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Robert Gullie’s Cross.Roads at Ambrose + Sable

FOUR BIG SHOWS IN ONE SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD The latest 1st Friday art opening event takes place tomorrow night (Friday, Oct. 6) from 6 to 9 PM at four, count ’em, four locations around Albany’s Center Square neighborhood. Albany Center Galleries (in the Albany Public Library at 161 Washington Ave.) will host a reception for Jan Galligan’s 30 Year Introspective WORKSPACd OUT. The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the CDGLCC (332 Hudson Ave.) will show off works by Elizabeth Dubin + Rob O’Neil. The Upstate Artists Guild (247 Lark St.) will feature Mark Gregory’s Face and Facades. Finally, the Ambrose + Sable gallery will offer Cross.Roads, works by Robert Guillie (pictured). The intent? “Our mission is to open the doors of Albany’s visual arts community by joining together and introducing a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artists and venues of Albany.” Now, that’s all the information you need—get out tomorrow night and see some art, damn it.

 

 

Sally Eckhoff’s Be As Snow for Landscapes for Landsake

FOR LAND’S SAKES, LANDSCAPES This Saturday (Oct. 7) from 3 to 6 PM is the opening reception for the Landscapes for Landsake exhibition at historic barn at Maple Ridge (172 Route 372, Coila, in Washington County). It’s the fifth annual show sponsored by the Agricultural Stewardship Association. The aim of the show—which is absolutely free—is “to start a dialog within the community about the need to conserve farmland.” The ASA is a “non-profit land trust that has assisted landowners in protecting 5,553 acres of farmland.” Exhibit curator Barbara Price has said that she “envisions a show that broadens and challenges our ideas about landscape and the way in which we relate to our environment.” There are two dozen artists in the show, including Stephen Acorn, Diana Cook, James Howard Kunstler, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Peck and Helen Young. As Price explained in an e-mail, “last year 800-plus people attended the reception. This is the fifth year, and we fully expect to break all previous records.” So arrive early. Pictured is Sally Eckhoff’s Be As Snow (oil on canvas). The show will be on view through Oct. 15. For more info, visit www.agstewardship.org.

 

TALKING TRASH You may recall an event that used to be held on the Albany side of the Hudson called Discard Avant Garb. It’s back, sort of, in Troy this weekend at Revolution Hall. And now, it’s called Trashion. “Trashion,” we are informed, “is Troy, New York’s recycled fashion show, which brings together both regional and national fashion designers, performers, dancers, musicians and sculptors for a festive event that turns trash into treasure.” (Funny, I thought that’s what we did here at Metroland. I digress.) The participants, or “trashettes,” will entertain you on Saturday night (Oct. 7) beginning at 7 PM. Music will be provided by bands Ten Minute Turns and 100 Monkey Theory; music will be spun or otherwise digitally dispatched from the electronic spheres by DJ Back from Japan and skfl. There’s even an Albany-Troy shuttle bus for those who need a ride (for whatever reason); e-mail trashion@gmail.com for details. Admission is $18 at the door, $15 advanced. Buy ’em in Troy at Revolution Hall, Dana Rudolph & Company, Flavour Café or Pi Naturals; in Albany, visit Silver Fox Enterprises or the Ultraviolet Café.

 

Indashio on the runway

FASHIONISTAS INVADE THE BERKSHIRES: If cutting-edge fashion is more your speed, the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., has the event for you. Tomorrow night (Friday, Oct. 6) at 7 PM, INDASHIO—we had to put his name in block caps—will return to his home town to show his new Spring 2007 Collection. You know, the one that was just debuted during New York’s famed Fashion Week. Indashio has “swept the New York fashion scene with his unique creations—everything from purses made from old shoes to ‘dog toy’ swimsuits.” His clothes have been worn by such disparate celebrities as Kathy Lee Gifford, Lil’ Kim, Christina Millian, Amerie and Nicky Hilton. (We’re sure Paris wanted to.) The fashion extravaganza will also feature local talent; Indashio held a casting session in Pittsfield last weekend. So you might see someone you know. For info about prices and tickets, visit the Colonial Web site at www.thecolonialtheatre.org. For more info about Indashio, visit his Web site at www.indashio.com.

 

PERFORMANCE, ART I can’t explain this better than Sally Morse Majewski of the Clark Art Institute did: “It took 12 days, 800 extras, 110 main cast members, sites in Athens and Berlin, and inspiration from a Jacques-Louis David painting to produce the film The Rape of the Sabine Women, directed by international video artist Eve Sussman.” Sussman will visit the Clark on Tuesday (Oct. 10) will show and discuss excerpts from her just completed film. This is a big deal. Sussman, described as the “darling” of the last Whitney Biennial for her 89 Seconds at Alcazar, is at the cutting edge of video art. Sussman will “talk about the idea, the inspirations, the filming and the improvised ‘acting’ process that together form” her new work. For more info, call the Clark at (413) 458-2303.

—Shawn Stone

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