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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Opening:

Lisa Frank: Flamingo Tableau @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Lisa Frank: Flamingo Tableau @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Photography 2015 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group exhibit featuring an all-star cast of established artists using various photo techniques and materials to create both abstract and representational images. New work by Birgit Blyth, Elliott Kaufman, Anne Arden McDonald, Newbold Bohemia, Robert Hite, Andrew Buck and Lisa Frank will be exhibited alongside prints by Anna Collette, Michael Sibilia, Kahn & Selesnick, Jeri Eisenberg and Lori Van Houten. Opening reception: Saturday, December 20, 6-8pm. (Through January 25)


Last Chance To See:

Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art

Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art

Hotel Palenque is not in Yucatan @ CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson. An exhibition and pavilion that takes its starting point from the narrative in Robert Smithson’s Hotel Palenque (1969-72), a slide projection taken from a lecture originally delivered by the artist at the University of Utah. The show is constructed through the work of A.L. Steiner & Robbinschilds, Adriana Lara, Alex Hubbard, Luc Tuymans, Pablo Sigg, Pedro&Juana, Tania Pérez Córdova, Ulla Von Brandenburg and a selection of Pre-Hispanic pieces from a private collection. (Through December 19)

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ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Opening:

Paintings by Ken Young @ Valley Variety

Paintings by Ken Young @ Valley Variety

Warren Street @ Valley Variety, Hudson. A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Ken Young that captures life along the main commercial corridor of Hudson NY. (Through February 1)

Hiro Ichikawa:  Apparition @ Theo Ganz Studio

Hiro Ichikawa: Apparition @ Theo Ganz Studio

In-Between @ Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. A solo exhibition of recent abstract paintings and etchings by Hiro Ichikawa, influenced by the natural world. Opening reception: Saturday December 13, 6-9pm. (Through January 18)

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Bits ‘n’ Pieces: “The Neighborhood That Disappeared”; Symmetry Gallery; “12/13/14″

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The documentary film “The Neighborhood That Disappeared” will receive its broadcast premiere on WMHT-TV at 8pm on Friday (December 12). Documentarian-writer-producer Mary Paley teamed up with actor-director John Romeo, musician Bernie Mulleda, the late Guy Spataford (computer graphic artist and 3D designer for the film) and others to the tell the story of the Albany neighborhood that was destroyed to make way for the construction of the Empire State Plaza back in 1962. You can also pre-oder a DVD of the documentary for $14.99.

The Photography Center of the Capital District in Troy is seeking entries for their upcoming photography exhibit, “12/13/14,” featuring photos shot on Saturday (December 13). The exhibit is slated to open in mid-January.

After nearly a quarter century on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Symmetry Gallery will be shuttering its brick-and-mortar store on Sunday, December 21. Owners-artists Gary and Dianne Zack opened their gallery back in May, 1990, specializing in hand-blown glass art, jewelry and other fine crafts, many created by local and regional artists. The Zacks hope to continue offering fine art and crafts online via their website.

Remembering Raoul Vezina

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Smilin' Ed Comics

Raoul Vezina was an artist, cartoonist, musician and all-around-good-guy who passed away in 1983 at the age of just 35 years old. Back in the day, he was often the first face that you would see when you walked into what was then Albany’s premier comic book store, FantaCo, located at 21 Central Avenue.

Vezina also created FantaCo’s rascally mascot, Smilin’ Ed Smiley, who starred in a series of four comics published by FantaCo.

Now Raoul’s sister, Maria Vezina, and FantaCo honcho Tom Skulan have compiled all of the Smilin’ Ed Smiley stories – including some that were not included in the final issue – into one big 160-page paperback book. The book, titled “Smilin’ Ed Comics: Da Complete Collection!!!,” will also feature 16 pages in full-color and lots of previously unpublished artwork by Vezina.

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ART/LIVE: Black Velvet Art Party @ the Georgian Resort, 11/22/14

Friday, December 5th, 2014

BVAP2014-winners

Photograph by Cheri Bordelon

Sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, the 26th annual Black Velvet Art Party was held at the Georgian Resort in Lake George last month. This invigorating, inspiring and slightly insane gathering of the local North Country art community is renowned for its out-of-the ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top fashion statements. Proceeds from this event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery exhibition series.

2014 BLACK VELVET ART PARTY AWARD WINNERS

ART AWARDS
1. Best of Black Velvet: Gary McCoola’s “Gimme Shelter”
2. Velveeta (the cheesiest): Armon Art Brown’s “Gnarly”
3. Velveluminous (the brightest): Joy McCoola’s “Grate Openings”
4. Velveluptuous (the sexiest): Kat Griffin’s “Gnarly Fairy Chair”
5. Velvet Underground: Betsy Brandt’s “After Rousseau”
6. Black Velvet Amoeba Art Award (Best Amoeba Art): Sam Bowser’s “Amoebas on Parade”

FASHION AWARDS
1. The Joan Reid Award (most inappropriate attire): Mike Vittengl
2. Tres Tacky: Mel Ostberg
3. Velviagra: Billijo Meader
4. Svelte: Ray Perry
5. Velvelicious: Cathy DeDe
6. King BVAP 26th: Brian Landenburger
7. Queen Velveteen: Denise Perry

ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Opening:

Winter Walk takes place this Saturday

Winter Walk takes place this Saturday

Winter Walk @ Warren Street, Hudson. Hudson’s largest arts walk of the year begins at 5pm on Saturday, when the carillon bells of the First Presbyterian Church will mark the start of the Santa Parade transporting Mr. and Mrs. Claus from the Hudson Opera House to City Hall, where free books will be distributed to children all evening. The holiday frolicking will continue throughout the evening, with activities and performances both inside shops and on the street. From jazz to classical, African drums to banjo, music will be everywhere. Children’s activities will include face painting, stilt walkers, animal balloons by Tots the Clown and Roger the Jester. At 8:00 pm, fireworks launched from Promenade Hill at the foot of Warren Street will light up the winter sky marking the conclusion of the festivities, but many businesses—especially restaurants–stay open long after the event. December 6, 5-8 pm. (Snow date: December 13)

Installation view, Hope and Anger The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond, @ The Tang Teaching Museum

Hope and Anger The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond, @ The Tang Teaching Museum

Hope and Anger – The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. A student exhibition that explores the dominant narratives of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements and the shifting construction and understanding of those narratives over time through close examination of the work of such artists as Andy Warhol, Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Danny Lyon. Student presentations and reception: Wednesday, December 10, 5:30pm. (Through February 15)

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Books: A Novel, Photographs and Poetry [Get Visual]

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Sputnik Summer

By David Brickman

Though it isn’t a picture book, Paul Castellani’s Sputnik Summer features a great photo by Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman II on the cover, and its author and his wife, Donna, are great modern art enthusiasts who attend a lot of openings, so it caught my attention.

Castellani is a professor by trade, but his academic roots stay pretty well hidden in this coming-of-age novel that takes place in the late ’50s in a fading Adirondack resort town where a somewhat typical 17-year-old boy tries to come to terms with the limits of his hick town, the crummy summer resort his abusive dad runs, his own college ambitions, and the need to get laid.

The story is punctuated by news bits and advertising slogans taken straight from the publications of the day, which provides a sort of parallel narrative that suggests political and social commentary without offering it directly. Castellani is an excellent storyteller, and he keeps you interested in the twists and turns of this intelligent but inexperienced young man’s rather fateful last summer at home. Put simply: I enjoyed the book and so, probably, will you or the person you decide to give it to.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

ArtBeat: What To See

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Last Chance To See:

Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose  @ Clement Art Gallery

Works by Nick Patten and Chester Dewitt Rose @ Clement Art Gallery

Light & Shadow: Still Lifes & Interiors @ Clement Art Gallery, Troy. Realist still lifes by Chester Dewitt Rose and Nick Patten, two artists who both convey quiet drama through the glowing light of their paintings. (Through November 27)

Works by Laura Von Rocks and Robert Augstell  @ The Laffer Gallery

Works by Laura Von Rocks and Robert Augstell @ The Laffer Gallery

Upstate Invitational @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. A group show by artists that were awarded Best in Show honors at the Laffer Gallery’s Upstate Artists show last year: sculpture by Robert Augstell, abstract paintings by Susan Stuart and landscape paintings by Laura Von Rosk. (Through November 30)

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