Extended: April 16-May 16, 2021
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

FREE Community Fridays

Introducing “Spring Lights”

Spring Lights is a new outdoor nighttime walk-through experience at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY. Spring Lights is inspired by the artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his love of nature. Visitors with timed tickets will explore a one-way looping path to encounter a building-wide projection by the contemporary artist Brian Kenny and immersive light and sound environments designed by Clerestory Light, a leading “son et lumière” creative agency. The experience features audio of Thomas Cole’s written words, brought to life by the film actor Jamie Bell.

“For 20 years, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been sharing the beauty of the painter’s home and studio with the community. This spring, people are welcome to enjoy a new community event called Spring Lights.” — Watch the video on ABC News 10

“Created with 450 glowing orbs, the immersive installation conjures up a magical space filled with life and warmth. The sound score by composer Greg Hanson integrates Cole’s writings (as voiced by actor Jamie Bell) and sets an emotional narrative that ireflected in the lighting design by Chris Bocchiaro and Megan Kinneen…a film by artist Brian Kenny, projected on the wall of the Old Studio, a kaleidoscopic animation of color and imagery that evokes the depth and richness of Cole’s canvases.”Albany Times Union

“We decided we wanted to create something that could be experienced outdoors and that’s really accessible to everybody” Watch the video on Daily Freeman


Advance Reservations are Required

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 16, 17 & 18 

8, 8:15 & 8:30

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 23, 24 & 25

8, 8:15 & 8:30

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 30, May 1 & 2

8, 8:15, 8:30 & 8:45

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 7, 8 & 9 

8, 8:15, 8:30 & 8:45

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 14, 15 & 16

8:15, 8:30 & 8:45

Online Reservations

$20 Adult General Admission | $17 Thomas Cole Site Members | $5 Teens age 13 to 19 | FREE Kids age 12 and under

FREE Community Fridays: Free admission on Fridays for families with K-12 students in the Greene or Columbia County public school systems and/or Catskill Public Library card holders. Advance reservations are required for paid and FREE tickets.

All kids age 12 & under will receive free luminary lanterns. 

Thank you to our generous Spring Lights Underwriters for making these community benefits possible. Scroll down to see the full list of Underwriters.

Spring Lights is powered by renewable energy.

Photos by Adam T. Deen

Meet the Creative Team

CHRIS BOCCHIARO, Creative Director & Lighting Designer, Clerestory Light

Chris is a lighting designer with a passion for movement theatre and the synthesis of old and new technologies. Chris’ work includes projects with Madison Square Garden, New York Life and New York Harbor Lights.



Brian is a multidisciplinary artist exhibited in the US, Canada, Russia, Israel and across Europe. Using an array of mediums including drawing, painting, textile, video and performance, his artwork is bright and vividly expressionistic. Brian’s work includes collaborations with Christian Lacroix, Paris, and The Highline Park, NYC.


GREG HANSON, Sound Designer & Composer, Clerestory Light

Greg Hanson is a sound designer, audio systems designer, audio engineer, and musician. He serves as the Head of Audio and in-house Sound Designer at the McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More, in NYC.


MEGAN KINNEEN, Associate Creative Director & Scenic Designer, Clerestory Light

Megan’s work draws from her training in theater design, architecture and illustration. She works in project management for historic preservation by day. Megan’s work includes projects with Castle Hill on the Crane Estate.


Community Underwriter

Lisa Fox Martin

Elementary Students Underwriter

Nina Matis & Alan Gosule

Anne Miller & Stuart Breslow

Susan G. A. Warner


High School Students Underwriter

Gary DiMauro Real Estate Inc.


Sustainability Underwriter

Betsy & Al Scott

Warner Shook & Frank Swim

Maynard & Kay Toll


Luminary Underwriter

Susan Ball & John Brigham

Sara & Tom de Swardt

Foreland Catskill

Alison Lankenau

National Bank of Coxsackie

Robin A. Staplely, LMT



335 Main Street LLC

Jimmy & Micaela Bulich

Stephen & Jacqueline Dunn

Ginnie Gardiner

Linda & Tom Gentalen

Guy Griggs & Greg Ventra

Joan & David Grubin

Robert Palmer

Susan H. Perkins

Pro Printers

Nancey Rosensweig & Dan Arshack

Edward Rothfarb & Thomas McManus

Stephen Shadley

Hudson Talbott & Jay Lesenger


Special thanks to Brian Swardstrom

Made possible by a generous grant from

The Bay & Paul Foundations

in support of using light to inspire new experiences

Jennifer GreimSpring Lights