RIP: Dana Rudolph, 1951-2018
By Greg Haymes
Former Greater Nippertown artist and entreprenteur Dana Rudolph died earlier this week in Florida at age 67. She was one of the major players on the Lark Street scene during the ’80s glory days operating the designer jewelry and new wave clothing shop After the Goldrush at 247 Lark Street, where she shared her retail space with Mary Miller’s Lark Beat Records. Later, she moved down the street to 216 Lark Street, where she ran her similar store, Rocket Rocket. She was also instrumental in launching what has become Lark Street’s defining event LarkFest, back in 1981.
In addition to being an innovative jewelery maker, she was also an acclaimed artist who studied at SUNY at Purchase, Bard College and Sage Junior College of Albany. She was also an adjunct art professor at the Sage Colleges, and her work was exhibited at many Local 518 galleries over the years. Her art is currently on exhibit at Dennis Herbert Folk Art Gallery in Hudson.
After leaving Lark Street, Rudolph operated a bead store in Troy, Dana Rudolph and Company, helping to revitalize lower River Street, not only with her shop, but also as a driving force in creating the River Street Festival (now known as the Troy River Fest).
After relocating to Florida, she opened My Bead Gallery in 2010 in Englewood and operated it until losing her valiant battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this week.