a pose: Jennifer Goodwin’s Eleanor.
Saratoga’s Art in the Park, artists feel the effects of a
‘Oh, how exquisite!” the delicate
old creature says. She is taken in by Sarah Annis’ exhibit:
a charming set of teacups arranged casually on the antique
ironing board, sugar cubes scattered about, and a mostly empty
pitcher of fake milk.
are these?” the prim and well-maintained woman asks herself,
pointing to the little brown cockroach sculptures posed as
though scurrying across the remnants of a tea party. She leans
in closer to examine them. They don’t look exactly right for
cockroaches. She wonders at the familiar shape: the smooth,
rounded hood at the tip of a long and tubular body, wrinkly,
slightly curving, phallic.
my!” She falls back, recoiling like she had just stuck her
nose into an actual infestation of miniature brown cocks.
She tries to smile at Annis, but turns to run instead, and
is blocked by a mother with her teenage daughter, also interested
in the oddly shaped roaches. Too embarrassed to say anything,
she frets and fumbles her way to her husband.
It’s been a while since she’s been that close to one, someone
jokes. Another victim of Annis’ coy play on social niceties.
is great to watch people react,” the artist says. “So far,
most have people been disgusted and shake their heads in shame.”
The sober and young artist in the next tent, Alexa Rast, proffers
that the resilient cockroach serves as an ideal metaphor for
the insistence of our base desires to infest even the most
proper and controlled cultural settings. Even in the parochial
Saratoga Springs on a sunny, lazy Tuesday afternoon away from
the track, there is no escaping those ugly little roaches.
Rast’s work is conceptual as well, involving strands of her
own hair dyed and pressed onto canvas in vascular shapes.
She and Annis have traveled from Connecticut to exhibit their
work at Art in the Park, but they belong to an experimental
teaching gallery in Torrington and are used to that edgier,
less consumer-driven world. They are suffering from a bit
of culture shock.
have never been to a fair before,” Rast says. “It’s humbling.
People can be so much more, uh, direct.”
Artists are familiar with the sacrifice of their trade. Investing
years into their skills and thousands of dollars into their
materials, just to pile up the patent rejections and attics
full of unsold pieces, at least showing in a gallery offers
them some solace, some self-respect. Plunking down $100 to
set up a card table and tent along with 60 other artists for
the amusement and distraction of a crowd of Saratoga vacationers
can be brutal.
In a gallery setting, she says, an artist can easily remain
anonymous. Here, she’s trapped, sitting next to her work in
a folding camping chair, watching as the parade of middle-aged,
middle-class white people file by, not even slowing to examine
her labor in detail or pawing at her canvases with sticky
fingers. Many of the artists have deflated the prices of their
work, or created new, smaller pieces, intentionally to try
to recoup some of the expense, trying to justify the extra
money they spent just for the one-day event.
Everyone that passes by is an instant critic, leveling the
harshest criticism: do not want.
The majority of the artists today certainly are trying their
best to please their audience, as is obvious by their complete
embrace of the equine motif. It is Saratoga.
Flat, thick oil thoroughbreds against flat, thick oil sunrises;
rustic purple nighttimes in quiet stables; swirling watercolor
beasts, accidental experiments in perspective, whinny and
buck. Black-and-white nostalgia shots of Travers Stakes winners.
Mounted steeds in mid-gallop, pampered by their trainers in
the early morning, bathed and cleaned, or standing patient
as their jockey looks off into the upcoming race. In a variety
of mediums: eggshell mosaic, steel silhouettes cut by plasma
torches, quilts, silver jewelry.
Playful horses, angelic horses, champion horses, and thanks
to Jennifer Goodwin, horses full of sass.
Hats on Horses, a series of sculptures by Goodwin, is intended
for its audience, but goes beyond the simple adulation of
the beasts and offers a playful personification of femininity.
Her horses, sculptures of resin and clay, stand proud on their
hind legs, hands on hips, flaunting their stylish Victorian-era
Victorian horses: How much more Saratoga can you get?
She is selling all of her pieces at a reduced rate, too. She
spends about 12 hours on each sculpture, and is selling them
for $195. A little low, but she is willing to take a loss
to get her work out there.
plan to add more, some purses, handbags, skirts,” says Goodwin.
“Maybe get them into some stores in Saratoga.”
this reputation of Saratoga that attracted all these people,”
says Sandra Natale, the office manager at the Saratoga County
Arts Council. She marvels that any artist would travel from
Connecticut to show in Saratoga. “It’s that myth of Saratoga.
This myth of Saratoga that perpetuates itself, but everything
is down this year. This entire season, all over Saratoga.
SPAC. The exhibitors are complaining that the numbers are
down. The impulse buyer is gone. The feel-good buyer is gone.”
the reigning Horse of the Year, with owner Jess Jackson
early in the morning after a workout.
CONGRESS PARK (Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3550).
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Saratoga State Park, Saratoga
Springs, tickets: 476-1000). Sun: Journey, Heart,
Cheap Trick. Mon: John Mayer, One Republic.
ON THE ROOF (Rooftop patio, Tang Teaching Museum and Art
Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080). Fri:
THE ALLEY BAR (Long Alley Road, Saratoga, 587-9766). Tue:
karaoke with Mark the Shark.
SARATOGA (2839 Route 9, Malta, 587-0048). Sat: karaoke.
CAFFE LENA (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022).
Thu: open mic. Fri: Sonny & Perley. Sat: Happy
Balky and the Good Livin’. Sun: Kieran Kane.
SOPHIE (Saratoga Hotel, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
583-3538). Fri, Tue: Cole Broderick. Sun: Cole Broderick
CAFÉ (392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106). Thu:
open mic with Nate Solomon. Fri: Nouveau Jazz Beat.
Sat: George Boone Blues Band. Wed: Jeanne O’Connor.
CLUB HOUSE (30 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0686).
Fri-Sat: DJ Daniel Van D.
SOUTH (2128 Doubleday Ave., Route 50, Ballston Spa, 884-2926).
CONFIDENTIAL (38 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-0130).
Thu: Mikki Bakken (5:30 PM). Fri: Franklin Micare
Trio (5:30 PM); Vivid (9 PM). Sat: Sonny &
Perley (5:30 PM); the Schmooze (9 PM).
RISTORANTE (17 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-6955).
Fri: the Accents. Sat: the Heaters.
HOUSE (1 York St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0014). Tue: Masters
CAROLINE STREET (1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026).
Fri, Mon: Sarah Pedinotti Band.
RESTAURANT (Saratoga National Golf Course, Union Street,
Saratoga Springs). Sat: Happy Daze.
LAKE RESTAURANT AND PUB (Round Lake Road, Round Lake,
899-1060). Thu-Fri: karaoke. Sat: E’Town Express.
(168 Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4030). Thu-Wed: piano
bar with Roger Morris. Thu: the Accents (5:30 PM).
Fri: New York Players (5:30 PM). Sat: the Refrigerators (5:30
PM). Sun: Spare Parts (5:30 PM). Mon: the Heaters
(5:30 PM). Wed: Vehicle (5:30 PM).
(13 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1316). Fri-Sat:
NIGHTCLUB (Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, 342 Jefferson
St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2110). Thu: Joe Diffie.
NIGHT CLUB (30 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0686).
Fri-Sat: DJ Daniel Van D.
Milonga/Tango Party, Saratoga Savoy Center of Dance, 7
Wells St., Saratoga Springs. 8/23, 8-11 PM. $10. 587-5132.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park,
Saratoga Springs. 8/21, 8 PM: Philadelphia Orchestra performs
works by Ravel, Lalo and Strauss; the guest violinist is Vadim
Repin. $18-$72.50. 8/22, 8 PM: The PO, with violinist Yuja
Wang, will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Also, Debussy’s Nocturnes and Holst’s The Planets.
$18-$72.50. 8/23, 8 PM: The PO, with guests, will perform
two concertos by Higdon, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga
Springs. 8/24, 2:15 PM: Saratoga Chamber Music Festival concludes
with violinist Zach De Pue, violinist Nick Kendall and double
bassist Ranaan Meyer. $36.50, $41.50. 587-3330.
Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga
Springs. Wacky Wednesday After-School Kids Club Wednesdays,
3:45-5 PM. Ages 6-10. Free with museum admission. 584-5540.
Disney KidZone at Saratoga Polo on 8/24. Kids can meet
ponies and more. Call for info. 584-8108.
70 Beekman Street Art Gallery, 70 Beekman St., Saratoga
Springs. 542-6688. Sporting Life: A Solo Show by Adriano
Manochia. Through 9/5.
York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.
581-5100. Worth a Thousand Muskets: Civil War Field Artillery.
Also, Battleground for Freedom: New York during the Revolutionary
War. Also, World War II: United for Victory. Also,
Fiery Trial and Sacrifice: New York and the First World
Studios Fine Art Gallery, 96 Broad St., Schuylerville.
369-3280. Summer Suite. Through 8/30.
County Arts Council, Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway,
Saratoga Springs. 584-4132. 25 Years of the Travers: Poster
Art by Greg Montgomery. Through 8/31.
Saratoga County Arts Council, Member Exhibition Hall,
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 584-4132. Adirondack Light
and Adirondack Reflections. Through 8/31.
Saratoga Hospital Medical Library, 211 Church St., Saratoga
Springs. 583-8301. Rocky Roads: Coast to Coast View.
Springs Amtrak Station, Station Lane, Saratoga Springs.
437-6877. Sen Ba: War Horses. Through 8/31.
Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs.
584-7860. Photographs by Andrew Derk. Through 8/31.
Springs Visitors Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
587-3241. Saratoga Springs Alive!, oil paintings by
Cynthia Whitman. Through 8/31.
Teaching Museum and Gallery, Skidmore College, 815 N.
Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 580-8080. Opener 15: Amy Sillman:
Third Person Singular. Through 1/4/09. Also, Elevator
Music 12: Jessica Rylan. Through 9/20. Also, Opener
14: Dean Snyder: Almost Blue. Through 8/31.
Parting Glass, 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. 8/21:
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado and co-author John
Eisenberg will discuss and sign their book My Guy Barbaro.
Call for times. 583-1916.
Schulerville Yacht Basin, 96 Broad St., Schuylerville.
8/23, 1-4 PM: Rita Dee will demonstrate how she assembles
driftwood horses. 695-5354.
Ballston Spa Farmers Market, Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa.
Thursdays, 3-6 PM; Saturdays, 9 AM-noon.
Farmers Market, High Rock Park, High Rock Avenue, Saratoga
Springs. Saturdays, 9 AM-1 PM; Wednesdays, 3-6 PM.
10th Annual Travers Wine Tasting to benefit Senior Services
of Albany’s Meals on Wheels program, and other senior-related
services, at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs
on 8/22. Bid on dozens of distinctive food, wine, travel,
art, theatre, and sport packages. Desserts, live auction and
more. Call for info. $125. 463-4381.
Saratoga County Arts Council Ghost Walks Haunted History
Tours of Saratoga Springs, 7 PM every Friday night through
October and Saturday evenings in August and October. $10,
daily through Sept. 1, except Tuesdays
267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-6200.
$3 grandstand, $5 clubhouse; children under 12 free; reserved
seating sold separately. Travers Day $5 grandstand, $10 clubhouse.
$10 per car at the trackside and $5 across the street at the
Oklahoma Training Track. General parking is free.
Nine or 10 races a day; pari-mutuel wagering on every race.
Race Post Time is at 1 PM (except Travers Day, Aug. 23,
when it’s noon; and Aug. 29, when it’s 2:45 PM).
Stakes Races The Alabama Stakes (Aug. 16); The Travers
(Aug. 23); The Woodward (Aug. 30).