Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue, Albany
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm;
Sunday 12pm-5pm; Monday and major holidays closed; Tuesday–pre-registered groups only.
Admission: Adults $7; seniors and students $5; children ages 6-12 $3, five and younger free. Members receive free admission.
As one of the oldest museums in the country (older than the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum and the Louvre), the Albany Institute of History & Art possesses a rich and fascinating history chock-full of personalities who molded the institution into what it is today. Many famous political, library and artistic figures have been associated with the institution, and the strong interest and support of individuals in the Albany area and region through many generations have made the Institute what it is today. Many of the thoughts and ideas proposed in its past remain relevant. So it is with a similar spirit, the Albany Institute continues to refine its museum and look ahead to the future.
Alice Morgan Wright: Sculptor and Activist–Examples from the recently acquired collection of Wright material donated to AIHA illustrate the work of an Albany native considered to be one of the first American sculptors to experiment with cubism and futurism.The collection contains sculptures, paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, scrapbook, photographs, letters, postcards, films, plays, books, suffragette material and material relating to animal rights.
Through December 31, 2005
RODIN: A Magnificent Obsession-Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation–Featuring more that 60 bronze sculptures by the late-19th century French sculptor, this exhibition showcases Auguste Rodin as the father of modern sculpture.
Through January 6, 2006
Dearly Departed–This small exhibition drawn from the collections of the Albany Institute’s Library explores the business and culture of remembering those who have passed on.
January 21-June 4, 2006
Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London. This major traveling exhibition tells the story of archaeologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853 – 1942) and his exploration of ancient Egyptian civilization. Petrie, named the “Father of Egyptian Archaeology” for his innovations and contributions to the field (and the inspiration for the film hero Indiana Jones”) worked in Egypt for well over half a century. This exhibit features 221 of his most significant finds–many never before seen by the public.
Albany International Airport Gallery
737 Albany Shaker Road, Albany (third floor)
Hours: daily 7am-11pm. (Closed from January 10-March 31, 2006 due to construction).
Free and open to the public
Since the opening of the new Albany International Airport terminal in 1998, an Art & Culture Program has been instituted that is committed to showcasing the artistic and cultural resources of the Capital Region. A comprehensive exhibition program that features the work of regional artists, area museum collections as well as national traveling exhibitions, has enhanced the environment of the airport, raised the visibility of the area’s cultural institutions and identified the program as a national model for public art.
More than 100,000 travelers and non-traveling members of the community visit the Albany International Airport Gallery each year. The 2,500 square foot glass-lined space shares the third floor with the observation area located before the security checkpoint. The Albany International Airport has become a premier exhibition venue for the Capital Region, western Vermont and western Massachusetts.
Through January 8
Precious Little–Changes in scale lend a fictive quality to many of the objects in this exhibition; things that we know should accommodate us no longer do. A chair, a loom, a dresser, a hearse–all acquire new meaning when incongruously small. A custom made Tiffany Lamp illuminates the exhibition as well, with its 36 interchangeable glass slides of birds and other wildlife. Features works loaned by regional museums and private collectors as well as video, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing by six contemporary artists. Also features works loaned by regional museums and private collectors as well as video, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing by six contemporary artists. Other highlights of the exhibition include sculptural works by Henry Moore, Joe Fig, Yinka Shonibare, Jarvis Rockwell and a video installation by Kathleen Brandt.
Exposed: Gallery of Art Photography
Main Square, 2nd Floor
318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Hours: Monday-Wednesday by appointment. Thursday & Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 11am-4pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm.
The only art gallery dedicated solely to fine art photography has recently opened. Located in the heart of Delmar, Exposed is a venue and voice for photographers and those interested in photography.
“The photographic art community is excited about having a place to call home,” said owner Mark Joseph Kelly, who also operates his marketing company, MJK Management, in Delmar. Exposed is truly a top-of-the-line art gallery, complete with moveable walls.
Each exhibit changes on a monthly basis, with an artists’ reception for each. While the majority of displayed work is from local artists, there are many images from artists across the country. Proceeds from a limited line of merchandise–books, art cards, wearables, etc.–will be donated on a quarterly basis to charities that Kelly is passionate about, such as Alzheimer’s Association of Upstate NY, breast cancer and AIDS research, and environmental causes.
“It’s the most personally satisfying job I’ve done,” said Kelly.
The gallery also serves as a place for interior designers to shop for artwork for residential or commercial clients.
Through November 23
“Nudes”–Images of Leif Zurmuhlen.
November 26-January 3
“Lens Gumbo Redux”–Featuring the images of: Leif Zurmuhlen, Gail Nadeau, Bill Murphy, Julia Bracaglia, Glenn Cormier, Mark McCarty, Bruce Meisterman, Ally Drodz, Laura Paresky, David Brickman, Nancy Noble Gardner, Tim Cahill, Joseph Schuyler, Laurin Trainer, Dino Petrocelli, Matthew Thorsen, Barry Batinkoff, Mary Spinelli, Joseph Putrock, Mark Joseph Kelly, James Pickett, Judy Sanders, Trish Hennessey, Steve Lobel, Greg Yankosky and Natan Bilo.
January 7-February 7
“Twelve Days In Paris”–Images of Glenn Cormier. Opening reception January 7 5pm-8pm.
February 11-March 14
“Love”–Images of Gail Nadeau. Opening reception February 11 5pm-8pm.
March 18-April 18
“Night Portfolio”–Images of Bruce Meisterman. Opening reception March 18 5pm-8pm.
292 Lark Street, Albany
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm and by appointment with extra opening hours during the last week before Christmas.
Firlefanz Gallery owners Cathy Frank and Ed Atkeson have been working to create a space in Albany where both artists and art lovers/buyers feel at home. For three years, the Gallery has been very successful, hosting memorable shows and garnering rave reviews. The opening receptions are great parties and the artist interviews with Timothy Cahill are well attended and thought provoking–considered by some to be landmark events for the local artistic community.
Firlefanz Gallery is dedicated to show excellent artists–painters, print makers, photographers and sculptors of the Capital Region with a schedule of nine shows a year. During the summer months the gallery’s backyard garden is filled with sculptures. Just before the holidays the focus is on fine functional ceramics and more affordable artworks. And all through the year fine jewelry by a variety of local artists is on display.
November 9-December 24
Winter Show 2005–Large group show focusing strongly on function ceramics together with small visual art works and unusual jewelry by a variety of local artists. Opening reception November 11 4pm-8pm.
445 Broadway, Suite A, Saratoga
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Gallery 100 is a unique retail and commercial fine arts gallery located in a historic building in downtown Saratoga Springs. A variety of artwork is displayed in an elegant, inviting space imbued with a tranquil ambiance. The diverse and constantly changing exhibitions feature original paintings, sculpture, and ceramics by established regional, national, and international artists. The proprietors of the gallery, Deborah Martin and James Lowe, who serve as art consultants and advisers, work with individuals in their homes or places of business, as well as with interior designers, builders, developers and corporations.
Through November 27
Bruno LaVerdiere: Drawings & Sculpture and David Brickman: Photography. Artists Reception: November 5, 6pm-8pm.
First Thursday Opening: November 3, 6pm-8pm.
December 1-February 12, 2006
SIGNIFICANTLY small–Great artwork of diminutive proportions! Artists Reception: December 3, 6pm-8pm.
First Thursday Opening: December 1, 6pm-8pm.
February 16- March 26
Jeri Eisenberg, J.M. Henry, Ann Knickerbocker–Paintings, photography and mixed media. Reception: March 4, 6pm-8pm.
March 30-May 14
Spring Equinox: Katie DeGroot, Anne Francey, Lisa Lindgren, Mia Muratori, Susan Smith-Hunter.
Reception April 8, 6pm-8pm.
May 18-June 25
John VanAlstine: Sculptures & Drawings. Reception: May 20, 6pm-8pm.
Paul Kolnik: NYC Ballet photography Reception: to be announced.
The Hyde Collection
161 Warren Street, Glens Falls
Hours: Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays.
The Hyde Collection, an historic house and modern art museum complex combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a world-class permanent collection consisting of works by European old, modern masters, and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum presents temporary exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities and school programming as well as a Museum Store. Admission is free with voluntary donations accepted.
Through December 2005
Adolph Gottlieb: 1956–One of the leaders of the Abstract Expressionists, Adolph Gottlieb’s career spans more than 50 years. He was one of the few Abstract Expressionists to reconsider and radically change his art, extending it as far as possible.
More than 20 paintings on canvas and on paper from 1956 in this exhibition will provide a rare look at an artist’s progress as he moved from one major phase of his career to another.
Lake George Chamber Orchestra–Baritone soloist, Richard Scarlata will sing Britten, Strauss, Schubert, and Copeland. Free and open to the public. 2pm. Helen Froehlich Auditorium.
Art for Everyone!–A full day of activities to celebrate the current Museum’s exhibition,
Adolph Gottlieb: 1956. Explore this exciting exhibition with family or friends. Free and open to the public. 10am-noon. Self-guided tours of the special exhibition for families followed by hands-on activities for children in the Louis P. Brown Art Studio.
Part of the State-of-the-Arts Series: Legacy: The Importance & Role of the Bequest Museum in American Culture. This lecture will focus on the unique and enduring significance of the bequest museum, as well as its evolving role and impact upon the American cultural landscape. Members $5; not-yet members $7. 2pm. Helen Froehlich Auditorium.
Family Discovery Day: Signs and Symbols– Get to know Mr. and Mrs. Hyde and their friends, Rembrandt, Picasso, Renoir and others! Families are invited to explore new aspects of the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions through a self-guided program. Free and open to the public. 12pm-5pm.
The American Italian Heritage Association (AIHA) was established in 1979 by Professor/Cavalliere Philip J. DiNovo in Morrisville, NY. It’s a non-profit organization with over 1,575 members in 47 states and in Italy. The Center and Museum stands in memory of the Italian immigrants who came to the United States.
The new 5,900 square foot museum will be housed in the former Church of Our Lady of Mercy. The first floor will honor and tell the Italian Immigrant story and their contributions. The second floor will contain the Cultural Center with a library, hall, Chapel and classrooms for various classes–cooking, language, cultural, genealogy, etc. Classes are for all age group and open to the public.
The American Italian Heritage Association Museum & Cultural Center is located at 1227 Central Avenue, Albany. For more information call 435.0591 or visit www.aiha-albany.org/
16 Main Street, Chatham
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12pm-5pm.
The Joyce Goldstein Gallery opened in Chatham in August 2005. Prior to that, she ran an art gallery for eight years in Soho. Her Chatham gallery will feature local artists in various mediums including drawing, painting, photography, and possibly sculpture.
Through November 19
November 19 – December 10
“Drawn from The Proposition”–Group show curated by Ronald Sosinski. Features the works of four contemporary artists: Allison Hawkins, Dane Patterson, Mike Park and Davor Vrankic. Opening reception: November 19, 3pm-5pm.
December 17 -January 14
1 Amherst Street, Lake George
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm; Saturday 12pm-4pm (during exhibitions), and all other times by request.
The Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery presents five to seven exhibitions yearly of regional and national contemporary visual artists in all media. The gallery provides exhibition opportunities to emerging and professional artists, with preference given to work created within the last two years and to experimental or non-traditional work.
The Gallery Committee, which changes every one to two years, reviews the work submitted in response to an annual call for proposals. The deadline is always January 31.
The gallery is located in the back lower level of the historic Old County Courthouse in Lake George. The gallery is also the site for many literary, musical and visual art workshops, classes, presentations, readings, meetings and other events.
November 5-December 16
Solo exhibition of work by Gina Ochiogrosso. Opening reception November 5, 4pm-6pm.
January 21-February 24
Carrie Scanga and Eugenie Tung: “There’s No Place Like Home”
March 18-April 21
Susan Heideman: “Nature’s Insides”
May 13-June 16
July 8-August 11
Iona Park and Aimee Tarasek
September 16-October 20
November 4-December 8
Local Color Art Gallery
961 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Local Art Gallery is sponsored by Colonie Art League, Inc., a not-for-profit organization of artists whose objective is to enrich the cultural life of the region by increasing public awareness of original art.
Inside the low, one-story building with a new eye-catching mural on the exterior, is original art in various mediums–watercolor, oil and pastel with styles ranging from representational to abstract– from regional artists, all Colonie Art League members. There is also small sculpture on display. Some of the artists represented are professional, some are emerging, many are award-winning. As the Gallery is run as a cooperative, managed entirely by its exhibiting members, you will always find one of the artists available to greet and assist you.
The Gallery just celebrated its 5th anniversary in September with a series of events, including “Art on the Lawn” on the Gallery grounds, the Harvest Moon Artisans Gift Shop (to reopen this month for the holiday season) and the seasonal show, “Art of the Harvest Moon”. It is an ideal setting in which to get ideas for enhancing home or office decor with original, unique art at affordable prices. Gift Certificates are available for that hard-to-buy-for person on your gift list. Monthly workshops are presented by League artists, and are open to non-members.
“Cool Light–Blue Hues”. Reception December 4, 1pm-4pm. Open to the public.
Nicole Fiacco/Modo Gallery
506 Warren Street, Hudson
Hours: Monday/Thursday/Friday 11am-5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm; Tuesday by appointment; Wednesday closed.
Established in 1999 as American Tribal Arts, Modo Gallery specializes in pottery by Pueblo, Hopi-Tewa and Navajo artists that is modern in design, content and form yet traditional in production. Their goals are quite simple–to continue to develop strong relationships with artists and support their personal and professional objectives.
The artwork is an interpretation of tradition based on a modern experience. From Nampeyo’s Sikyatki revival to Jody Folwell’s compelling elliptical forms, e have seen a magnificent artistic tradition remain both innovative and intact.
Through December 31
Ken Polinskie: THEN AND NOW–A solo exhibition of important paper pulp paintings. Thursday-Monday 12noon-5pm
New York State Museum
Madison Avenue, Albany (Empire State Plaza)
Hours: Open daily from 9:30am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door. Suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family.
The New York State Museum is the single largest cultural attraction in the region, welcoming almost 800,000 visitors a year. Founded in 1836, the museum has the longest continuously operating state natural history research and collection survey in the United States.
Located in the Museum’s panoramic Terrace Gallery, Windows on New York features a historic working carousel. The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response exhibition, anchored by one of the first fire pumpers at the scene on September 11, 2001, continues to attract visitors from around the world. Other permanent exhibitions include the Adirondack Wilderness, Native Peoples of New York, with a full-size re-creation of an Iroquois longhouse and New York Metropolis, featuring everything from an actual subway car to part of the stage set of Sesame Street. Natural history displays exhibit 100-million-year-old fossils, the bones of a prehistoric mastodont, minerals and 170 species of native birds.
The Museum also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions including the Bank of America Great Art Series showcasing great masterpieces from the state’s leading art museums. Kids from 1 to 92 enjoy the excitement of hands-on-learning at the Museum’s Discovery Place, open from 9:30am-4:30pm. A variety of exciting programs are held at the Museum throughout the year, including world-class concerts and other performances in the Clark Auditorium.
Through February 26
Ann Zane Shanks: Behind the Lens–Brooklyn-born photographer who brought her considerable artistic and entrepreneurial gifts to photojournalism, publishing, television and theater. This retrospective exhibition of 75 photographic prints covers several themes of Shanks work from the 1950s through the 1970s, life in America, changing times, travel and celebrity portraits. Exhibition Hall.
October 1-December 31
Beijing: Ancient City, Modern City–Photography is a means to record history, keeping fresh both the old and the new. Beijing is an ancient city with a rich cultural heritage of thousands of years. To describe this ancient city in a panoramic and detailed way, Beijing: Ancient City, Modern City aims to demonstrate from different viewpoints a profound understanding and portrayal of the history and vibrant life of the city. Fourth Floor.
October 15-January 8
Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers– From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, celebrates the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports; championed their country, race, or sex; and helped others to achieve. Both on and off the playing field, these undaunted individuals broke records for themselves and broke barriers for us all. Exhibition Hall.
October 15-March 26
Miracles: New York’s Greatest Sports Moments –New Yorkers have witnessed historic events in every single major U.S. sports. Local columnist Mark McGuire lists his Top 10 moments in New York’s sports history, and visitors will also have the chance to cast a ballot for their favorite picks. Exhibition Hall
November 19- February 26
Bank of America Great Art Series: The World in Brooklyn: Selections from the Brooklyn Museum– For over 180 years, the Brooklyn Museum has been central to the cultural life of Brooklyn, as that small village evolved into the seventh largest city in the United States, then into a borough of New York City. Includes a rare mid-18th century painting by a Peruvian artist of the legendary Inca ruler Tupac Yupanqui, and the Museum’s famous Emancipation Cane, a work of 19th-century folk art that chronicles the most important moment in African American History. Also included in the exhibition will be works from the Museum’s renowned Egyptian, Islamic, African Art, Asian, Native American and Contemporary art collections. West Gallery.
Through December 31
Mammals Revealed: Discovery and Documentation of Secretive Creatures–Mammals Revealed shows how scientists study wild mammals and share their discoveries. Crossroads Gallery.
Through February 26
January 28-March 26
Driven to Abstraction: Contemporary Works by Ten Artists–Organized by Black Dimensions in Art, this exhibition is comprised of 10 artists of the African Diaspora, ranging from those emerging in the postwar years of the 1940s and the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 60s to the postmodern 1980s and 90s. Represented are the works of Frank Wimberley, Jr., Ed Clark, Bill Hutson, Nanette Carter, Gregory Coates, Ralph Fleming, Howardena Pindell, George Simmons, Angelo Rombley and Stephen Tyson. Exhibition Hall.
Opens February 11
Preserving Family History: The Ten Eyck-Tompkins Collection–This exhibit explores how and why some families preserve their history by examining the Museum’s Ten Eyck-Tompkins Collection, featuring over 200 years of one family’s material culture and history. This Albany County family remained on a farm in Coeyman’s Hollow from 1749 until 1977. Crossroads Gallery.
Great Art Series
March 25-July 9
Op Art from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery– Op Art, an abbreviation of “optical art,” is enjoying a resurgence of interest today from artists and the general public alike. Established in the 1960s, the Op Art movement uses parallel lines, concentric circles, electric colors, and interesting spatial relationships to create works of art that visually oscillate. The exhibition will feature approximately 40 paintings and sculptures from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. West Gallery.
April 20-September 10
Focus on Nature IX–This is an internationally renowned, juried exhibition of natural and cultural history illustration. The subjects depict biological, geological, archeological and botanical content using a wide range of media from traditional watercolor to computer techniques. Exhibition Hall.
Green County Council on the Arts
The Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is celebrating 30 years as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, countywide arts service organization whose purpose is to broaden and enrich the quality of life in Greene County through the development and strengthening of all the arts. Since 1975, the GCCA has provided information and essential services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public.
The main GCCA office at 398 Main Street in Catskill also houses two floors of galleries and a gift shop. A second gallery site is the GCCA Mountaintop Gallery on Main Street in Windham. While many of the GCCA member artists live in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, the GCCA Catskill and Mountaintop Galleries also exhibit the works of members from across the country who feel connected to this region through its influence on America
GCCA Mountaintop Gallery
Main Street, Windham
Open daily 10am-5pm
November 12-January 8
“Holiday in the Mountains–Artisans fill the gallery with handmade crafts for holiday gifts, including pottery, quilts, toys, jewelry, ornaments and more.
January 14-February 26
“Landscape 2006” –Annual group exhibition featuring landscapes in all media. Opening reception January 14, 3pm-6pm, aprs ski. All are welcome.
March 4-April 16
“Dreamscapes”–Group exhibition of artworks inspired by the unconscious and artists’ imaginations. Works include infrared photographs by Lucia Bucklin, mandala paintings by Sandra Hildreth and photoconstructions by Les Barta, and more. Opening reception March 4, 3pm-6pm, aprs ski. All are welcome.
April 29-June 11
Greene County Arts & Crafts Guild, Inc. Annual Spring Exhibition and Sale – Paintings, drawings and photographs by members of Greene County Arts & Crafts Guild. Awards reception May 6, 2pm-4pm. All are welcome.
June 17-July 30
“Journeys in Clay 2006”–Annual group exhibit of fine crafts and small artworks made from clay. Opening reception June 17, 2pm-4pm. All are welcome.
August 5-September 24
“Flora and Fauna” Group exhibit of artworks in all media inspired by plant and animal life throughout the world. Reception on August 12, 2pm-4pm during Windham ArtFest. All are welcome.
September 30-November 5
“Less is More”–Contemporary artists interpret the mantras of the 20th century: “Clean lines,” “Corm follows function,” “Keep it simple.” Reception on September 30, 2pm-4pm, during Lark in the Park, a 10-day celebration of The Catskill Park. All are welcome.
November 11-January 7
“Holiday in the Mountains”–Artisans fill the gallery with handmade crafts for holiday gifts, including pottery, quilts, toys, jewelry, ornaments and more.
GCCA Catskill Gallery
398 Main Street, Catskill
Through November 12
“Fire!” Group exhibit of artworks that represent flames, smoke and firefighting. Also, works created with fire.
October 8-November 12
Stu Eichel “An Artist on Fire”–Solo exhibit of oil paintings of firehouses and fire engines, painted outdoors on location throughout the region. Reception October 15, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
November 19-January 14
“Salon 2005”–Group exhibition of big art in small sizes. Fine artworks in all media that measure 24 inches or less. All works for sale. Reception November 19, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
January 28-March 4
“Art and Soul”–Group exhibition in celebration of Black History Month. Artworks and fine crafts in all media inspired by African American heritage and contemporary life. Reception January 28, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
March 11-April 29
“Outside the Lines”–Group exhibition featuring outstanding student artworks from the imagination of children and youth, grades pre-K through 12, who live in Greene County. Reception March 11, 12pm-4pm. All are welcome.
May 6-June 17
“Mirror Mirror”–Group exhibition of self-portraits in all media; abstract, realistic, symbolic or surreal. Reception May 6, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
May 6-June 17
Betty Kratzenstein solo exhibition– Monoprints and watercolors of group gatherings for celebrations and on city streets. Reception May 6, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
June 24-August 5
“SUPERartists”–Group exhibition of comic and sequential art in all media. Reception June 24, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
June 24-August 5
Rosalie Frankel solo exhibition. Humorous figurative drawings and collages. Reception June 24, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
August 12-September 30
“Big Country” Group exhibition of expansive landscapes. Reception August 12, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
August 12-September 30
Lynne Friedman, “Following the Light” Solo exhibition of oil paintings of the Hudson Valley, Andalucia and New Mexico. Reception August 12, 5pm-7pm. All are welcome.
October 7-November 11
“RSVP” Group exhibition of outstanding area artists, by invitation of the Greene County Council on the Arts Visual Arts Committee. Reception Saturday, October 14, 5-7pm. All are welcome.
October 7-November 11
Leslie Yolen solo exhibition. Enigmatic ceramic sculptures of open windows and open minds.
November 18-January 13
“Salon 2006” Annual group exhibition of small artworks in all media that measure 24 inches or less. All works for sale. Reception November 18, 5pm.-7pm. All are welcome.
The Open Studio
402 Main Street, Catskill
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-6pm or by appointment.
The Open Studio opened its doors in Catskill in April of this year and was named “Best New Art Gallery” of 2005 by the Times Union. It was conceptualized by artists Julie Chase and Dina Bursztyn, recent arrivals in the area. Bursztyn has shown extensively in NYC, including several public art commissions. Chase has been showing and curating in the Hudson Valley for several years.
The Open Studio serves a dual purpose, as a gallery in the front portion of the building with working studios for each of the artists in the back. Every two months a show is presented, typically encompassing a broad array of media, including life-size totemic figures, (surrounded by sand paintings), assemblage, prints, drawings, collage, artist’s books, sculptures made with found objects and one of a kind utilitarian objects. Tribal art and contemporary influences mesh in many of the works; there is even humor, and a celebratory spirit of nature and humanity, sometimes with a wink.
The Open Studio features both the work of the resident artists as well as others from the region, such as Sarah Mecklem, Kate Temple, Maija Reed and Arthur Tieger.
Through November 30
Stories–A show of artist’s books, drawings and sculpture; each in a different way, tells a story or has a narrative quality. These artists shape stories, in an effort to give meaning to the disparate realities we inhabit and to offer a personal version, different from established doctrines. They crack open a door in to a different realm of possibilities.
Earthy Delights–An eclectic collection of affordable hand-crafted objects such as one-of-a kind sculptural lamps, vessels, fountains, menorahs and unique prints, calendars and cards.
Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm; closed Mondays and major holidays.
Admission: Museum and Planetarium–Adult $6.50; child (4-12) $4.50; senior $5.50; family $25. Museum only: Adult $5 (ages 4-12) $3; senior $4; family $20.
The Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium was founded in 1934. An official NASA Space Place, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the region’s only interactive planetarium–every show includes a look at the current night sky. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, the Museum houses numerous significant collections such as: the Marjorie Bradt Foote Costume Collection with approximately 6,000 pieces from the year 1700 to the present, including some of the 20th century’s most famous designers; a Photograph Collection with more than 1.5 million images; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology.
Through January 8
Visions of China–This new exhibit includes the earliest known color photographs of China. Dr. Clinton Millett, a U.S. Army medical officer during World War II was stationed in Kunming, China in 1944 and 1945. Before Dr. Millett’s photographs were discovered, the earliest known color photograph of Kunming dated to 1979. The images depict everyday life in China during World War II and offer a fascinating glimpse at a part of Chinese history that was thought to be lost.
Metamorphosis: Then and Now–In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. (BDA) presents the works of noted painter and collagist Stanwyck Cromwell. A Guyanese native, the compositions and colors in his work reflect the vigor and vitality of the Caribbean and its people.
Edison Media Project: Groove Xchange–Explore Thomas Edisons impact on music, technology, and culture through demonstrations of recording and playing back wax cylinders on vintage equipment. Events include hands-on activities for families, a lecture about early phonographs, and performances by LEMURs GuitarBots and electronic musician Bob Gluck. 12:30pm-4:30pm.
A Trip Across the Burma Road, 1945–Slide lecture by Gregg Millett. This Veterans Day lecture is offered in conjunction with the Museums new photography exhibit, “Visions of China.” 10am.
China: A Land of Contrasts–Slide lecture by Connie Frisbee Houde. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the Museums new photography exhibit, “Visions of China”. 1pm.
Family Discovery Lab: Electromagnets– Explore electromagnets and the increased power they offer with a brief introduction and a guided “lab” session where you experiment together.1pm-1:45pm.
Festival of Holidays: Celebration of Eids–Celebrate Eid, the feasts which mark the winter celebrations of al-Fitr and ul-Adha with a choir of children along with art and photos from Islamic culture. This event is offered in collaboration with the Islamic Center of the Capital Region. 12:30pm-3pm. Free with museum admission.
December 10 & 11; 17 & 18; 27-31
Model Trains–See the model trains run! Thanks to the generosity of the Upstate Train Associates for donating their model trains and their time for this holiday favorite. 12pm-4pm. Free with Museum admission.
Weekends–1pm; 2pm; 3pm
Through November 20
1pm: The Friendly Stars–Provides an overview of the nine planets and the night sky. A talking “Mr. Sun” is the guide for this program. For grades pre-K through 2nd grade.
2pm: Light Years From Andromeda–A story about a journey between two galaxies that spans human history and explains cosmic distances and light speed. Narrated by Michael Dorn, Worf of Star Trek. Includes a live segment about the fall sky.
3pm: Fall Sky Tour–A live narration of the stars, constellations and planets visible in the fall sky. Also takes a look at current events happening in astronomy.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street, Troy
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm; Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm. Closed major holidays.
Winter 2005: Innocence: Three Exhibitions on a Theme
Opening Reception December 9, 5:30pm-8pm. Free admission.
December 9-February 26
Nothing to Fear–An exhibition exploring how fear, as a powerful and visceral emotion, can be provoked by the mere suggestion of something threatening. Curated by Nadine Wasserman. Main Gallery.
November 25-February 19
Peter Taylor, Paintings and Drawings by The Troy Artist–President’s Gallery.
Small Traditions: Folklore of Children–A look at the two worlds of children: the one created for them by adults and the one they create themselves as they navigate through childhood as artists, writer, inventors and architects. KniselyAyers Gallery.
November 8-January 6
A holiday selection of unique works by area artists. Troy Savings Bank Gallery. The Shop.
January 20-March 26
Arts Center Faculty Exhibition
Spring 2006: Click (Three exhibitions exploring the medium of photography.)
Opening Reception March 17 5:30pm-8pm.
March 17-June 4
Works by six artists work in the form of slide shows shown concurrently at The Arts Center and at The Spectrum Theater in Albany throughout the Spring season. Main Gallery..
March 3-May 28
Ken Ragsdale, Photographs–Staged photographs by Albany artist Ken Ragsdale. Presidents Gallery.
March 17 -July 7
Snapshots–Explores the vernacular in photography by presenting those images that capture the mundane in our lives, creating memories and the foundations of personal history. Curated by William Skerritt and Mary Zwolinski. Knisely Ayers Gallery,
April 7-May 26
Select Student Show–Works by students in Arts Center classes. Troy Savings Bank Gallery.
Summer 2006: The Mix
June 17–July 2
Fence 2006–Arts Center Members. Salon Main Gallery.
Fence Select 2006–Fence Show works selected by an independent juror.
June 17-Aug 28
Kids’ Fence Show Salon (ages 16 and under). Troy Savings Bank Gallery.
June 9-August 20
Eve Halloran–Selected Fence Artist. Presidents Gallery.
July 15-September 2006
Folklore/Folk Art Family Reading Room–The folk arts gallery will be transformed into a folklore library for adults and children to relax, read and write. Knisely-Ayers Gallery.
Capital Repertory Theatre celebrates 25 years
The lights dim… a hush falls over the audience… anticipation mounts… suddenly, it begins – Capital Repertory Theatre’s 2005-2006 Silver Anniversary Season.
The will include an exciting world premiere musical featuring the music of Neil Sedaka, three incredible regional premires, a heartwarming classic comedy for the entire family, and tales from Ovid will make a big splash – mythology with a new and modern twist will all be a part of Capital Rep’s 25th Anniversary Season. To round out the year long celebration in June 2006, Always…Patsy Cline, the smash hit that made Capital Rep a year-round theatre will return for a special limited engagement. It’s the Theatre’s ‘thank you gift’ to the Capital Region.
For 24 years, Capital Rep has served as the preeminent performing arts organization for the Capital Region, with an award-winning production history, including world premieres by such imminent writers as Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy. The Theatre’s production history includes countless regional premieres, innovative productions and diverse assortment of contemporary and classical plays, musicals and groundbreaking educational programs that have significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents of the Capital Region.
Experience the fun and excitement of Capital Repertory Theatre’s 25th Anniversary celebration! Come on in – your seat is waiting.
November 18-December 18
You Can’t Take It With You–Heart-warming, but non-stop zany entertainment from start to finish. When Alice Sycamore falls in love with her boss’s son, she is reluctant to have him meet her eccentric family. Enjoy one of America’s most endearing comedies, filled quirky and wildly wonderful characters, with your family during the holiday season. By George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.
January 13-February 12
8 Track–Re-discover the heart and soul of the forgotten decade with The Bee Gees, The Carpenters, The Doobie Brothers and many more. Celebrate leisure suits, platform shoes, halter-tops, feminism, hedonism, “what’s your sign” and disco in this joyous polyester romp through the music of the 1970s. More than 50 tunes are featured! Baby boomers will rock down memory lane in this singing and dancing jaunt through the different musical styles of the 70’s as the songs weaves the story and flavor of decade.
March 3-March 26
Looking Over the President’s Shoulder–“It was like being in the front row and watching the passing parade of history.” Enter the rarefied world of the White House in this true story of Alonzo Fields, the first African-American White House Chief Butler in history, who served during the presidential administrations of Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt and Truman, retiring as Eisenhower came in to office. Born the grandson of a freed slave in an all-black town in southern Indiana, this elegant, well-educated and extremely cultured man wanted to be a classical singer but in1931 accepted, for “few months,” a servant’s job at the White House. During his nearly quarter century tenure, Fields witnesses many monumental moments, both public and private. He shares his unique perspective on famous people – Winston Churchill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the King and Queen of England – and world events with humor and warmth. By James Still.
April 28-May 21
Metamorphoses–A modern version of classic mythology with a “big splash!” This award-winning play weaves contemporary and humorous stories in the retelling of tales from Ovid’s Greek myths of love and loss, triumph and transformation. The tales of Midas, Cupid and Psyche, Orpheus and Euridyce, Baucis and Philemon run the gamut from comedy to romance to tragedy, with stories within stories. Timeless and touching, these stories will stir the soul, capture the imagination and bewitch the senses of youth and adult alike, all performed in a real pool of water. Theatre magic never before seen at Capital Rep! By Mary Zimmerman. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.
Charles R. Wood Theater
207 Glen Street, Glens Falls
Once a vacant Woolworth store, the Charles R. Wood Theater is now a contemporary 300-seat auditorium perfect for banquets receptions as well as various theatrical performances and art exhibits.
One decade ago, a group of people in Glens Falls came together with a common goal – to strengthen and revamp the commercial district of downtown Glens Falls. The Woolworth location became the summer home to the Adirondack Theater Festival in 1995, but after just a few seasons it became apparent that the interest from the community was going to lead to a year-round theater and arts program. And so, the Charles R. Woods Theater was born!
“One 70th Sensation”. Various times.
Come to the Cabaret–Benefit Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction for the Charles R. Wood Theater. 5:30pm.
Medal of Honor Rag. The Veteran Players. 2pm, 8pm.
Fall Dance Festival–Glens Falls Ballet. 7pm.
A Yuletide Gathering–Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre. 2pm, 7pm.
The Nutcracker–Adirondack Ballet Theater. Various times.
Colonial Little Theatre, Inc.
One Colonial Court, Johnstown
The Colonial Little Theatre was founded in 1938 when a small group of theater lovers met and decided to form an amateur stage group. Since then, the CLT has grown to become one of the oldest community theatres in the state of New York.
Over the past 65 years, over 1,000 performers have graced the stage of CLT, and many of them have gone on to pursue successful professional careers in the performing arts. Though it had humble beginnings as a tiny community theater, the Colonial Little Theatre has grown into a beloved and respected part of local theater.
December 9-11; 16-18
Greetings! Book by Tom Dudzick. Directed by John Birchler.
March 10-12; 17-19
Death of a Salesman. Book by Arthur Miller. Directed by John Birchler.
June 2-4; 9-11
Sylvia. Book by A.R. Gurney. Directed by Don Wheeler.
Curtain Call Theatre
210 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12211
The Curtain Call Theatre is a little known gem of Latham. A small theatre located just off the Northway, the Curtain Call Theatre offers not only great shows, but an art gallery and caf as well.
Through November 26
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling–Comedy about a group of women in a small Southern town. The basis of the very popular movie, the play was recently revived on Broadway.
December 9 – January 14
It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney–A riotous farce set during Christmas at a hospital that becomes.
February 3 – March 4
Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott–The world famous jump-out-of-your-seat thriller about a blind woman’s struggle against the criminal underworld.
March 17 – April 3
The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey–A heartwarming story about two bachelor farmers and a young actor who comes to “research” their lives for a play. Regional premiere
April 21- May 27
Noises Off by Michael Frayn–In the funniest farce of all time, the misadventures of a theatrical troupe.
June 9 – July 1
Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom–Based on the international best seller, the play dramatizes the relationship between a retired teacher and his former student. Insightful and delightfully funny, it is a master’s class in the meaning of life. Regional premiere.
July 14 – August 25
Greater Tuna by Ed Howard, Joe Sears & Jaston Williams–For those who love A Tuna Christmas, here’s another visit to that small Texas town where the wild and crazy ride started. Two actors in a tour de force of quick-change artistry.
351 Hudson Avenue, Albany
Celebrating 33 years of creating, performing and teaching the art of Dance Theatre
eba, Inc. is dedicated to cultivating, promoting, and developing an understanding of, and public interest in the performing, visual, and technological arts. eba’s mission is achieved through creating, performing, training, touring and idea sharing. Of equal importance is to develop an understanding of the creative potential within each of us and to integrate these unique aims with daily life.
eba, Inc. began as an artist collective in 1973. From its simple beginnings, eba has grown into a multifaceted arts organization intrinsically woven into the artistic fabric of our Capital Region Community. To accomplish our mission, five distinct programs presently operate under the eba umbrella:
November 5, 6, 11, 12
Brave New Dances–A glimpse at the first draft of dance theatre works created by members of Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre and invited guest artists. These are experimental and innovative works in progress, rather than polished repertory pieces. Brave New Dances is a forum for choreographers to take creative chances, stretch the boundaries of their craft and to push the limits of dance theatre. Each performance concludes with an informal discussion between audience members and choreographers and gives the audience a chance to ask the choreographers questions about their works! Nov. 5 8pm; Nov. 6 6pm; Nov. 11 8pm; Nov. 12 8pm. $8 for adults; $6 for students and seniors.
Albany First Night 2005: Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre will perform selections from “Aesops Fables” including “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “The Wolf and the Donkey”, and “The Swan and Sparrow”, performed in period costumes with fantastic masks. 7pm. Academy Building, Elk Street. (Part of the First Night Celebration).
Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre Spring Salon Concert–Features daring, witty and emotional Dance Theatre from the City of Albany’s “Premiere Dance Company”-Mayor Gerald D. Jennings. The concert includes works by Maude Baum and other acclaimed American Choreographers. Date/location TBA
Empire State Plaza
The uniquely designed convention center, The Egg got its beginnings in 1966. It now houses two theaters, the Lewis A. Swyer Theatre and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre. Seating 450, the Swyer Theatre is used for chamber music concerts, cabaret, lectures, multimedia presentations, solo performers and a majority of educational programming. With a seating capacity of 982, the Hart Theatre is used for larger productions including musical theatre, dance and music concerts. Wrapping around fully half The Egg is a lounge area for the Hart theatre, which is often used for receptions and conventions.
Pascal Rioult Dance Company– 8pm.
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company “Telling Tales”– 3pm.
Brian Brooks Moving Company–“Pinata”– 8pm.
The Robert Cray Band–8:15pm.
Jesse Winchester– 8pm.
Trout Fishing in America–3pm.
Derek Trucks Band– 7pm.
Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche–7:30pm.
The Killers of Comedy–8:30pm.
Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Sharon Shannon, Cara Dillon: A Woman’s Heart– 8pm.
Riders in the Sky –3pm.
The Zucchini Brothers–2pm.
Visit www.theegg.org for a complete list of events
The Ghent Playhouse
Home to the acclaimed Columbia Civic Players, or CCP as they are commonly called, the Ghent Playhouse is a historic building that got its beginnings as Ghent Town Hall. In 1987, Town Hall moved, leaving the current building vacant. The Columbia Civic Players moved in and have been providing the local community with great theater ever since.
What makes the Ghent Playhouse truly unique is the fact that none of the members of the crew, both on and off stage, are full time, or even paid. The wonderful and entertaining productions are brought together by generous donations of time and talent.
November 25- December 11
January 27-February 12
“Outward Bound” by Sutton Vane. Directed by Daniel Region.
March 24-April 9
“A New Brain” by William Finn. Directed by Mike Mensching.
May 19-June 4
“Social Security” by Andrew Bergman. Directed by Paul Leyden.
Home Made Theater
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs
For 20 years, the Home Made Theater has been creating fun and unique experiences for young and old alike. In residence at the Spa Little Theater at Saratoga Spa State Park, the Home Made Theater is a non-profit group that combines amateurs for the community with professional directors, set designers, costumers and the like. Home Made Theater produces four shows per season, which runs from October to May.
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever–In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively disruptive kids in history.
December 10, 17, 18
David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries–Centers around one man’s experience as a struggling young actor/writer in New York City when he takes a job as an elf in Santaland at Macy’s.
All in the Timing: Six One-Act Comedies–A zany combination of smart and quirky ideas, wit, and outright farce. This critically acclaimed, award winning evening of comedies about the possibilities of modern life is a mad hybrid of highbrow hi-jinks and lowbrow