Posts Tagged ‘Lake George Arts Project’

ArtBeat: Susan Meyer’s “Formation Proposal” @ Courthouse Gallery [Get Visual]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Detail view of Shaft, laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, and aluminum

Detail view of “Shaft,” laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures and aluminum

Review by David Brickman

Several times now I’ve seen one or two of Susan Meyer’s tiny, fantastical utopias and, every time, they fascinate. So I couldn’t bear to miss her solo show Formation Proposal at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, which is on view only until Friday (April 15).

Meyer uses brightly colored acrylic sheets to build complex little spaces that are populated in this show by miniature nude figures. Her sense of color and form is outstanding, and she fully exploits the way light penetrates these stacks of stripes.

Though dates were not provided for the pieces on view, they seem fresh – especially the central piece – titled “Together” – which is more airy than dense, with a limited palette of white, yellow and blue, and is suspended from the ceiling, so it floats as if in zero-gravity. As one gallery-goer commented during my visit, it looks like The Jetsons. There’s a playfulness here not completely opposed to that favorite 1960s cartoon – but there is also a slightly ominous dystopian feeling to the worlds Meyer creates, adding to their mystique.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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ART/LIVE: Black Velvet Art Party @ the Georgian Resort, 11/22/14

Friday, December 5th, 2014

BVAP2014-winners

Photograph by Cheri Bordelon

Sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, the 26th annual Black Velvet Art Party was held at the Georgian Resort in Lake George last month. This invigorating, inspiring and slightly insane gathering of the local North Country art community is renowned for its out-of-the ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top fashion statements. Proceeds from this event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery exhibition series.

2014 BLACK VELVET ART PARTY AWARD WINNERS

ART AWARDS
1. Best of Black Velvet: Gary McCoola’s “Gimme Shelter”
2. Velveeta (the cheesiest): Armon Art Brown’s “Gnarly”
3. Velveluminous (the brightest): Joy McCoola’s “Grate Openings”
4. Velveluptuous (the sexiest): Kat Griffin’s “Gnarly Fairy Chair”
5. Velvet Underground: Betsy Brandt’s “After Rousseau”
6. Black Velvet Amoeba Art Award (Best Amoeba Art): Sam Bowser’s “Amoebas on Parade”

FASHION AWARDS
1. The Joan Reid Award (most inappropriate attire): Mike Vittengl
2. Tres Tacky: Mel Ostberg
3. Velviagra: Billijo Meader
4. Svelte: Ray Perry
5. Velvelicious: Cathy DeDe
6. King BVAP 26th: Brian Landenburger
7. Queen Velveteen: Denise Perry

In Brief: Ramersdorfer and Van Alstine at LGAP [Get Visual]

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
A view of Confluence of Opposites III at Lake George Arts Project featuring Storm Warning II, left, and Sisyphean Circle, right, by John Van Alstine

A view of Confluence of Opposites III at Lake George Arts Project
featuring Storm Warning II, left, and Sisyphean Circle, right, by John Van Alstine

Review by David Brickman

The idea of a show of only sculpture shouldn’t seem at all radical, but it is uncommon enough that it bears noting. And when such a show is presented by equal partners in a domestic relationship, each with significant international showing experience, at the best little public gallery in our region, it is noteworthy indeed.

Caroline Ramersdorfer and John Van Alstine are not opposites at all, despite the flowery title of their well-wrought exhibition, “Confluence of Opposites III,” at the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery; rather, they share similar characteristics that are more significant than nationality or gender or material or technique. Both work in three dimensions but really emphasize a frontal view of their carefully assembled compositions; both combine strict geometry with naturalistic forms; and both work in dramatic, abstract gestures.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

Festival Fever: Bands ‘N Beans @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/2/14

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Big Fez & The Surfmatics

Big Fez & The Surfmatics

The Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George will serve up a day of hot chili and even hotter music from 2-7pm on Sunday (March 2) for the Lake George Arts Project’s annual fundraising bash, Bands ‘N Beans.

Bands performing on two stages throughout the day include Rich Ortiz & Friends, Stony Creek Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Chris Ballini, Rick Rourke, Dirt Cheap, Black Mountain Symphony and Tim Wechgelaer & Friends.

The beans part of the event will feature more than 30 area restaurants who will compete in a chili cooking contest. Everyone in attendance is invited to vote for their favorite chili of the day.

Admission is $20, with tickets available at the door.

Be Here Now: Lake George’s Annual Bands n’ Beans Bash on Sunday

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Big Fez & the Surfmatics

Yeah, it’s still chilly out there.

Now it’s time to get chili indoors, too. Specifically, indoors at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George from 2-7pm on Sunday afternoon (March 3), when the annual Bands n’ Beans shindig serves up hot music and even hotter chili.

More than 30 area restaurants will be serving up their own unique, simmering chili recipes Among the participants this year are Barnsider BBQ, Bean’s Country Store, Bella’s, Bogey’s Pub & Grille, Caffe Vero, Center Plate @ Gore Mt., Docksider Restaurant, Druther’s Brewing Co., Duffy’s Tavern, Dunhams Bay Lodge, East Cove Restaurant, Garnet Hill Lodge, the Georgian, Gourmet Café, Log Jam Restaurant, Market Place Steakhouse, Melba Mae’s Riverview Inn, Olde Post Grille, O’Toole’s Restaurant, Petes Ahh, Ranchero’s Steakhouse, Samantha’s Café, Sans Souci and Vic’s Tavern. Each of the 1000 or so expected attendees can vote for their favorite chili.

But chili is only half of the Bands n’ Beans equation. There’s also non-stop music on two stages throughout the five-hour bash. The featured bands include Rich Ortiz & Friends, Stony Creek Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Rattail Jimmy, Master Cylinders, Shadowland, Chris Ballini, Rick Rourke and Tim Wechgelaer & Friends.

Tickets are $20, with all proceeds going to the Lake George Arts Project and their efforts to present such programs as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park, the Courthouse Gallery exhibition series and the Peoples Pixel Project. Tickets will be available at the door.

Be Here Now: Bands N’ Beans @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/4/12

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Bands N’ Beans @ Roaring  Brook Ranch

Yeah, it’s finally chilly out there.

Now it’s time to get chili indoors, too. Specifically, indoors at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George from 2-7pm on Sunday afternoon, when the annual Bands n’ Beans shindig serves up hot music and even hotter chili.

More than 30 area restaurants will be serving up their own unique, simmering chili recipes Among the participants this year are newcomers Samantha’s Cafe, the Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ, the Olde Log Inn, Orange Cat Cafe, the Market Place Steakhouse, Cafe on the Park, Pub on 9 and Ranchero’s Steakhouse & Cantina. Each of the 1000 or so expected attendees can vote for their favorite chili.

But chili is only half of the Bands n’ Beans equation. There’s also non-stop music on two stages throughout the five-hour bash. The smaller, more intimate Powder Horn Room will play host to Phil Camp, Chris Ballini, Rick Bolton & the Dwyer Sisters and Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey. Meanwhile, Rich Ortiz & Friends, the Stony Creek Band, Dirt Cheap and Groove Therapy promise to keep the dance floor hopping in the big Sky Rider Room.

Tix are $20 with all proceeds going to the Lake George Arts Project and their efforts to present such programs as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park, the Courthouse Gallery exhibition series and the Peoples Pixel Project.

Be Here Now: Bands n’ Beans @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/6/11

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Hot chili and red hot music are the two key ingredients of the 20th annual Bands ‘n Beans party at Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George from 2-7pm on Sunday, March 6. One of the biggest spring parties of the spring, Bands ‘n Beans is a benefit for the Lake George Arts Project, and proceeds will go to help fund the Lake George Jazz Weekend, the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park and art exhibitions at the Courthouse Gallery.

Over 40 restaurants and individual chefs will compete in a chili-tasting contest. Each of the 1000 or so expected attendees will be able to vote for their favorite chili in both the restaurant and individual chef categories. Bentley’s Restaurant of Malta will be defending its 2010 Best Chili title against some formidable new entries, including the Black Watch Steakhouse, Wholy Crepe, Bar Vino, West Side Grill, and more.

The bash also features a non-stop parade of great local music, who will be performing on two different stages. Among the many bands slated to perform are Folding Sky, Chris Ballini, Rich Ortiz, Tequila Mockingbirds, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the Stony Creek Band, Rat Tail Jimmy, the Electric City Horns and more.

Admission is $20, and tickets will be available at the door.

ArtBeat: Julie Anne Mann’s “Intrinsic Nature” @ the Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Julie Ann Mann: Bled Dry @ The Courthouse Gallery

Julie Ann Mann: Bled Dry @ The Courthouse Gallery


The first piece that catches your eye and imagination as you enter the Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery is “Bled Dry.”

High above your head are hundreds of delicate Queen Anne’s Lace woven together in a circular pattern and suspended by clear, light-reflective fishing line. On the floor below are “blood” drops carefully arranged in a circle. The power of the piece is its simplicity and thought-provoking beauty.

Welcome to the world of Brooklyn-based artist Julie Anne Mann and her captivating one-person exhibition, “Intrinsic Nature.”

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