ArtBeat: Paul Mauren @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

October 17th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Paul Mauren - Speak to Me 2016, assembled mixed materials

Paul Mauren – Speak to Me 2016, assembled mixed materials

By David Brickman

The local art mafia came out in force last Friday night for Paul Mauren’s exhibition Where Things Go at Albany Center Gallery, and with good reason. Yes, many of the seeming hundreds of guests were this longtime College of Saint Rose professor’s colleagues, counterparts, current and former students, friends and fans, but the show alone is an event worthy of major excitement.

Mauren, a stalwart of the regional arts scene (and beyond) for several decades, has operated under the radar for the most part. Still, he has built up a presence through steady inclusion in important shows – going back to the 1979 Mohawk Hudson Regional, a 1981 solo at Emma Willard’s Dietel Gallery, and the seminal Water Works exhibition, held in 1982 in an Albany public bath house that eventually met the wrecker’s ball.

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ArtBeat: Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

May 4th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Four very diverse artists are in this year's Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational at ACG

Four very diverse artists are in this year’s Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational at ACG

By David Brickman

One of the best shows each year at Albany Center Gallery is the annual invitational drawn from the Mohawk Hudson Regional. It’s a cool idea we don’t see often enough: Gallery representatives visit the big juried show and make notes on whose work they’d like to see more of, then ACG organizes an exhibition of those select picks.

This year’s MHRI at ACG includes four very diverse artists in terms of medium, style – even age – and that’s a good thing. As I am one of the gallery’s board members and the chair of the exhibits committee, I was involved in the selection process – so this won’t be a review. Instead, I will simply recommend the show and suggest you include it in your 1st Friday plans on May 6, when the artists’ reception will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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ArtBeat: Scott Brodie Retrospective @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

September 28th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Scott Brodie - Waputki 2, oil on canvas 2015

Scott Brodie – “Waputki 2,” oil on canvas 2015

Review by David Brickman

There’s one thing nearly all painters have in common: They love to push paint around. A power-packed retrospective of nearly 40 years of work by Scott Brodie at Albany Center Gallery (on view through Saturday, October 3) amply illustrates this fact and equally demonstrates that it is true whether the image is photo-realistic, totally abstract or anything in between.

And, if you think it’s not possible for a painter to work in such (apparently) divergent styles while maintaining a singular voice, think again. We all evolve over time, but even in a long-term retrospective an artist should show consistency – if they don’t, it’s a sign of inadequate commitment to a vision. Yet Brodie’s show, despite its diversity, makes clear that his vision has remained quite clear over the long haul and, in my opinion, has grown stronger of late.

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Mary Pat Wager @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

November 14th, 2014, 11:00 am by Sara
Mary Pat Water: Solitary Confinement, 2014

Mary Pat Wager: Solitary Confinement, 2014

Review by David Brickman

In the great tradition that Albany Center Gallery has become in its 35+ years of existence, the current retrospective by sculptor Mary Pat Wager is a big, sprawling show of important work covering a span of several decades. Wager is a familiar face on the regional art scene including at past ACG shows, but this major exhibition is still a long time coming and a welcome sight.

Featuring scores of works from 1978 through 2014, Collections: A Retrospective was independently curated by Jackie Weaver and includes wall-hung and free-standing pieces in steel, wood, copper, bone, bronze, stone, brass, glass, paper, and more, usually combining several of these materials in one piece. It’s organized clutter, marvelously inventive, sophisticated-yet-direct assemblage by an inveterate collector (some would say hoarder) of stuff.

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Last Chance: 36th Annual Photography Regional @ Albany Center Gallery

April 15th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
Newbold Bohemia:  Dream Vacation

Newbold Bohemia: Dream Vacation

JUST A REMINDER: Friday (April 18) is the final day to catch the 36th Annual Photography Regional at Albany Center Gallery.

And congratulations go out to the recently announced award winners:
1st Place: Newbold Bohemia
2nd Place: Michael P. Farrell
3rd Place: Stephen Honicki
4th Place: Sean Hovendick
5th Place: Beau Comeaux
6th Place: Michelle Christine Mainella
Honorable Mentions: Perry Burlingame, Justin Baker
Student Award: Brian Williams

ArtBeat: Photography Regional @ Albany Center Gallery, 3/11-4/18/14

March 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

36th Annual Photography Regional

The 36th annual Photography Regional opens at the Albany Center Gallery on Tuesday (March 11), showcasing the artwork of more than 40 Nippertown photographers. The exhibition will remain on display through Friday, April 18. In conjunction with Albany’s monthly First Friday arts walk, the gallery will host a reception with the artists from 5-9pm on Friday, April 4 with the awards ceremony at 7:30pm.

Photographers Mark McCarty and Susan Myers served as jurors for the exhibit, selecting the work of 43 photographers from the more than 130 who submitted. The resulting Photo Regional includes several well-recognized and established professionals alongside talented newcomers The art work ranges from the traditional to the cinematic, from the avant-garde to the formalist.

Photographers whose work was selected for the exhibition include Jim Allen, Deyva Arthur, Justin Baker, Breanna Berger-Tzabar, Newbold Bohemia, Laura Brodsky, Carrie Brown, David Bruce, Perry Burlingame, Tracey Buyce, Beau Comeaux, Frisbee Houde Connie, Kayla Coons, Ian Creitz, Chris DeMarco, Jeri Eisenberg, Michael Farrell, Ray Felix, Steven Fink, Jim Flosdorf, George Gati, George Gruel, Stephen Honicki, Mike Hotter, Sean Hovendick, Scott Keidong, Michelle Mainella, Dan McCormack, Chuck Miller, Art Murphy, Erika Nusser, Linda Pinkans, Luba Ricket, Anthony Salamone, Mark Schmidt, Mike Shannon, George Simmons, Richard Tomasulo, Mark Van Wormer, Jacqueline Vincent, Katherine F. Wardle, Brian Williams and Yaqing Xie.

Portrait: Alex Waters @ Albany Center Gallery’s Project Art, 11/2/12

November 19th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Alex Waters: Safe Inside Your Mind

Alex Waters

Photograph by Susan Brink

Artist Alex Waters and his painting “Safe Inside Your Mind,” which was exhibited at Albany Center Gallery’s Project Art, a one-night-only, pop-up gallery in a vacant building in downtown Albany. The brainchild of ACG director Tony Iadicicco, the exhibit – dubbed “Capital Identity” – was held in conjunction with Albany’s First Friday arts walk and also featured the works of Patrick Porter and RADICAL!.

ArtBeat: Output Graphics Regional @ Albany Center Gallery

April 27th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Output Graphics Regional @ Albany Center Gallery

Photographs by Susan Brink

Albany Center Gallery is hosting Nippertown’s inaugural graphics arts regional exhibition, “Output Graphics Regional,” and if you you to see how it all shaped up, you’d better hurry down to the gallery. Saturday (April 28) is the exhibit’s closing day.

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