As a Kingston-based writer and co-producer and co-director of the one-hour documentary film Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Renewal, Lynn Woods has delved deeply into the history, landscape, working-class culture and thriving art scene of her adopted Hudson River city. It is the latest phase of a 35-year career as a freelance journalist that began in 1993, when she left New York City for Woodstock and two years later, moved to Kingston. Woods’ fascination with the urban remnants along the Kingston waterfront led to the development of the film, which received an Excellence in Preservation Award from Friends of Historic Kingston and a Special Citation in the 2017 Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards.
Woods is the co-author of Adirondack Style: Great Camps and Rustic Lodges published by Universe, a division of Rizzoli International. A longtime summer resident of the Adirondacks, she has written extensively for Adirondack Life (winning two International Regional Magazine Association awards) and lectured on Prohibition at the Adirondack Museum.
Currently she contributes articles to Chronogram, the Kingston Times, Saugerties Times, and Ulster Publishing’s Almanac and has written as well for Upstater, Upstate House, Hudson Valley Magazine, Roll, Hudson Valley Gallery Guide and Hudson Valley Business. Woods has interviewed such art-world luminaries as Milton Glaser, Andres Serrano, Yo Yo Ma, Judy Pfaff, Joan Snyder, and Mary Frank and reviewed new exhibitions at MASS MoCA, Dia:Beacon and other art-world hotspots. She has also written investigative pieces on environmental issues, renewable energy and questionable economic development practices. She continues to research urban renewal in the Hudson Valley and has contributed to the blog Newburgh Restoration.
Woods got her start in publishing as an editor at Redbook, public radio and TV station WNYC and several travel magazines. For over a decade she wrote a monthly travel column for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and published articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Travel & Leisure, American Demographics, and other national and international publications. Her corporate clients included American Express. MasterCard and Madrid-based Amadeus. In recent years she has written newsletters, booklets, and other promotional material for Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture, Lower Esopus Watershed Project, Kingston Happenings, and Ulster County Quadricentennial Arts Committee.
Woods holds a B.A. in art history from Barnard College. To fulfill a desire to make paintings, in addition to analyzing and writing about them, she attended the Art Students League, New York Academy of Art and Woodstock School of Art. Beginning in the mid 2000s she showed her paintings and drawings of streetscapes and industrial sites at regional galleries, including Carrie Haddad, in Hudson, and participated in juried shows at the Woodstock School of Art. More recently she has taken workshops with Catherine Kehoe, Nancy McCarthy, Andrew Wykes, Lucy McGuiness and Jenny Nelson and is in the process of making new work.