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Gallery News 2016
An art exhibition to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the founding of Micropolis Cooperative Gallery will open on May 6 in Gloversville, NY. The theme for the show, Art — Food for the Soul, was selected in recognition of the gallery location. Micropolis is surrounded by the food and the energy of its home, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. The theme was interpreted both literally and figuratively by artists who entered the competition.
Artwork for this show was juried by Doretta Miller, Professor of Art, Skidmore College. Work to be exhibited was selected from over 150 entries by regional artists responding to an open call. Entries came from artists living in an area that extended from East Syracuse, NY to Florence, MA.
Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception for two works of art to be chosen by the juror. Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home has donated the “Best in Show” cash prize. The Gloversville Business Improvement District (BID) will be giving the cash award for “The Juror’s BID Selection.” A “People’s Choice Award” will be named at the end of the show at which time one artist will receive a Micropolis gift certificate and an invitation to be a guest artist in the gallery. Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is funding promotional materials and advertising for the event.
The juried show will be on exhibit from May 6 through June 24 in the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber Gallery, 2 N. Main St., Gloversville and in the Micropolis Gallery, just steps away at 30 N. Main St. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 6 from 5-7pm in both locations.
Martha Starke, guest artist, discusses her "Petal People" with a visitor at the "Meet the Artists" reception on March 4. The cello duo of Ellen Adamson & Samantha Clarke, members of Gloversville Community Music, entertained.
Micropolis Gallery to Welcome Guest Artist Martha Starke at Reception on March 4
Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville, will hold a “Meet the Artists” reception featuring guest artist Martha Starke. The reception will be held in the gallery between 5 and 7pm on Friday, March 4. Starke, a resident of Saratoga Springs, will feature her “Petal People”— a collection of whimsical figures created with only plant material. She states that her mission is to make the viewer of her work smile. No part of her figures has been drawn, painted or computer-enhanced. They are created from ferns, leaves, flowers and herbs, or parts of those plants that were grown in her garden (or snatched from other gardens, road sides and fields).
Also on display will be a new artwork by artists Julie Branch, Dan Bridge, Laurie Cerasia, Carol Law Conklin, Ruth Crotty, James Dempsey, Constance Dodge, Nancy Dunn, Susy Easterly, Katherine Ehle, Cheryl Gutmaker, Michelle Harring, Linda Hinkle, Lynda Naske, Ellen Rae Panero, Judith Plotner, Sandra Grace Smith, Patsy Suydam, Eileen Testo and Christopher Yusko. Music will be provided by “Ponticello,” the cello duo of Ellen Adamson & Samantha Clarke. Both women are members of Gloversville Community Music.
The show will run through April 30. The gallery is open seven days a week. (MON-FRI / 8AM-7PM — SAT / 8AM-5PM — SUN / 9AM-4PM)
Our guest artist George Dirolf speaking with member Connie Dodge (left) and others at our reception last Friday evening. Photo collage by Linda Hinkle.
Our next Meet the Artists Reception features special guest George Dirolf, painter and printmaker. The reception will be held in the gallery between 5 and 7pm on Friday, January 15.
Printmaking will be the focus of Dirolf’s show. It is the art form he has done the longest and that has evolved the most over his lifetime. The exhibit will include his series of nine relief prints titled A Suite for St. Francis. These wood engravings, cut using end-grain maple blocks, were inspired by birds and insects. This series was printed on Magnani Pescia paper in oil base ink on his Golding proof press which dates to 1889. Dirolf also creates large scale charcoal drawings on mylar. While hiking locally, in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Colorado and California, he photographs trees, waterfalls and roads. These images are the resource material for his drawings.
Dirolf of Loudonville, NY has been a high school art teacher for Bethlehem Central Schools for 26 years and a member of The Oakroom Artists for 20 years.
Also on display will be new artwork by Micropolis artists Julie Branch, Dan Bridge, Laurie Cerasia, Carol Law Conklin, Ruth Crotty, James Dempsey, Constance Dodge, Nancy Dunn, Susy Easterly, Katherine Ehle, Cheryl Gutmaker, Michelle Harring, Linda Hinkle, Lynda Naske, Ellen Rae Panero, Judith Plotner, Sandra Grace Smith, Patsy Suydam, Eileen Testo and Christopher Yusko. The show includes paintings, drawings, photos, fiber art, batik, mixed media, woodwork, glass, digital art, floral art, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. It will run through the end of February.
During the reception music will be provided by by Kelly Breczka (oboe) and Joshua Thompson (horn)— members of Gloversville Community Music.
The gallery is open seven days a week. (MON-FRI / 8AM-7PM — SAT / 8AM-5PM — SUN / 9AM-4PM)
Carol Law Conklin's Crossroad
Micropolis artists Linda Naske and Carol Law Conklin received awards at the NCA Juried Show at the Crandall Library, Friends Gallery in Glens Falls, NY on Dec. 3. The show runs through Dec. 30, 2015. Conklin's batik Crossroad is her award-winning piece.
Linda Hinkle had her painting Mountain Lake selected for the 4th Annual "Upstate Artists" Juried Group Show at the Laffer Gallery. A reception was held on Dec. 5 in the gallery which is located at 96 Broad St., Schuylerville, NY 12871. The show runs through January 10, 2016.
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The Micropolis Art Gallery will host an evening of fine art and music on Friday, November 6, from 5-7pm. This special show features works by more than 40 regional artists and music by Kelly Breczka (oboe) and Joshua Thompson (horn), marking a new partnership between Micropolis and Gloversville Community Music.
Micropolis members have invited fellow artists to participate in the gallery’s first Twelve by Twelve Show. A collection of work created in diverse media will be included in the show— all 12” x 12” in size. Also on display will be paintings, drawings, photos, fiber art, batik, mixed media, woodwork, glass, digital art, floral art, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery.
The show will run through the end of December. The gallery is open seven days a week. (MON-FRI / 8AM-7PM — SAT / 8AM-5PM — SUN / 9AM-4PM)
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Judith Plotner, fiber collage artist and Micropolis member, has curated the upcoming show "Fiber Currents/Current Fiber" that will be held at Fulton Montgomery Community College's Perrella Gallery. Join the artists at a reception on Friday, October 23 between 7 and 9pm. Join Judith and the fabulous fiber artists at FMCC for the show opening!
Julie Branch and Susy Easterly in conversation at our September reception.
MICROPOLIS TO WELCOME SCULPTOR JULIE BRANCH AS GUEST ARTIST
Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery will hold a Meet the Artists Reception with special guest Julie Branch. The reception will be held in the gallery between 5 and 7pm on Friday, September 18.
Julie Branch is a full time sculptor living and working in Upstate New York. Her primary mediums are clay and fiber but she also works with wood, concrete and metal. She sculpts, carves, weaves, sews, fires and felts her pieces into being.
Also on display will be new artwork by artists Dan Bridge, Laurie Cerasia, Carol Law Conklin, Ruth Crotty, James Dempsey, Constance Dodge, Nancy Dunn, Susy Easterly, Katherine Ehle, Cheryl Gutmaker, Michelle Harring, Linda Hinkle, Lynda Naske, Ellen Rae Panero, Judith Plotner, Sandra Grace Smith, Patsy Suydam and Eileen Testo.
The show includes paintings, drawings, photos, fiber art, batik, mixed media, woodwork, glass, digital art, floral art, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. It will run through the end of October.
The gallery is open seven days a week. (MON-FRI / 8AM-7PM — SAT / 8AM-5PM — SUN / 9AM-4PM)
Click here to watch member Judith Plotner's gallery talk at Quilt National 2015 on YouTube!
Micropolis Gallery Announces Linda Batchelor as Guest Artist
Linda Batchelor of Northampton, Massachusetts, will be the featured guest artist at Micropolis Gallery in Gloversville from July 10 through Labor Day. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, July 10 from 5-7pm.
Linda is a printmaker and collage artist who has exhibited both regionally and nationally. She has won awards and prizes including a merit prize by Joann Moser, Senior Curator of Prints at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington, D.C. Linda has work represented in many collections including The Boston Public Library, Baltimore City College, and Fidelity.
With a focus on color and pattern, Batchelor creates pictorial works of stylized bottles and figures. She has been working with monotypes and collages for a number of years. This medium is well suited to her explorations in color and pattern and the emotional harmonies they create.
To download a pdf of the above poster for viewing or printing, click here.
Judith Plotner, fiber collage artist and Micropolis participant, has recently had work accepted into two nationally recognized shows. Judith's work Bronx Elegy won an award for "Political and Social Commentary" at Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana. This annual, juried exhibit draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts.
Another fiber collage by Plotner, From the Number One Train, is currently on view at Quilt National '15, at the Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens,Ohio. This is the fifth consecutive time that Judith's work has been selected for this juried biennial exhibition. She was also selected to be on a panel of three artists discussing their work at the event. The show runs through September 7, 2015.
June Meet the Artists! Art on Main featuring the artists of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network and our own Micropolis artists.
Micropolis and the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network have partnered to produce a rackcard promoting the SVAN galleries and Micropolis. This 4" X 9" card (pictured below) will be distributed at tourist destinations throughout the area. To download a PDF (printable) file, click here
Micropolis Gallery Announces Beverley Mastrianni as May Guest Artist
Sculptor Beverley Mastrianni will be the featured guest at Micropolis Cooperative Gallery in Gloversville from May 8 through June 27. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, May 8 from 5-7pm. Much of Mastrianni’s sculpture, although abstract, has been landscape based. In the early part of her career her focus was painting and drawing which has always been important to her. Lately she has been exploring combinations of sculpture and drawing, using engraving on metal as a medium for expressing her ideas.
Beverley Mastrianni is an artist who lives and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. She attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the Royal Victoria School of Nursing in Montreal. In 1976 she graduated from Skidmore College with a major in studio art and received her MA from the University of New York at Albany in 1979.
Regionally her artwork has been exhibited at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and the Schick Gallery at Skidmore College, the Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Albany, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Adirondack Community College, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Albany Center Galleries, as well as in many private galleries. She collaborated with two other artists on the artwork for the Saratoga Train Station. Recent work was shown at Sea Fair in Miami, Art Palm Beach, and Art Santa Fe. Her work is in corporate and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
For more information about Beverley’s work, visit www.beverleymastrianni.com
Guests enjoying our March Meet the Artists reception.
March Guest Artist
Eileen Carey-Testo, fiber artist and shepherd, will be the featured guest at Micropolis Gallery in Gloversville from March 6 through April 30. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, March 13 from 5-7pm.
Eileen Carey-Testo lives on a small farm called Weston Hill in Westerlo, New York. She and her husband tend to a flock of Border Leicester, Romney and long wool crosses in an idyllic setting in the Helderberg Mountains. Eileen has been involved in fiber art for more than 25 years and works in a variety of mediums, all of which incorporate products from her own farm. Her work has been displayed at art galleries, shows and exhibitions and has won various awards, including several Best in Shows.
Eileen is especially well-known for her needle-felted characters, which she makes by hand. She brings these characters to life with nothing more than a single barbed needle, a handful of carded wool, and her imagination. These 100% wool art pieces comprise a broad range of subjects, with inspiration ranging from local people to whimsical creatures.
Even though all of Eileen’s work is based out of her Upstate New York farmstead, her creations have traveled far and wide and are cherished by collectors worldwide. Incorporating colors from nature and around the farm is a central theme in Eileen’s work. The great depth of color can be seen in her many felted or woven pieces as well as her wonderful yarns and garments. She also incorporates antique fabric and trims into her designs which provides yet another layer of richness to her finished pieces.
For more information about Eileen’s work and Weston Hill Farm, visit www.westonhillfarm.com.
Images from our January reception with Corey Pitkin, courtesy of Linda Hinkle.
Treasures Within by Corey Pitkin
Nationally recognized artist Corey Pitkin will be the featured guest at Micropolis Gallery in Gloversville from January 14 through February 28. The exhibit will include never-before seen and existing works, including Treasures Within, winner of both First Place in Oils and the People’s Choice awards at last year’s Annual Hagaman Autumn Art Show.
A reception with the artist will be held at the gallery on Friday, January 23 from 5-7pm.
Corey Pitkin, a native of Athol, NY, is a predominantly self-taught artist specializing in figurative and portraiture paintings in oil and pastel. He is a member of several local and national arts organizations including SVAN, the Oakroom Artists, the Oil Painters of America, and the Pastel Society of America. He offers portraiture workshops across the north country and capital district, with upcoming winter classes at the Saratoga Arts Center. Corey currently resides in Broadalbin with his wife Esther and children Connor and Anastasia. Images and workshop information can be found on www.coreypitkin.com.
Member Cheryl Gutmaker, aka "The Lady's Got Glass", and her husband Julie will be featured on the television show AHA! A House for Arts that will air on WMHT on January 21 at 7:30pm. AHA! features the stories of artists, makers, and creative institutions right here in our backyard and across the country — a celebration of all things creative. The Gutmakers' segment of the show primarily highlights the process they use to create their new series of glass serving pieces called River Bottom. Select pieces from that series will be on display at Micropolis beginning mid-January. Stop in the gallery to see the actual art glass!
Micropolis artist Lynda Naske will be one of four artists featured in the show Still Observations at Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls. The website of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC), sponsor of the show, states that Still Observations presents works that explore the artistic genre of Still Life. Each artist defines the nature and beauty of everyday objects inviting the viewer to visually explore the fleeting moment captured.
The opening reception on Friday, January 16, is accompanied by a Gallery Talk with participating artists Ganna Halvorsen, Kate Hartley, Lynda Naske, and Jeri MacDonald at 5pm. The opening reception which runs from 5-7pm will feature live music by local musician Kim Skoll. Refreshments will also be available.
Still Observations will be on view in Lapham Gallery, January 16 - February 13, 2015.
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