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Past Exhibitions

10x10

July 1 - September 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 6-8pm

The annual 10x10 show exhibits over 550 pieces of artwork created by new artists, veteran artists, young and old artists, artists who are showing their work for the first time and artists who have been exhibiting their work for years. Most pieces are priced at or around $100. This exhibition also features the 10x10 artworks created by hundreds of young artists participating in Saratoga Arts’ Visual Arts Summer Camp program. By the end of August, this exhibition will present over 800 works by over 500 artists!

 


Open Spaces

April 28 - June 17, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 6-8pm

In the context of landscapes, “open spaces” might suggest clear vistas unblocked by trees and mountains. The artists in Open Spaces, however, are getting at something beyond the representation of vistas and locations. For each of these artists, the openness of something lies within its ability to change. Visible light doesn’t only color the surface of what we see; it transforms the things on which it is cast, making for us a reality shaped by our senses that goes well beyond our initial perception.

Matt Chinian, Cheryl Horning, Kelly Schoonbeck, and Takeyce Walter explore the observance of beauty and change in our surroundings. Evoking sometimes fleeting moments of stillness and movement, memory and wonderment, the artists in this exhibition seek out a truth that may be unknown. They reveal a deep rooted connection between individuals and their environments, at times reminding us that the space between us is subject to ongoing change, to creation and re-creation.

Matt Chinian is a landscape painter living in Cambridge, New York. A plein air painter, he works with an emphasis on recording the place at the time he is there. Most are done within a few miles of his home, but he enjoys painting when he visits neighboring towns, cities, and the Adirondacks. He finds the light that falls on our physical world illuminates everything the same and can make the ugly beautiful. He hopes to express that beauty to those who view his work.
Chinian holds an MFA in Sculpture and Drawing from the University at Albany. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the northeast and Germany, most recently including The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville and Salem Art works in Salem, New York.


Whether working on figural or abstract pieces, Cheryl Horning expresses ideas about relationships to one another, to the environment, to God and to mystery. Her figures run a continuum from realistic to abstract and from human to botanical. Human forms merge and separate. Botanical forms mimic and merge with human forms. They all work together to create a landscape that moves and dances.
Horning holds a BA in Fine Art and French and an MS in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University at Albany. She has studied with Regis Brodie and Alice Manzi from Skidmore College. She lives in Greenwich, New York.


Surrounded by constant change and motion, the stillness of the landscape is often overlooked. Kelly Schoonbeck’s objective is to suggest this fleeting moment, while forcing the viewer to confront their own spirituality, memory, and reality.
Born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, Schoonbeck received a BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh with a focus in drawing, painting, and art history. Inspired by the structure of the landscape that surrounds her, she uses color and light to create a surreal atmosphere. She hopes her work strikes a note of familiarity with the viewer.


Takeyce Walter is inspired and often overwhelmed by the beauty found in nature. She is driven by the irresistible urge to capture that beauty and share it with others. Her artwork is of places she’s experienced with all of her senses, composed with intent to recreate the sense of connectedness and wonderment left upon her by nature. She hopes that her work captures the inspiration she feels, and inspires others to see the beauty around us.
An artist and art instructor, Walter’s paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Vermont, and Cape Cod. She is especially drawn to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Walter exhibits her artwork online and in local venues, and her work has found homes in many private collections both nationally and internationally.

 

Thank you to our sponsor for this exhibition!

 


 

 

Saratoga Arts has partnered with LARAC and the Arts Center of the Capital Region to present the 120° Intercollegiate Regional. Originally developed by LARAC in 2013 to support college students, this exhibition provides visibility for students’ artwork and an educational platform to introduce young artists to professional opportunities and local arts communities. The annual juried exhibition rotates among the three partner organizations each year, highlighting the best of artwork created by students who currently attend accredited colleges and universities located within 120 miles of Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Troy, New York.

This year, students from 23 colleges and universities located in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont submitted over 500 pieces of artwork to be considered for the 120° Intercollegiate Regional. Guest Juror Ginger Ertz selected 105 pieces of artwork ranging from painting and drawing to photography, film, printmaking and sculpture to be showcased in this highly competitive exhibit.

Guest Juror Ginger Ertz, Museum Educator at the Tang Teaching Museum, is responsible for the development and implementation of all K-12 and community education programs at the Tang Museum. Prior to the Tang, she worked as the Educational Programming Coordinator for the Brattleboro (VT) Museum & Art Center. A sculptor, drawer, and painter, Ginger holds an MFA degree, has taught art classes in a variety of media to children and adults, and has shown her work extensively in New England and the Capital Region. She has been invited to jury many exhibitions, including several high school regional exhibitions and the National Exhibition of Artists with Disabilities. Ginger is the recipient of a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She lives in Niskayuna.

Congratulations to the Best in Show and Honorable Mention award winners!
Best in Show
Robert Wolf, Peggles, SUNY Plattsburgh
Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins, Edges, University at Albany

Honorable Mention
Madeleine Welsh, Missing Susan, Skidmore College
Laiken Whittredge, For Sale, SUNY Oneonta 

Thank you to our sponsors!

  


All Stars

An Exhibition of High School Artists in Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomery Counties

 

January 14 - February 25, 2017

 

 

For the past 10 years, Saratoga Arts has dedicated our first exhibition of the year to our Annual High School All Stars Exhibition. For this show, we asked teachers from school districts in Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties to give us the best of what their students have created. 

The High School  All Stars Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for high school art students to exhibit in a professional gallery setting and gain recognition for their artistic and creative accomplishments. We hope this opportunity helps prepare and motivate young artists to enjoy and pursue the arts throughout their lives.

This year, 34 teachers submitted over 100 works making this exhibition one of our largest presentations of emerging artists’ work yet. The show includes artwork by high school students from 10 districts: Amsterdam, Ballston Spa, Burt Hills-Ballston Lake, Broadalbin-Perth, Gloversville, Mayfield, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, and Stillwater. 

Saratoga Arts would like to thank our sponsors for this exhibition!


The Annual Members' Show

 

November 4 - December 31, 2016

Decades have passed since Saratoga Arts first hosted its annual Members’ Show. This ever-popular, year-end exhibition includes over 200 artists displaying artworks, ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, ceramics, and photography, showcasing the many talents of our established and emerging member artists from the region and beyond.

Saratoga Arts offers a comprehensive exhibition program, including nearly 20 on-site and 80 off-site exhibitions annually. With 12,000+ visitors per year in the Arts Center Gallery, we continue to enrich the community through exposure to high quality, current, and contemporary art. Our exhibition program offers opportunities for wide-ranging experience levels, from first time exhibitors to artists with a substantial exhibition history in the Arts Center Gallery, the Art in Public Places program and The Gallery Shop. We also host Art in the Park, an annual outdoor fine art fair in Historic Congress Park.

We would like to thank our sponsor, Druthers Brewing Company!

 


 

30th Anniversary Invitiational 

Celebrating 30 Artists & 30 Years

September 2 - October 29, 2016

 

Adam Daily • Francelise Dawkins • Katie DeGroot • Anne Diggory • Chris Duncan • Jill Fishon-Kovachick • Scott Nelson Foster • Anne Francey • Deb Hall • Tracy Helgeson • Liz Howe • Richard Garrison • Chloe Kettlewell • Shawn Lawson • Willie Marlowe • Beverley Mastrianni • Pat McEvoy • David Miller • Doretta Miller • Victoria Palermo • Judith Plotner • Tom Schottman • Ben Schwab • Sergio Sericolo • Charles Steckler • Roy Stevens • Susan Stuart • Stephen Tyson • Laura Von Rosk • Harry Wirtz

Since our first exhibition in 1997, The Arts Center has hosted nearly 400 exhibitions and featured 3,500 artists. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, Saratoga Arts presents the 30th Anniversary Invitational, showcasing the work of thirty regional artists who have exhibited in The Arts Center Gallery since we opened the doors to The Arts Center.

These thirty artists represent the range of work we’ve exhibited over the years, both in form and in terms of their creative career. Some of the artists in this show originally exhibited work here that was the culmination of years of experience; others were at earlier stages of their careers, and showed work that was the foundation for their future practice.

Though at different professional stages, these artists have some things in common: all were selected from about a hundred submissions each year by their peers, and all offered Saratoga Arts the opportunity to support their work while offering the community the chance to appreciate the deep talent and breadth of approach found among the Saratoga region’s visual artists.

Combined, the artists in this exhibition have displayed their work in over 1,000 exhibitions worldwide. They have participated in prestigious artist residencies, won numerous fellowships, grants and awards, and have helped the arts to thrive in our region by teaching, working as staff and volunteers at some of the region’s premier arts organizations, acting as jurors for some of the region’s most popular group shows, and sitting on exhibition panels and reviews. 

 


 

10x10

The Second Annual Community Exhibition

July 9 - August 27, 2016

For our 30th anniversary, Saratoga Arts has designed a year of exhibitions highlighting artists from all across the spectrum - students, past exhibiting artists, our faculty artists, community artists, and of course, our member artists!

In July and August, Saratoga Arts presents one of our favorite exhibitions - the 10 x 10 show. Participation in this exhibition is open to everybody; new artists, veteran artists, young and old artists, artists who are showing their work for the first time and artists who have been showing their work for years. True to our mission, this exhibition gives everyone an opportunity to show their work.

This exhibition also features the 10 x 10 artworks created by hundreds of young artists participating in Saratoga Arts’ Visual Arts Summer Camp program. Every week, new artworks will be added to the exhibition, so all of our campers have an opportunity to showcase their creativity.  By the end of August, this exhibition will present over 800 works by over 500 artists!

 


 

Environmental Expressions

Gammy Miller, Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, Mara Lefebvre, & Paula Overbay

May 6 - June 25, 2016

Environmental Expressions brings together four artists - Gammy Miller, Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, Mara Lefebvre, and Paula Overbay - who create work directly influenced by their respective surroundings and upbringings. These tangible and sometimes conceptual world observations are the root of each body of work in this exhibition. 

A Gift from Muddy Farm, by Gammy Miller

Gammy Miller considers herself a naturalist. Her drawings are part of an exploration into the ideas of natural selection. Influenced by her meanders into ornithology, botany, and marine biology, her drawings depict imaginary non-viable organisms, victims perhaps of an evolutionary process gone awry. She means them to be humorous and yet convey a sense of warning. 

Gammy Miller is a self-instructed artist with an abiding interest in natural history. Her art has been widely exhibited, including solo exhibitions at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York and Courthouse Gallery in Lake George. Miller’s work can be found at The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as the Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences in Binghamton, New York. She currently resides in New York, New York.  (Image: A Gift from Muddy Farm, by Gammy Miller)


Seeing her work as an expression of her environment, Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel is a product of the contexts that have built her life. Mixing mechanical, visual, and scientific interests, she creates a strange world: part nostalgic post-Pop graphics and color, and part romantic impulsive drawing. Her subjects are derived from the many mechanical parts in her surroundings and personal interests in technology and the natural landscape, as well as a fascination with her family’s deep history in the sciences. Bilharz Gabriel resides Syracuse, New York.

Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel holds a BFA from the College of Saint Rose, and a dual degree in Art Education and an MFA from the University at Albany. She currently teaches fine art at Fayetteville-Manlius High School near Syracuse, New York, where she resides. (Image: Walk Across Water, by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel)


The found objects used by Mara Lefebvre reflect where she has been and who she has been in contact with: a diary of ephemera. Often searching on roadsides, yard sales, and dumpsters, she uses like items to complete her series of work. Disliking a significant alteration of items, she is challenged to let the innate pieces of paper stay the same as it was originally discovered. She lives in Latham.

Mara Lefebvre holds a degree in Fine Art and Arts Administration from Skidmore College. She has exhibited work in multiple galleries, including a solo exhibition at Bulmer Gallery in Troy. Lefebvre has been an artist in residence at Mendocino Art Center in California, as well as an artist consultant for New York Foundation of the Arts. She lives in Latham. (Image: A Thousand Kisses Deep, by Mara Lefebvre)


Paula Overbay’s works comment on cells collecting into a form. They could be small invisible amoeba, or animals in the water or the air; there is no empty space. Cells are everywhere, moving from form to form. They are forever changing and contributing to daily life in ways that are often overlooked. Overbay lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Paula Overbay lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Arts and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. In August 2015, she was an artist in residence at the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York. Her work can be found in many national, international, public and private collections; she is represented by Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York, New York. (Image: Yellow Dot #3, by Paula Overbay)

 


Saratoga Arts' Faculty Exhibition

March 4 - April 30 

Our Faculty Exhibition celebrates the diverse talents of the faculty that have brought their skills and experience to over 18,000 Arts Center students in the past 20 years.  Combined, our faculty have decades of experience, have shown in hundreds of regional and national exhibitions and have works gracing dozens of public and private collections all over the world.  Our faculty not only teach at The Arts Center; many also enjoy teaching at regional universities and colleges and at arts organizations all across the country.

60+ works by 23 of Saratoga Arts' faculty including, David Amsinger . Matt Balint . Shawn Banner . Raplh Caparulo . Robert Carsten . Jim D’Andrea . Emma Huneck . Carolyn Justice . Ann Larsen . Joe Marcuccio . Mikiko Masterson . Kirsten O’Brien . Robert O’Brien . Tom O’Brien . Corey Pitkin . Katherine Patterson . Jim Schanz . Nancy Sharples . Takeyce Walter . Susan Wiley . Kirt Winslow

 

 

All Stars

Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomery County High Schools

January 16 - February 27

From sculpture to drawing, over 100 artworks highlight the skills and talent of our region’s school-aged artists in Saratoga Arts' 13th Annual High School All Stars exhibition.

Art teachers throughout Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery Counties, representing Amsterdam, Ballston  Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Broadalbin-Perth, Johnstown, Mayfield, Northville, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, Stillwater and Waterford-Halfmoon school districts, selected work in all media from their students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery.

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for art students to exhibit in a professional gallery setting and gain recognition for their artistic and creative accomplishments. This opportunity helps prepare and motivate young artists to pursue the arts throughout their lives and find value in creative communities.

With the guidance and artistic foundation provided by their teachers, students are able to develop their own voice and make connections across disciplines, while sharing their inspiration with fellow peers and the public.

By encouraging younger generations of artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing, and sustaining the arts in all forms.

We would like to thank Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Blake Realtors, for generously sponsoring this exhibition.

 

 


Many Rivers

Black Dimensions in Art
40th Anniversary Exhibit

October 3 - November 7

Curated by Stephen J. Tyson and Stanwyck E. Cromwell

Exhibition Catalog

 

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 6-8pm 
Discussion with the Curators: Saturday, October 3, 5:30pm

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Elizabeth Zunon: "I can hear that whistle blow..."

 
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Daesha Devón Harris: My Soul Has Grown Deep Like the Rivers

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. together with Saratoga Arts is proud to present Many Rivers, a showcase of established and emerging artists from the U. S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Many Rivers, inspires reflections of mythical, metaphorical or natural rivers that lead to new lands and discoveries; embracing collective experiences that unite us with one another, and the pathways of life’s triumphs and tribulations.

Participating artists include: Marcus Kwame Anderson, Betty Blayton, Aleathia Brown, Stanwyck Cromwell, Avel de Knight, Francelise Dawkins, Mikel Elam, Herbert Gentry, Daesha Devón Harris, Robert Charles Hudson, Femi Johnson, Hollis King, Jacqueline Lake-Sample, Eugene J. Martin, Carlton Murrell, Clifford Oliver, Andre Rochester, Stephen J. Tyson, Takeyce Walter, Frank Wimberley, and Elizabeth Zunon.

Click here for a .pdf of the Exhibition Catalog with the Curator's Statement, Artist Statements and Artist Biographies.

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Frank Wimberley: Blue Wave

Join us in celebration of one of the Capital Region’s most significant cultural institutions, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in the Arts Center Gallery located at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Listen to a thoughtful discussion with the curators at 5:30pm, followed by an opening reception from 6-8pm.

Come meet the artists, as well as many founding members of Black Dimensions in Art, Inc., enjoy inspiring art, great conversation and delicious craft beer and food by our sponsor, Druthers Brewing Company.

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Since 1975, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. (BDA) has been dedicated to educating the public about artists of the African Diaspora and their unique contributions to the American art scene, and encourage African-American youth in the practice, application, and appreciation of the arts.

 
 

American Views

Paul Chapman and Scott Nelson Foster

June 6 – July 25, 2015

Chapman, Image Right.  Foster, Image Left.

From rural communities to strip malls and industrial factories, American Views brings together two painters who draw inspiration from the social landscape around them.

Paul M. Chapman

Paul Chapman is fascinated by the rich subject matter and sense of drama created by mills and factories.  As an observer, his paintings often depict complicated surfaces and perspectives that reflect on the social, economic and environmental qualities and concerns inherent within industry and society.

Paul Chapman, born in 1943 and raised in Hudson Falls, NY, graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz and received his graduate degree from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Chapman taught art at Queensbury elementary & high school from 1966-2001.  Now retired, he focuses on his painting and has widely exhibited his works throughout the northeast, participating in many juried exhibitions, including the Mohawk-Hudson Regional.  Chapman’s paintings have received numerous awards and inclusions in publications such as International Contemporary Artists.  Chapman lives in Hudson Falls, NY.

Scott Nelson Foster

Using the landscape of rural America as his subject matter, Scott Nelson Foster focuses on absence and loss to shape his definition of beauty.  Searching for the passage of time in the landscape, Foster reflects on changing ideas about the societal relationships to the land and the American experience.

Scott Nelson Foster received his first instruction in drawing and painting from his uncle and grandfather, while growing up in Boise, Idaho. Foster then went on to receive a B.A. in Fine Art from Northwest Nazarene University, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Utah State University. His paintings have been featured in solo and juried exhibitions on the east and west coasts. He has recently completed portraits commissioned by the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish and the Musicians of Ma’alwyck.  After teaching at Utah State University for a period, Foster relocated to upstate New York, where he paints and teaches at Siena College.

 

 

Figure Sense

Harold Lohner and Gyula Varosy

April 4 - May 30, 2015

Figure Sense brings together two artists who portray a correlation between the human form and psyche. Depicting various physical and mental states of the human persona, printmaker Harold Lohner and sculptor Gyula Varosy merge the many forms, shapes, and faces that contribute to the construction of every individual and the human experience.

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That's Incredible by Harold Lohner

Harold Lohner’s monoprints represent the psychology and spirituality of men. He begins by collecting hundreds of found images, sorting them with an eye for significant, recurring gestures and poses. These appear in his work as drawings and silhouettes, merging figures and faces to create large, energetic images layered with pattern and color. Lohner does not make editions of his prints, preferring to work through variations on a theme in series, in artist’s books, or in multiple-print installations.

Harold Lohner is an artist, retired professor, and font designer. He holds an MFA in printmaking from the University at Albany and recently retired as a long-time Professor of Art at The Sage Colleges. He has been making and exhibiting his prints and other artworks regionally and nationally for over thirty years. Lohner has been an artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, Kala in Berkeley, California, and the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, Massachusetts. He is also the proprietor of Harold’s Fonts, a digital type foundry. He lives in Albany, New York.

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Fragments by Gyula Varosy

Working on each individual sculpture as if it were part of a larger whole, Gyula Varosy’s sculptures are all connected and reflect one another. The figure is a central and ever present reference in each piece where it can take on many forms and shapes, from the obvious to a most fleeting resonance, gesture, affinity, or association of forms and relationships. They embody hardship, suffering, loss, perseverance, and triumph.

Gyula Varosy was born in Hungary and came to the United States as a refugee in 1957. After receiving degrees in Architecture from Pratt Institute and Harvard University, he lived and worked in New York City, with a concentration in housing design. He moved to Greenwich, New York in 1990, when sculpture finally became his main focus. He has exhibited at various galleries in the northeast, including the Southern Vermont Arts Center, New York University, and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

Dual Nature: Ends With Beginnings

 

 

Gabe Brown & Andrea Hersh

An exhibition bringing together two artists who seek a better understanding of the correlation between nature and humanity.  Through the exploration of various media and observation, the work of Gabe Brown and Andrea Hersh speak to the similarities and differences between society and the world we inhabit; often pointing to the unknown, unseen and overlooked - while hinting that with every end, there is a new beginning.

February 7 - March 28, 2015

 

The Annual High School All Stars Exhibition

All Stars Postcard 2015

 

A Showcase of Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery County High School Artists

January 10 – January 31, 2015

High school art teachers throughout Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery County, including Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Broadalbin-Perth, Corinth, Johnstown, Saratoga Springs, Schuylerville, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, Stillwater, Amsterdam, Gloversville, Mayfield & Northville, select work in all media from their strongest students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. From sculpture to drawing, these wonderful artworks highlight the dedication of area art teachers together with the amazing talent of their art students. By encouraging younger generations of artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing and sustaining the arts in all of its forms.

Guests are welcome to visit the The Arts Center Gallery from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 11am-5pm. 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 edubben@saratoga-arts.org or call 518.584.4132

The Annual Members' Show

 

 

 
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November 15 - December 31, 2014

 

 

Each year during the holiday season, Saratoga Arts recognizes its talented member artists by showcasing their work in the Annual Members’ Show. Original artworks include watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings, collage, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, drawings and photographs by over 150 artists.

Please join us for an evening of great art and conversation as we celebrate with a reception for the artists and our annual holiday potluck on December 6th, from 6-8pm.

The Arts Center Gallery will be open late to the public on the evening of the Victorian Streetwalk, Thursday, December 5th, from 6-10pm; as well as on First Night Saratoga, December 31, from 5pm -11pm. Normal Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

The mission of Saratoga Arts is to cultivate, nourish and sustain the arts in all its forms, and to ensure the arts are accessible for all. All the above events at The Arts Center Gallery are free and open to the public.

Saratoga Arts would like to thank our exhibition sponsor, Saratoga Crackers!

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Observations

 

Kathy Greenwood & Laurel Garcia Colvin

October 4 - November 8, 2014

The Arts Center Gallery is proud to announce the opening of Observations by Kathy Greenwood and Laurel Garcia Colvin on Saturday, October 4th. We invite the public to join us for a lively conversation with the artists at 5:30pm, followed by a reception from 6-8pm with craft beer and hors d' oeuvres provided by Druthers Brewing Company.

Observations brings together two artists whose Individual and collective experiences are greatly impacted by the process in which they observe and interact with the world around them. Emotions, ideas and senses are engaged to form responses, build relationships and create narratives based on these experiences.

The work of Kathy Greenwood and Laurel Garcia Colvin examines and comments on the everyday, from the domestic to the social and political environments that surround us.

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Image: Kathy Greenwood

The objects and images that populate Kathy Greenwood’s work allude to stories, relationships and observations of daily living. Drawn to the way that the ephemera of home can invoke a host of memories and conjecture, Greenwood paints likenesses and patterns upon familiar surfaces whose associations infuse their subjects. An object in itself, the found cloth surface on which these are painted has its own history of domestic utility and artistry.

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Image: Laurel Garcia Colvin

Laurel Garcia Colvin’s mixed media drawings explore how the human psyche perceives and reconstructs reality. Colvin evokes emotion and suggests vulnerability in images that infuse printed 18th century French Toile de Jouy designs with a social narrative which is in direct contrast to the nostalgic, sanitized, decorum of the historical patterns.

Kathy Greenwood received her BFA from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and her MFA from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout New York, including at the Opalka Gallery in Albany, NY and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY and the Greene County Arts Council.

Laurel Garcia Colvin received her BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the northeast, including Ceres Gallery in NYC, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Silvermine Guild Galleries in New Canaan, CT, and Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

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Thank you, Druthers Brewing Company! Our 2014 Exhibition Program Sponsor.

 

 

2014 Annual Juried Exhibition


 

SIGHTS + SOUNDS
of the Saratoga Region
August 2 – September 27, 2014

Juror: Takeyce Walter, Fine Artist + Instructor

This exhibition showcases artists who reflect on the sights + sounds of the Saratoga region.  With its natural beauty, history and vibrant visual, literary and performing arts scene, this region has been a cultural destination for centuries, inspiring the creative works of artists of all genres. 

Artists working in the media of drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, will be on display in The Arts Center Gallery from August 2 - September 27.

 

We would like to thank our exhibition sponsor:

 

David Miller: Mapping The Mind

June 6 - July 27, 2014

 


 

 

April 5 - May 31, 2014

 

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.

 

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Color / Form

Jackie Brown, Adam Daily and Dustin London 
February 8 - March 29, 2014 
Discussion With The Artists: February 8, 5:30pm 
Opening Reception: February 8, 6-8pm

 

Saratoga Arts is proud to present the exhibition Color/Form, with artists Jackie Brown, Adam Daily and Dustin London, on display in The Arts Center Gallery February 8 - March 29. This bold and dynamic exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, February 8th with a Discussion With The Artists, Jackie Brown and Adam Daily, at 5:30pm, followed by a lively and colorful reception from 6-8pm. We invite you to join us for a great evening of contemporary art, conversation and music!

Bright and dramatic surfaces draw viewers into manufactured worlds, where abstract ideas of systems and intuition serve as pathways. Together, these three artists manipulate color, form and space, bringing a multitude of experiences and processes to life.

Jackie Brown’s installations and drawings explore the potential for biological growth and transformation. Organic shapes, bold colors, and surprising connections evoke ideas of evolution, spontaneity and the manipulation of life systems.

Adam Daily’s large paintings focus on the interaction between shapes and the space they inhabit. Geometric explorations create a “visual punch” of graphic interlocking forms, with chromatic intensity and precision.

Dustin London’s intimate drawings emerge from the deepest recess of his subconscious. Black mica surfaces, methodically incised with white lines, become constellations of the mind, aerial views, puzzles or diagrams.

Jackie Brown received her BA from Hamilton College and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Arts. She has been featured in group and solo exhibitions across the United States, including the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and Torpedo Factory Art Center. Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Ursinus College.

Adam Daily received his BS from Skidmore College and his MFA from University of Albany. Daily was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2011, and has been featured in exhibitions throughout New York, including The Foundry for Art and Design, Governors Island Art Fair and Circa50. He is currently represented by Lawrence Fine Arts and Cure8 Group. Daily lives in Fort Miller, NY.

Dustin London received his BFA from Michigan State University and his MFA from University of Pennsylvania. London was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2011 and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the United States, including Untitled Art Fair in Miami, Prayzner Art Space, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. London currently resides in Miami, Fl.

 

All Stars

A Showcase of Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery County High School Artists

January 11 – January 25, 2014

Painting by Madeleine Waring, Ballston Spa

High school art teachers throughout Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery County, including Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, Stillwater, Amsterdam, Gloversville, Mayfield & Northville, select work in all media from their strongest students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. From sculpture to drawing, these wonderful artworks highlight the dedication of area art teachers together with the amazing talent of their art students. By encouraging younger generations of artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing and sustaining the arts in all of its forms.

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Annual Members' Exhibition

November 16 - December 31, 2013

Decades have passed since Saratoga Arts first hosted its annual members’ show! This ever-popular, year-end show is a great opportunity for our established and emerging member artists to display their best works in a professional exhibition at The Arts Center Gallery and celebrate their many talents with fellow artists and the community.  Annually, with over 150 artists exhibiting artworks ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, functional fine art and photography, our Annual Members’ show promises to be a real treat.

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American Storytellers

Brian Cirmo and Jill Shoffiett

October 5 - November 9, 2013

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Impressions of society and tales of American identity come together in this invented and visually narrated exhibition of paintings and drawings by artists Brian Cirmo and Jill Shoffiett.

Based on childhood memory and fantasy, Jill Shofiett depicts scenes of an imaginary south – an escape to a private, delirious utopia.  From re-purposed washing machines, homemade roller coasters, weather-beaten structures and the general detritus of daily life in rural America, Shofiett creates a narrative about industrious, embattled creators who are inventing a curious, isolated world in which they inhabit.

Influenced by American history, literature and music, Brian Cirmo creates an environment where the protagonist, inebriated from whiskey, war and solitariness, loses all sense of time in a dystopian landscape while searching for the meaning of being American.

Jill Shoffiett received her BFA from the Mississippi University for Women and her MFA from Pratt Institute.  Her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries including, Pierogi 2000, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Drawing Center, NYC, Monya Rowe Gallery and Casteel Gallery.  Shoffiett has received numerous awards, including a New York Foundation For The Arts Fellowship.  She lives in Cold Spring, NY

Brian Cirmo received his BFA from The College of Saint Rose and his MFA from the State University at Albany.  His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout New York State, including the Albany Institute of History and Art, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Green Gallery and more.  His work has received numerous awards.  He lives in Albany, NY where he is Adjunct Professor of Art at Sage College and The College of Saint Rose.

 

Saratoga 150: Then, Now and Beyond!

Saratoga Arts' Annual Juried Exhibition of Regional Artists

August 3 - September 28, 2013

 

 

2013 marks the 150th Anniversary for The Saratoga Race Course.  In celebration of this citywide sesquicentennial event, Saratoga Arts will exhibit artworks that reflect on our region’s rich past, represents or comments on our own time in Saratoga Springs, or envisions Saratoga’s future. The exhibition will merge history with the present day and anticipate fresh, innovative ideas of what’s to come. 

 

    

 

Mind and Matter

Jane Dell and Liz Parsons

June 1 - July 27, 2013

 

 

             

 

 

 Image: Jane Dell (top)  Liz Parsons (bottom)

This exhibit brings together two painters who explore both inner psychology and the physical world around them.

Jane Dell’s paintings explore the expressive and metaphorical potential of scale, the poetics of space and mental states.  They represent a relative and curious universe that invites the discovery of imaginative worlds as they unfold.

Liz Parsons’ paintings take form as a visual journal on canvas, where layers of autobiographical experiences evolve through memory, imagery and thoughts.

Jane Dell is an award winning artist, born in NYC.  She has studied at the Arts Students League of New York and the School of Visual Arts.  Dell received her BFA from Pratt Institute.  Dell has exhibited widely in the Northeast including the Monmouth Museum and the Drawing Center in New York.  She lives in New Jersey.

Liz Parsons is a mixed media artist living and working in Glens Falls, NY.  Considered an outsider/ expressionist artist, she specializes in paintings and artist books.

 

Configurations

Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart

April 6 – May 25

Artists Robert Carsten and Susan Stuart unite in this compelling exhibition of paintings and pastels that speak volumes to the importance of materials in our society and to the process of creating.  Through the use of light, form and texture, Carsten and Stuart re-configure elements of our everyday, such as recycled materials and architectural structures into works that are imbued with color and emotion.

 

 

Robert Carsten’s pastels and paintings explore the aesthetics of recycled materials.  Using compositional elements of light, color and texture, he creates a dialogue between deeply routed ideas of art making and the global awareness around consumption and ecology.

Carsten studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Arts League of New York.  He has received numerous awards and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society.  Carsten has widely exhibited his works throughout the United States including New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Oregon.  Carsten lives in Springfield, VT.

 

 

Susan Stuart’s paintings are inspired by both an abstraction of our architectural landscape, buildings under construction or abandoned, and a creative process inspired by 19th century French painters.  Stuart incorporates wet and dry pigments, intermixing pastels and pumice, resulting in intense color, form and surface texture that ultimately infuses these constructions with an idea of regrouping and rebuilding.

Susan Stuart received a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from The State University of New York at Albany and studied at the Arts League of New York.  Her works have received numerous awards and belong in collections such as The Albany Institute of History & Art, among others.  She has widely exhibited her works in galleries through New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado  and Virginia.  Stuart lives in Albany, NY.

Fragment

Jake Winiski, Hyun-Joon Yoon and Diana Schmertz

February 1 - March 29, 2013

This exhibition brings together three artists, working in multiple mediums ranging from painting and alternative process photography to video installation, to explore various systems and different perspectives within our everyday by breaking away fragments, only to re-assemble them, giving way to new meaning.

Jake Winiski fuses together fragmented aspects of the world around us.  Winiski reassembles these pieces into a new reality that is a metamorphosis of ones own subconscious.  Drawn from contemporary folklore, Winiski’s work becomes a bestiary of human imagination: a spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected association of ideas, emotions, and feelings.  Winiski’s images evoke the basic human instinct to always find human-likeness in the world around us, physically, mythically and metaphorically. 

Diana Schmertz explores systems created in order to organize what is perceived in the world around us.  These systems can be based in science, religion, psychology and philosophy.  In her paintings, Schmertz assembles isolated imagery of the body to depict moments of contact, based on the belief that the unifying factor within these various systems is physical sensation.  Schmertz’ work echoes the inherent struggle to simultaneously understand relationships from the subjective and objective to the ordered and chaotic. 

Hyun-Joon Yoon’s work represents distant versions of time and space converging in one moment through various monologues, transforming the sequential into the non-sequential, leaving only ambiguous traces of identity. 

Artist Biographies

Jake Winiski received his BFA from the University of Iowa and his MFA from the University at Albany.  He resides in Troy, NY where he is a member of the Board of Directors of Collar Works Gallery.

A native of New York City, Diana Schmertz received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Purchase College after which she was accepted into De Ateliers 63 residency program and awarded a two-year grant to live and paint in Amsterdam, Holland. In the past fifteen years she has completed two Masters of Science, received grants from organizations such as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, has created numerous public works for her PERFECT 8 project, and exhibited work in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Holland, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Originally from Seoul, Korea and currently working and living in New Jersey, Hyun-Joon Yoon received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from Seoul National University, and another MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York.

 

 

All Stars: A Showcase of Saratoga County High School Artists

January 12 – January 26, 2013

co-curated by Emma Huneck

High school art teachers throughout Saratoga County, including Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Corinth, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, Stillwater and The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, select work in all media from their strongest students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. From sculpture to drawing, these wonderful artworks highlight the dedication of area art teachers together with the amazing talent of their art students. By encouraging younger generations of Saratoga County’s artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing and sustaining the arts in all of its forms.

Emma Huneck is currently working on her undergraduate at Plattsburgh State University, class of 2014. Huneck is a Bachelor of Fine Arts major with concentrations in painting and drawing, and a Museum Studies and Art History double minor. Originally from Clifton Park, New York, she is presently working as an intern at the New York State Museum in Albany. In the summer of 2012, Emma interned at Saratoga Arts under the Exhibitions program. We welcome Huceck back to co-curate this exhibit.

 

 

The Annual Members Show

November 17 - December 31, 2012

Decades have passed since Saratoga Arts first hosted its annual members’ show! This ever-popular, year-end show is a great opportunity for our established and emerging member artists to display their best works in a professional exhibition at The Arts Center Gallery and celebrate their many talents with fellow artists and the community.  Annually, with over 150 artists exhibiting artworks ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, functional fine art and photography, our Annual Members’ show promises to be a real treat!

 

Image:  A Break In The Clouds by Michelle Harris

 

Observations

Sanford Mirling and Michelle Harris

october 6 - november 10, 2012

 

An exhibition combining drawings, objects, light and sound to comment on the dynamics of individual perception and social observation.

Artist Statement  |  Sanford Mirling

Objects exist as characters in tableaus, performances, or on their own.  They allow fabricated memories, existing like scenes, acts or an entire play to emerge as condensed yet exhaustive visual statements where illusions become tangible.

Functioning on multiple levels simultaneously, an artwork may be about a particular memory, while addressing the act of remembering; the need for that memory; a critique of the memory; and how that memory evolved through time. Purposely conflicted, the work is the physical manifestation of a psychological process trying to make sense of itself: fraught with anxiety, exotic and yet familiar, present while ephemeral.

Sanford Mirling received his BA from Bennington College, Vermont and his MFA from the University at Albany, New York.  He is the co-founder of Collar Works: art space in Troy, NY and currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Artist Statement  |  Michelle Harris

Harris encourages the experience of viewing and hearing to be like falling out of a dream or the moment in your daily commute when you can’t recall the last ten minutes of your journey, where the lines between physical and imagined spaces begin to blur. In such moments, sound serves as catalyst for the mind to trail in and out of the present. Space blurs as private memories become collective ones, distraction becomes a new form of focus as reflection becomes a new form of observation.  

With a background in photography, Harris approaches her work with a documentary footing, collecting objects from the natural and manufactured world throughout her daily travels. The collected objects serve to inspire a series of handmade objects that mimic or respond to what has been collected. These objects are combined, at times with sound, into arrangements for installation  A series of wax transfer prints are based on a photographic series destroyed in a house fire. The prints distort the original works into variations of black and white noise or static suggesting deteriorating vision, fading memories, and absence. The theme of gravity as a force is approached both in the physical sense and in describing the weight of experience. Abstract ceramic objects are combined with repeated variable elements to present the duality of a co-dependant relationship where the objects physically rely upon one another for stability.

Michelle Harris received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan.   She currently resides in Chicago, IL.

 

Con.struct  |  a juried exhibition

August 3 - September 29, 2012

Con.struct  |  a juried exhibition
August 3 - September 29, 2012

This year’s exhibit, titled con·struct, showcases artists who use their ideas, concepts and perceptions to build visual realities that otherwise would not exist.  This exhibition embraces the idea of art as a construct, as an object that exists only because of one’s insight, reconstruction and memory; metaphors fueled by everyday thoughts, environments, social circumstances and historical events.
Artist Reception: Friday, August 3, 6-8pm

Jurors: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Robert ParkeHarrison, Associate Professor of Photography at Skidmore College, received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the University of New Mexico. In 1999 he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.  Since the mid 1990’s Robert has collaborated with his partner and wife, Shana ParkeHarrison. In 2000 they began to publicly claim co-authorship of their images.  Shana ParkeHarrison received a degree in painting from William Woods College. She went on to study dance history and metalsmithing at the University of New Mexico.
The ParkeHarrisons’ collaboration has developed organically over the past eighteen years. In 2007 The ParkeHarrisons were awarded the Nancy Graves Foundation Fellowship.  The ParkeHarrisons construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for the protagonists of their images.   The artists combine elaborate sets within vast landscapes to address issues surrounding man’s relationship to the earth and technology, while delving into the human condition. Their works tell stories of loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use by metaphorically and poetically linking laborious actions, idiosyncratic rituals and strangely crude machines into tales about our modern experience.
Currently their images are included in various group exhibitions including, The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Imaging a Shattered Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate and Envisioning Change, an exhibition in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme’s, World Environment Day. The Architect’s Brother, a museum exhibition of 45 images has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  Their works are included in numerous collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House.  They have two monographs published by Twin Palms Publishers, The Architect’s Brother and Counterpoint. Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison are represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

 

Dreamscape

 

 

Jake Messing |  Charles Steckler  |  Daniel Brody

June 2 - July 28, 2012

Opening Reception  |  Saturday, June 2  |  6-8pm

 

 

This exhibition brings together the diverse and compelling work of three artists, Charles Steckler, Jake Messing and Daniel Brody, in an elaborate dreamscape. The exhibit takes us on a journey through the unconscious, in which a sequence of surreal images, memories, ideas, thoughts and emotions present themselves in fascinating ways, evoking the dreamer in us all.
 
Charles Steckler creates large dreamlike worlds that inhabit small intimate spaces. Although his materials are modest, found discards salvaged and given new purpose, his works become theatric scenes suffused with memory, atmosphere and nostalgia with a sense of longing for childhood’s erstwhile delights.
 
Jake Messing’s fantastical imagery becomes a catalyst for discourse and new ways of seeing. His depictions of scenes, objects and people are re-casted into visual metaphors within a world that speaks of the psychology and inner struggle of life and love.
 
Daniel Brody’s work embodies a larger abstract narrative exposing a metaphysical world full of intuitive energy. Each work describes a character, event, landscape, object or psychic event. Echoes of classic themes and journeys can be felt existing on the edge between high and low art, pretty and ugly, humorous and serious.
 
Charles Steckler received his BA from Queens College and MFA from Yale. He has exhibited his works extensively throughout New York. Steckler lives in Schenectady, NY where he is a Professor of Theater and Designer in Residence at Union College.
 
Jake Messing received his BA from Parsons School of Design. His work has been exhibited across the United States. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Daniel Brody received his BFA from Cooper Union School of Art.  He lives in North Chatham, NY.
 
 

Cryptoecology + Transcendence
April 7 - May 26, 2012

 

Cryptoecology | Ruth Stanford
 
As a biologist, Ruth Stanford studied ecology and the evolution of animal behavior. Now an emerging sculptor with a unique voice, Stanford uses her expertise in science to inform her art.  Cryptoecology is a play on cryptozoology, or the study of imagined mythical animals, Cryptoecology presents imagined ecological scenarios.  Traditional gilded frames surround the heads of wide-mouthed fish. Inside each is a tiny scene: emergency crews rescue bleeding victims, deer graze near an abandoned coffin, beekeepers tend hives on cemetery grounds.  Animal imagery intersects memorial throughout the show, which explores humankind’s most direct impact on nature. Tombstones appear in odd places. An interactive work invites visitors to hunt with slingshot paintballs.  Cryptoecology puts a delightful disorienting spin on its subject. Art dealing with the environment often takes the form of a lesson, telling viewers something they already know. The works in Cryptoecology do not present a particular point of view or attempt to provide answers. They ask viewers to rethink the questions.
 
Ruth Stanford received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she is a professor at Georgia State University.
 
Transcendence | Kimberly Witham
 
The images in Transcendence are inspired by Victorian post mortem photographs. During the Victorian era, victims of an early death were often photographed. The subjects were carefully posed and then captured in radiant natural light. The resulting images are eerily beautiful. In these photographs the deceased appear to be sleeping peacefully. Witham recreates this approach by removing each creature from the site of its demise and photographing it on a neutral surface. Like the Victorians before her, she does not dwell on gruesome details.
As Witham photographed these animals and birds she began to notice intricacies of which she was never aware: the elaborate patterns of birds feathers, the pink pads on a squirrel’s feet, the texture of a possum’s tail. Photographs taken with a close-up lens allow for a level of detail not available to the unassisted human eye. The creatures in these photographs are so common in suburbia that they often go unnoticed; they are considered neither beautiful nor precious. Their deaths by the roadside are unremarkable. By photographing these creatures, Witham has allowed them to inhabit a liminal space. They appear neither alive nor dead, instead they float and drift in indeterminate blackness.
 
Kimberly Witham received her BA in Art History from Duke University in 1992 and her MFA in Photography from UMass- Dartmouth in 2003. She currently resides in New Jersey and is an instructor at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA.

 

time.space.place
an exhibition by installation artists Sterz, Jessica Houston, Claire Sherwood and Micaela De Vivero
February 4 - March 31, 2012

 

Time. Space. Place is a material examination of our physical, social and natural environment. Through an examination of landscape and culture, Sherwood interweaves ideas of masculinity, purity and womanhood with reclaimed and regenerated industrial material. de Vivero investigates surfaces and space through various materials to convey aspects of everyday life and the social-political sphere across the globe. Ideas of feminism and post-colonialism are explored, while boundaries, migration and displacement are analyzed. Houston records the passage of time, cycles and daily motions while investigating the inextricable relationship between people and the natural world. The process Houston takes encourages people to pause and contemplate natural phenomena. Sterz translates natural light, color and movement through the use of industrial material to explore the intersection between the corporeal and the emotional, the temporal and the ephemeral, while evoking a spontaneous response from the viewer, something he shares with his fellow exhibitors.

Claire Sherwood received her MFA from the University of Maryland. Her work has been exhibited widely across the United States in both solo and group exhibitions. Sherwood's work is included in the David C. Driskell Collection and the State of West Virginia Museum of Culture and History. She currently is an Adjunct Professor of Drawing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Micaela de Vivero received her MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University. She currently is an Associate Professor of Art at Denison University in Ohio. Her work has been exhibited in Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, the United States, Spain, Ireland, Finland, Austria and Switzerland.

Jessica Houston received an MA from Columbia University. She also attended the Istituto Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy for studio art, art history and theory. Houston's work has been widely acclaimed and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She has taught drawing at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City and has lectured as a visiting artist at The Art Institute of Florence; Teachers College, Columbia University; Concordia University; Ontario College of Art and Design and McGill University in Montreal. Canada, where she currently resides.

Sterz began his career in photography, but by the end of the 1990's he was sculpting out of his Brooklyn studio. His widely acclaimed site specific installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Sterz's work has been represented in many international art fairs, including Art Basel and he has received numerous grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Sterz's work can be seen in many museum collections across the United States and Europe.

 

All Stars: Annual High School Exhibition
January 7 – January 28, 2011

 

High school art teachers throughout Saratoga County, including Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls, The Waldorf School and WSWHE Boces selected work in all media from their strongest students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. From sculpture to drawing, these wonderful artworks highlight the dedication of area art teachers together with the amazing talent of their art students. By encouraging younger generations of Saratoga County’s artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing and sustaining the arts in all of its forms. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 3 pm to 5 pm. This year's exhibit is co-curated by Erica Wardell. Wardell is a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and an All Star Show Alumna. Wardell is currently working towards a BFA in Studio Art, with a focus in painting and sculpture, and a minor in Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

 

Annual Members' Show
November 19 - December 31, 2011

Frame Story: The Narrative Within
Emma Dodge Hanson and Roy W. Stevens
October 1 - November 12

 

The Arts Center Gallery announces this upcoming exhibition including photographers Emma Dodge Hanson and Roy W. Stevens. Emma Dodge Hanson photographs recount the lives and stories of veterans from the battle of Stalingrad. Inspired by their strength and moved by their struggles, Hanson shows these individuals as they truly are; mothers and fathers, neighbors and friends. Seeing how the beauty and artistry of heavy industry are commonly overlooked, Roy W. Stevens captures the culture as well as the intensely personal aspects of manufacturing and construction. Frame Story: The Narrative Within, shows how both photographers use the traditional medium of black and white photography to explore how ones environment can tell a story.

Artist Statements

Emma Dodge Hanson 
When a friend approached me about photographing veterans from the battle of Stalingrad, I could never have imagined the way it would profoundly affect me. Listening to their stories, I couldn’t help but marvel at their strength. There stories were emotional, heart wrenching, and nearly reduced me to tears multiple times. Though despite these horrors, the veterans I interviewed were strong, beautiful people. With these series of black and white photos my goal was to capture these voices so they will not be forgotten. My decision to photograph them in their home was very important. I believe that the space that some inhabits speaks a lot about the person. I wanted these men and women to not be remembered as just veterans, but as fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, friends, neighbors, sons, and daughters. Emma Dodge Hanson concentrated her studies in photography at Skidmore College; she went on to study portraiture at the Maine Photographic Workshops.

Roy W. Stevens
Making photographs of construction scenes that are artistic yet authentic is challenging, exciting, and rewarding. We know that steel reinforcement is essential part of the foundations and supports for highway, bridges, and buildings. Few of us, however, consider that the fabrication and installation of these structures involves dimension and mass, as well as energy and drama, not found in other human efforts. I challenge viewers to see the visual and performance art inherent in heavy construction. I make photographs of workmen at manufacturing and construction sites, not to picture models of heroic figures, but to interpret a part of culture of builders. I present the messages in black and white to reflect the essentially monochromatic worlds of steel and concrete. Roy W. Stevens focused his studies in graphic design and computer image editing at the University at Albany and at Hudson Valley Community College. He also has refined his skills through the New England Camera Club Consortium Amherst MA, and the former Exposed Gallery Delmar NY, workshops and lectures.

 

In Time 

Jennifer Nuttall Ash, Warren Holzman and Tyson Skross

August 6- September 24, 2011 

 

The Arts Center Gallery announces this upcoming exhibition featuring artists Jennifer Nuttall, Warren Holzman, and Tyson Skross. Interested in archaic forms of storytelling and mythology, Nuttall Ashs' work is the friction between innocence and corruption. Her fictional story A Wretched Little World is a fictional story that takes child-like perceptions and introduces a dark narrative. Fearless tales question aggressive mentalities towards insider outsider political relationships. Holzman forms visual communication between decaying steel left behind from the age of the machine and childhood nostalgia establishing emotive connections with the inanimate as he recreates a time forgotten, breathing new life into child-like feelings of wonderment and bliss. Skross creating models of his own childhood, mimics our physical world through memory and history both natural and manufactured. A new method to comprehend memory is constructed; residual data builds up a network within which we live our lives through present day. There is a common theme in the investigation of the loss and gain of innocence within our social sphere. Their work traverses between conscious and unconscious thought. This imaginative exhibit invites its audience to witness journeys of the past through memories and diverse mediums. Jennifer Nuttall Ash is a Canadian born, British raised and Houston based artist who received a BFA in painting from Camberwell College of Art & Design as well as an MFA in Painting from City & Guilds of London Art School. Warren Holzman received a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Kutztown University, Kutztown PA. He is also the current owner of The Iron Studio Ltd, Philadelphia PA. Tyson Skross graduated from L’ecole Internationale de Geneve, along with The Maryland Institute College of Art. He studied under the painter Janis Pozzi- Johnson from 1993-1997.

Artist Statements

Jennifer Nuttall Ash
Jennifer Nuttall Ash is a Canadian born, British raised and Houston based artist who received a BFA in Painting from Camberwell College of Art & Design as well as an MFA in Painting from City & Guilds of London Art School. She spends most of her time hidden amongst print rooms in Houston. "My work explores the often uncomfortable and anti-social nature of being human; a proactive theme that has been continually weaved and embedded throughout humanity in the archaic form of storytelling and Mythology. I am practically fascinated by the audacious tales that compromise society’s rules of engagement often found within mythology, local folklore, childhood fables and fairytales. Often working within the traditional realm of printmaking, my work creates an uncomfortable friction between themes of innocence and corruption, introducing a childlike aesthetic to wickedly corruptive narrative. The works investigate themes of immigration, exploring the aggressive insider/outsider mentality that results from the immigrant/ citizen relationship, as well as questioning broader themes of personal and national identity. My work spawns the story of A Wretched Little World full of fantasy and horror, in which all adults have mysteriously disappeared, leaving only millions of parentless children and horse-like creates to battle amongst each other, in hope of regaining power over a disintegrating world"

Warren Holzman
"In my work I search to create a child-like feeling of whimsy and wonderment; a familiar playfulness that suggests an emotive connection to the inanimate. By offering the viewer an abstract yet oddly intimate perspective on an object I seek to initiate a moment of levity within my audience. Though the use and distortion of scale and proportion I give the viewer a new way in which to see a familiar object; to breathe new life into old apparitions of childhood. The shapes and imagery I reference in my work repeatedly hearken back to a more mechanized time. The vast amount of metal work from the age of machines that lies rusting on the edges of our urban landscapes has become embedded in my subconscious. I feel that these decaying monsters communicate an evidence of past economies, priorities and lives that embody the drama ascension and decline that we experience today. By working in processes similar to the ones used to build these ancient beats, I have forged a connection with them and their method of communicating visual ideas. I use this vocabulary of visual communication along with the urge to create both entertain and inform my viewers and myself. When speaking specifically about the process of making sculpture, my attraction to the use of metal comes from its historically broad visual vocabulary. The long-standing legacy of metalwork offers to me a wide pallet or processes and techniques that I can enter into partnership with the formal concerns of creating an object. The material presence of steel and other metals also helps infuse my work with a sense of authenticity, making my sculptures appear familiar; like found objects rather than like forms wrought for sole purpose of sculpture. Though my sculpture I strive to add to the landscapes that surround me and thereby hopefully adding to the collective quality of life, present and future."

Tyson Skross
This is a world made of memory. It is at the same time gathering and dispersing. It is a composition of heres and theres. Memories are formed on a sub-atomic level by a mixture of experience, imagination, and symbolism, the real and the unreal, of truth and deception, consciousness and unconsciousness. The plants, trees and flowers, grow in this mineral mixture. Homes are made of them, livings are scratched out from them, children are born, friends die, and entire histories crystallize and dissolve. Only the bones remain, the traces. The work in its current form is comprised of sculptural objects and painted elements in various media. Skross' process takes the models of his childhood and literally re-casts and modifies them through the addition of mineral compounds. The end result alludes to the spiritual, as well as the historical and presents itself as the extension of a living organism. The installations mimic our physical world as a construction of the combined residues of history both natural and manufactured. "My work has been described as being about memory, fear and loss, and that is in part true. But I think that my real subject matter is the attempt to form a new way of understanding history, not as a sequential narrative leading from one point to the next, but as the residue of data and memory that accumulates to create the network within which we live our lives." Tyson is currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He recently received a 2009 Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship and has exhibited his work internationally.

 

Impasse & Motion Ten Photographers' Journey Through Instants in Music, curated by Andrzej Pilarczyk
June 4 – July 30, 2011

 

Guest Curator Andrzej “Andre” Pilarczyk joins Saratoga Arts to present Impasse & Motion, an exhibition which brings together ten regional photographers from various backgrounds, experiences and trades to approach a single subject: music. Music is a universal language that evokes curiosity and emotion and can be experienced everywhere, from concert halls to subway stations. The photographers’ range is as diverse as their subjects. These ten artists cover the entire music spectrum from journalistic documentation to fine art photography and all have captured the passion, drama and energy of a musical performance. Impasse & Motion features the work of Lawrence White, Joe Putrock, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Don McKever, Rudy Lu, Eric Jenks, Joseph Deuel, Ed Burke, Albert Brooks, and Sylvia Aronson. These artists have dedicated themselves to understanding the essence of a live musical performance. Their devotion to concert photography will captivate viewers allowing them to re-live musical experiences from the 1970s to today and translate the energy of the artists’ passions directly to the audience through this unique exhibit. Andrzej Pilarczyk studied Fine Arts at the Lake Placid School of Art, Junior College of Albany, Academy of Fine Arts (ASP), Krakow (Poland); attended Jagiellonian University, Krakow and University of Wroclaw (Poland), SUNY, Albany, N.Y. He currently is a local photojournalist and freelance photographer working for publications such as the “Lake George Mirror,” “Downbeat,” “The Saratogian,” and “The Chronicle.” His work can also be seen on Nippertown.com where he is the Chief Photographer for that on-line music and arts web-magazine. He is also a contributor to Albanyjazz.com

Curatorial Statement
My intent with this group exhibit “Impasse & Motion, Ten Photographers’ Journey Through Instants in Music,” is to show the public one subject- music, through the eyes of ten regional photographers of different ages, races, backgrounds and experiences who have centered much of their creative energy, time and passion toward photographing musicians from a wide spectrum of musical genres. Some of these participating photographers are fine-arts photographers who use the camera as a tool to create their art, while others shoot for newspapers, magazines, and organizations that present concerts. However, all have captured the musicians’ excitements, drama and nuances from world-renowned to relatively obscure performers in a variety of contexts including intimate nightclubs, coffee houses, concert halls, festivals, arenas, or even asking for spare change on a subway platform.

 

the visual dynamic
jennifer hunold
jason paradis
April 2 - May 28, 2011

 

The Arts Center Gallery is proud to announce this upcoming exhibition titled, the visual dynamic, featuring artists Jennifer Hunold and Jason Paradis. This compelling exhibit explores the dichotomy between societal relationships and our perceived environment. While reflecting on the tradition of embroidery, Hunold reinvents the medium as a drawing tool. The result is an image that successfully straddles the line between craft, kitsch and fine art, all while establishing a dialogue between the past and future by means of reflection and reinterpretation. Paradis' contemplative body of work ponders the mysteries beyond the immediate world. Searching for a moment where the past, present and future collide, Paradis' work becomes laced with memory and speculation. His installations are at once primitive, timely and forward reaching. Together, Hunold's sewn image and Paradis' layered, fabricated world, leave us contemplating the threads of our existence. Jennifer Hunold received her MFA in Studio Art from the University at Albany. She currently lives and works in Albany, NY. Jason Paradis received his MFA from Stony Brook University. He currently lives in the New York City area where he is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and St. Joseph's College.

Artist Statements

Jennifer Hunold
The preciousness of the hand-embroidered and drawn objects I make yield an unexpectedly symbiotic relationship with elements of technology. These works are coupled with mass-produced ephemera, architectural design, and social networking to create a new context for embroidery in today’s ready-made society. This dialogue between the slowness of the hand-made and the immediacy of modern technological advances has been realized in four separate bodies of work: the Dream Home Sweet Home series, the Daily Journaling Project and Free Form series, and the Be Nice. project. The rigidity of an architectural floor plan is transformed into a sewn image, using color and pattern to envision a visual dynamic reflective of that specific domestic environment. Additional plans are rendered in the language of embroidery with colored pencil, referencing the analog versions of both home design and embroidery templates. These various “dream homes” are planned and rendered again and again in different incarnations, vestiges of hope and wanting, each better than the last. Passing fiber through the lens of painting births forms that invigorate the familiar understandings of both mediums. Here the storytelling ability of the tapestry is appropriated and re-imagined to create images that translate quotidian events into abstracted compositions. Twitter, Facebook, blogging, brochures and postcards are paired with the matriarchal sampler to draw a response which fluctuates between sincerity and cynicism. The objects’ positive yet mildly proselytizing and instructive tone bring a range of reactions to the Be Nice. project, indicating individual relationships with our society: defensive, suspicious, receptive, symbiotic, and so on. While irony and subversion come standard in contemporary imagery and communication, here sincerity is subversive.

Jason Paradis
In my art, there is a sense of contemplation or of reverie that speculates on fundamental mysteries–this being the result of a lot of camping under an expansive sky in the northern Canadian wilderness. There, questions emerged regarding the existence of something much larger than the immediate world. I am very interested in a moment where the past, present, and future collide. Modes of my current environment, laced with reflection, memory, and speculation, filter into the development and translation of the work. This disjunction demands a layered approach in both the meaning and implementation of the artwork. The pieces end up feeling like some sort of phenomenon (either natural or supernatural) has occurred, or is occurring. They are at once primitive, timely, and futuristic.

Figment Transport
John R.G. Roth
February 5 - March 26, 2011

 

John R.G. Roth’s sculptures reflect a world-view that is subjected to the realm of dream and fantasy. Roth’s current body of work calls for the viewer’s co- authorship, as he explores the anthropomorphic aspects of machinery, vehicles and buildings, while reflecting upon the connection between instinct and intellect, with a sprinkle of humor. Post Star Writer, Doug Gruse states in his review of Figment Transport , "It is like Jules Verne meets the Three Stooges in John R.G. Roth's sculptural creations." The artist's "3-D political cartoons" feature fantastical contraptions inspired by Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" presented with a comic edge culled from Mad Magazine, the macabre cartoons of Charles Addams and Moe, Larry and Curly, according to the sculptor. The meticulous work balances social criticism with cerebral shtick. - The Post Star  

John R.G. Roth received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin with a concentration in painting and sculpture. Roth’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia where he is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.

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