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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Swissted at the Arts Center

The Arts Center has an amazing gallery opening tonight which includes a reception and book signing by the artist, Mike Joyce.

From the copy:

Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have almost nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, goth, grunge, and indie rock show flyers into International Typographic Style posters. Each design is set in lowercase Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk medium. Every single one of the shows represented actually happened. Joyce was born in Troy, New York.

Books and prints are available for purchase and Swissted will be on display until April 21st. Tonight’s book signing starts at 6:30pm. More info on The Arts Center website.


Heartstrings: An Art Show Featuring Local Women, Tonight

If I wanted to argue a case for a theory of mine that most things DIY begin in basements, I’d have a strong amount of evidence. Helping support that notion in a basement over at 395 Washington Ave. is a group of local women who decided to curate an art show featuring the art work of other local women.

Casey Canfield and Rachel Norah began discussions of hosting such an affair months back and called on for the help and support of their friends. Throughout the past couple of months, the ladies have collected work from over ten local females to be displayed on their clean, white basement walls, as well as have created work themselves in the same space.

As I dropped by yesterday, they were still collecting and hanging pieces and I was pleasantly surprised by both the quality and creativity in the works to be displayed. The ladies also created a sign of the name of the show, “Heartstrings,” by using string that they found, creating a title piece just as charming as the hosts themselves.

Among the local artists participating are Marissa Miglin, Sue Ellen, Elena Cruz-Allen, Lindsey Meyers, Laura Carrozza, Raechelle Gonzales, Christina Marie Kincaid, the hosts, Rachel Norah and Casey Canfield and more.

The Heartstrings art show will be held in the basement of 395 Washington Ave., beginning at 7pm and is free to attend. There also will be snacks, music and booze.

Hit the jump to see a sneak preview!

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16th Annual Art On Lark Line-Up Announced

The Lark Street Bid announced the line-up for this year’s Art On Lark, which will take place Saturday, June 9th. It will feature Babe City, The College Farm, Matthew Carefully, Mike Grutka, The Ashton Williams Band and Betsi Krisniski among other exhibits and vendors.

Last year had a lot of tents along Lark with awesome art from great area artists. There will be plenty to see in addition to the great music line-up the bid has crafted for this event.

And check out our quick photo recap from last year.

First Look: Canstruction at the NYS Museum

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Opening tomorrow and running through April 26, at the NYS Museum, is an exhibit featuring over 40,000 donated canned goods. But it’s not just a stockpile of cans in some hasty attempt at a Warholian statement regarding repetition. This is much, much more than a pile of cans.

Over that past two days, 13 groups of 250 local architects, engineers, contractors and design students teamed up to carefully construct zoo animals using the donated cans as their medium. The result is unexpectedly mesmerizing.

This year marks the 2nd annual Capital Region Canstruction, whose cans are purchased by the teams with money from fundraising will benefit the Food Pantries for the Capital District. The idea is to help raise awareness towards helping feed those in need throughout the Capital Region in association with the American Institute of Architects’ Eastern New York chapter and the national program Canstruction, which is a nonprofit that holds annual design and building competitions.

Hit the jump to read more and see the full gallery.

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Play your cards right

This Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 6:00pm-10:00pm the Albany Center Gallery Hosts Annual Gala at Taste’s Penthouse on 30 South Pearl Street, entitled “Une Soirée de Monte Carlo” which roughly translates to “An Evening at Monte Carlo”.

This year, the annual black-tie affair will be soaked with a casino-inspired aesthetic and games to match, such as Black Jack and Texas Hold’em to name a few. With food and drinks provided by acclaimed Albany restaurants and proceeds to benefit the arts.

The evening also honors Dr. Martin L. Ryan with The Les Urbach Lifetime Achievement Award. With DJ OFI spinning, a visual arts installation involving light and film projections, local business auctions and a surprise emcee, the event is a great opportunity to take a chance and bet on Albany.

You can purchase tickets and find more information here.

Grand Street Arts, Serving It Up

The Grand Street Community Arts collective will be hosting The People’s MIC & B Boy B Girl BBQ this Sunday, October 16th at 3:30pm. This event is fam-friendly and will be providing free art supplies, and free silk-screening (bring your own blank shirt, flag, bag, etc, and you will get to be a part of the process). A donation is asked, but not required. The money pooled helps pay for the event’s food and art supplies.

Make moves! work by MC3 and Philip Pascuzzo, photo by Andrew

This gathering, complete with local, free music by DJ Trumaster, DJ OFI, DJ Lofi Lobo and MC Oddy Gatto, with live art by Existing Artists, Max Dunn, Radical and more. If you are interested in doing wheat-pasting or live art feel free to contact Michael Conlin for more information on getting involved.