Public Invited to Remember Ellsworth Kelly with Free Screening at Crandell Theatre and Reception, Saturday February 13


In tribute to Ellsworth Kelly, the Crandell Theatre shows a free screening of “Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments” on Saturday, February 13, at 2 p.m. A reception at Cady Hall across the street from the theater takes place immediately following the screening.

Mr. Kelly passed away on December 27, 2015. Friend, neighbor, and benevolent supporter of the Crandell Theatre and many other regional arts organizations, community groups, and schools, he made his home and studio in Spencertown, NY. Fred Ulrich, President of the Chatham Film Club, says, “He was an outstanding supporter of the arts in Columbia County, and the Chatham Film Club will be forever grateful for his generosity.”

The hour-long documentary presents the complexity of Mr. Kelly’s work as an artist. Showing Kelly as he revisits the Paris of his twenties, the film reveals early influences as well as themes he would return to and refine for decades to come. He became one of the world’s foremost artists through his abstract painting, sculpture, and printmaking.

Hosted by Jack Shear, the reception takes place at Cady Hall, the artist’s first working studio when he arrived in Columbia County in 1970. Cady Hall is located on the second floor at 13 Main Street, Chatham, NY.

“Ellsworth Kelly influenced the lives of so many in profound ways through his art, his philanthropy, and his friendship. We welcome the community to remember and celebrate the contributions of this important and generous man and artist” says Sandi Knakal, past president of the Chatham Film Club and former studio staff at Ellsworth Kelly Studio.

The Crandell Theatre is owned and operated by the Chatham Film Club, a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing film to Columbia County. For more information, visit The theater is located at 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY.