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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Honest Weight Celebrates 1st Anniversary

On Saturday, June 21 the Honest Weight Food Co-op will celebrate their one-year anniversary at their new Watervliet Ave location. The celebration includes music, activities for the kids, vendor samples, giveaways, raffles and more.

From the press release:

The Honest Weight Food Co-op, the Capital Region’s go-to source for natural and locally-grown foods for nearly 40 years, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new location at 100 Watervliet Avenue with day-long festivities and special features on Saturday, June 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Providing the day’s celebratory soundtrack, local musicians will perform in-store, while DJ Trumastr spins dance music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors on the patio. More than a dozen local vendors will be offering samples of their products, while the popular Chefs Consortium will be working an outdoor grilling station to provide free tastings of some delectable creations.

Kids are welcome to join in the festivities with face-painting, hula-hooping and jump-roping, and all ages are invited to participate in oversized lawn versions of checkers, chess, and Jenga games.

Find out more on the event page.