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.

UPDATE: A Celebration of Life for Dana Rudolph will be held at Opalka Gallery in Albany from 2-5pm on Saturday, January 19. All are invited.

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  1. greg bell says

    Dana was a fixture of the Lark St scene back in the day . Without her , there would not have been a scene . RIP Dana.

  2. Michael Eck says

    A sweetheart. We’ll miss you.

  3. Dred Scott says

    Met Dana at a party at Arabellum Studios. She was a very nice person and her store(s) were very cool. A friend of mine opened a store at 247 Lark after Dana moved down the street. Farewell, Dana.

  4. Jay Martin says

    A beautiful person and a pioneer. She made our wedding rings 33 years ago! She’ll be missed.

  5. Nancy Knapp says

    RIP Dana, I was telling my daughters about her a few weeks ago while showing them a bracelet she had made me about 30 years ago. Everyone admires it when I wear it. A true artist. She will be missed.

    Nancy Knapp.

  6. Wendy Costa says

    Oh Dana, I had no idea you were even sick…so sad…She helped me in my Troy home and getting adjusted to the art scene. Thank you for being with me so close, taking me for art supplies and for being so kind.

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