after the story. And when you put them both together, somehow it bypasses our head altogether and it evokes emotion. 
It’s a magnificent art form. It can be life changing. That’s why I’ve been doing this for all these years. 
JCF: There’s another production on your schedule, titled “The Audition,” that I know nothing about. Is it new? 
CC: Yes, it’s a spoof. Over the years, I’ve seen and heard everything, and what people think we want to see is both noteworthy and entertaining. “The Audition” has all of the classic elements of an opera, but is essentially a concert with a story. And it’s funny.
JCF: So the season is composed of three very different productions. It sounds like there’s something for everyone. And it’s in the company’s new home. 
CC: Yes, we’re thrilled to have a permanent home. The theatre has incredible history and plenty of room to house our large collection of costumes and props, along with offices and an attached cabaret space and bar. We’ll be able to present a wide variety of entertainment in that space year ‘round and it’s exciting. We have big plans for the future. This is not your grandma’s opera company.

Pirates of Penzance