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

Friday, December 5th, 2014


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.


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”

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


It’s Time for the Black Velvet Art Party!

Friday, November 21st, 2014
The 26th Annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project

The 26th annual Black Velvet Art Party to benefit the Lake George Arts Project
takes place this Saturday

The Black Velvet Art Party is back!

The annual fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project will be held from 7-11pm on Saturday (November 22) at the Georgian Resort in Lake George. Proceeds from the event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery art exhibitions.

Celebrating its 26th year, the Black Velvet Art Party – an invigorating gathering of the local art scene – is renowned for its out-of-the-ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art & fashion awards and dance music by Big Fez & the Surfmatics.

This year’s theme is “Gnarly!” In keeping with the playful nature of the party, award categories include Tres Tacky, Svelte, Velveluminous (the brightest), Velvelicious (most delicious), Velveeta (the cheesiest) and Velveluptuous (the sexiest.) Award winners will be presented with wildly decorated trophies.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.

LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, 9/14/14 (Day Two)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Jane Bunnett (photo by Rudy Lu)

Jane Bunnett (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, M. Cheri Bordelon, J Hunter

Ahhh, there’s no place like home – even if it is windy, chilly, and you’ve got to get there over an hour before showtime if you want to get a good view. The Shepard Park amphitheater was more crowded than usual at that time, and the “blame” goes to Mayor Bob Blais, who told the Lake George meter readers to stay home that day. With no need to park some distance from park, most of the good spots were taken by the time I rolled up. Some of those who weren’t able to lay their picnics out on the lawn the day before were already setting up lunch, and while I didn’t get my usual perch, the spot I did claim gave me a prime view of one of the most interesting afternoons I’ve ever spent at Jazz at the Lake.

Let’s start with Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee, whose 2013 release Heels Over Head went over my head completely. Maybe I’d been listening to too much Rebirth Brass Band at the time, so I just didn’t feel Martin’s unique variant on NOLA street music. But when I saw the group on stage, in full cry, it all came together for me. Watching Sexmob do its own wild thing the day before might have helped the process; having Sexmob leader Steven Bernstein playing alongside trombone legend Curtis Fowlkes and tuba player Marcus Rojas definitely helped matters. Either way, when that mammoth front line launched its first salvo, you could taste that spicy gumbo, and developing a taste for it was not hard.


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 Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Lake George High School Auditorium, 9/13/14 (Day One)

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Anat Cohen (photo by Rudy Lu)

Anat Cohen (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, M. Cheri Bordelon

Weather has always been a factor at Jazz at the Lake, but it’s usually just dropping temperatures reminding us that fall is only a couple of weeks away. This year, the rain came down hard enough to move the first day of the festival to the rain site at Lake George High School. As I walked up to the complex of buildings on Canada Street, I had visions of a cavernous gym with a small, old stage under one of the basketball hoops. Fortunately, when the high school got a makeover back in the ’90s, it included a 500-seat theater with good acoustics and great sightlines; unfortunately, school staff couldn’t get the ventilation system working, which made things a bit close as the afternoon went on and the house filled almost to capacity.

Mind you, the crowd could easily have believed the temperatures were just a way of creating a sultry atmosphere for Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express, who went off like a rocket from the first notes of “New Cuban Express,” the title track from Valera’s 2012 release. You can’t help but smile when a good Afro-Cuban band is on its game, and this group had all the ingredients: Manuel Valera is a demon keyboard player and a monster composer; drummer Ludwig Afonso and conguero Mauricio Herrera were a relentless percussion machine, and utility bassman Hans Glawishchnig is as fat on electric 5-string as he is on a stand-up acoustic. But Valera took the extra step of bringing sax fiend/percussionist Yosvany Terry to Lake George, and Terry’s searing alto lines go far beyond simple “Let’s Salsa” flag-waving. Valera’s own solos had the same level of virtuosity, taking the standard A/C formula and shooting it to a dizzying height. Festival-goers were hugging the walls by the time NCE knocked its last shot out of the park, earning them the first standing ovation of the day.


Win FREE Tickets to the American Music Festival for the Lake This Weekend

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

American Music Festival for the Lake

It’s called The American Music Festival for the Lake, and it’s coming to Lake George for two days this weekend. The inaugural music fest is being held at the Festival Space at Charles R. Wood Park (the former site of Wood’s long defunct Gaslight Village amusement park) beginning at 12noon on Saturday and Sunday (September 20 & 21).

Saturday’s line-up features headliners Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ and others, while Sunday’s schedule features the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Claire Lynch Band (featuring the International Bluegrass Music Association’s three-time Female Vocalist of the Year) and plenty more.

Gates open at 11am on both days. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Saturday ticket prices are $15 general admission; $25 seats. Sunday prices are $10 general admission; $20 seats. Youngsters under age 14 will be admitted free with parent of guardian. A portion of the festival’s income will go directly to the S.A.V.E Lake George Partnership in its continuing efforts to ensure the water quality of the lake.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to one day of the festival – your choice. To enter the contest, just post a comment below, and tell us which day you’d like to attend. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (September 19), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Oh, and here’s the complete schedule of bands for both days of the inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake:


LIVE: Eric Lindell & Co. @ Shepard Park, 7/16/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Eric Lidell and Will McMains

Eric Lindell and Will McMains

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Swamp-soaked Louisiana bayou blues guitarslinger Eric Lindell and his band roared into Shepard Park in Lake George last week. Their sound was sweet and sweaty. There was southern soul music in the air, glazed over with some saucy funk and some finger-lickin’ good country licks. It’s genuine roots-rock, no foolin’ around, no kiddin’.


Festival Fever: The Elvis Festival

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Elvis Presley

All Elvis, all the time…

If that sounds good to you, then Lake George is where you want to be this week, as the 2014 Elvis Festival takes over New York State’s retro-vacation mecca for five days of non-stop Elvis entertainment, including a three-day preliminary for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Yes, it’s the annual Invasion of the Presley People…


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