A New Home for Albany Center Gallery
It was begun in 1977 by the late Les Urbach, tucked into a modest, unassuming space at the Capital District Psychiatric Center on New Scotland Avenue in Albany. Today (Wednesday, January 18), Albany Center Gallery is opening its doors for the first time at yet another new location – the fifth in four decades.
In 1982 the gallery moved to the former Albany City Arts Building on Chapel Street, and when that building was sold in 2002, ACG took over a room on the second floor of the Albany Public Library’s main branch on Washington Avenue. Five years later in 2007, ACG returned downtown to Columbia Street.
Now with director Tony Iadicicco at the helm, the new gallery – in the Arcade Building at 488 Broadway in Albany, just around the corner from ACG’s most recent incarnation on Columbia Street – will be the first home for the gallery that’s been designed specifically for the exhibition of art, rather than trying to adapt and retrofit an existing space into a room conducive to showcasing artwork. It’s also approximately 300 square feet larger than the Columbia Street location.
Albany Center Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary and inaugurating its new home with the opening of the annual Members Show featuring the art of more than 175 regional artists, including such Greater Nippertown art-scene mainstays as Lori Lawrence, David Brickman, Willie Marlowe, Mark McCarty, Mary Pat Wager and Charles Steckler. (See list below)
Following the ACG ribbon-cutting at 4pm, the opening reception for the Members Show takes place from 5-9pm today (Wednesday, January 18) with music by DJ Trumastr. Admission is free.
Here’s a round-up of Greater Nippertown artists whose work is being showcased at the new Albany Center Gallery’s Members Show:
Irena Altmanova Frinta
Jamie P Courcelle
Thomasa Dwyer Nielsen
Connie Frisbee Houde
Robyn Morgan Giddings
Linda MacRitchie Graf
Janice Jeane Medina
Catherine Wagner Minnery
Philip J Palmieri
Mary Ellen Riell
Sharon D Siegel
Mary Pat Wager