ArtBeat: What To See

February 22nd, 2018, 11:00 am by Sara
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Works by Mary Anne Davis @ The Chatham Bookstore

Works by Mary Anne Davis @ The Chatham Bookstore

Mary Anne Davis: Women and Power @ The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. Ceramic artist Mary Anne Davis displays her work inspired by the manifesto of the same name by Mary Beard. Opening reception: Friday, February 23, 5-7pm. (Through April 6)

Estamos Aqui / We are Here  @ Martinez Gallery

Estamos Aqui / We are Here @ Martinez Gallery

Estamos Aqui / We are Here @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. Photographs taken by Latino workers of their surroundings at the Saratoga racetrack, organized by Saratoga County’s EOC Latino Advocacy Program, as well as paintings of horses and riders by Jakeb Kristiansen. Opening reception: Friday, February 23, 5-8pm. (Through March 1)

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Tommy Igoe of the Birdland All Stars

February 14th, 2018, 2:00 pm by Greg

By Rudy Lu

Tommy Igoe has played drums on three Grammy Award-winning recordings and was voted the No. 1 jazz drummer in the 2014 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll. In 1997, he wrote the drum set book for Disney’s epic Broadway production of the “The Lion King,” where he served as principal drummer and conductor. And he’s created an ongoing weekly musical residency at the iconic NYC jazz club, Birdland, that’s endured for more than a decade.

Now he’s pulled together his favorite musicians to hit the road as the Birdland All-Stars, and the tour is slated to make a stop at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Friday (February 16).

Q: So how did the Birdland All-Stars come to be?

A: I created the Birdland Big Band 12 years ago. But for this tour, I finally have the band that I have always wanted to tour with! Musicians and music fans have always idolized artists who break the rules. Charlie Parker, the namesake of the Birdland jazz club, was a musical renegade, and in the spirit of his genius, I wanted to put together a band that could follow in the great tradition of breaking the rules and coming at new and old music from a fresh perspective – and simultaneously be a joyous emotional experience for the audience. We’ve made people cry with our music, as well as jump out of their seat cheering and jumping for the music. It’s a truly emotional journey.

Q: The band plays a pretty wide spectrum of music – tunes composed by jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker and Chick Corea, as well as songs by David Bowie, Steely Dan and the Beatles. What are the different challenges of creating big band arrangements of time-honored jazz compositions as opposed to classic rock songs?

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ArtBeat: What To See

February 8th, 2018, 10:00 am by Sara
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Works by Meredith Heuer @ Matteawan Gallery

Works by Meredith Heuer @ Matteawan Gallery

Meredith Heuer: Color Fields @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. Photographs and watercolor paintings by Meredith Heuer. Opening reception: Saturday, February 10, 6-9pm. (Through March 4)

Samuel Palmer: Pear Tree in Walled Garden @ The Clark

Samuel Palmer: Pear Tree in Walled Garden @ The Clark

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhbititon of 150 exceptional drawings from the Eugene V. Thaw Collection, considered one of the world’s finest private collections of drawings, including pivotal works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and more. (Through April 22)

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ArtBeat: What To See

February 1st, 2018, 10:11 am by Sara
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Anonymous (French) Tapestry from Chateau de Corances, Early 16th Century @ Williams College Museum of Art

Anonymous (French) Tapestry from Chateau de Corances, Early 16th Century @ Williams College Museum of Art

RAWR! A WCMA Bestiary @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exhibit that considers how art has helped to create arbitrary distinctions between the human and the animal, with works from WCMA’s encyclopedic collection exploring the representation of animals in art and artifacts across time and across the globe. Opens Saturday, February 3. (Through October 31)

Jewelry works by Mike Bray and Anya Kivarkis @ Sienna Patti

Jewelry works by Mike Bray and Anya Kivarkis @ Sienna Patti

Time and The Other @ Sienna Patti, Lenox. In this exhibition examining the cinematic role of jewelry in classic mid 20th century cinema, Mike Bray and Anya Kivarkis recreate jewels from two films: Last Year at Marienbad (1962) and To Catch a Thief (1955). (Through February 25)

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 25th, 2018, 10:00 am by Sara
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Equine Figurine (possibly Iranian from Luristan) @ Mandeville Gallery

Equine Figurine (possibly Iranian from Luristan) @ Mandeville Gallery

Lost Art: Ancient Iranian Bronzes in the Union College Permanent Collection @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. An exhibit of the majority of Union College’s collection of bronze weaponry and horse fittings from ancient Iran. Opens Monday, January 22. (Through March 25)

Michael Weintrob: Instrument Head @ The The Falcon

Michael Weintrob: Instrument Head @ The Falcon

Michael’s Weintrob’s “Instrument Head” @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Wednesday, January 31, 7pm. At this one-night pop up show, Michael Weintrob will speak about his surrealist portrait series capturing world-renowned musicians where their instrument becomes the star.

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 18th, 2018, 3:00 pm by Sara
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Lisa Corinne Davis: Determined Delerium @ The Massry

Lisa Corinne Davis: Determined Delerium @ The Massry

Turbulent Terrain @ Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Occupying a point somewhere between abstraction and figuration, cartooning and cartography, Lisa Corinne Davis’ paintings explore themes of racial, social and psychological identity. Opens Saturday, January 20. Opening reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7pm. Artist’s lecture: Friday, January 26, 7pm. (Through February 24)

Melanie Mowinski: The 50 Card Project @ MCLA Gallery 51

Melanie Mowinski: The 50 Card Project @ MCLA Gallery 51

The 50 Card Project @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Every week since Inauguration Day, and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at MCLA, printed a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrices. Opening reception: Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm. (Through March 24)

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 11th, 2018, 10:00 am by Sara
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Paintings by Kiki Dufault @ Good Purpose Gallery

Paintings by Kiki Dufault @ Good Purpose Gallery

Memories of Exploration @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Paintings by Kiki Dufault and photography by Charles Edson and Ruslan Sprague. Opens Wednesday, January 10. Artists’ reception: Friday, January 19, 4:30-6:30pm. (Through March 6)

Works by Filip Wolak @ Sohn Fine Art

Works by Filip Wolak @ Sohn Fine Art

White As Snow @ Sohn Fine Art, Lenox. A group exhibit featuring photographic works by John Atchley, Peggy Braun, John Clarke, Martin Greene, Eric Korenman, Cassandra Sohn and Filip Wolak. Artists’ reception: Saturday, January 13, 4-6pm. (Through January 29)

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 4th, 2018, 11:00 am by Sara
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Dan Rupe: River Trees and Robert Goldstrom: Lafayette AM 3 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Dan Rupe: River Trees, Athens, Hudson Lighthouse and Robert Goldstrom: Lafayette AM 3 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Painted Cities @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works by Dan Rupe, Darshan Russell, Edward Avedisian, Patty Neal, Richard Britell, Robert Goldstrom and Scott Nelson Foster. Artists’ reception: Saturday, January 6, 5-7pm. (Through February 18)

Paintings by Kate Knapp @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Paintings by Kate Knapp @ 510 Warren Street Gallery

Into the Garden @ 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson. Colorful paintings of gardens by Kate Knapp. Opening reception: Saturday, January 6, 3-6pm. (Through January 28)

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