April 5 - May 31
Imaginary Worlds brings together four artists who explore the mechanisms that shape and define our experiences. Through various means of observation and perception, the physical, transcendental and utopian properties of the world we live in are re-imagined.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 5:30-8pm
Experience intriguing art and conversation, taste some of the best local craft beer + hors d' oeuvres provided by Druthers Brewing Company, and listen to deep sonic landscapes by DJ Paul Weil!
Interested in learning more about Saratoga Arts? Join us for our Annual Meeting in The Arts Center Gallery 5:00pm prior to the opening reception.
About the Artists
Beginning with memory and nostalgia, Dara Alter recreates places once familiar, exploring experiences as they exist in the mind. Alter’s paintings evolve to reflect the relationship between people and place that is often first mediated by a digital experience. Using Google Maps and Street View as a precursor to painting unfamiliar places – Alter maps out her journey.
Alter is a Canadian painter based in Central Jersey. Dara graduated from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in 2009. She is currently working towards an MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her work has been shown at The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University in North Carolina, Art Connects New York in Brooklyn, The Rosewood Gallery in Ohio, and The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum in Toronto.
Siobhan McBride's paintings become diagrams for understanding events from the past, and puzzles to decode experiences not yet had. The scenes are tense with anticipation or blushing in the aftermath of an unseen event, representing a place where magic reveals itself differently than it does in this world. From the fragments of daily life to the things caught in the corner of one’s eye, McBride creates strange and suspenseful dreamlike environments that often leave one questioning.
McBride received her BA in English and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, and her MFA in Painting in 2005. McBride has exhibited in numerous exhibitions across the United States, including at Pelham Art Center and the Roswell Museum and Art Center, DC Moore Gallery and Contemporary Artist Space in Philadelphia. In 2011, McBride was an artist in resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Susan Meyer creates fantastical environments that explore tensions between the communal and individual, where human behavior seems to be at odds with utopian idealism. Inspired by techniques of map-making and modeling, philosophical views on communal living are juxtaposed with insular worlds within Meyer's modernist sculptures.
Meyer received a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College and a M.F.A. from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University. Meyer’s has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Artspace in CT, the Islip Art Museum, Redux Contemporary Art Center and Art Aqua Miami, curated and sponsored by ARTslant. She is an Assistant Professor at The Center for Art and Design at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and lives in Hudson, NY.
Exploring fact verses fiction, and the murky areas that lie in between, Kristina Paabus uses systems of logic and surveillance to enforce individual perceptions of structures and our surroundings.
Kristina Paabus is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in printmaking. She studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2009 she earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Paabus has taken part in residencies in the U.S., Iceland, Estonia, and Romania; and has exhibited her work in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Rosendale, Providence, Reykjavik, Miami, Berlin, and Tallinn. Paabus was an Instructor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Printmedia at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at The University of Iowa.
Guests are welcome to visit the The Arts Center Gallery from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Local, regional and nationally-known artists' work is displayed in our 2,000 square-foot gallery. Opening receptions and Discussions with the artists are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to browse through our Gallery Shop, featuring fine art by over 50 of our member artists. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.584.4132