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Albany Barn seeks speakers for artist development series

Thursday, February 4, 2016, By: kristen
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A core part of Albany Barn’s mission is lifting the professional aspirations of individual artists and creative-based businesses by offering opportunities for networking and development. Help us achieve that end by becoming a speaker in our upcoming Careers Created series! (more…)

Barn Life: Derrick Horton & The Jay Street Band

Monday, February 1, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine
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Each month, we feature one of the talented artists that utilize The Barn to shape their work, and share with you their passions, projects, and thoughts on being a part of The Barn.
This month we sat down with Dr. Horton, lead singer of Derrick Horton & The Jay Street Band.
How did you hear about The Barn?
I heard about the Barn via word-of-mouth!! There was a buzz out in the community about the Barn being a great place for artists!! I thought it would be perfect for my band, “Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band!”
How do you utilize space at The Barn?
We use the Barn as a place to practice. We practice at the Barn typically once a week–twice a week when we have a big show coming up.
What’s your favorite thing about rehearsing at The Barn?
There are several things about the Barn that we like. First, it’s a safe, modern facility. Second, it’s reasonably priced. Finally, it’s great place to meet other artists of all types. It is truly an artistic community!!!
What’s up next for Derrick Horton & The Jay Street Band?

We will be releasing their first single, “Break It Down” at the end of January!! We are also embarking on our “Back to the People” Tour with a big concert at the Barn on Saturday April 30th 6-8pm!!!  It’s a benefit cuts concert with the proceeds to be donated to the American Cancer Society!!! We invite everyone to attend!!!

Facebook page: Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Barn with our new event, Make & Take: In Love & Crafting

Thursday, January 28, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine
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Love will be in the air on Saturday, February 13th as we spend the night crafting Valentine’s Day treats at The Barn.

Registration is $20 and includes all supplies for 2 art projects: a candy-dipped fruit bouquet and romance-inspired map art.  Light refreshments will also be served.

Seats are limited for this brand new event, so visit our shop to reserve your spot today!

Beat the Winter blues at our next Drinks & DIY event this Friday!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine
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Trade your Winter Blues for snack and hot glue!

Looking for a low-key night out? Come to The Barn on Friday, January 22nd for Drinks & DIY! We’ll be serving up Pinspiration with a side of snacks, sangrias, and music!

We’ll have plenty of supplies and instructions for suggested crafts, but feel free to bring along your own! Bringing your own hand tools- scissors, craft punches, glue guns, pliers- is recommended, but we’ll have some on hand, too!

Not crafty? That’s okay– come for the fun, low key atmosphere, and maybe you’ll catch a little Pinspiration!

The event is free, but make a $5 donation to The Barn and you’ll be entered in to win a great prize basket!

See you this Friday at 7pm!

In a band? Rehearse at The Barn!

Friday, January 1, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine , Tags: | | | | |
Book a Better RehearsalFor Your Band!

Looking for a space for your band to rehearse?  Look no further!  Albany Barn has several great rehearsal spaces available for rent on an hourly basis. Use our gear, or bring your own – it’s up to you! Book for multiple sessions at a time and receive an exclusive discount on your rental fee.  Rates start at just $15/hour, with great monthly specials and instructor discounts available! Email info@albanybarn.org for more details, or click here to book a rehearsal for your band today!

Barn Life: Aaron Holbritter of Creative License

Thursday, December 31, 2015, By: Casey Polomaine
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Each month, we will feature one of the talented artists that utilize The Barn to shape their work, and share with you their passions, projects, and thoughts on being a part of The Barn.
This month we sat down with Aaron Holbritter, one of the founding members of Creative License, a theater collective that calls The Barn home.

How did you hear about Albany Barn?
As construction was ongoing, The Barn put out a call on Facebook for theater peeps to help advise the best way to put the space together.  I got to explore the unfinished space with Kristen (wearing a hard hat-it was all very exciting).  I had a feeling right then that it was going to be a great space to work in.

How do you utilize the facilities at The Barn?
As a performance space and for rehearsal space.  The Barn is such a unique building that we’re always discovering new and exciting ways to use it. 

What’s your favorite thing about working at The Barn?
The collaborative spirit.  It’s been great to work with other artists at The Barn on various projects, and we would really love to keep that going as we move forward with our projects and productions.
What’s next for Creative License?
We have a one-night-only show called Divided that we’re staging at The University Club on New Years Day, which features original short plays penned by local writers.  And we will return to The Barn on February 19th with a production of I am My Own Wife.
You can learn more about Creative License (and purchase tickets for their upcoming production of Divided) by visiting their website.  You can also keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Featured Artist: Sam Davies

Thursday, December 31, 2015, By: Casey Polomaine
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Each month, we will feature one of the talented artists that live and work in The Barn, and share with you their passions, projects, and thoughts on being a part of The Barn.

A Conversation with Sam Davies

What is the medium of art in which you work?
My main medium is oil applied on canvas, but this doesn’t stop me from exploring performance pieces… then again I tend to favor pen and ink for sketches and pastels for large drawings.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
This is another tough question for any artist. If I was giving my staple answer for a conversation with a stranger it would be Francis Bacon because he taps into the far side of dreams and really messed up relationships. His work tends to relate to the feelings I attempt to portray. There is the entire movement leading up to pop art that expresses consumerism growing control over humanity and individual choice which is my true passion that many do not hear about.

How has your work evolved in the past 5 years?
Well the last five years have been my late twenties so id have to say my art has changed a ton. In the beginning, the focus was intently on interpreting what others could not: Taking an individuals dream and making it a surreal landscape. This transitioned into small works, loosened brush stroke to a few abstract faint drawings and now giving up on painting dreams entirely. When given the space I perform sleep deprivation projects that bring forward my inner thoughts, dreams and demons. Now with a performance here and there my paintings began reflecting the intimate connection between two people. I expect to continue to grow into a recognizable style that shows my knowledge of where I have come from and where I am headed.

What is your favorite part about living and working at The Barn?
The excitement of being around creatively driven people. You can ask any question around here, like do you have any medical drawings of a stomach? and your neighbors understand you and ask what you are working on. We all just want to create art and see it out in the world. Its really motivating when you hear about your neighbor finishing a piece they’ve been working on, or you’re walking down the hall and hear them nailing that song for the first time.

What’s up next for you and your work?
My 2016 art goals will be to complete another 72 hour sleep deprivation project and to finish the 21 relationship paintings. I can think of a handful of performance pieces I’d love to get off the ground. Just get my ideas out into the world!

 

You can learn more about Sam by visiting her website, or check her out on Instagram or Facebook.

2016 Exhibition Schedule Announced!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, By: kristen , Tags: | | | | |
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Albany Barn is pleased to announce our 2016 exhibition schedules for The Barn and Stage 1 galleries. To submit your work for consideration please send JPEG or PDF files including image of work, size, medium, and price (if applicable) to gallery@albanybarn.org by the submission deadline.

Exhibitions at The Barn (56 Second Street):

January 1 – January 28 Food For Thought an exhibition inspired by the simple joys of food and drink.

February 5 – March 25 Activate an exhibition of works inspired by modern day activism and social justice movements. All mediums will be considered, including digital media. Submissions will be accepted January 1 – January 24th.

April 1 – May 27 5th Annual Building Communities Youth Art Contest & 2nd Annual Educator’s Invitational. Youth in middle and high schools across Albany County will present works inspired by this year’s theme “Illuminating Communities” alongside works in all mediums from arts educators. Submissions from educators of all grade levels, colleges and universities, and private or freelance art instructors will be considered.   Submissions will be accepted February 6th – March 21st.

June 3 – July 29 Off The Wall an exhibition of graffiti and street art. Original works in graffiti style as well as photos and video of graffiti and street art will be considered. Live demonstrations are also encouraged. Submissions will be accepted April 2 – May 21.

August 5 – August 31 The Works of Stacy Caldwell an exhibition of sculpture, carvings, and painting by artist Stacy Caldwell.

October 7 – November 25th Barn Life/FUSION  an exhibition of works by artists in residence at The Barn. Submissions of works in all mediums will be accepted from residential and work studio artists at The Barn from August 1 – September 16.

December 2 – December 28 4th annual Gifted Holiday Shop & Artisan Fair an exhibition featuring small works of art, handmade artisan goods, small batch food and beverage, and more. Visual art, handmade goods, and unique resale items will be considered. Vendor booths are also available for this event. Submissions will be considered October 18 – November 23.

 

Exhibitions at Stage 1 Gallery (46-48 N. Swan Street):

February 5 – February 26 Wildwood Winter Arts Showcase an exhibition of works by participants in Wildwood Programs’ art classes. In addition, Wildwood Programs is seeking community-based artists to create works inspired by their participants, or the work created by their participants. Community artists’ works will be shown alongside Wildwood artists and partial proceeds from art sales will benefit Wildwood Programs’ adult and youth arts programs. Those interested in participating in this process should e-mail kristen@albanybarn.org for more information.

April 1 – May 1 Paperback an exhibition of work in paper, creative writings, and spoken word performances. 2D and 3D works made from paper, performance pieces, and creative writing installations will be considered. Submissions will be accepted January 25 – March 11th.

May 6 – June 15 Child’s Play an exhibition of works inspired by the whimsy, or awkwardness, of childhood. All mediums will be considered, including digital media. Submissions will be accepted March 7 – April 24.

July 1 – August 26 Not Your Mother’s Canvas an exhibition of works on non-traditional canvases. 2D and 3D works created on non-traditional or reclaimed “canvas” will be considered. Submissions will be accepted May 7 – June 19.

August 5 – August 31 New Neighbors an exhibition of photo prints by artist Tim Fealey depicting vacant buildings re-imagined.

September 2 – October 8 12th annual Summer In The City Youth Talent Exhibition and exhibition of visual and performance art and cultural knowledge projects by youth in Arbor Hill and the City of Albany.

November 4 – December 22 Across the Aisle an exhibition of political cartoons. Original illustrations in print and digital format (including short films), and collage or mixed media pieces utilizing political symbolism will be considered. Submissions will be accepted September 5 – October 24.

 

 

“Food For Thought” Exhibition marks final countdown to Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, By: kristen
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Albany Barn is thrilled to be named a beneficiary of the 2016 Wine & Dine for the Arts Festival, produced by Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival. Before the Festival gets underway, Albany Barn is serving up an ‘appetizer’ of an exhibition to celebrate the final Festival countdown! Satisfy your appetite for great food, and great art by joining us on Friday, January 1st from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. for “Food For Thought!”

We will be exhibiting works by painter Ruby Silvious and photographer Craig Shufelt, as well as sampling artisan foods including an exclusive BlueStar cooking demo by Chef Michelle Hines Abram of M.H.A. Innovations!

The Festival kicks off with the Mayor’s Receptions at City Hall on Thursday, January 14th at 5:00 p.m., but DON’T WAIT for the final countdown to purchase your tickets to the many amazing festival events! Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

Albany Barn is accepting submissions from artists and food vendors through December 20th. Review the call for art and get details on how to submit here. And be sure to check back in as we update the participating artists and food vendors!

Featured Artist-in-Residence: Emily Dorr

Thursday, December 10, 2015, By: Casey Polomaine
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Each month, we will feature one of the talented artists that live and work in The Barn, and share with you their passions, projects, and thoughts on being a part of The Barn.

A Conversation with Emily Dorr

What is the medium of art in which you work?


Collage, pen and ink, and watercolor.  It depends on what I’m working on, installations, cartoons, or animal vignettes.

 

Who is your favorite artist and why?


At the moment, it’s two artists. One dead, one living ( classic). Robert Rauschenberg and the Troy based collage artist Michael Oatman. Rauschenberg helped redefine the ‘picture plane’ and by using found materials along with traditional oils, worked to transcend the canvas. In my installation work, I forgo the barriers of a canvas to work freely on the wall. Of course, the wall is another format in and of itself, but it suits my purposes. His piece Bed absolutely floored me. It was the first piece of art that transfixed me. I must have looked at it for an hour and felt an immediate expansion in my mind about what art is and what it is to me. I’ll never forget that moment.

Michael Oatman is a brilliant collector of imagery. I got to visit his studio a couple of years ago and wanted to steal all of his source material. I’d need a couple Uhauls to do so, but when there is a will there is a way, right? His work is seamless and very imaginative. He is also a super sweet guy. That made robbery less appealing.
How has your work evolved in the past 5 years?
When I first started using collage, I worked flat, on paper. And each time I got fairly frustrated by how lifeless the papers looked after I put them together. It was taking an image from one flat thing and placing it right back into another. It suddenly seemed like a very unnecessary step. So I started using fabric pins and a very structured grid, which I called equations. From there, I found insect pins. They mentally fit into my process far better than fabric pins since to me each image is my specimen. Now my work, while still fairly equation based, has a much more open flowing structure. There are a lot more ways to interpret each image.
What is your favorite part about living/working at Albany Barn?
The Barn’s affordability and newness. The building has a rich history, but for me it has been a fresh beginning.  My professor from HVCC told all his students this, “There are three things in life you’ll want as an artist: Time, Space, and Money. But you can only pick two.” It was more elaborate than that, but it was a formative idea.  You see, as an artist you need time to make art and a space to make it in. So the thing that you generally can’t have is money. So the Barn is a perfect solution. I can work the amount I need to to cover bills and supplies, and with the time and space I can continue as an artist. That is incredible to me. I’m living the dream. A lot of people believe being an artist is about “Making It”. But to me, I am making it. I get to make work. I get to show that work sometimes. I get to have a dialogue with the people surrounding me. The Barn has made my artist life more feasible.
What’s up next for you and your art?


Well, after such an intense Fall season of installations, I need to take some time this Winter to re-build my archive of imagery and to start a new one. As for the direction of my work, I’d love to find new formations in nature for my installations. Maybe start building some hanging structures? The possibilities are infinite when you have time and space.

 

You can learn more about Emily and see her work on her website, and on Facebook and Instagram.

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