ArtBeat: Fran Shalom @ John Davis Gallery

September 14th, 2009, 3:14 pm by Greg


“I am a modernist abstract painter with a pop sensibility,” says Fran Shalom, whose exhibition opens in the main gallery at John Davis Gallery in Hudson on Thursday, September 17. “My works balance the formal with the playful, paring down shapes and ideas into their most basic forms. It is a search for clarity and humor, as is evidenced by the shapes and colors in my paintings: cartoony, bright, blobby and fun. But, like life itself, there is an undercurrent of conflict beneath the whimsy, as reflected in the tension and interaction between the shapes.

“Ultimately, it is important that the viewer becomes involved with the paintings, tempting them to stay long enough with the images to connect to a narrative that is at once ambiguous yet taps into the specifics and subtleties of their own lives.”

Also on view at John Davis will be sculpture by Douglas Culhane in the sculpture garden, in addition to an installation by Erin Walrath in the Carriage House atrium. Mixed media work by Grace Bakst Wapner and Erin Walrath, as well as paintings by Jeremy Hoffeld and porcelain sculpture by Barry Bartlett will also be on view on the upper floors of the Carriage House.

A reception for the artists takes place 6-8pm on Saturday, September 19. The exhibition continues through Sunday, October 11.


David Brickman’s Fall Arts Preview

September 14th, 2009, 3:14 pm by Sara

Check this out: David Brickman has a boffo Fall Exhibition Preview newly posted on Get Visual.

And once that inspires you, Berkshire Creative has a rockin’ list of artist calls for submissions.

ArtBeat: Elizabeth Dubben

June 8th, 2009, 1:43 pm by Greg

So what do you after you close the doors on the art gallery that you’ve poured your heart and soul into for three years?

You make your own art, that’s what.

At least that’s what you do if you’re Elizabeth Dubben, who shuttered her popular indie art spot the Amrose Sable Gallery at the end of May. And it didn’t take her very long.

Dubben’s entrancing new one-person exhibition, “In the Middle of the World,” opened on Friday, June 5 at the Albany Art Room, where it will remain on view through Sunday, June 28.

Elizabeth Dubben: Continuation (2009)

Elizabeth Dubben: Continuation (2009)

Her evocative works are small but rich and oh so rewarding, a perfect match for the Art Room’s tiny but exquisite back-room gallery. The show – hung by Dubben and Albany Art Room intern Kayla Berenger – makes the most of the intimate space.

Mixed media works that combine oil painting with image transfers of photographs that she’s taken, Dubben’s art aptly reflects the work that she selected as curator of the 31st annual Photo Regional at the Opalka Gallery earlier this year – ambitious art that employs photography as a key component but reaches well beyond the realm of photography.

Elizabeth Dubben

Elizabeth Dubben

It’s an artistic approach that works well here. Dubben’s works are multi-layered with an inviting, lived-in feeling, delightfully enhanced by the bare, untreated wooden frames that wrap her images in a natural warmth and surprising depth.

Real Good for Free: Art on Lark

May 25th, 2009, 9:24 am by Greg

OK, it’s not as big as Tulip Fest or LarkFest, of course. But attendance at the annual Art on Lark celebration has been rapidly growing in recent years, and it’s likely that this year’s bash will be the biggest one yet.

Yes, of course, Art on Lark is a showcase for many of Nippertown’s finest visual artists – more than 100 painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, etc. – who will be lining the street with their works from 10am-5pm Saturday, June 6.

But music has been given increasing visibility, and there’s a full slate of bands scheduled for the big stage at the corner of Lark and Washington Avenue. Among the homegrown Nippertown performers will be the swing ‘n’ jive of the Jump Daddies, the lush chamber pop of Eric Margan & the Red Lions, the jazz-tinged R&B of the Getdown, the blues-funk of the Foy Brothers Band and synth-happy electronica of newcomers Love For the Masses.

Travis Gray (former frontman for Saratoga rockers the Loyalty) has landed the prime pentultimate performance slot, and, hailing from South Burlington, Vermont by way of Island Records, rockin’ little five-piece band the Urgency will serve as yer headliners.

Naturally, admission is free.

And for all of you denizens of Lark Street, Art on Lark will have to last you all summer long, since sponsoring organization the Lark Street BID won’t be bringing the free Monday night concerts back to Washington Park this summer.

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