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An Evening of Films at the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting An Evening of Films, tomorrow, February 19 as well as February 26. Local filmmakers will be showcasing and discussing their films and videos.

The event kicks off at 6 and is free. You can read more on the Albany Institute’s event page.

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Free admission at the Albany Institute on MLK Day

The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the museum on Monday, January 19, 2014 from 10am-5pm. Their current exhibition list is quite extensive, and I know a lot of you haven’t been here since it usually costs money.

Make the best of your day off and work this into your plans!

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Cocktails with Creatives

On Thursday December 4, The Upstate NY AIGA will be hosting a Cocktails with Creatives event at The Shop in Troy (and also simulatenously at Small Plates in Syracuse).

From the event page:

Whether you’re a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity to connect with your community!

This is a great opportunity for all creative people to meet others in their area all while enjoying a great new bar in Troy. Registration for the event is free, but space is limited, so go register!

Artist Spotlight: Anthony DiMaggio & Chris Peterson

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Anthony DiMaggio and Chris Peterson, both hailing from the Hoosick Falls area, were brought together by a force larger than their artwork alone. The two share many of the same perspectives and philosophies, often expressed in their work, and have taken it upon themselves to make it their life mission to not only uphold the values behind what they’ve deemed Life of Worth but to share those values with other like-minded people. Life of Worth began as a simple motto and grew into an artist collective, and arguably, a lifestyle.

Not only are these gentlemen extremely talented, but it is clear that they are very humble and honored for every opportunity to be able to share their work and viewpoints with others. From hosting art nights to inspire others to create in a comfortable, collective space, to hosting group shows, Life of Worth is working on building something greater.

I took the time to talk with both founding members in advance of their group show, which is opening tonight at the Flying Chicken in Troy and features the work of a handful of locally based artists. Hit the jump to check out our full interview and be sure to stop by the Flying Chicken as part of this month’s Troy Night Out.

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Talk with Illustrator Craig Frazier at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

The Foundry is hosting another one of their awesome design talks this Thursday at 6:30pm with illustrator Craig Frazier.

From the event page

Craig Frazier, one of the leading conceptual illustrators producing editorial, corporate and publishing work worldwide, will demonstrate the discipline of developing ideas through the process of sketching and will share his outlook on the importance of sketching as the basis for great design during a presentation at
The Foundry for Art Design + Culture.

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The Foundry has been commissioned to produce a video that follows the making of Craig Frazier’s new book, “sketchy”. The book is being produced by Mohawk at their new Print Innovation Center in the port of Albany. The talk at the Foundry will be recorded to help tell the story of Craig’s process and the production of this book. Please be aware that you may visible in the completed web video as an audience member.

Watch the video above, RSVP to the event and make your way to Cohoes on Thursday.

Artist Spotlight: Rachel Baxter

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On occasion, people will ask me for advice on how to book an art show. I have no idea why, besides the fact that I have a vested interest in local art and often attend shows in the area. I have never booked an art show, but if you ask artist Rachel Baxter, she’d most likely advise to take matters into your own hands. Tonight, Rachel’s work will be displayed at 385 Madison Ave for a pop-up show. The opening reception is from 7-10pm this evening and will feature light food and refreshments. Her work will also be on display on Saturday June 21st, from 11-4pm.

Next month, Rachel will be heading to Sitka, Alaska for a two-month long artists residency and is planning on showing the work she completes during her stay upon her return back home.

In advance of tonight’s show, Rachel took the time to share more about her artwork, her creative process and the importance of taking risks, both in art and in life. Hit the jump to check out a preview of her work and for the Q+A. Thanks Rachel!

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Crossgates Mall Promo Video from 1984

So painfully retro. So hilarious. Very happy I’ve only heard of about 10% of these stores.