ArtBeat: John W. Codling’s “Sundays With Chris”

October 20th, 2009, 11:40 am by Greg

John W. Codling: Prophet

John W. Codling: Prophet

For Dante, it was Beatrice.
Salvador Dali worshipped Gala.
And, of course, Chris Martin has Gwyneth Paltrow.

But when the stock market went belly-up a year ago, Wall Street trader-turned-artist John W. Coding went searching for his own Muse, and he discovered him – Christopher Walken.

An exhibition of Codling’s obsessive Walken portraits, “Sundays with Chris,” opens at Diane Von Furstenberg’s DVF Gallery at 444 West 14th St. in NYC on Friday, October 23 and remains on view through Sunday, November 1.


ArtBeat: Davey Jones Gallery

September 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm by Greg

Adrienne Money: Waiting Room

Adrienne Money: Waiting Room

Ah yes, there’s nothing goes together better than fish and fine art.

At least that’s the thinking of the fine folks at Davey Jones Locker, a longtime Nippertown hotspot for aquarium aficionados.

Visit the Delaware Avenue shop, and you’ll be hypnotized by the vast array of colorful tropical fish. Continue past the aquariums, however, and you’ll find that the back room of the store has been transformed into a home for art – Davey Jones Gallery.

That’s right – art and aquariums.

Davey Jones Gallery director Sara Pruiksma has curated a new exhibition, “A Collection of Classics,” featuring photography and paintings by Adrienne Money and David Olander. And as part of Albany’s monthly First Friday arts walk, the gallery is hosting an opening reception from 5-9pm on Friday, October 2. Admission is free, and the exhibit will remain on view through Friday, October 30.

ArtBeat: Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit @ the Mandeville Gallery

September 28th, 2009, 12:53 pm by Greg

Located in the marvelous Nott Memorial, Union College’s Mandeville Gallery welcomes a new group exhibition, “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” beginning Thursday, October 1.

Each work in the exhibit includes a tool that was important for women’s domestic labor in the past. These tools, when recontextualized as contemporary works of art, open a dialogue between the past and present. The tools that once facilitated hard, repetitive, and often unpaid women’s labor are reborn as the Distaff artists have taken the repurposed objects and transformed them into something that pays tribute to the past while encouraging a critical analysis of society and culture from various histories.

Betye Saar: We Was Mostly 'Bout Survival

Betye Saar: We Was Mostly 'Bout Survival

Curated by Rickie Solinger, “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” features the work of 33 artists, including Judith Hoyt, Debra Priestly and Marie Watt.

In conjunction with the opening, Solinger will offer a lecture, “Becoming a Curator: Seeing Race, Class, Gender and History in Objects and Images,” at the Reamer Campus Center Auditorium on the Union campus at 4pm on Thursday, October 1.

The opening reception for the exhibition will take place in the gallery from 5-8pm Friday, October 2. The exhibit will remain on view through Sunday, December 20.

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.

Hanging Out @ Lake George

September 3rd, 2009, 3:09 pm by Sara

The clock is ticking down to the final days of summer, but there’s still time to dash up the Northway and have yourself a day of fun at America’s Vacationland:


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Joe Putrock, the Mayor of Warren Street

September 3rd, 2009, 11:35 am by Greg

You’ve seen his photographs in Metroland.
You’ve seen his photographs in the Times Union.
You’ve seen his photographs on gallery walls.
Yes, Joe Putrock‘s photographs sometimes seem to be everywhere.

Joe Putrock

Joe Putrock

And now you can also see them at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson. The exhibit – which also features the work of Melinda McDaniel and Arnold Kastenbaum – opens today and will remain on view through Sunday, October 11.

The opening reception for the show takes place from 6-8pm Saturday, September 5, and Putrock has decided to make a whole night of it.

Following the reception at the gallery, Putrock will dash across Warren Street to Jason’s Upstairs Bar, where he’ll slip behind the drums to play with his band, the Charlie Watts Riots.

That’s right, a little bit of intimate, small-scale photography and a little bit of crank-it-up, blast-it-out rock & roll. Joe Putrock, you’re the Mayor of Warren Street – at least for a night.

Artists in need

August 19th, 2009, 3:29 pm by Greg

During the past couple of First Friday arts walks in Albany, we’ve ended up down at the Contompasis Gallery at 40 North Broadway. It’s off the beaten path, to say the least, but there’s a wonderful energy there. Artwork covers nearly every inch of wall space, spilling out into the hallway with canvases sometimes stacked up three or four deep.

So it was with a heavy heart that we learned of the fire there yesterday.

But it hasn’t taken long for fellow artists and musicians to come to their aid. Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany will be hosting a two-day marathon benefit bash on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5 in conjunction with next month’s First Friday. Lots of artwork on exhibit, lots of music on the stage, and lots of help for those in need.

Contact Tess’ Lark Tavern to make donations of artwork, time, talent or funds.

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

See Hear Now: Green Light @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady

August 18th, 2009, 2:33 pm by Sara
Katrina Cathcart: Color My World (Detail)

Katrina Cathcart: Color My World (Detail)

We recently stopped by the Mandeville Gallery, housed in the breathtaking, 16-sided Nott Memorial Chapel at Union College, to take a look at the Green Light show organized by VSAarts. The exhibition includes a lush and inspiring 30-page catalog that chronicles the 15 artists in the show, all of whom have disabilities ranging from ADHD to tramautic brain injuries and severe Crohn’s disease.

Some use the creative process as a way to meditate and focus inward while others use it as a way to reach out and communicate with the outside world. As is typical with VSAarts, the work is first-rate.

Here’s what caught our eye:

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