Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
LarkFest isn’t the only street fair taking place in Albany this weekend. On Sunday afternoon (September 21), the western end of Madison Avenue from South Allen to West Lawrence will be blocked off to traffic as the annual the Upper Madison Street Fair takes over the asphalt with music, dancing, art, food and plenty of fun for all ages. And, of course, admission is FREE.
The fest runs from 12noon-5pm and will feature a variety of Local 518 vendors featuring arts & crafts, non-profit organization info tables, fabulous food, dancing & drumming, a silent auction and Kids Zone activities, including storytelling, art making, face painting, games, drumming and more.
And as with LarkFest, one of the main attractions of the UMSF is the live music. Here’s a schedule of who’s playing when on Sunday:
Over a dozen installations and performances will be featured in Groundswell, the second annual award-winning exhibition event at the 250-acre Olana State Historic Site in Hudson from 2-6pm Saturday (September 13).
The one-day-only fest includes site-specific performances and works in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.
By David Brickman
We’ve all been there – you’re aware of a show you know you want to see, and it has a long run, so you leave it till later because you know you have plenty of time to catch it before it closes … and then, inevitably, time goes by and, in the best of circumstances, you catch the show on its last day – or, more likely, miss it forever.
That’s how, on Sunday, I caught the last day of a fine show of five photographers at the Albany Institute of History & Art, and then took the opportunity to peruse an ongoing exhibition called Small + Seductive, which continues through September 28. Featuring about 50 works of art (a few of which are multiple-piece series) by 37 artists, Small + Seductive is the third in a recent series of shows from AIHA’s collection of contemporary art. The first of that trio included only photographs (full disclosure: two of those were mine) while the second was made up of large-scale work in more traditional fine art media.
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Sponsored by Saratoga Arts, the second Art in the Park fest of the year takes over Congress Park in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (September 13) with an exhibition of original fine art from Local 518 artists, including drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, print-making, and work in other media. Also featured will be art activities for kids (including an Art in the Park scavenger hunt), tasty food and, of course, plenty of live music.
Here’s the schedule of musical performances slated for Saturday’s Art in the Park:
Reviews by David Brickman
When Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1983, his goal for the business was to provide “a third place between work and home,” where people would meet, work and relax, thereby forming a sense of community in a coffee-shop setting. A similar process goes on in art spaces, which can range from elegant museums to commercial galleries to – you got it – coffee shops, and which also provide the opportunity to form a sense of community. The greater Capital Region offers many options in that range, and they all contribute significantly to a vibrant scene that I think is underappreciated both within and beyond this geography.
Get Visual aims to explore and expound upon that scene (with occasional digressions beyond), and I am pleased to be returning to it after a long hiatus. This post will be the first of many to come under a new plan to write as often as possible around my full-time job – probably just once or twice a month but, at least, regularly. Please spread the word to your interested friends.
Two shows that recently caught my attention happen to share important characteristics, though they are distinct. Presented neither in museum nor commercial settings, these shows each occupy a type of “third place” in the exhibition realm: spaces that are devoted to significant public purposes apart from art, but which also host high-quality, curated exhibitions.