Platte Clove added to the Hudson River School Art Trail
Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a new site at the Platte Clove Preserve in Hunter has been added to the Hudson River School Art Trail. The trail maps the painting sites of famed American artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford and Asher B. Durand. The trail currently has 17 stops scattered throughout the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains, and the inclusion of the 200-acre Platte Clove site has been in the works for more than a year. “Platte Clove was one of the areas the Hudson River School painters painted,” Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman said. “This is a vista that’s reminiscent of the paintings. It felt like the right spot.” A new kiosk with information about the site that showcases Durand's paintings, and allowing visitors to compare the paintings to the landscape has been built. Cole once wrote a letter to New York Evening Post editor William Cullen Bryant describing Platte Clove as a delicate morsel. Senterman declined to reveal the costs associated with the trail. Catskill Center staff hope the new designation will help visitors see the clove, which is almost completely protected by the state, Senterman said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new site will be held July 18. The event is expected to be attended by Assemblymember Chris Tague and Hunter Town Supervisor Daryl Legg, Thomas Cole National Historic Site External Relations Director Jennifer Greim said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.