ArtBeat: ArtCentric Gift Gallery, Troy

October 28th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Sara
David Austin: Next Morning

David Austin: Next Morning

ArtCentric Gift Gallery recently moved a few blocks over to 274 River Street in Troy (across the street from the Arts Center) and the new, larger space is blossoming by leaps and bounds. Slated for Friday, October 29 (Troy Night Out) is a reception for a new photographic exhibit by M-J Adelman. Also on view: David Austin’s paintings comprising a dark and haunting catalog of moments and James Kyote Staley’s assemblages of wood, metal and found objects.

Owner Debra Lockrow hasn’t forgotten her old neighborhood, either; she’s organized another set of panels for the Proctor’s Theater facade (on 4th Street between State and Broadway) that will unveiled on Friday morning at 11am. Artists this time around include Marcus Kwame Anderson, David Austin, Tony Thompson, Vinnie Tocco, Kim Schaller, Tony Iadicicco, Kate Glasheen, and Jason Schultz.

More photos after the jump:

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Revitalizing A Block in Troy

December 3rd, 2009, 9:48 am by Sara

(left) Radical: Biggest Yee-Haw (right) Marcus Kwame Anderson: Lady Day

(left) Radical: Biggest Yee-Haw (right) Marcus Kwame Anderson: Lady Day

Photographer Debra Lockrow, the proprietor of ArtCentric Gift Gallery on Fourth Street in Troy, moved into her store six months ago, when most of the area buildings were empty and shuttered. While the neighborhood has slowly been gathering steam (Xs to Os vegan bakery just opened on the corner), the long-vacant Proctor’s Theater has been a sad eyesore in the middle of the block as RPI, the current owner, figures out what to do with it.

Rather than simply bemoan this, Lockrow obtained permission from RPI to to slap a coat of primer on the boarded up windows and then invited seven local artists to create paintings to mount on the front of the building. The results are breathtaking. The artists, Marcus Kwame Anderson, Kate Glasheen, James “Kyote” Staley, Radical, Kim Schaller, John Cummings, Jr. and Kristine Domenichini, have created rich and vibrant works in a wildly divergent range of styles that brighten and energize the block.

You can see the other paintings on the ArtCentric website, or better yet, head on over to see them in person.

Gift Guide: It’s ArtCentric Day here in Nippertown!

December 3rd, 2009, 9:48 am by Sara


I like these headbands in case anyone wants to know.

I like these headbands in case anyone wants to know.

In honor of Debra Lockrow’s efforts to revitalize her neighborhood (and because it’s a rockin’ little art and gift shop) today’s gift guide focuses on ArtCentric Gift Gallery, a boutique stuffed with an eccentric variety of artworks, aprons, handbags, jewelry, small sculptures and other perfect gifts.

Need a plan? This Sunday (December 6) is the Troy Victorian Stroll, so you can stop by between 11am-5pm and also check out the paintings on Proctor’s facade.

Hanging Out at Troy Night Out, 7/31/09

August 4th, 2009, 4:10 pm by Sara

Troy Night Out is an arts walk that takes place the last Friday of every month from 5-9 pm, and it’s always hopping. Here’s some of the highlights of what we saw last Friday:

John Cooley’s “Window #1” at The Atrium:

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Artcentric Gift Gallery grand opening

June 26th, 2009, 10:25 am by Greg

ArtCentricEverybody’s been hit hard by the current economic climate, none more so than the arts community. So it takes a special kind of courage to open a new art venue in the midst of this ongoing financial downturn.

But that’s exactly what Troy photographer Debra Lockrow is doing today, as she celebrates the grand opening of her new exhibit space/store Artcentric Gift Gallery, located at 95 4th St. in downtown Troy.

The opening reception takes place 5-9pm today (Friday, June 26) in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk. Acoustic roots-music band the Hopeless Mountain Playboys entertain beginning at 6pm.

NIPPERTOWN: How exactly would you describe a “gift gallery”?
ARTCENTRIC: The store is a mix of fine arts and unique crafts made by local artists. The prices are reasonable and allow people the opportunity to shop local and support the community. I added “gift” to gallery in the name in the hope that people would venture in and not be afraid that a “gallery” was out of the realm of their financial reality. As far as prices go, I’m selling magnets for $1 and paintings for $300.

NIPPERTOWN: You’re just getting started, but what are your plans for the future?
ARTCENTRIC: I am planning on having individual artists exhibit in the future. I would also like to make space available if an instructor wanted to teach a class at Artcentric. I think that I’ll be hosting some special events, too – mural painting for small children and a dog-friendly event. Things like that.

NIPPERTOWN: You also have another business?
ARTCENTRIC: Yes, the store also serves as the business office for ART Photography, which is my wedding photography business. One of the storefront windows is all weddings all the time, while the other window represents the store and the gallery.

NIPPERTOWN: Do you have regular days/hours that the shop is open?
ARTCENTRIC: I am still working that out, because weddings make some Saturdays and Friday evenings out of the question for me. But in general, it looks like Wednesday (11-5), Thursday (11-4), Friday (11-6 or as late as people come in), Saturday (11-6) and Sunday (11-3 or later). I’m leaving the weekly hours on the answering machine (272-4ART), so people can call to check.

NIPPERTOWN: Well, thanks for chatting with us and good luck to you in your new venue. It’s great to have a new art space in Nippertown.
ARTCENTRIC: Thanks. I want this to be a living artist space, with new work and active artists always keeping things interesting.

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