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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Ethan Russell

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Mick Jagger Onstage @ Altamont

Mick Jagger Onstage @ Altamont © Ethan Russell

By Don Wilcock

Rock photographer Ethan Russell is on a one-man crusade to prove that the ’60s were the first time in American history when the dream inspired our reality rather than the other way around. His photographs of John Lennon & Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and the Who are a peek behind the curtain into an intimate reality that gets lost in the revisionist history that Dion once told me has become “a cartoon.” Russell sees that cartoon as TV footage that has become embedded in our brains with the themes of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Russell’s “Best Seat in the House” show at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady on Saturday (March 28) promises to show 380 pictures of the most iconic rock stars of the 1960s complete with back stories. His photos offer a reality that exploded in a cultural shift away from the black and white box that was TV at the time into a colorful embrace that brought the pop musicians of the day closer to their fans and turned the rock stars away from being actors parroting other people’s songs into complicit compatriots in a modern revolution.

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Opening:

Jeffrey Elgin: Thus Passed Some Days @ The Schick Art Gallery

Jeffrey Elgin: Thus Passed Some Days @ The Schick Art Gallery

Thus Passed Some Days—20 Years upon an Overgrown Path @ The Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. A solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jeffrey Elgin, professor emeritus of studio art at the college. Opening reception: Thursday, March 26, 5:30-7:30pm. Artist’s talk: Thursday, April 9, 4pm. (Through April 26)

Walter Hatke: Consort @ Mandeville Gallery

Walter Hatke: Consort @ Mandeville Gallery

Tenses @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Recent drawings and paintingss by Walter Hatke, as well as earlier works from a career spanning over 25 years. Opens Saturday, March 28. Reception: Thursday, April 9, 5-6:30pm. (Through May 17)

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Adirondack Artists Guild’s 17th Annual Juried Art Competition [Get Visual]

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
BEST IN SHOW: Elaine Vollherbst - Highway 28N Long Lake

BEST IN SHOW: Elaine Vollherbst’s “Highway 28N Long Lake”

By David Brickman

Last weekend I had the privilege of driving up to Saranac Lake to judge the 17th annual Juried Art Competition at the Adirondack Artists Guild. When I arrived, the Guild’s gallery – a pleasant, functional storefront on Main Street – was crammed with 185 entries in all media. My job was to trim these submissions to about 75 for the show, and to choose prizes to be awarded at the show’s opening reception: Best in Show (which carries with it the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the gallery in November); 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes; and five Honorable Mentions. Needless to say, it was a daunting task.

Here’s a first-person account:

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the quantity (and overall quality) of the entries, I first sought to get my bearings. My hosts were three members of the Guild, a cooperative business whose 15 or so joint owners share the effort, expense, and rewards of such an enterprise, and they were graciously helpful throughout the process. They remained quietly alert as I worked my way around the room two or three times, occasionally answering questions I had as to certain relevant details. At this point, I had not yet begun to cut.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Opening:

Karl Struss: Bridge and Train Signal @ The Hyde Collection

Karl Struss: Bridge and Train Signal @ The Hyde Collection

Click! Selections from the George Stephanopoulos Collection @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. This sampling of over 120 works recently donated to The Hyde Collection by television journalist George Stephanopoulos and his family features photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Williams E. Dassonville, Mike Disfarmer, Larry Fink, Mario Finocchiaro, Leonard Freed, Yousuf Karsh, Jeannette Klute, Leon Levinstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Michael A. Smith and Karl Struss. Opens Saturday, March 21. (Through May 31)

Sculptures by Gilles Giuntini @ Five Points Gallery

Sculptures by Gilles Giuntini @ Five Points Gallery

Personal Realities & Corrupted Myths @ Five Points Gallery, Torrington. An exhibition of sculpture by Gilles Giuntini, who creates complex intimate narratives that reference both historical and personal events. Also on display are Linda Lindroth’s photographs examining containers that held the countless products once manufactured in the United States, and paintings by Jennifer Knaus inspired by Northern Rennaissance portraits and Dutch 17th century still lifes. Opens Thursday, March 19. Reception: Friday, March 27, 6-9pm. Artist’s talk: Friday, April 10, 6pm. (Through April 18)

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ArtBeat: What to See

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Opening:

Richard Merkin: Honoring the Saints, James Vanderzee in Harlem @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Richard Merkin: Honoring the Saints, James Vanderzee in Harlem @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Richard Merkin: Some of His Favorite Things @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibit spanning four decades, from the 1960′s through the 2000′s, that features defining selections from the estate of the late American painter, illustrator and arts educator Richard Merkin. Opening reception: March 14, 6-8pm. (Through April 19)

Musho Rodyney Alan Greenblat: Unlimited Faith Offering @ BCB ART

Musho Rodyney Alan Greenblat: Unlimited Faith Offering @ BCB ART

Asian Art Weekend @ BCB ART, Hudson. A group show of works with affinities to Asian culture: Ching Ho Cheng’s masterful gouache and pencil on paper paintings slyly hearken to the basic spiritual elements: fire, air and water; Musho Rodney Alan Greenblatt’s paintings take a reverent but playful look at Buddhist imagery, inspired by his Zen Buddhist teachers; and Bill Seaman’s video captures both traditional and 21st Century Chinese traditions. (Through Sunday, March 15)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Opening:

Works  by Maria Mangano @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Maria Mangano @ Courthouse Gallery

Prints and Installations: New Work by Maria Mangano @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Prints, works on paper and installations by Maria Mangano, who focuses on the intersection of nature, museums, academia and science to address issues of wildness, wilderness, conservation, memory and humanness. Opening reception: Saturday, March 7, 4-6pm. (Through April 10)

Paintings by Wren Panzella @ Sorelle Gallery

Paintings by Wren Panzella @ Sorelle Gallery

Wren Panzella: Color in Movement @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. Wren Panzella’s works depicting music and baseball are explosions of color. Opens Friday, March 6. (Through April 9)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Opening:

The 37th Annual Photography Regional @ Opalka Gallery

The 37th Annual Photography Regional @ Opalka Gallery

The 37th Annual Photography Regional @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Since 1979, the annual Photo Regional has served to highlight both emerging and established artists within a 150 mile radius of Albany. This year the exhibition was juried by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison and features the work of 39 photographers selected from an open call for entries: Jim Allen, Jess Ayotte, Laura Brodsky, Beau Comeaux, Kayla Coons, Jean Dahlgren, Han Dogan, Treha Myth Downey, Michael Farrell, Steven Fink, Jeremy Fink, Jeanne Finley, Connie Frisbee Houde, Rachel Gagnon, George Guarino, Daesha Devon Harris, Stacey Hawkins, Stephen Honicki, Michael Hotchkiss, Scott Keidong, Matthew Klein, Paige Lescault, Michelle Mainella, Iris Mulhern, Clifford Oliver, Julie Pamkowski, Jill PeckVona, Katherine Petit, Branson Quenzer, Luba Ricket, Susan Sabino, Tom Santelli, Erin Shipley, George Simmons, Brittany Valick, Lawrence White, Brian Williams, Yaging Xie and Liv Zabka. Reception: Friday, March 6, 6-8pm. (Through April 19)

Shona Macdonald: Sky on Ground @ Independent Art Projects

Shona Macdonald: Sky on Ground @ Independent Art Projects

Uncanny Valley @ Independent Art Projects, North Adams. Shona Macdonald’s current work records and documents her experiences of living in the area, of experiencing the uncanny and of observing and recording small, intimate places we encounter on daily commutes. Opening reception: Saturday, February 28, 11am-5pm. (Through March 29)

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Upstate Artists Guild Gala @ Normanside Country Club on Saturday

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Just three years ago, the Upstate Artists Guild was facing bankruptcy and possible eviction from its storefront gallery exhibition space on Lark Street in Albany. But thanks to lots of hard work by the all-volunteer staff and a series of fundraisers, the doors are still open.

“The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art,” the organization states on its website. “Our mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.”

The fundraising efforts continue on Saturday (February 28) with the fourth annual Upstate Artists Guild Gala from 6-10pm at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar, with a Champagne Preview from 5-6pm. And it all sounds like a rockin’ good time.

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