GALLERY, NEW ART: A new gallery featuring work by local artists
will be opening this month in Great Barrington, Mass. The
Oxbow Gallery, “named for the bend in the Housatonic
River visible from the back of the building,” will kick
things off with an exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors,
pastels and works in mixed media. (Pictured is Pat Hogan’s
watercolor, Roger’s Barn.) An inaugural reception is
planned for sometime in April. If it all sounds a little vague,
well, sorry—that’s what we were told. For more precise
information, call (413) 528-3884.
YOU ARE INVITED: Albany Center Galleries hereby invites
you (yes, you) to the reception and artist interviews for
the ongoing Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational, to
be held this very afternoon (Thursday, March 3) at 5:30 PM
at the Albany Public Library (161 Washington Ave., Albany).
The artists to be queried are William Bergman, Marjorie
Derrick, Laura Provo-Parker and Robert Longley.
The Q&A is at 5:30 PM sharp; a reception will follow.
For more info, call ACG at 462-4775.
AWARD SEASON CONTINUES: The New York State Theatre Institute
has just learned that the audiobook version of their historical
drama, The Heart of Troy, has been nominated for a
2005 Audie. The Heart of Troy, produced in collaboration
with the Rensselaer County Historical Society, was
written by NYSTI’s own Ed. Lange. The Audie awards
will be announced on June 3 at a big bash in New York City’s
Central Park jewel, the Tavern on the Green.
HEY QUEER KIDS, DO SOME ART: Last Friday (Feb. 26) saw the
inaugural meeting of the Phoenix Q Arts & Media Project,
or pQ for short. Founded by Bethlehem grad Harris
Kornstein, pQ is intended to provide arts opportunities
for queer youth, and foster “leadership, teamwork, creative
thinking . . . and problem-solving skills,” and help
with the kids self-esteem. According to our own Miriam Axel-Lute,
who attended, the first meeting—an open mic held at the Capital
District Gay & Lesbian Community Center on Hudson
Avenue in Albany—was an impressive success. For more information
on the group and future events, visit www.phoenixq.org.
THE NEW HOLY TRINITY: Everywhere you turn these days, art,
science and technology are bumping into each other. In this
spirit, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Buech Planetarium
is hosting the High Voltage Fields Conference
this Saturday (March 5). The conference’s mission is “to explore
the receding boundaries . . . while addressing the belief
in a critical need for a healthy trinity for a successful
society.” There will be a morning session at College Park
Hall (450 Nott St., Schenectady) and an afternoon session
at the museum (Nott Terrace Heights). The keynote speaker
will be 1999 Rockefeller Fellow Natalie Jeremijenko. For more
information or to register, call 382-7890 or visit www.schenectadymuseum.org.
SOMETHING ABOUT SARAN WRAP? It has come to our attention that
a kind of art “happening” occurred somewhere south of here
recently. Technically—as a matter of long-standing policy—the
Metroland universe extends north to Montreal, east
to Northampton, south to Hudson and west to . . . Schenectady.
(We have staked claims on other dimensions, but as of yet
lacked the technology for this expansion.) However, in the
greater interests of art, we searched the Internet;
we channel surfed around our TV, we asked a few of our “artist”-type
acquaintances, and we even glanced at the Times Union.
Nothing: Artists are notoriously unreliable, but we expected
more from Hearst. Apparently, according to an in-house source,
a Belgian artist, Crisco, wrapped Rudy Giuliani
in tin foil by the 7th Avenue entrance to Pennsylvania
Station. Some bumpkins from Long Island took the train
in to take pictures, but were ticketed by Homeland Security
and removed to an undisclosed location. Giuliani is using
the video to raise money for his PAC, though it’s reportedly
not selling well—“He should have been in drag,” Cindy Adams
is alleged to have commented in her brassy Post style.
The artist and his pet monkey have happily returned to the
land of waffles to plot another triumph.