About Saugerties

 House with Reeds, by Prue See

House with Reeds, by Prue See

Saugerties is ringed by the 315 mile Hudson River and Tidal Estuary that gave its name to the first internationally recognized American art movement, the Hudson River School. The town is framed by the Catskill mountains where Hudson River artists painted. Thus, nature and art were historically united and that tradition continues to inspire. Of the many cultural and historical landmarks that grace our community, important ones are the environmental sculpture park, Opus 40, (National Register of Historic Places), The 1869 Lighthouse, the 1727 stone Kiersted House, and the Augusta Savage House and Studio, where prominent African American sculptor Savage lived and worked in the mid 1900s. (National Register of Historic Places.) A thriving arts scene is evidenced by the Artist Studio Tour each August and nationally known Arm of the Sea Puppet Theatre. An active ballet school gives dance concerts throughout the year, galleries feature regional emerging and mid career artists, and the Carnegie library, celebrated for its innovative renovation, hosts a number of panels and talks.