ArtBeat: 38th Annual Photography Regional [Get Visual]

March 15th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
A view of the 38th Annual Photography Regional at Fulton Street Gallery

A view of the 38th Annual Photography Regional at Fulton Street Gallery

Review by David Brickman

At the age of 38, the Photography Regional has come full circle. Originally conceived as a counterpoint to the Mohawk-Hudson Regional, which did not accept photography until the early ’90s, the Photo Regional has always been popular with professionals, artists, amateurs, professors and students; and it has always made a splash with audiences, and in local media.

But has it evolved?

The current iteration of the show, at Fulton Street Gallery in Troy through Saturday, April 2, looks and feels eerily like the earliest Photo Regionals – it was mounted this year first as an all-inclusive salon, and then as a juror selection (following the original format); it includes a significant number of the same names that participated in it way back then; the prints and images, though mainly produced with digital technology, look a lot like prints and images of the ’70s; and it is in the same city as the first Photo Regional (which was hosted by the Rensselaer County Council on the Arts, now known as the Arts Center of the Capital Region).

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Transition in Troy (Fence Show, Nadia Trinkala memorial show) [Get Visual]

July 18th, 2011, 1:15 pm by Sara
Mixed-media painting by Nadia Trinkala @ Fulton Street Gallery

Mixed-media painting by Nadia Trinkala @ Fulton Street Gallery

There are two major transitions under way in Troy’s arts institutions, with tearful departures and joyous events tied together. The local news has carried much coverage of the decision of the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s president, Amy Williams, to step down and enter the private sector – and her going-away party at the Arts Center on Thursday drew a huge crowd of friends who were happy to share their appreciation of Williams’ leadership over the decades and to wish her well.

I was a willing part of that throng, as a close follower of the ACCR’s activities since my association with it in the early 1980s, when it was known as the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts and I was a member of its board of directors. At that time, the RCCA established a budget line for a paid Exhibits Coordinator (before that it was a volunteer position), and Williams was the first person hired to fill that post – part time, at $1,600 a year. She and the Arts Center have come a very long way since then, and I wish them both more great progress in the future.

The other big news in Troy is that the long-struggling Fulton Street Gallery is slated to close – but I have it from a reliable source that, instead, it will remain open under new management, with founding Director Colleen Skiff stepping away but continuing to present art under the Fulton Street name at the Uncle Sam Atrium.

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ArtBeat: The Nadia Trinkala Memorial Art Exhibition @ Fulton Street Gallery, Troy

June 22nd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Nadia Trinkala

Nadia Trinkala

The life and work of artist, gallery owner and staunch arts supporter Nadia Trinkala, who passed away in April, will be honored with a special art exhibition at the Fulton Street Gallery in Troy. The Nadia Trinkala Memorial Art Exhibition will open on Friday, with a reception from 5-9pm in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk. The exhibit also coincides with what would have been Trinkala’s 45th birthday.

The show will highlight a wide variety of artworks in various media that Trinkala explored – from her early works in metal and jewelry to the expressive photographic pieces created during her recent studies in Creative Art Therapy in NYC.

“We are collecting art work made by Nadia or with Nadia as the subject of the art,” said photographer Ray Felix, who is co-coordinator of the exhibition. “Things like drawings, paintings, jewelry and those special cards that she often made for her friends.”

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