If you haven’t visited the Arts Center Gallery on Broadway,
you should. The outside of the building is deceptive—you’d
think it would be a small space, but the gallery is spacious
and the windows allow for generous sunlight. Colomb takes
a break and talks about her job curating exhibits—which she
nice thing,” Colomb says, “is that I get to do it all myself.”
She enjoys the freedom of designing and laying out exhibits.
She’s been at the Arts Center for two-and-one-half years,
and the feedback to her shows has been positive. She enjoys
meeting the many talented regional artists, and showcasing
work that hasn’t been shown.
Colomb believes that “audiences are underestimated,” and that
there are people who “crave” challenge.
The Arts Center Gallery features around ten shows a year.
“We’re trying to go to a 2-month exhibit schedule for the
rest of this year”; the Saratoga County Arts Council has approximately
800 artist members.
In addition to the Arts Center Gallery, Colomb coordinates
shows for the Saratoga Springs Public Library, the Clifton
Park Halfmoon Library, Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga
Springs Amtrak Station.
definitely been trying,” she says, “to push the arts scene.”
recently named Colomb as the Best Emerging Regional Curator,
and, as one of our critics wrote, for good reason: “Over the
past couple years the exhibitions at The Arts Center Gallery
have been increasingly well organized and displayed. . . .
[her distinctive displays have] made this space a primary
venue for regional art.”
Colomb, a Glens Falls native, earned her B.F.A. at the College
of Saint Rose; she got her Master of Fine Arts at Boston University.
Her medium is oil painting. She also had a residency in London
at the Royal Academy; Colomb had a year to paint. Which, she
says, was pretty nice.
Colomb has two shows of her own paintings coming up in September,
a solo show at Upstart in Glens Falls, and a group show at
the Ivy Associates Gallery in Schuylerville.
Asked what it’s like when the summer rush is over with, Colomb
explains that it is quieter when the track closes, but, between
the thriving downtown and the Skidmore College scene, “we
have pretty steady walk-in traffic,” even in the middle of
a cold upstate winter.
Ironically, Colomb didn’t curate the show she’s hanging this
afternoon. Visions From Saratoga Battlefield . . . Conserving
Historic Landscapes is a group exhibit of regional artists
developed by the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield, the Agricultural
Stewardship Association and Saratoga PLAN.
It is meant, Colomb explains, to raise consciousness about
the importance of preserving the views around historic monuments,
specifically the Saratoga National Battlefield. (This is the
kind of battle that’s fought all the time at places like Olana.)
It’s also the kind of show, Colomb adds, that should suit
a Saratoga summer perfectly.
Visions From Saratoga Battlefield . . . Conserving Historic
Landscapes opens Saturday (Aug. 1) and runs through Sept.
26 at the Arts Center Gallery (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs).
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. 29,
when it’s noon.)
Stakes Races The Alabama Stakes (Aug. 22); The Travers
(Aug. 29); The Woodward (Sept. 5).