In 30 years, we’ve brought the arts to over 800,000 people!
228,000+ have viewed art in The Arts Center Galleries
18,000+ students of all ages have taken classes
466,220+ people have attended an event funded by our grant program
78,000+ people have rung in the New Year with us
Saratoga Arts has paid artists over $2,290,000 in grant awards, teaching and performance fees, and art sales!
Saratoga Arts Presents
SARATOGA ARTS ANNUAL SOIREE
We're fortunate in the Saratoga region to enjoy a vibrant arts scene supported by inspirational leaders, advocates and stewards of the arts. In 2012, Saratoga Arts began honoring these pillars of the arts with the Community Arts Leadership Award at our annual benefit. Elaina Richardson, Ron and Michele Riggi, Stacie Mayette Barnes, Marie Glotzbach, Dee Sarno and Marcia White have been our esteemed honorees. In our 32nd year we are pleased to add to this impressive group by recognizing two important community leaders who have supported Saratoga Arts and other arts organizations in our region for years: Mona Golub and James Kettlewell.
Mona Golub is a hands-on presenter, producer, and Artistic Director of the community concert series in Schenectady and previously in Albany as well. For years, these concerts have made world-class music accessible to all and have become a unifying force for neighborhoods, cities and the region as a whole. Mona also serves as vice president of public relations and consumer services for Price Chopper / Market 32 and directs the Golub Foundation. In this capacity she has woven her love for the arts into an overall philanthropic philosophy that has created an indelible positive impact on the arts landscape across all of our communities. Price Chopper has been a key sponsor for First Night Saratoga since its inception 23 years ago.
Our second awardee, James Kettlewell, has led and contributed to many of the arts and cultural organizations that enrich our experience of the greater Saratoga region. He taught Art History at Skidmore College from 1957 to 1997, and during that time he also served as Curator of the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls for nearly twenty years. He introduced Lena and Bill Spencer to Saratoga Springs, and was with them when they first climbed the stairs to the space that Caffe Lena continues to occupy to this day. In 1960 James led the first committee formed for the restoration of the Canfield Casino, and in 1961 he published Saratoga Springs, an Architectural History. James has always been a steadfast advocate and supporter of all the work that we do at Saratoga Arts to create a thriving multi-arts center in the community where he makes his home, and has long hosted an informal art salon to continue nurturing Saratoga's arts community.
Saratoga Arts impacts more than 90,000 individuals annually through our exhibitions, art classes, art camp programs, professional development seminars for artists, First Night Saratoga, and our community arts grants. By joining us for this event you will not only honor the work of Mona and James, but will also help Saratoga Arts continue to offer dynamic arts programming and services for all ages and skill levels throughout the year.
Please join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 5:30pm at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs to honor and thank these community leaders for all they have done to enhance the arts in Saratoga Springs and beyond.
The evening will feature modern jazz by The New Edge, light fare, a cash bar, and a silent auction including vacation packages, unique works of art and more.
Seth Benzel's "Berlin Winter" on view at Pavilion Grand Hotel -
portion of sale proceeds to benefit Saratoga Arts!
Seth Benzel’s pursuit to deconstruct his own artistic sensibilities has produced a collection of one-of-a-kind work. By pairing acrylic and oil with charcoal, ink, and pastel, Seth Benzel’s elaborate compositions are hypnotically precise. Not to be mistaken for computer-programmed polygons, Benzel’s square canvases reveal a visceral strain on the part of his subjects. His jagged perspectives, while taking inspiration from the choreography of Abstract Expressionists, do not conform to a formulaic asymmetry. The harsh moves of his colors deliver a sporting mix of chaos and grim fun. Benzel’s paintings are intricate and bright constructions that both evoke a sense of colossal mythology and modern counter-culture.
Benzel’s professional life as a thoroughbred horse trainer runs parallel to his art practice, having majored in Equine Science and Fine Arts. The artist's close relationship with animals imbues his work with that extra sense of sincerity. A wild and instinctive thrill flows out from each painting. Viewers can’t help but feel their own aesthetic predilections crumbling alongside Benzel’s disarming brushstrokes.
"My work originates from the process, which I describe as deconstructionist in nature. I break down space, showing the multi-levels of experience...whether it be structural, emotional, or new world. The middle ground in everything intrigues me.... from a technical standpoint that means creating work that could be interpreted as finished or unfinished...done or undone. To me this is where art becomes provocative, challenging, ever changing, and timeless. From an aesthetic viewpoint I feel the search for truth, through art or life, is largely misguided and often in vain...so the middle ground often is where reality serves us best...It is in this middle-state that may reveal answers to love, loss, and perhaps peace in life. My paintings strive to make you more comfortable in this space...so that you may open yourself up...and perhaps make new discoveries in this uncharted territory."
See the work at Pavilion Grand Hotel, 30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. For more information, call Saratoga Arts: (518) 584-4132.
"Berlin Winter" was inspired by, and incorporates text from, Pablo Neruda's poem "Horses:"
From the window I saw the horses.
I was in Berlin, in winter. The light
was without light, the sky skyless.
The air white like a moistened loaf.
From my window, I could see a deserted arena,
a circle bitten out by the teeth of winter.
All at once, led out by a single man,
ten horses were stepping, stepping into the snow.
Scarcely had they rippled into existence
like flame, than they filled the whole world of my eyes,
empty till now. Faultless, flaming,
they stepped like ten gods on broad, clean hoofs,
their manes recalling a dream of salt spray.
Their rumps were globes, were oranges.
Their color was amber and honey, was on fire.
Their necks were towers
carved from the stone of pride,
and in their furious eyes, sheer energy
showed itself, a prisoner inside them.
And there, in the silence, at the mid-
point of the day, in a dirty, disgruntled winter,
the horses' intense presence was blood,
was rhythm, was the beckoning light of all being.
I saw, I saw, and seeing, I came to life.
There was the unwitting fountain, the dance of gold, the sky,
the fire that sprang to life in beautiful things.
I have obliterated that gloomy Berlin winter.
I shall not forget the light from these horses.
Or call 518-584-4132