NCA has been awarded a NYS Decentralization Grant administered through LARAC to create a new program for three areas of the arts to collaborate: Fine Arts, Music and the Performing Arts, and Literature. The program is called LAST CALL: a Collaborative Oratorio with poetry by Paul Pines set to music by composer Catherine Reid, and an exhibition of North Country Arts members’ art to be created based on one or part of one of six selected poems. Each artist may submit two pieces. This will culminate in a performance of six to eight singers and an exhibit at the Wood Theater, with the performance on September 23, 2017. After the exhibit at the Wood, from Sept. 16 to 30th, the exhibit will be moved to the Crandall Public Library Gallery for the month of November. Art may be for sale. There will be five juror’s choice awards.
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NorthCountryARTS is pleased to announce its 7th Annual Youth Visions Art Exhibit which will take place at the NorthCountryARTS Gallery in Glens Falls from May 5th through June 2nd. High school students in Warren, Washington, Hamilton and Essex County school districts are welcome to submit entries. Youth Visions recognizes the artistic accomplishments of 9th – 12th grade students in the areas of drawing, mixed media, painting, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, photography and digital works of art.
We encourage all NCA members to attend the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony which will take place on May 12th from 6 PM – 8 PM at the Shirt Factory, Suite 114. The creativity of our local young artists is truly amazing.
Local artists Carol Conklin and Bethany Plummer have combined their artistic efforts to produce a vibrant and beautiful exhibition this month in NorthCountry ARTS’ Second Floor Gallery in the Glens Falls City Hall.
Ms. Conklin, who is from rural Washington County, is known for her colorful batiks of horses and landscapes. Ms. Plummer’s layered, mixed media art is also colorful in its presentation of birds and other animals.
City Hall is located on 42 Ridge St. and is open Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm.
Below is some of Bethany Plummer's work.
NorthCountryARTS Hosts SUNY Adirondack New Media Art
Introductory and advanced students are currently exhibiting their digital photography, digital painting, typography, and other works in NorthCountryARTS' 2nd Floor Gallery in Glens Falls City Hall at 42 Ridge St.
The students are enrolled in Dr. Renee O’Brien’s New Media Program, an offering in the college’s Technology Division. The photos and graphics highlight both the great variety and high quality of student work.
The public is cordially invited to a special reception on Friday, January 27, from 5–7 PM.
The reception will be catered by SUNYADK’s Culinary Arts Club. An aspect of the Culinary Arts curriculum, the Culinary Arts Club organizes culinary arts-related tours, demos at community events, and catering services. Your attendance at this reception provides you with the opportunity to speak with the student artists, enjoy fine student-created goodies, and support two wonderful programs at SUNY Adirondack.
Below is an excerpt from a letter composed by our President, Dr. Jacquiline Touba.
'The work to organize our activities and publicize them is accomplished by volunteers, but there are many costs associated with all these efforts. That is why this year we are making an annual appeal to you to support the organization. We need to continue to encourage artists to display their work in our exhibitions, publicize the exhibitions, and support our youth by affording them an opportunity to show their work at our gallery.
Membership only covers a small portion of the costs to accomplish all these things so we hope that you will show your support by making a generous tax deductible contribution to North Country Arts before the end of 2016.
It takes not only volunteering to keep the activities going but funding as well. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please send your tax exempt contribution to NCA, Suite 114, 71Lawrence St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.'
by Dennis Wilson
Second Floor Gallery’s fall exhibition season will open on October 3 with the nature photography of Cynthia Soroka-Dunn. Following Ms. Dunn will be a two artist show, the watercolor paintings of Penny Downs and the chip carvings of Dennis Wilson, to open on October 31.
The last show of fall will open on December 5 and will feature the energetic, colorful paintings of Dominican artist Carlos Baret.
An open reception will be held for each show:
Cynthia Soroka-Dunn: October 7
Penny Downs and Dennis Wilson: November 4
Carlos Baret: December 9.
President of the Demarest Nature Center in Demarest, New Jersey, Ms. Dunn is an author of a six-volume series called The Dark Chronicles, a radio dj, and a prolific nature photographer. With her Fine Art Nature Photography, Ms. Dunn wants to impress upon viewers the wonderful beauty of nature and encourage its preservation. Her nature pictures can be viewed on her website, darkbir9.wix.com.
Dennis concluded a career teaching high school English in 2002, visited a woodcarving show in Ludlow, Vermont, and began chip carving, a very specific and rare form of woodcarving. All carving is done by hand with a single small knife. One of Dennis’ plaques, Flower Burst Plaque, is exhibited here and received a favorable review in Chip Chats, the National Woodcarver’s Association newsletter.
Watercolor artist Penny Downs credits watercolor teachers Laura Walsh and Elizabeth O’Brien for their inspiring work in teaching her the art of watercolor painting. Ms. Downs is self-taught in drawing, took her first class in the mid-1980’s, and has been painting watercolors ever since. She finds that painting flowers, old trucks, barns and houses relaxes her; she prefers old subjects because of her belief in the importance of preserving the past.
A devotee of “garabato” or, in English, doodle or squiggle drawing, Carlos Baret exhibited many of his pieces last year in NCA’s Rare Earth Gallery. Mr. Baret’s art has been shown in Vermont, the Dominican Republic, France, and other South American and European nations.
Striving to make his paintings energetic and colorful, Mr. Baret employs an abstract, very personal style to reveal his own thoughts and feelings. Conscious of social problems, Mr. Baret’s work often reflects his views on global warming and economic devastation.
The Second Floor gallery shows are intended to showcase the work of either single artists or small groups of artists. Interested NorthCountryARTS members are encouraged to contact the gallery directors to arrange for an exhibit.
It's easy to enjoy artwork in our region. NorthCountryARTS' galleries feature paintings, photography, fine crafts of all descriptions, jewelry, sculpture, books, music and gifts. You'll also find workshop schedules to inspire your next project, and newsletters and brochures that introduce you to artists and artisans you can meet, shop with, and learn from.
A NorthCountryARTS workshop or class advances your current understanding of materials and techniques, or allows you to dabble in a new media you've always wanted to try. Workshops encourage and nurture your artistic growth, excitement and enthusiasm, and introduce you to new colleagues that share in your interests.
Better than sauntering into an art gallery by yourself is making a date with a group of friends looking for a memorable excursion. You’ll chat about what you’ve discovered and see what others are attracted to. You’ll help a shy person make the purchase he or she really wants. You’ll take more time, look more intently, and listen to insights and anecdotes from the gallery host.
The cooler months are coming and many people like to add pizazz to their home decor or start new projects. If you find an unique piece of artwork for your redecorating, you'll be proud to show it off during the holidays!
Don't wait to pick a date, a few friends, and a gallery or workshop! Your inspiration will thank you.
NorthCountryARTS’ Second Floor Gallery announces its last art exhibition of the summer at the Glens Falls City Hall, 42 Ridge St. The exhibit will feature the pen and ink drawings of Ballston Spa artist Pamela Stendardi whose work is slated for exhibition from September 5-30 with an open-to-the-public reception on Friday, Sept. 9, 5-7pm.
A graduate of Boston’s Vesper George School of Art, Pamela’s main artistic pursuit is the pen and ink drawing of homes belonging to people she has known. Pamela loves the precision, detail and elegance of pen and ink. Yet pen and ink for her are means to the end of rendering not only precise drawings of physical structures, but also the history and memories of the people they represent.
Good pen and ink drawings are time-consuming and demand a high level of craftsmanship. Sometimes she presses too hard, and then the pen picks up pulp. When this happens, the pen can be hard to move. Pamela begins a piece by making several sketches and also taking photographs. After several drafts, the final sketch is ready. If she has succeeded, she has drawn a building that says, quietly, “I am here.”
Pamela is inspired by everything she sees and experiences and says that she “draws because I have to.” The detail and beautiful precision of her work is indicative of a deep love of her art and its importance.
Written by Dennis Wilson
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