ArtBeat: Thomas D’Ambrose’s “Paintings From Eco-Topia”

March 5th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Tom D'Ambrose

Tom D’Ambrose

Longtime Local 518 music fans may remember him as a member of the horn section for one of Albany’s most popular ’80s bands, the Sharks. But these days, Thomas D’Ambrose spends more time painting than blowing his saxophone, as you can see for yourself at “Paintings From Eco-Topia,” an exhibition of D’Ambrose’s artwork that is currently on exhibit in the front lobby gallery of the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany. The exhibit continues through Tuesday, March 19, and admission is free.


Odds & Ends @ The End of the Week

November 6th, 2009, 4:04 pm by Greg

The Albany Art Room is expanding its artistic offerings with the grand opening of a new 700-square-foot pottery room featuring six wheels and large new kiln. Classes and open studio time are available. Learn how to create with clay, glaze your original pieces or decorate ready-made items.

Following the ribbon-cutting for the new space at 5pm today, there will be tours, pottery demonstrations and refreshments in the new space from 5-9pm today in conjunction with the First Friday arts walk.

Thanks to Amy and Jim Furlong (again!) for this tip … Ksenya Simonova was the winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent. She creates sand painting animations that are simple and yet astonishingly poignant:

Sponsored by Local 845, the Jack Grace Band rumbles into the Piggy Bank in Beacon at 8pm tonight, serving up selections from their forthcoming scintillating CD, “Drinking Songs for Lovers.” The Martini Cowboy in Beacon? Yup, and it’s FREE.

giraffesAs the featured artist at Upstate Artists Guild‘s new “Fresh Produce” exhibition, musician-artist Thomas D’Ambrose displays his captivating contemporary folk-art at the Guild’s Lark Street gallery in Albany, beginning with an opening reception from 6-9pm tonight. His collection of new paintings, illustrations and mixed media work depicts spectacular zoological creatures, incorporating such unorthodox elements as found canvases and vintage wall paper.

“As a totally self taught artist, I feel no pressure to follow any rules concerning my art,” D’Ambrose declares. “This, combined with a limited natural drawing ability, gives my work a child-like primitive innocence. Pressed for a label, I would have to describe my work as ‘Naive Primitive.'”

The exhibit runs through Friday, November 27.

Musicians making art

August 6th, 2009, 5:49 pm by Greg
Tom D'Ambrose: Rollergirls

Tom D'Ambrose: Rollergirls

Some familiar names are missing.

And some unknown artists turn in dynamic work.

Yes, there are more than a few surprises to be found in the “Fence Select ’09,” currently on exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.

Interestingly enough, of the 67 Capital Region artists represented in the exhibit, three of those names are likely to be more recognizable from the local music scene than the visual art scene.

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