The Dan Sekellick Gallery
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Meet April’s Gallery artist – Bob Blackmon – Retired from a career in higher education, Bob Blackmon lives and paints in Troy, New York. He is primarily a still life artist, whose works are characterized by realism, rich colors on dark backgrounds, sharp contrasts of light and dark. He strives to find and reveal beauty in life’s ordinary things. His still lifes are in the Baroque style and are rather unique. Along with his still life paintings, Bob is showing his Ireland Collection. The “Ireland Collection” of paintings is inspired by Irish subjects, such as landscapes, monuments, and pottery, all gleaned from his visits to the countryside of Ireland.
The Sand Lake Center for the arts invites the Averill Park Central School District Art Department to exhibit student artwork every other year. This ever-popular show exhibits samples of student work from grades 1–12. The show highlights the artistic development and achievement mastered by the students in our area, and shows the importance of supporting a strong arts curriculum for the school district.
There will be a public reception for the artists, friends, family and community at the art center March 5th (Sunday) 1-3 and is free.
This show runs from February 16 through March 31 and will be open to the public whenever there are performances.
For addition information contact SLCA at 674-2007 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us in welcoming local artist Phoebe Chui to the gallery. Ms Chui’s work can be viewed in the gallery until December 31st, 2016.
Phoebe Chui was born and raised in Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. She currently resides in Troy NY and works as an artist at 1st Playable Productions.
As a child Phoebe was obsessed with Disney’s animated movies which led to her love for drawing. After completing high school education Phoebe decided to study abroad in America. At Santa Monica College, Phoebe learnt many traditional and digital techniques to improve her draftsmanship. She was also selected for the Arts Mentor Program where she gained a valuable opportunity to learn in an intensive studio-based environment with individual and small-group instruction and participate in the Arts Mentor Student Show. Phoebe was determined to pursue a career as an illustrator. She traveled all the way to the other side of the world from home to study illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. Her elective studios included but were not limited to children’s book making, graphic design, motion graphics, animation, anatomy, lithography and silkscreening.
Phoebe communicates ideas in a dynamic way. She describes her work as humorous, colorful and youthful. She also illustrates narratives by creating an emotional and dramatic atmosphere for cartoon-like characters.
We’re very excited to have The ARC – Group Show in our Gallery until September 30! Please join us for the artist reception on Tuesday, August 30th from 12:30pm-2:00pm.
An arts program in Rensselaer County is helping people express themselves, and create works that they exhibit and sell.
NewsChannel 13’s Kumi Tucker got a chance to sit in the studio, and hear from some of the artists.
Teacher Patricia Carley wanted a way to make colors come alive for a woman who was born without sight. Carley came up with the idea of adding scents to the paint like lilac, peppermint, orange and lavender.
This art project at Brunswick Center Services is popular. In fact, it’s so popular people line up to get into class.
Art is a way for many here to express themselves freely.
“That’s the beauty of this, that people that are not able to speak or cannot make themselves understood clearly, absolutely speak through their artwork,” explained Carley.
This is the tenth year for this program through the Arc of Rensselaer County.
“I don’t say I’m a teacher. I say I’m a facilitator. I put the things out, and sometimes I have an idea, like today with the flowers, and sometimes I don’t. But I just look to see what they’re going to do and they take it off in their own direction, which is absolutely wonderful,” noted Carley.
With great excitement and great pride, they show their work. One exhibit is at RPI. An upcoming show in August is at the Arts Center in Sand Lake.
They get a thrill when they sell their art.
“Helping people who the rest of society thinks of as disabled. I don’t feel that way at all about anybody, I don’t even like that word. I’m working with wonderful artists. They’re gifted. They’re gifted in many different ways,” noted Carley.
October 1 – November 15
Holiday Art Fair Artists
Want something different, unique, not the same old boring tie or fruitcake… Come to the Holiday Art Fair at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts for all those hard to buy gifts! Mark your calendars and save the dates to join us on Saturday, Nov 5 from 10-4 and Sunday, Nov 6 from 12-4. Our Holiday Artists displays will be brimming with beautifully handcrafted items that will be sure to please. Once again we will be offering our popular raffle, with items donated by our artists. The Café will be open for drinks and treats, so stop on by for an afternoon of shopping and fun. This event is free and open to the public.
July 1 – August 15
Jeff Wigman – Oils
Images still work after all. They can complicate the feeling of location. They can show how everything is a collaboration of the faculties of mind. We may fall easily into an illusory landscape and feel like we are “there,” and then snap back to perception itself and feel like we are “here.” These two places are not essentially different. We build our world moment by moment, stringing together narratives from bare sensations and our storehouse of experience. There is a pervading presence in all of it, a feeling of being on the spot, of setting the clock back to zero and seeing how perception, association, memory, metaphor, and all the rest operate within it. I’m fascinated by the dreamy clarity here—of being both clear and unintelligible, ordinary and beyond, open, questioning. The more I look, the less reasonable things become. Painting is like poking the edges of reasonability and finding its soft spots.
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Check out the newest artist in our gallery! Linda Ford, photographer of intimate scenes of great beauty.
Artist reception was June 5th 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Exhibits are free and open during SLCA events or by appointment. The Gallery is also open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM