Tag: Art Show

CANCELLED – Spencertown Academy Music Lessons: Ed Napier, Nov 13

We just got the news that this performance has been cancelled. No additional info available as of the time of this update. 

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents Music Lessons: Ed Napier, on Saturday, November 13. 

Music Lessons tells the story of Ed Napier’s journey from the backwoods of West Virginia to the halls of Columbia, Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio, and Juilliard in New York in pursuit of becoming a playwright and opera singer. Through scenes, stories, and songs, he recounts the process of growing up, becoming an artist, and learning, he says, “to relish the glory of just being alive.” On stage he channels a multitude of characters from his life with ebullience and humor. He slips into many roles—ranging from singing gospel as a kid in a West Virginia church to country songs in a bar with drunken locals; from Enrico Caruso singing Neapolitan songs of love and revenge to Puccini in the voice of his Viennese acting mentor to playing Constantine in Chekhov’s Seagull.

*Directed by Robert LuPone, the production also features William Lewis on piano and soprano Maria Gabriella Landers.

For Covid safety, proof of vaccination will be required for attendance, seating will be distanced and limited, and masks will be required for audience members while in the building. The Academy has installed Blue Pure 211+ air filters in the auditorium.

*Robert LuPone’s Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line (Tony Nomination), A Thousand Clowns, True West, A View From The Bridge, Zoya’s Apartment, and Saint Joan. He is the co-artistic director of MCC Theater, an award winning Off-Broadway Theater.

Maria Gabriella Landers is an entrepreneur, operatic soprano, collage artist, and celebrated party host. After Barnard College, she cofounded the CoOPERAtive, a New York City based nonprofit that provided performance opportunities to classical singers between formal studies and a professional career.

William Lewis, pianist/accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, and performer has worked as a professional musician for more than 50 years. He regularly appears with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in concert and also plays for Marcello Giordano and violinist Gregory Harrington. He has performed throughout the US, Canada, Iceland, Brazil, Germany, Sicily, the British Isles, and China.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see spencertownacademy.org.

DATES/TIMES: Saturday, November 13, 2021 / 7pm8pm

TICKETS: $20 – General Admission, $15 – Academy Members
May be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org and, pending availability, will be available at the door.

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

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Phone: (518) 392-3693

 

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Spencertown Academy Music Lessons: Ed Napier, Nov 13

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents Music Lessons: Ed Napier, on Saturday, November 13. 

Music Lessons tells the story of Ed Napier’s journey from the backwoods of West Virginia to the halls of Columbia, Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio, and Juilliard in New York in pursuit of becoming a playwright and opera singer. Through scenes, stories, and songs, he recounts the process of growing up, becoming an artist, and learning, he says, “to relish the glory of just being alive.” On stage he channels a multitude of characters from his life with ebullience and humor. He slips into many roles—ranging from singing gospel as a kid in a West Virginia church to country songs in a bar with drunken locals; from Enrico Caruso singing Neapolitan songs of love and revenge to Puccini in the voice of his Viennese acting mentor to playing Constantine in Chekhov’s Seagull.

*Directed by Robert LuPone, the production also features William Lewis on piano and soprano Maria Gabriella Landers.

For Covid safety, proof of vaccination will be required for attendance, seating will be distanced and limited, and masks will be required for audience members while in the building. The Academy has installed Blue Pure 211+ air filters in the auditorium.

*Robert LuPone’s Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line (Tony Nomination), A Thousand Clowns, True West, A View From The Bridge, Zoya’s Apartment, and Saint Joan. He is the co-artistic director of MCC Theater, an award winning Off-Broadway Theater.

Maria Gabriella Landers is an entrepreneur, operatic soprano, collage artist, and celebrated party host. After Barnard College, she cofounded the CoOPERAtive, a New York City based nonprofit that provided performance opportunities to classical singers between formal studies and a professional career.

William Lewis, pianist/accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, and performer has worked as a professional musician for more than 50 years. He regularly appears with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in concert and also plays for Marcello Giordano and violinist Gregory Harrington. He has performed throughout the US, Canada, Iceland, Brazil, Germany, Sicily, the British Isles, and China.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see spencertownacademy.org.

DATES/TIMES: Saturday, November 13, 2021 / 7pm8pm

TICKETS: $20 – General Admission, $15 – Academy Members
May be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org and, pending availability, will be available at the door.

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

MORE:
SpencertownAcademy.org
facebook.com/SpencertownAcademy
instagram.com/thespencertownacademy
Phone: (518) 392-3693

 

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Spencertown Academy Art Exhibition, “Whimsy”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood” (mural detail) by Dorothy Sabean (roofing paper, vintage stationery paper, acrylic paint, crafting jewels; 6’ x 11’)

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Whimsy” art exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures by Gabe Brown, Keith Davidson, Ron Harrington, Dorothy Sabean, Audrie Sturman, and Elizabeth Wallin. The show will be on display from October 2 through October 31 (Saturdays and Sundays). Admission is free and all art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Academy. 

Spencertown Academy Curatorial Committee Co-Chair Barbara Lax Kranz organized the exhibition. “In a world that seems more and more fractured and traumatized by a pandemic, the idea of a show focusing on whimsy seemed a necessity for the soul,” she says. “Whimsy can be defined in many ways—capricious, fanciful, fantastical, imaginative, and unpredictable are just a few words that come to mind. We all need a little escape now and then. After all, fun and fantasy are necessary ingredients in living.”

“Six very different artists have produced works that will bring smiles to your faces. They look at the world around them in a different way,” continues curator Lax Kranz. “Some travel to an alternate universe while others create work that will just make you laugh or leave you delighted.”

Gabe Brown (Elizaville, NY) searches for meaning in the unknown. “Art is like magic, an illusion created by the force of humanity. Our choices in life can be amazing portals for adventure,” she says. Her paintings are narrative vignettes that are both alluring and mysterious. Brown has won national awards and was the 2018 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in painting. She is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University.

A national award-winning artist, Keith Davidson (Egremont, MA) considers himself a self-taught artist. His work comes from his imagination. “The Fish Series” to be showcased in “Whimsy” presents playful, colorful forms that are dramatic, captivating, and complex. “The amorphic, fanciful shapes keep the eyes moving, lifting one’s spirit to a better place,” says Davidson.

Ron Harrington (Hillsdale, NY) creates characters from scraps of wood, debris, and interesting pieces of detritus. “Each unique sculpture comes with a name that reflects its personality,” says Lax Kranz. “You have no alternative but to howl with laughter.” 

Dorothy (Dee) Sabean (Dalton, MA) is a visual artist who works in many different media. She got her training on the city streets. She dreamed and she drew in many street festivals throughout the United States, winning many awards along the way. In 2011, she began canvas painting and has had many solo shows since that time. Lax Kranz says, “Sabean’s mural, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood,’ which will be on display in ‘Whimsy,’ will take you, along with Mr. Rogers and numerous friends of the forest to untold places in the woods.”

For sculptor Audrie Sturman (Slingerlands, NY), rhythms of nature ignite her creative vision. Her work is spontaneous and reflects her background in painting and printmaking. “Her sculptures in the show will include both two- and three-dimensional work on a small and large scale and incorporate her vision of stem cells and a Covid cell. “It’s a more pleasant way to look at the disease,” notes Lax Kranz.

The illustrations of Elizabeth Wallin (Kinderhook, NY) are drawn from her imagination and life. She enjoys creating humorous characters, although she is equally comfortable with more sober subjects. Her published illustrations can be found in many books and magazines.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see spencertownacademy.org.

DATES/TIMES: October 2 through October 31, 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays / 1pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

MORE:
SpencertownAcademy.org
facebook.com/SpencertownAcademy
instagram.com/thespencertownacademy
Phone: (518) 392-3693

 

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Upstate Art Weekend, Aug 27 – 29

The second edition of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND takes place from August 27-29, 2021, incorporating sixty one sculpture parks, museums, galleries, artists’ studios, residencies, public artworks and creative projects situated either side of the Hudson River between Garrison and Chatham.

This three-day self-directed, accessible event connects tourists and locals alike, with art and the outdoors, celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York. The full program can be viewed here and the official map is available here, which was produced in partnership with Chronogram.

“UPSTATE ART WEEKEND is about community, collaboration, art and the outdoors, which are essential to our well-being. We are thrilled the event has grown so much and cannot wait to connect more visitors with the arts in the Hudson Valley”, said Helen Toomer.

Founded in 2020 by Helen Toomer of STONELEAF RETREAT to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York, UPSTATE ART WEEKEND connects people and places, building a community that not only visits for the weekend, but explores the Hudson Valley throughout the year.

DATES: Friday August 27 – Sunday 29, 2021


LOCATIONS: official map available here

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Hudson Hall Exhibition, Rodney Greenblat: ‘Something to Look Forward to’

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Photo by Alon Koppel

Hudson Hall presents Rodney Greenblat: ‘Something to Look Forward to’ Exhibition now to August 23. Rodney Alan Greenblat’s aptly-titled, Something to Look Forward to, is an enjoyable, whimsical and engaging collection of new and archival works bursting with color and underpinned with wit and charm.

In Something to Look Forward to, the artist presents us with a vision of his own wonderland future; a land of brightly colored modernist forms populated with ladybugs, friendly robots and giant emblematic cats watched over by “Lemon Eye”- a mystical and beneficial Zen deity who’s image is in almost every work. Greenblat offers us an antidote to the pessimism, division, and dangers of today: the possibility of optimism, wholeness and safety. Familiar and wildly imaginative at the same time, the paintings and constructions celebrate the ability we all have to re-imagine our world. 

DATE/TIME: Until August 23, 2020
Friday, 1 – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4pm
(Timed entry on the hour. 10 reservations max/hour).
Socially-Distanced Guided Tours (maximum of 6 per tour): Saturdays & Sundays, 4pm

COST: Free and Open to public
Socially-Distanced Guided Tours – $10 (free for members)
Reservations required. Visit hudsonhall.org for tickets


LOCATION: Hudson Hall

Center Hall Gallery & Common Council Room
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

MORE: In keeping with New York State guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, visitors to Hudson Hall must comply with safety protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. Hudson Hall reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with these guidelines or make reservations in advance.
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