Story by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andy Choens and Brian Tromans
Like just about every other arts organization around town, the Upstate Artists Guild has been facing some pretty serious financial hardships lately.
But the not-for-profit, primarily volunteer-run group that has operated its art gallery on Albany’s Lark Street for the past six years, has been digging in against the economic tide and pulling itself up by its bootstraps with a number of DIY benefit events in recent weeks.
Still, it seemed unlikely that the funky storefront arts group would get all swanky, but that’s exactly the direction UAG took by throwing their biggest fundraiser to date, the Back in the Black Gala, late last month at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar. And while black and white attire was the recommended color scheme, the event turned out to be a wonderful and wildly democratic fashion statement with supporters in attendance sporting everything from tuxedos to t-shirts, from ball gowns to baseball caps.