Rising from a cluster of vacant warehouses overlooking the Catskill Creek, the new Lumberyard performing arts complex will open its doors in 2018. An innovative production residency program, Lumberyard will provide artists with housing and studio space, allowing them to explore creative possibilities and bring works to premiere-readiness. With its state-of-the-art theater presenting world-class talent, the new site promises to become a cultural magnet in a village already renowned for its place in art history. Audiences will experience the thrill of previewing works before they hit NYC and beyond, meeting the artists to explore their creative process, and enjoying it all right here in Catskill. And because Lumberyard’s mission includes serving and involving the community, the plan features a charming courtyard dedicated to a farmers market and special events. Keep up on progress at blog.thelumberyard.org. This is a transformational moment for a dynamic arts organization, an unused asset…and for a Hudson Valley village that’s becoming an arts destination. Entrepreneurs, take note!