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.
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:
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!.
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.
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.”
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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