ArtBeat: “Fiber Currents/Current Fiber” @ Perrella Gallery [Get Visual]

November 17th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Patricia Kennedy-Zafred - Childhood Lost: The Doffer Boys, mixed-media cotton quilt

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred – Childhood Lost: The Doffer Boys, mixed-media cotton quilt

Review by David Brickman

A long wished-for exhibition is now a reality at Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Perrella Gallery in Johnstown. Gallery Director Joel Chapin wanted a national fiber show, but needed expert help in creating it. He found that help in the form of Bleecker fiber artist Judith Plotner, who agreed to take on the project – the result is Fiber Currents/Current Fiber, on view through Friday, December 18.

A first-time (and, according to her, also last-time) curator, Plotner has ably organized a diverse selection of 21 artists from all over the United States to fill this clean and pleasant (if somewhat tight) space with high-quality and engaging fiber-based work. These are not your great-grandmother’s log cabin quilts (though quilting is strongly present); rather, this is contemporary art by top-shelf makers who utilize cloth, thread, vines, wire, plastic – and much more – to realize their personal visions.

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Theme and Variations: Gail Nadeau @ FMCC [Get Visual]

November 5th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Sara
Gail Nadeau: Diamond Studded Dress with Rock

Gail Nadeau: Diamond Studded Dress with Rock

Review by David Brickman

The show Angelus by Gail Nadeau at the Perrella Gallery of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown raises a lot of wonderful questions. The very talented Nadeau works in digital media as well as traditional forms such as silver-based photography and oil paint, and all are present in this 60-piece installation.

Is it a retrospective? Well, there are images from 1985, 2014 and in-between. But, no, it’s not a retrospective. Is Nadeau a photographer, a painter, or what? Well, she does show photographs here, and very painterly mixed-media pieces. But, no, I wouldn’t call her either a photographer or a painter. Rather, I think printmaker would be the correct term.

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Festival Fever: The Buck Moon Arts Festival @ Fulton-Montgomery Community College

July 7th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Buck Moon Arts Festival will take over the Fulton-Montgomery Community College campus in Johnstown this weekend showcasing diverse, family-friendly visual and performance art from across New York State and beyond.

The fest – which takes place from 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday (July 12 & 13) – will also feature vendors, workshops, demonstrations and multi-venue live music and dance performances. Wineries and craft beer makers will offer tastings of their regionally grown specialties. In addition, a pair of juried art shows will be on exhibit. The fest will be held rain or shine, and admission is FREE.

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LIVE: In the Flesh @ Johnstown Eagles Club, 1/15/12

January 20th, 2012, 12:30 pm by Greg
In The Flesh, a Pink Floyd tribute band

In The Flesh, a Pink Floyd tribute band

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

In The Flesh, a Pink Floyd tribute band based in Fulton County, performed a benefit concert at the Johnstown Eagles Club on Sunday, January 15. The fund-raiser attracted about 200 people to the lodge to help Rick Pazzaglia with recent medical bills. Rick’s son, Tony Pazzaglia plays bass and sings in the band, which played two full sets of classic Pink Floyd music. Also in the band are Aaron Mittler on guitar and vocals; Jeff Baldwin on keyboards and vocals; Mike Ralbovsky on guitar and vocals; Goose on drums; and Tony Ficilli on saxophone.

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Media Watch: Drivin’ & Druggin’

September 27th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Listening to the River on our car radio this morning we heard a commercial for Eagle Chevrolet in Johnstown in which owner James Provenzano proudly summed up their current car sale thusly:

“It’s like Cash for Clunkers on crack.”


Five Fall Faves: Visual Art

September 20th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

All this week, we’ll be highlighting some of the fall season’s most promising arts, music and entertainment events around Nippertown. Mark your calendars.

Today’s spotlight is on the visual arts:

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell

Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell

Michael Oatman’s “All Utopias Fell” @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Opening Sunday, October 24. It’s the most hotly anticipated art event of the season. The sprawling three-part, massively ambitious, indoor-outdoor installation by Troy artist Michael Oatman finally has its much-delayed unveiling. The long-term installation – scheduled to run for several years – will be open seasonally, so catch it before the snow flies.

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Flame Gets TV Time!

November 27th, 2009, 2:42 pm by Greg


Local pop-rock band Flame already has three CDs under its collective belt, and there’s more on the way.

The 11-piece band, which originally formed at the Lexington Center in Johnstown, received another big push into the mainstream spotlight this morning (Friday, November 27, when the band garnered national television coverage on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.” Read the story and/or watch the video here.

The band’s joyous pop and rock music is all the more inspiring when you realize the members of Flame all have physical or developmental disabilities, including autism, blindness and Down syndrome.

Next up on Flame’s concert calendar is a stop at The Linda in Albany on Friday, December 11, when they’ll surely showcased some of the seasonal selections from Christmas CD, “Holiday Classics.”

The Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesAlbany Poets