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Gallery happenings north of the Twin Bridges

Gallery happenings north of the Twin Bridges

March has arrived, and with it, some warmer weather, at least for the time being. For those of you who are eager to get out and explore, you’ll be happy to know that local galleries and museums have plenty of new work to check out. Below are some of the recently-opened exhibitions in Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls.   

Saratoga Springs

The Spring Street Gallery kicked off their annual open-call themed art and performance exhibition, Winter, on Feb. 10. Funds raised from the sale of the art will support Code Blue Saratoga, which provides unrestricted shelter to individuals who are homeless during hazardous winter weather. “This is the third year we’ve done the open-call show for Code Blue, and it’s been very successful,” notes Maureen Sager, executive director of the Spring Street Gallery.

The Spring Street Gallery winds its way through 110 Spring Street and 112 Spring Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. The winter-themed art in the show itself is varied – there is something for everyone, no matter your interest or medium preference. More than 80 works are installed, including some striking photographs, wall sculpture, and paintings. That said, a few works captured my attention the afternoon I visited, including Kathleen Loomis’ “Both Sides,” Kate Edwards’ “The Hudson at Northumberland,” Roger Hyndman’s “Winter’s Sleep,” and Jennifer Armstrong’s “Too Much Cool.”

The annual show includes readings and performances as well, which will take place on Saturday, March 18. “This year we’re having the performances on a separate night, because it was just too crowded at the opening events,” Sager explains. “Marilyn McCabe – an accomplished poet and one of exhibition organizers – proposed that we give writers and music as their own night. It’s open to all.”

On Saturday, March 4, The Arts Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts will present the 120° Intercollegiate Regional. This annual juried exhibition presents more than 100 works from students at colleges and universities within a 120 miles radius of Saratoga Springs. It’s competitive, and it’s designed to provide visibility for student artwork and a platform for students to engage with professional opportunities. This year, the regional received over 500 submissions from students at 23 different colleges, from New York to New Hampshire. Guest juror Ginger Ertz, museum educator at the Tang Teaching Museum & Gallery, selected the final 105 works, which range from painting and drawing to photography, film, printmaking, and sculpture.

“Rope Dance,” the first part of the three-part exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle, continues at the Tang Teaching Museum & Gallery. As we wrote in issue 14, this exhibition is a multidisciplinary collaboration between two of the nation’s leading artists. “Rope Dance” combines elements of theater, dance, visual art, installation, and video to provide a compelling and profound museum experience. Check out The Alt’s full article on the show online for more information on Antoni, Petronio, and the exhibition.

Glens Falls

Meanwhile, at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden opened on Feb. 12. The exhibition features 47 works by the Connecticut-based contemporary realist, known for his detailed landscapes, images of wildlife, and portraits of family and friends that are both realistic and impressionistic. Erin Coe, director of The Hyde, calls Bladgen one of the nation’s greatest watercolorists. “He combines a naturalist’s love and respect for his subjects with a mastery of watercolor,” she notes.

The exhibition is curated by Caroline Welsh, an art historian and director emerita of the Adirondack Museum. She remarks that Bladgen’s work is rooted in American Realism and shares a relationship with artists such as Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. “He has absorbed and transformed their approaches into an original aesthetic sensibility,” said Welsh. “His art gives us new ways to see and encounter our world.” On Thursday, March 30, Welsh will give a gallery talk about her longtime relationship with the artist, as well as Blagden’s art, inspiration, and influences. The exhibition runs through April 16 in the Charles R. Wood Gallery, and it is one of the season’s must-see shows.

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center, better known as LARAC, also opened their new exhibition on Feb. 10. Show 1: Prismatic Explorations presents work by regional artists Jenny Hutchinson, Stephanie Serpick, Amanda Kralovic, William L. Doebele, and Elisa Sheehan. Together, the work by these five artists “explores the relationships between colors with paint as the medium of choice.” It’s on view until March 17. LARAC has been running a fun Instagram campaign to promote the exhibition, but see it in person if you’re in the North Country.

Pictured: Allen Blagden (American, b. 1938), Victoria Crowned Pigeons, 1984, watercolor, 22 x 30 in., Private Collection, © Allen Blagden, Photograph by Don Perdue.

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