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Art magazine for art’s sake: the cover of Salvage magazine’s premiere issue.

Artistic Endeavor

Salvage magazine, a new publication featuring short stories, poetry, and visual art by artists from all over the Capital Region, will publish its inaugural issue this July. For its debut, 2,000 copies of the magazine will be circulated and distributed, free of charge, at various Capital Region locations.

The magazine is a labor of love produced by editors Marcus Anderson, Warren Craghead, Duncan Crary, Lawrence Hovish, Roger Noyes and Phillip Schwartz. The magazine’s first issue is a collaboration between writers, artists and graphic designers who combined their various talents to get it off the ground.

“It’s been something we’ve always talked about,” says Noyes. Noyes sees Salvage as an opportunity for the many arts that coexist in the Capital Region to come together to create something larger and more unified.

“The region has a great literary and artistic heritage,” says Noyes, a graduate student who is studying English at the University at Albany. “You’ve got William Kennedy, Herman Melville. . . . We want to make sure it doesn’t slip through the cracks.”

The first issue of Salvage was funded by donations from local businesses and individuals. The producers of the magazine are actively pursuing nonprofit, 501c(3) status, which would allow them to apply for grants and make future and past donations tax-deductible.

Noyes says that selecting pieces to go into the first issue was a challenge. “You don’t realize how difficult it is until you . . . get into a meeting and look at submissions,” he notes. “There are a lot of great writers and artists out there.” When selecting which pieces to publish, the editors looked for skill and quality. However, perhaps more than anything, they looked for work from artists who were serious and passionate about their work.

Salvage will have a party at Changing Spaces Art Gallery and Performance Art Space on 306 Hudson Ave. on July 13 at 7 PM to celebrate the publication of the premiere issue and the opening of the Salvage Magazine Gallery Show. The show will take place at Changing Spaces and will run for two weeks after the event. Throughout the night, visual art from the magazine will be displayed, and writers featured in the first issue will read their fiction and poetry.

For information on how to help, or to obtain Salvage’s submission guidelines, call Warren Craghead at 489-1320 during the day, or Larry Hovish at 210-2328 during the evening. The editors can also be contacted directly from their Web site (currently under construction):

—Ben Sher


The show must go on, according to Saturday Night Liv’s Sandy McKnight. Despite the fact that the coproducer-writer-performer of Saturday Night Liv had to undergo an emergency open-heart bypass surgery, fans of the variety show hosted by local singer-songwriter Liv Cummins were not disappointed: The show went on as scheduledat the Plesh akov Music Center, albeit with slight modifications. “[Sandy] wanted the show to go on,” says Cummins, the show’s coproducer and host, and McKnight’s wife. Cummins reports that the show went very well and that, more importantly, McKnight has been home for a week and is making a smooth recovery. “It’s been difficult emotionally, but everything’s been fine,” she says. . . . For the third year in a row, Jamie Rodriguez of Albany took first honors in the 5K Run for the Arts on Father’s Day in downtown Troy, with a time of 15:33. Lori Hewig of Schenectady was the top woman finisher, with a time of 17:49. Ben Greenberg of Slingerlands finished second in the men’s division at 16:16 and Matt Wood of Saratoga came in third, with a time of 16:30. Among the women runners, Karen Delay of Saratoga placed second, with a time of 19:01, and Beth Stalker of Clifton Park took third place with a time of 19:22. The Father’s Day race, presented annually by the Arts Center of the Capital Region with principal sponsorship from Key Bank, drew 381 contestants.

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