Pittsfield’s New Upstreet Cultural District Kicks Off with a First Friday Art Walk May 4 [Berkshire on Stage]

May 4th, 2012, 11:00 am by Sara
First Fridays Artswalk in Pittsfield

There will be celebrating and socializing all up and down the Upstreet Cultural District in Pittsfield when the Inaugural First Fridays Artswalk kicks off on May 4th, 2012.

Shortly after earning its designation as one of the five original state-recognized cultural districts by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, downtown Pittsfield’s newly minted Upstreet Cultural District will strut its stuff with the kickoff of a monthly visual arts event known as “First Fridays Artswalk”. The inaugural event on Friday, May 4, 5-8PM, will consist of exhibits and related programming hosted by over 20 well-known downtown venues and all capped-off with a Berkshires Jazz event at Baba Louie’s.

After several months of diligent planning and organizing, the “First Fridays Artswalk” Committee is pleased to announce a full evening of visual arts excitement for the arts appreciator.

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Be Here Now: First Friday @ Albany

December 4th, 2009, 9:20 am by Greg

From 5-9pm today (Friday, December 4), it’s the holiday edition of Albany’s monthly First Friday arts walk, so chances are you’ll find a few wonderful gift bargains and help support local Nippertown artists at the same time.

Here are a few highlights:

Doug Holst‘s “In Color” @ the Davey Jones Gallery
A collection of 50 new paintings by Holst, who is in his third year of the MFA program at UAlbany, is on view through Monday, December 28. He’s got a pretty compelling back-story to go along with his eye-popping paintings, too: Before moving to Albany, he worked as a security guard at the Milwaukee Art Museum for 13 years. Since then, the museum has purchased five of his paintings for its permanent collection.

Rick Bedrosian‘s “Picture This” @ McGreevy ProLab
Hair of the Dog bassist-vocalist-bandleader (and occasional Nippertown.com contributor) exhibits a collection of photographs that he’s taken over the years. Subjects include music, sports and beyond. On view through Friday, Januray 29.

Reading from “Moonlight Falls” by novelist Vincent Zandri with music by the Blisterz @ the Albany Public Library (Go here for details.)

Alex Albino @ Judy Rosen Real Estate
One of the reigning queens of Tess’ Lark Tavern exhibits her paintings as part of the Confluence Group Show, also featuring the work of Megahn Murphy, Mike Saltzman, Elise Nadeau, Juan Ramas and others.

“Winter Art” group show @ the National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery
Work by nearly a dozen 10 local artists, including one-of-a-kind jewelry and ceramic pieces by Cathy Frank. Also work by David Brickman, Mike Brown, Herb Dieck, Chris DeMarco, Jim Flosdorf, Danica Lichtig, Michael Millspaugh, Wren Panzella, Paul Shapiro, and John Whipple. On exhibit through Saturday, January 30.

5th Annual Members Show @ The Albany Center Galleries
Albany Center Galleries is holding the opening reception for their Fifth Annual Members Show 6-8pm. More than 80 artists are participating (and we’re not going to list them all here) but trust us, it’s a veritable who’s who of area talent.

Happy third birthday to First Friday!

September 1st, 2009, 4:45 pm by Greg

Albany’s First Friday arts walk celebrates its third anniversary on Friday, September 4.

And according to First Friday coordinator Michael Weidrich, the executive director of the Lark Street Business Improvement District, the free monthly arts event has become a rousing success.

Sponsored by the Upstate Artists Guild, the little arts night that was launched with just three galleries in the Lark Street area has grown enormously in three short years. Here are the numbers that Weidrich has come up with:

3 years
36 consecutive 1st Fridays
130 unique venues
1,000 shows
50,000 people

So come on out on Friday to see and hear and taste what’s going on around the Nippertown arts scene.

And don’t forget to cap off your First Friday stroll with a stop at Tess’ Lark Tavern. Proceeds from Tess’ will benefit the MarketPlace Gallery (also known as the Contompasis Gallery), which was the victim of a fire last month.

Hanging Out at First Friday, 8/7/09

August 10th, 2009, 4:16 pm by Sara

The first Friday of every month is Albany’s famed First Friday arts walk, with exhibits and events along Lark Street, Central Avenue, Delaware Avenue and downtown. Here’s what caught our eye on our latest jaunt:


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My Eyeballs Are Still Full

June 10th, 2009, 12:28 pm by Sara

Last weekend was a big one for Albany art, starting with Albany First Friday, June 5th: we began at the Albany Art Room to see Elizabeth Dubben’s show, then around the corner to Joe Putrock’s show at the Lark Street BID and thence to Upstate Artists Guild, for their People’s Choice 2009 exhibit. I haven’t heard yet who won (if you know, please let me know) but my favorite work was Nina Stanley’s oil on canvas:

Nina Stanley: Where's My Golden Ball

Nina Stanley: Where's My Golden Ball

Continuing along Lark Street, we peeked into National Upholstery Gallery and marveled at Wren Panzella’s glass transfers:

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