Woodstock’s Landscape: Its Effect on the Soul

and on Writing and Painting

A Conversation Between Gail Straub and Kate McGloughlin

What is it about this mountain valley that magnetizes writers, painters, musicians, philosophers, and mavericks of every stripe? Why is the enchantment of this place still so strong, long after John Burroughs wrote about it, and Thomas Cole and Frederick Church memorialized it through the Hudson River Valley School of Painting?

Writer Gail Straub and artist Kate McGloughlin share how they fell under the spell of this valley, and how it affects not only their craft, but also their spiritual lives. They reflect on their connection to this land as many different things—muse, strength, prayer, and humanity. They contemplate how this ongoing exchange between the landscape and its artists sustains not just individual artists’ souls, but the very soul of this valley.

Gail discusses her new book The Ashokan Way: Landscape’s Path into Consciousness, and Kate explores her journey creating the multimedia exhibition Requiem For the Ashokan: The Story Told in Landscape.

Join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and radically hopeful conversation.


Gail-Straub-Woodstock-Bookfest-2018Gail Straub is the author of six books, including the best-selling Empowerment, which has been translated into over fourteen languages; and the award-winning feminist memoir, Returning to My Mother’s House. Her new book is The Ashokan Way: Landscape’s Path into Consciousness, a love letter to Woodstock and its mountain valley.  A passionate activist and pioneer in the field of empowerment, she co-directs the Empowerment Institute, a school for transformative social change where over the last three decades she has offered her work to tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Kate-McGloughlin-Spirituality-Woodstock-Bookfest-2018Kate McGloughlin is a celebrated painter and printmaker who lives and maintains a successful studio in Olivebridge, NY. Included in over seventy exhibitions, she is the winner of more than a dozen notable awards for achievement, and her work is included in permanent collections in four museums. She is President of The Woodstock School of Art, where she also teaches Landscape Painting and Printmaking. Requiem for Ashokan, her multi media exhibition of paintings, prints, text and spoken word, premiered at The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum in June 2017, and is the subject of her book, Requiem for Ashokan, The Story told in Landscape.

Get a Full Festival pass and you’ll get to take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, and both evening events. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.

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All of the above PLUS the One Day Intensive of your choice.

Kleinert/James Center
34 Tinker Street
Saturday March 24, 2018