Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
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.
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titled “Smilin’ Ed Comics: Da Complete Collection!!!,” will also feature 16 pages in full-color and lots of previously unpublished artwork by Vezina.
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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
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”
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
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.