ArtBeat: “assemblage” @ Crandall Public Library’s Friends Gallery

November 18th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

 "assemblage" @ Crandall Public Library's Friends Gallery

Story and photographs by Susan Brink

The current exhibition at Friends Gallery at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls is titled “assemblage,” curated by the artist Jon Segan. There are seven artists represented, however it doesn’t feel overwhelming; the work is thoughtfully placed and spacious.

Art Historian and Skidmore Professor Emeritus James Kettlewell stated, “I would note that this is both the most striking and the most interesting art exhibit in the Capitol Region. In the art of assemblage, the artist assembles both found and created objects, in this case, into beautiful and expressive arrangements.

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Jazz Appreciation Month Returns to Nippertown

April 1st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Story by J Hunter
Video by Susan Brink
A JazzApril story

Okay, you know by now (or you ought to know, anyway) that I think EVERY month should be Jazz Appreciation Month! And in Greater Nippertown, that wouldn’t be hard to achieve. Between a local scene that’s extremely vibrant and major concerts by kick-ass artists like the Hot Club of Detroit, SFJAZZ Collective, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joe Lovano’s Us Five and Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, we’ve already reaped an abundance of musical riches this year.

But when someone at the Smithsonian Institute threw a dart at the office calendar, it landed on April: In the words the late, great gun nut Charlton Heston, “So let it be written; so let it be done!” Now UNESCO has gotten into the act, too, taking the idea global by promoting concerts all around the world on April 30th, otherwise known as International Jazz Day. Finally, there’s a worldwide conspiracy I can get behind!

And what do we get out of all this intercontinental musical goodness? Get out your Smart Phone, BlackBerry or crayons and start checking off the dates:

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Portrait: Alex Waters @ Albany Center Gallery’s Project Art, 11/2/12

November 19th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Alex Waters: Safe Inside Your Mind

Alex Waters

Photograph by Susan Brink

Artist Alex Waters and his painting “Safe Inside Your Mind,” which was exhibited at Albany Center Gallery’s Project Art, a one-night-only, pop-up gallery in a vacant building in downtown Albany. The brainchild of ACG director Tony Iadicicco, the exhibit – dubbed “Capital Identity” – was held in conjunction with Albany’s First Friday arts walk and also featured the works of Patrick Porter and RADICAL!.

ArtBeat: Ivy Art Space, Schuylerville

November 14th, 2012, 1:30 pm by Greg
James Goss

James Goss in front of his work

Photographs by Susan Brink

Ivy Art Space at 140 Broad Street in Schuylerville is currently hosting a group art exhibition featuring the works of James M. Goss, Noah Savett, Mark David Walp and James Howard Kuntsler.

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ArtBeat: Hannah Antalek @ Pink Raven Tattoos

November 9th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Hannah Antalek: Man Did Eat the Bread of Angels

Hannah Antalek: Man Did Eat the Bread of Angels

Photographs by Susan Brink

In honor of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Pink Raven Tattoos in Saratoga Springs hosted a special celebration on Friday, November 2.

They served homemade Mexican sweets and sangria, offered a raffle and gave away a special prize for best Day of the Dead make-up. The party also served as the opening reception of “Girl Paintings,” the month-long November exhibition by Hannah Antalek.

Hannah Antalek

Hannah Antalek

Portrait: Jim Richard Wilson of the Opalka Gallery

November 6th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Jim Richard Wilson

Jim Richard Wilson, director of the Opalka Gallery at the Sage Colleges, Albany, at the opening reception for Milton Glaser’s exhibition “In Search of the Miraculous Or One Thing Leads to Another,” 11/2/12. (Photograph by Susan Brink)

ArtBeat: Landscapes for Landsake @ Maple Ridge Farm

October 8th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Landscapes for Landsakes

Story and photographs by Susan Brink

The late afternoon sun, combined with foliage at its peak, made the drive to Maple Ridge Farm in Coila a perfect amuse bouche for Friday’s Preview Party of the 11th annual Landscapes for Landsake art exhibition and sale. 

Curator Serena Kovalosky cohesively celebrates the rich diversity of styles and media of the 35 regional artists showcased in the multi-level barn-turned-gallery. She explained, “As I was talking with the artists about their work, I’d ask about a particular barn in their painting or photograph, and they’d reply, ‘Oh, that barn doesn’t exist anymore.'”

That sparked the idea to create the beautiful and poignant “Tribute to Barns” in the small gallery below the main exhibition area. Rummaging deep into each artists’ collection in search of barns and silos from the past and present, Kovalosky began to appreciate the profound symbolism that each disappearing barn represents – the end of yet another small farm, a way of life that the Agricultural Stewardship Association is striving to protect.

Landscapes for Landsake is a much-loved fundraiser for the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA), and as executive director Teri Ptacek stated, “For the past 11 years, the Landscapes show has been a wonderful way to bring people together, share our appreciation of our community’s working landscapes and talk about the need to protect them. As our largest fundraiser of the year, the show has really helped our farmland conservation efforts.”

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LIVE: “Ella” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, 7/25/12

August 8th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Tina Fabrique as Ella Fitzgerald in "Ella."

Tina Fabrique as Ella Fitzgerald in “Ella.”

Review by Susan Brink
Photographs by Joe Schuyler

It was an easy and uneventful weekday ride from the North Country to make the 7:30pm curtain for Ella at Capital Repertory in Albany. Zipped into a parking spot on the street, strolled into the theater and into my comfortable seat. I was ready for some entertainment.

I should say that Ella Fitzgerald is part of the soundtrack of my childhood, and I know her story. My mother played her records, my grandparents would see her in concert, and we would watch her on television. I sing her songs while I’m cooking. You could say I’m a fan of her repertoire. So I was a bit concerned – there’s a danger of becoming a caricature when recreating someone of living memory.

No need to worry – Tina Fabrique as Ella had the entire audience spellbound within ten seconds of hitting the stage. She captures Ellas’s essence and tells her story with honesty and clarity. She doesn’t shy from the difficult and painful parts, but deftly wends through them before reaching for the light in song – much as Ella did in life. It’s a nuanced performance, each facet of emotion brought forward like a diamond in the sun.

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