"Naughty, but Nice" Art Show

The Old Stone House is turning a little risqué, just for a day, in a dramatic departure from the Catskill area’s customary art shows. It's for a one-time exhibit of kinky and erotic sculpture, paintings, books and other items, many highlighting the hidden world of fetishes. The adults-only show on Saturday, June 27th, is a fund-raiser. Admission requires a $25-per-person suggested contribution, including a gourmet reception, with the doors open from 5-10 pm.

It’s all being organized and underwritten by one of that hush-hush world’s most respected members, Constance S. Slater, whose 1997 book “Kaleidoscope: Sex, Healing and S&M” set new standards. Slater owned and operated Dressing For Pleasure, a popular New Jersey shop with a dozen elegant showrooms offering such items as leather and latex clothing, stiletto high-heels for both men and women, maid uniforms made of the finest satin, and other “accessories” of the industry. 

Throughout her career, she amassed a huge array of industry-related art objects, many taken from her private collection for this unique public showing. “There’s nothing that reasonable people could call pornographic,” she says, “but words like exotic, sexy, kinky, risqué and erotic would all easily describe the exhibit.”

“If you search for ‘fetish’ on Amazon,” Slater says, “twenty pages of products show up, along with 100 pages of books. It’s more mainstream than many people are ready to admit.” In addition, she notes, there are several hundred organizations, in almost every state coast to coast, that devote their activities to supporting erotic and kinky practices.

For more information about the show, call Constance Slater at (845) 436-6309.