Art + Craft Beer + Neighbors = Great Time at Opalka

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It was a beautiful night for the start of the Pop-Up Beer Garden at the Opalka Gallery at the Sage College of Albany. The event is hard to miss as it’s right on New Scotland Ave with live music, stringed lights, balloons and a surprisingly big crowd on the lawn. The Pop-Up Beer Garden will host rotating local breweries every Friday from 6pm-9pm until Oct 4th. The event’s motto is “Art + Craft Beer + Neighbors”, a common theme that is widely embraced and growing in the Capital Region. 

There were a few cornhole games set up and picnic tables wrapped in paper with assorted colored pencils for guests to draw with. The Troy Slidin’ Dirty Food Truck was serving up delicious, hot sliders while Market Pops sold gourmet popsicles. This week’s brewery was Druthers which had a nonstop line but moved fast as staff checked ids, knowing the wait is always worth it. Guests have the option of donating $10 to the Opalka Gallery in exchange for a cool souvenir glass to add to the night out atmosphere. 

The Opalka Gallery gave visitors a chance to explore modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the new In-Faux-Structure exhibition. The showing was a collection of regional artist’s takes on the physical world and unseen social networks around us. It was interesting to see a unique point of view on street signs, potholes, breastfeeding, and floor-to-ceiling receipts. The exhibit is free to the public and will run until October 19th

The Pop-Up Beer Garden at the Opalka Gallery is a welcome change of pace for a typical night out in Albany. Follow the Opalka Gallery on Facebook for details about the upcoming events and free art exhibitions. 

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