Flashback: Home @ QE2, 4/17/90

September 30th, 2011, 10:09 am by Greg

One of our all-time fave Nippertown bands, Home churns through “Clutter” in a live performance at the legendary QE2 in Albany (now the site of the Fuze Box). Featuring vocalist-guitarist Bob Lukomski, guitarist Michael Neff, bassist Robert Seals and drummer Ross Rubenstein.

Bob Lukomski returns to town tonight to premiere his new electronic composition, “Emerald Cities,” as part of the Wired Kingdom exhibition/performance of regional artists working in electronic and digital media, which is at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. The performances of “Emerald Cities,” as well as works by Rinus Van Alebeek, Julia Alsarraf, Michael Farley, Holland Hopson, Christyn Magnus and Rick O’Disko, will take place from 5-9pm tonight in conjunction with Troy Night Out. Admission is free.

Lukomski describes the work as “a new electronic composition with a sonic sculptural component, an extention/by-product of my work with multi-channel sound.”

Here’s an excerpt from Lukomski’s “Emerald Cities”:
Emerald Cities study (2011) by Bob Lukomski


Transition in Troy (Fence Show, Nadia Trinkala memorial show) [Get Visual]

July 18th, 2011, 1:15 pm by Sara
Mixed-media painting by Nadia Trinkala @ Fulton Street Gallery

Mixed-media painting by Nadia Trinkala @ Fulton Street Gallery

There are two major transitions under way in Troy’s arts institutions, with tearful departures and joyous events tied together. The local news has carried much coverage of the decision of the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s president, Amy Williams, to step down and enter the private sector – and her going-away party at the Arts Center on Thursday drew a huge crowd of friends who were happy to share their appreciation of Williams’ leadership over the decades and to wish her well.

I was a willing part of that throng, as a close follower of the ACCR’s activities since my association with it in the early 1980s, when it was known as the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts and I was a member of its board of directors. At that time, the RCCA established a budget line for a paid Exhibits Coordinator (before that it was a volunteer position), and Williams was the first person hired to fill that post – part time, at $1,600 a year. She and the Arts Center have come a very long way since then, and I wish them both more great progress in the future.

The other big news in Troy is that the long-struggling Fulton Street Gallery is slated to close – but I have it from a reliable source that, instead, it will remain open under new management, with founding Director Colleen Skiff stepping away but continuing to present art under the Fulton Street name at the Uncle Sam Atrium.

Click to read the rest of this story at Get Visual.

ArtBeat: The Fence Select Show @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region

August 3rd, 2010, 12:16 pm by Greg

Deborah Zlotsky: Squit

Deborah Zlotsky: Squit

During the opening reception on Friday, the Arts Center of the Capital Region announced the prize winners of the Fence Select Show, the 43rd annual exhibition of regional artists that was curated this year by Ian Berry of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs.

The exhibition features 54 artworks, which Berry selected from more than 400 entries.

Neil Fryzer
“I Crack Myself Up,” fired clay and rust patina
“Natalie, My Wife, My Muse,” cast resin and terra cotta finish
Deborah Zlotsky
“Bicuspper,” powdered graphite on mylar
“Squit,” powered graphite on mylar
Niki Haynes
“Driven,” mixed media collage
“Tired,” mixed media collage
Jeff Wigman
“Mercury 7,” oil on linen
“Mt. Rushmore,” oil on panel
“Elephant Portrait,” oil on hemp

John Yost
“Motion Picture Study #3,″ HD video

Olivia Allard (elementary school)
“Water Lily,” cardboard, acrylic
Ceili Conway (middle school)
“Emeline,” painting
Max Seiler (high school)
“Lids,” plastic lids

ACCR: 10 Years in Monument Square

April 20th, 2010, 2:31 pm by Greg

Last week, the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy hosted the premiere of “Beacon on Monument Square,” a 16-minute film by Ronn Kilby, which celebrates the Arts Center’s tenth anniversary at its Monument Square location.

If you weren’t able to attend the premiere, now you can watch it right here on your computer:

Beacon on Monument Square from Ronn Kilby on Vimeo.

ArtBeat: “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region

April 6th, 2010, 3:55 pm by Greg

Freedom Through Collective Improvisation

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month, as well as National Poetry Month, so it seemed oh-so apropos that the new photography exhibit “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation” would open on Thursday, April 1 to kick-start the month.

The show is a collection of jazz performance photographs – with a few poets thrown in the mix – documenting the “Free Jazz from the Sanctuary” concert series that took place at the Sanctuary for Independent Media from 2007-2009.

On display in the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s large main gallery are dozens of photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, who captured the wide-open spirit of the free-form jazz performances at all but one of the series’ 13 concerts. (Photographer Jon Flanders shot the other show – “Sax, Soup, Poetry and Voice” featuring the trio of saxophonist Joe Giardullo, poet Pierre Jorris and vocalist-chef Nicole Peyrafitte.)

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ArtBeat: Andrzej Pilarczyk’s “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation” @ ACCR

March 18th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

Photos by Andrzej Pilarczyk: Mary Halvorson and Ras Moshe

Photos by Andrzej Pilarczyk: Mary Halvorson and Ras Moshe

We are pleased as punch to announce that the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy will be hosting a month-long exhibition of photographs by Nippertown.com’s own chief photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk beginning on Thursday, April 1.

The exhibition is titled “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation: iEAR Presents! Free Jazz from the Sanctuary” and features Pilarczyk’s photos documenting the 13-part free jazz concert series that was presented at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy between 2007-2009.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard on Arts Day

February 22nd, 2010, 10:03 am by Greg

Last month, Governor Paterson stood onstage at The Egg and proposed at all state funding to The Egg be cut off. All of it.

Read The Egg’s response here.

And, of course, The Egg isn’t the only Nippertown arts organization to get hammered in Paterson’s proposed NYS budget for 2010-2011. Every arts and cultural organization will be hit hard. The Governor’s proposal includes a staggering $9 million cut to the budget of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Wednesday is Arts Day 2010, and if you think that the arts play a crucial role in the quality of life and economic growth, it’s an opportunity to have your voice heard.

At 5:30pm tonight, the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy is hosting “Arts Advocacy Primer: A How-To Workshop for Advocates.” Brush up on the issues, get the talking points, and learn how easy it can be to advocate directly to your legislators on Arts Day. At this workshop, you’ll learn where the money comes from and how to ensure that the funding continues. The workshop is free.

Make your voice heard!

Real Good for Free: Carnatic Music Ensemble @ ACCR, 1/17/10

January 12th, 2010, 1:06 pm by Greg

Internationally acclaimed Indian vocalist and teacher Vidya Subramanian will lead the Carnatic Music Ensemble in concert at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy at 1:30pm Sunday (January 17). The performance will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 1pm.

Carnatic music is a style of classical music from South India. It is a 3,000-year-old musical tradition that balances a lively mix of compositions and exciting improvisation.

The ensemble also features Ravi Srinivasan on violin and Ganesh Sankaranarayanan on mridangam, a traditional Indian drum.

Subramanian was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts distributed by Saratoga Arts, and she will be offering a series of six free Indian music training sessions at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library:

Session 1: Saturday, January 16, 2pm. Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm)
Session 2: Saturday, January 23, 2pm. Compositions and Great Composers
Session 3: Saturday, January 30, 2pm. Carnatic music and Spiritualism
Session 4: Saturday, February 13, 2pm. Improvisation in Carnatic Music
Session 5: Saturday, February 20, 2pm. How to Appreciate a Carnatic Music Concert
Session 6: Saturday, February 27, 2pm, More on Carnatic Concert Appreciation

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