The Annual Members’ Show
November 10, 2018 – January 4, 2019
Opening Reception & Holiday Potluck: Saturday, December 1 | 6-8pm
Artwork Pick-Up: Monday, January 7, 2019 | 9am-6pm
Saratoga Arts presents The Annual Members’ Show! This ever-popular, year-end exhibition includes nearly 250 artists displaying artworks ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, ceramics, and photography, showcasing the many talents of our established and emerging member artists from the region and beyond.
Then & Now
September 22 – November 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 22 | 6-8pm
Then & Now is a multi-disciplinary exhibition celebrating the past and present work of artists who have received Individual Artist Grants through Saratoga Arts’ Community Arts Grant Program. These highly competitive grants are designed to support artists making new work and developing new approaches to its creation.
Artist Grants provide awards of $2,500 directly to artists for the creation of new work that reflects local community life or culture and engages a community in the creative process. In the past twenty years, Saratoga Arts has awarded a total of $118,500 to 45 individual artists living in Fulton, Montgomery & Saratoga Counties, supporting creative projects in all arts disciplines.
Saratoga Arts’ Artist Grants are a funding category within Saratoga Arts’ Community Arts Grants Program. Founded in 1977, the Decentralization Program (DEC), known locally at Saratoga Arts as Community Arts Grants, was developed to ensure New York State’s cultural funding reached every part of the state.
Shawn Atkins . Mark Blech . Wanda Burch . Terry Conrad . Mary Cuffe-Perez . Daesha Devon Harris . Constance Dodge . Anne Francey . Deb Hall . Elaine Handley . Linda Hinkle . Mary Kathryn Jablonski . JoAnn Johnson . Diane Lachtrupp . Jessica Mansmith . Alice Manzi . Marilyn McCabe . Margo Mensing . Patricia Nugent . Tim Olsen . Maria Riccio Bryce . Jay Rogoff . Miriam Romais . Tom Ryan . Mary Sanders Shartle . Ben Schwab . Julie Takacs . Jay Towne . Elizabeth Woodbury Kaisus
June 30 – September 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7, | 6-8pm
Artwork Pick-Up: Monday & Tuesday, September 10 & 11 | 9am-6pm
The annual 10×10 show exhibits the artwork of new artists, veteran artists, young and old artists, artists who are showing their work for the first time and artists who have been exhibiting their work for years. This exhibition also features the 10×10 artworks created by hundreds of young artists participating in Saratoga Arts’ Visual Arts Summer Camp program. By the end of August, this exhibition will present over 800 works by over 500 artists!
March 31 – May 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7 | 6-8pm
Each artist in Elemental Narratives aims to portray moments and events that are important to them; moments that are essential, or have had a profound impact on them. Their artwork is bound by their shared desire to tell the stories of those moments.
Using the narrative of history, memory and time, Oliver Schemm unites perceived function with absurdity, mixing time periods and cultural traditions in his work. Daisy Rockwell’s paintings depict moments of both war torn Aleppo and her mother’s terminal illness, while Diane Fine attempts to tell the story of an ageless conversation in a non-verbal way.
Bound & Unbound
February 17 – March 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17 | 6-8pm
Bound & Unbound brings together three artists – Regis Brodie, Susan Hoffer, and Simeon Youngmann – who create artwork bound by tradition, medium, or semi-isolation. These artists create work that breaks through these boundaries and highlights the push-and-pull that is often found between tradition and contemporary life, exhibiting that the two can coexist harmoniously.
High School All Stars
January 13 – February 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13, 3-5pm
Featuring artwork from students attending high schools in Saratoga, Fulton, & Montgomery counties!
Thank you to the sponsor of this exhibition!
The Annual Members’ Show
November 11 – December 31, 2017
Opening Reception & Holiday Potluck: Saturday, December 2, 6-8pm
Saratoga Arts presents The Annual Members’ Show! This ever-popular, year-end exhibition includes 250 artists displaying artworks, ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, ceramics, and photography, showcasing the many talents of our established and emerging member artists from the region and beyond.
September 15 – November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16, 6-8pm
The residue of humanity and the relics of industrialization can be seen throughout our natural world. We as individuals and as a culture have a complicated relationship with the infrastructures that we create and leave behind. Despite the seemingly conflicting association between the natural and industrial, the artists in Intangible Roots examine and reflect on the tension that is caused by these nuanced relationships.
By using architectural and geometric forms, Kevin Cieplensky, Andrew Dines, and Greg Cuda create work with unclear narratives, attempting to make sense of humanity and its intervention with the world around. They capture a sense of memory and absence within these environments and challenge our understanding of the relationship between the human and natural and the geometric and structural.
Kevin Cieplensky is a New York-based ceramic artist and instructor who currently maintains his practice in the Saratoga Springs region. A Hudson Valley native, he received his B.F.A. in ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2015. He has since completed a year of post-baccalaureate studies, as well as a year-long residency at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in multiple private collections.
A lifelong photographer who has been published in multiple books and periodicals, Greg Cuda has been exhibiting his fine art photography on both a regional and national basis. Over the last two years, he has exhibited at the Arts Center of the Capital Region and the Roxbury Arts Group. In 2017, Cuda’s work has been accepted for exhibition in five states: Rhode Island, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York.
Andrew Dines received a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont and an M.F.A. from the University at Albany, SUNY. He is recipient of several awards including the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Exchange (ROCI) Road to Peace Emerging Artist Award from the Rauschenberg Foundation and the Arts Center Award and Creative Spirit Award from the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. He has work in numerous private collections and the permanent collection of the University Art Museum of the University at Albany, SUNY. He was an artist-in-residence at Arquetopia in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Residencia Corazon in La Plata, Argentina. Andrew’s work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country.
July 1 – September 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 6-8pm
The annual 10×10 show exhibits over 550 pieces of artwork created by new artists, veteran artists, young and old artists, artists who are showing their work for the first time and artists who have been exhibiting their work for years. Most pieces are priced at or around $100. This exhibition also features the 10×10 artworks created by hundreds of young artists participating in Saratoga Arts’ Visual Arts Summer Camp program. By the end of August, this exhibition will present over 800 works by over 500 artists!
April 28 – June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 6-8pm
In the context of landscapes, “open spaces” might suggest clear vistas unblocked by trees and mountains. The artists in Open Spaces, however, are getting at something beyond the representation of vistas and locations. For each of these artists, the openness of something lies within its ability to change. Visible light doesn’t only color the surface of what we see; it transforms the things on which it is cast, making for us a reality shaped by our senses that goes well beyond our initial perception.
Matt Chinian, Cheryl Horning, Kelly Schoonbeck, and Takeyce Walter explore the observance of beauty and change in our surroundings. Evoking sometimes fleeting moments of stillness and movement, memory and wonderment, the artists in this exhibition seek out a truth that may be unknown. They reveal a deep rooted connection between individuals and their environments, at times reminding us that the space between us is subject to ongoing change, to creation and re-creation.
Matt Chinian is a landscape painter living in Cambridge, New York. A plein air painter, he works with an emphasis on recording the place at the time he is there. Most are done within a few miles of his home, but he enjoys painting when he visits neighboring towns, cities, and the Adirondacks. He finds the light that falls on our physical world illuminates everything the same and can make the ugly beautiful. He hopes to express that beauty to those who view his work.
Chinian holds an MFA in Sculpture and Drawing from the University at Albany. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the northeast and Germany, most recently including The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville and Salem Art works in Salem, New York.
Whether working on figural or abstract pieces, Cheryl Horning expresses ideas about relationships to one another, to the environment, to God and to mystery. Her figures run a continuum from realistic to abstract and from human to botanical. Human forms merge and separate. Botanical forms mimic and merge with human forms. They all work together to create a landscape that moves and dances. Horning holds a BA in Fine Art and French and an MS in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University at Albany. She has studied with Regis Brodie and Alice Manzi from Skidmore College. She lives in Greenwich, New York.
Surrounded by constant change and motion, the stillness of the landscape is often overlooked. Kelly Schoonbeck’s objective is to suggest this fleeting moment, while forcing the viewer to confront their own spirituality, memory, and reality. Born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, Schoonbeck received a BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh with a focus in drawing, painting, and art history. Inspired by the structure of the landscape that surrounds her, she uses color and light to create a surreal atmosphere. She hopes her work strikes a note of familiarity with the viewer.
Takeyce Walter is inspired and often overwhelmed by the beauty found in nature. She is driven by the irresistible urge to capture that beauty and share it with others. Her artwork is of places she’s experienced with all of her senses, composed with intent to recreate the sense of connectedness and wonderment left upon her by nature. She hopes that her work captures the inspiration she feels, and inspires others to see the beauty around us. An artist and art instructor, Walter’s paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Vermont, and Cape Cod. She is especially drawn to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Walter exhibits her artwork online and in local venues, and her work has found homes in many private collections both nationally and internationally.
Thank you to our sponsor for this exhibition!
Saratoga Arts has partnered with LARAC and the Arts Center of the Capital Region to present the 120° Intercollegiate Regional. Originally developed by LARAC in 2013 to support college students, this exhibition provides visibility for students’ artwork and an educational platform to introduce young artists to professional opportunities and local arts communities. The annual juried exhibition rotates among the three partner organizations each year, highlighting the best of artwork created by students who currently attend accredited colleges and universities located within 120 miles of Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Troy, New York.
This year, students from 23 colleges and universities located in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont submitted over 500 pieces of artwork to be considered for the 120° Intercollegiate Regional. Guest Juror Ginger Ertz selected 105 pieces of artwork ranging from painting and drawing to photography, film, printmaking and sculpture to be showcased in this highly competitive exhibit.
Guest Juror Ginger Ertz, Museum Educator at the Tang Teaching Museum, is responsible for the development and implementation of all K-12 and community education programs at the Tang Museum. Prior to the Tang, she worked as the Educational Programming Coordinator for the Brattleboro (VT) Museum & Art Center. A sculptor, drawer, and painter, Ginger holds an MFA degree, has taught art classes in a variety of media to children and adults, and has shown her work extensively in New England and the Capital Region. She has been invited to jury many exhibitions, including several high school regional exhibitions and the National Exhibition of Artists with Disabilities. Ginger is the recipient of a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She lives in Niskayuna.
Congratulations to the Best in Show and Honorable Mention award winners!
Best in Show
Robert Wolf, Peggles, SUNY Plattsburgh
Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins, Edges, University at Albany
Madeleine Welsh, Missing Susan, Skidmore College
Laiken Whittredge, For Sale, SUNY Oneonta
Thank you to our sponsors!