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.


An Evening With Degas: En Plein Air @ SPAC, 8/14/09

August 17th, 2009, 2:58 pm by Greg


In conjunction with the Hyde Collection’s exhibition “Degas and Music” in Glens Falls, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center also explored the connections between music and art on Friday, August 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s program “An Evening With Degas.”

Professional and amateur visual artists from throughout the Capital Region were invited to bring their easels and paintbrushes, set up on SPAC’s lawn and work on their art – in exchange for free admission for the artist and a guest.

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A tribute to Elvis Presley

August 13th, 2009, 10:54 am by Greg

Sunday, August 16 marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley back in 1977.

Over the years, there have been countless tasteless tributes to the King of Rock & Roll. And we thought that nothing could possibly be cheesier than a black velvet painting of Elvis, right?

Well, how about a Cheese Doodle portrait of Elvis on black velvet?

It’s the cheese, man!

See Here Now: David Hornung @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson

August 6th, 2009, 11:54 am by Greg


Recommended viewing: A collection of recent paintings by David Hornung is currently on exhibition at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson. An art professor at Adelphi University, Davis is also an author and designer.

Also currently on exhibit at the John Davis Gallery are sculptures by Jon Isherwood, an installation by Leticia Ortega and Dionisio Cortes and paintings by Chris Bertholf, Philip Douglas Heilman and Lucy Reitzfeld.

This exhibit will remain on view through Sunday, August 16.

Happy birthday, Howlin’ Wolf

June 10th, 2009, 2:31 pm by Greg

I was watching “Cadillac Records” just the other day (surprisingly it was a whole lot better than it had any right to be), and I got jonesin’ to hear the primordial blues growl of Howlin’ Wolf tearin’ up “Killing Floor.”

The man was a genius.

So here’s a toast to the late and truly great Chester Burnett, who would be celebrating his 99th birthday today.

Howlin' Wolf by George Frayne (aka, Commander Cody), currently on exhibit at Alchemy in Woodstock

Howlin' Wolf by George Frayne (aka, Commander Cody), currently on exhibit at Alchemy in Woodstock

7 Days, 30 Days, 365 Days

June 9th, 2009, 11:05 am by Sara

Joe Putrock created an entire exhibition’s worth of photographs in a month. Nothing like a deadline, eh?

Sometimes the best way to kick start your creativity is to set a lofty goal, say, create something every day for a month, or a year or even just a week. Here’s some examples; not all of these artists completely hit their goal, but they definitely hit the mark.

Abbey Ryan paints a painting a day and sells it on Ebay or Etsy:

Cut Plum #2 on Wax Paper by Abby Ryan

Cut Plum #2 on Wax Paper by Abby Ryan

And so does Duane Keiser

Birds on a Wire with Moonrise by Duane Keiser

Birds on a Wire with Moonrise by Duane Keiser

Randel Plowman aims to create a collage every day and sells directly from his website:

Cactus Wren by Randall Plowman

Cactus Wren by Randall Plowman

Here’s a life, brilliant, inspiring, poignant: Jamie Livingston Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died:

Polaroid photo by Jamie Livingston

Polaroid photo by Jamie Livingston

Lots of folks have done the shoot-a-photo-of-yourself-every-day-and-turn-it-into-a-video” thing.

But composer (and former Nippertown resident) Richard Lainhart created a time-lapse video (and a work of art) by taking a photo of a tree in his backyard everyday for a year and overdubbing one of his entrancing musical works:


One Year from Richard Lainhart on Vimeo.

The Quiet American, another of my composer friends, is creating an ambitious record of his life:

Every day — so far without fail — I take at least thirty digital pictures. From each day’s pictures, I select thirty which in consecutive order well-document the day; these become exactly one second of film at 30fps. For each year, the movie grows by six minutes; in ten years, I will have almost exactly an hour to show for my life.

But wait, there’s more….You must have heard of National Novel Writing Month. By signing up at the site, you declare your intention to complete an entire novel in the month of November. but if that seems too easy, there’s always the 3-day Novel Challenge over Labor Day weekend.

For filmmakers, there’s the 48 Hour Film Project in which your team races to finishes write, shoot and edit a short film in, umm, two days.

For composers and song-writers who never seem to get around to writing or composing, there’s February Album Writing Month, in which the goal is to write 14 original pieces of music during the 28 days of February.

For recording studio procrastinators, there’s the RPM Challenge, where you can sign up to record 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material during the month of February. You can combine this with album writing if you’re especially ambitious.

Need some more inspiration? Paleo wrote, recorded and posted a song on his website every day for a year.

So, what are you going to do?

ArtBeat: Elizabeth Dubben

June 8th, 2009, 1:43 pm by Greg

So what do you after you close the doors on the art gallery that you’ve poured your heart and soul into for three years?

You make your own art, that’s what.

At least that’s what you do if you’re Elizabeth Dubben, who shuttered her popular indie art spot the Amrose Sable Gallery at the end of May. And it didn’t take her very long.

Dubben’s entrancing new one-person exhibition, “In the Middle of the World,” opened on Friday, June 5 at the Albany Art Room, where it will remain on view through Sunday, June 28.

Elizabeth Dubben: Continuation (2009)

Elizabeth Dubben: Continuation (2009)

Her evocative works are small but rich and oh so rewarding, a perfect match for the Art Room’s tiny but exquisite back-room gallery. The show – hung by Dubben and Albany Art Room intern Kayla Berenger – makes the most of the intimate space.

Mixed media works that combine oil painting with image transfers of photographs that she’s taken, Dubben’s art aptly reflects the work that she selected as curator of the 31st annual Photo Regional at the Opalka Gallery earlier this year – ambitious art that employs photography as a key component but reaches well beyond the realm of photography.

Elizabeth Dubben

Elizabeth Dubben

It’s an artistic approach that works well here. Dubben’s works are multi-layered with an inviting, lived-in feeling, delightfully enhanced by the bare, untreated wooden frames that wrap her images in a natural warmth and surprising depth.

Tell Your Friends!

June 3rd, 2009, 1:01 pm by Sara


Made with The Warholizer.

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