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Of Artistry and Memory

by Ann Morrow September 10, 2015


  When Regina Borysiewicz was a child in Poland, her father had a German Shepherd dog named Bryton. In 1940, in the middle of the night, the Borysiewicz family was abducted by the Soviet army for ...


A Building With History

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015


  “Studio 40B is an art gallery and production studio,” said Alex Stokes Contompasis at the studio’s grand opening last weekend. “And the headquarters of News World: Albany Banana Corps.” In a loud floral shirt and aviator ...

Studio 40B

The Artists Facetiously Known as Prince

by Paul Rapp June 11, 2015

The Internet got highly agitato last week with news of Richard Prince’s latest art-world gambit: making comments on other people’s Instagram photos, then putting a screen shot of the photo plus comments on big pieces ...

Smashing Success

by Ann Morrow September 11, 2014


  It’s a hit. When Annine Everson is performing, that’s as much a description as a compliment: Everson makes piñatas, and hitting and breaking her papier-mâché creations is part of the artistry. But it doesn’t end there, ...

Artists and Urban Renewal

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 17, 2014

  Conventional wisdom says that artists and gay people are tend to be pioneers in distressed neighborhoods, signs that change is ’a coming. While there have been some funny, and likely apocryphal stories about unlikely conservatives ...

Local Hero

by Shawn Stone June 19, 2014


  Who was the first mayor of Troy? Hint: He has a street named after him. Nothing, huh? Need another clue? He served as an aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington in the Revolutionary War and earned a personal commendation ...

Art on Lark

by The Staff June 5, 2014


  One of the most popular local arts events returns this Saturday when Art on Lark, presented by the Lark Street BID, takes over Lark Street and lures over 20,000 people to downtown Albany. It’s a wandering-down-the-street ...

Lark Street

The Juried Show

by The Staff May 8, 2014


  The Hyde Collection’s 23rd Annual Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition—that’s the long name for the show—is currently on view, and features 100 works selected from more than 890 entries submitted by regional students. The ...

Hyde Collection

A Story All in One Face

by Carson Frame April 24, 2014


  Everywhere Greg Dunn looks, he finds the bones of stories. As a building renovator with Albany Artisans, he’s no stranger to aged wood, buckling drywall, leaky pipes and old machines. Dunn sees these objects as ...

Two Sides, One Story

by Erin Pihlaja May 15, 2013


  The beginning of a pattern of dualities began in his life, says Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, when he was 1 year old and his parents split up. The dissolution of the union between his ...

Why Hudson?

by The Staff October 17, 2012

Hudson Opera House Movable Feast

  House Beautiful How the historic Hudson Opera House paralleled—and  propelled—the city’s cultural renaissance The arched entranceway on Warren Street opens into a “grand hall” large enough to hold art exhibits and small performances. Larger performances are held ...

1934: A New Deal for Artists

by The Staff October 17, 2012


Having lived through these last few grinding years of “great recession,” we are not nostalgic for the days of the Great Depression. However, we do begin to feel wistful when consider the federal government’s response ...

New York State Museum

Existential Whoa

by Ali Hibbs October 11, 2012


  “I don’t mind being called messy, but being called sloppy would make me mad. There’s a difference.” It’s a subtle, almost ineffable difference to Patrick Porter, but large enough to make him pause temporarily, draw the ...

Foundry for Art Design + Culture

Focus on Nature XII

by The Staff April 26, 2012


The Focus on Nature exhibits at the New York State Museum have become biannual must-see events. The 12th edition of this juried exhibit opens this weekend, and features work by 72 artists from 14 countries. ...

New York State Museum

Nadia Trinkala Memorial Show

by The Staff June 22, 2011


Nadia Trinkala, better known as Trink, was a vital figure in the Capital Region art scene for 20 years, as a gallery owner, jewelry designer, artist and photographer—and an incandescent inspiration to many. When Trink passed ...

Fulton Street Gallery

Solid Sound Festival

by The Staff June 22, 2011


If you had a 100,000-square-foot industrial space, wouldn’t you want to fill it with some of the world’s most eye-popping contemporary art? And if that museum included multiple theaters, courtyards and 22,500 square feet of ...

Mass Moca

5th Annual Strawberry Festival & Art Show

by The Staff June 18, 2011

yay strawberries THUMB

5th Annual Strawberry Festival & Art Show, Union Street from Garner Avenue to Palmer Avenue, Schenectady. Saturday (6/18) from 10 AM-3 PM: Strawberries galore! Plus live music, tasting samples, sidewalk sales, psychic readings, a mini-Bridal ...

Union Street Schenectady

Art Attitudes

by The Staff June 15, 2011


The Malta League of Arts will host its second annual Art Attitudes exhibit and gala this weekend at the historic (and thoroughly charming) Round Lake Auditorium. You’re likely to recognize this year’s featured artist: photographer Robert ...

Round Lake Auditorium

Art on Lark

by The Staff June 8, 2011


This year, the title of Albany’s (nay, upstate New York’s) second largest street festival is being taken literally. In its 15th year, Art on Lark has added a number of large-scale arts happenings to its usual ...

Lark Street

The Workers

by The Staff May 25, 2011


The labor movement has been a source of inspiration for artists from generations, most indelibly the images of Rosie the Riveter and her iconic WPA-era compatriots. But the latest offering at MASS MoCA builds on those ...

Mass Moca

Impressions of Berlin & Other Works

by The Staff May 12, 2011


A relative newcomer to the flourishing Hudson art scene, Davis Orton Gallery—run by husband-and-wife team Karen Davis and Mark Orton—exhibits contemporary works in photography, mixed-media and artist-published books. And they know the ropes: Artists themselves, ...

Davis Orton Gallery

Young and Bold

by Ali Hibbs January 12, 2011


The character is strapped to an electric chair, but the look on its skullish face is placid. The chair is tethered to a hot air balloon, itself wearing a skull face with hypodermic needles for ...