This winter is chock full of some pretty fantastic art events. From exhibition openings and closings to winter festivals, there’s no lack of things to do in New York. So we’ve narrowed it down to the best art events of the season. Enjoy the holidays and take in some great art at the same time.
Crafts at the Cathedral
Synod House of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025
Date: Dec. 5-7, 2014
Close to 60 exhibitors will offer their wares for the entire weekend inside the Synod House, the smaller building connected to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Whether you’re looking for woodwork, paper crafts, jewelry or clocks, this craft fair has a little bit of everything. In its 19th year now, Crafts at the Cathedral is expecting its best show yet. Admission is just $6 for the day, or $7 for the entire weekend. If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, this is the place to go!
Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458
Date: Now through Jan. 19, 2015
The Holiday Train Show at the NYBG is what kids and adults alike look forward to every year. Made entirely of plants and other organic materials, an entire landscape of New York City is laid out in the conservatory. Architectural highlights of New York, like the Flatiron Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, are all a part of the mini city in the gardens. And through it all, model trains run along tracks, tooting the holiday season. An all-garden pass, which includes entrance to the train show, ranges in price from $20-$28 per adult. If you miss the train show, the orchid show starts up at the end of February.
Winter Antiques Show
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10065
Date: Jan. 23 through Feb. 1, 2015
The Winter Antiques Show is one of the most anticipated arts events of the entire year. Benefiting the East Side House Settlement, an educational social services program in New York, the Winter Antiques Show lasts for an entire week — giving you plenty of time to peruse the halls and enjoy each item on display. One of the best parts of art fairs is the fact that you’re not in a museum looking at art – here, you’re actually allowed to touch the art! If you see a diamond necklace that you know would look stunning on you, try it on. If you have always wondered what the ridges of a Tiffany lamp feel like, go for it! The show is well worth the $25 admission fee, which also includes a catalogue and arts magazines.
“Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire”
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Date: Now through Feb. 1, 2015
If you haven’t already seen this fashion exhibit in the Met’s newly reopened Costume Institute, then now is the time to go. While it won’t really put you in the mood for holiday celebrations, the exhibit is nonetheless filled with exquisite items, not only including dresses but accessories and photographs as well. Follow the history of the black dress from the 19th century on. Suggested admission is $25 per adult, but don’t feel pressured if you only have a single dollar to give.
“Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters”
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Date: Now through Aug. 9, 2015
What better way to celebrate the new year than with a new exhibition about the earth’s own fireworks? Natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis are all talked about in this interactive exhibit. Stand in the eye of a tornado, create your own virtual volcano and manipulate an earthquake fault line all through this one exhibition. Parents and kids alike will have fun while learning some great science facts at the same time. Entrance to the museum is suggested, but if you wish to see the special exhibitions like this one, admission is $25 per adult.
Jennifer is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.