2017 Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibition:
“A Declaration of Sentiments: Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State” opening June 3rd. Curator Carrie Feder will mix art and artifact in a historical, conceptual and artistic reflection upon the suffrage movement.
Follow Carrie Feder’s posts about the show on Instagram!

 


14th Annual Members Exhibition
April 9 – May 7
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4PM
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george-baker-church-font-triptychWe are pleased to show the work of emerging and established Hudson Valley artists in the 14th Annual Members Exhibition. The work of the 33 participating artists, ranging from watercolors, oils, pastels, pencil and ink on paper, photographs, ceramics, image transfer, and more, highlights the diversity of their creativity. The exhibition was co-curated by Lucy Michener and Diane Michener, runs through May 7th, with hours Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4PM.

In the Glass Gallery, the 2016 Curator’s Choice Award winner, George Baker, has a solo exhibition of mixed media sculpture and paintings. Reflecting on his art Mr. Baker says, “As I look at all the concerns for clean water in our Hudson Valley Region, our country and the world, I tried to express the beauty of Greene County as a reminder that we have to be vigilant in our efforts to recycle, and to truly value the earth and all it provides us. We should not just hope for a “miracle” but rather “recycle religiously“ and make a conscience effort to be responsible for its care! This year, I continue on this journey paying homage to the Native Americans as they fight to preserve their sacred lands and water, resisting the building of the Dakota access pipeline. I have also tried to express my spiritual connection to landscapes that I find truly sublime, paintings of Muir woods, the Missouri River, and the Hudson River region inspire me and I hope they inspire you as well. Living in the shadow of the Hudson River School of Art I feel a powerful connection to how these amazing artists contributed to changing societal views of nature and our relationship to the world. These artists seem more relevant now than ever, especially with the political winds of change upon us. I hope my art can be relevant and inspire change and awareness to all.”

 


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CALL FOR ENTRIES:14TH ANNUAL ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER
MEMBERS EXHIBITION:
 The Second Street Show

We are celebrating our 14th Annual Members Exhibition this spring. Artists are invited to submit up to two works in any media. This special exhibition will be co-curated by Lucy and Diane Michener and all participants must be current 2017 Athens Cultural Center Members.

Artwork drop off date is Saturday, April 1st from 1-4PM and pick up will be Sunday, May 7th from 4-6PM. The exhibition will open with an artists reception on Saturday, April 8th from 6-8PM and run through May 7th. There will be four awards presented at 7PM during the opening reception: the Directors Award carries a cash prize of $100; the Curators Choice Award receives a solo exhibition during the 2018 Second Street Show; Best Landscape in Show and Best in Show Awards each receive a one-year individual ACC membership.
Members are invited to submit up to two (2) works, in any medium. Please limit your works to 3.5 feet in any direction, work larger than these dimensions will only be accepted as space allows. Work must be dry, clean, ready to hang.and not previously exhibited at the Athens Cultural Center. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate film at this time. In take forms will be available at the gallery during intake or can be downloaded HERE. Artists may renew or become a member at the art intake or in advance using PayPal from this website home page, click on the join tab, memberships are based on the calendar year. We ask that all participating members assist with gallery sitting when possible to ensure regular gallery hours during the exhibition.

 


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Coxsackie-Athens School District K-12 Student Exhibition
March 4-26
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4PM
Artists Reception: March 23, 3:30-5:30PM

The Athens Cultural Center will be ablaze in color and alive with energy thanks to artwork from Coxsackie-Athens School District students, kindergarten through high school. This annual exhibition of students work is a wonderful opportunity for the community to view the budding and accomplished talents of their young friends and neighbors.

From delicate graphite and pen and ink on paper to bold splashes of color, the exhibition includes drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, collage and computer graphics. Special thanks to the C-A art teachers, Mary Finneran, Lori Morris, Dawn Mueller and Martin Olstad for their dedication, inspired instruction and the installation of the exhibition.

Photos: Some of the art work displayed during the 2016 C-A exhibition; a group of ceramic heads by Mr. Olstad’s ceramic class, a school of ceramic fish by Coxsackie Elementary students and computer designed sculpture printed on a 3D printer and cast in metal.


"Sun Spot" by Katherine Kline

“Sun Spot” by Katherine Kline

SUN SPOT
A NEW YEAR READING ROOM & EXHIBITION
BY THE FRIENDS OF D. R. EVARTS LIBRARY
December 31 to February 11, 2016-2017

Athens, New York
Athens Cultural Center is pleased to host SUN SPOT, a reading room and exhibition by the Friends of D. R. Evarts Library. A project to merge Library and Gallery through development and installation SUN SPOT aims to create a satellite of Athens’ beloved D. R. Evarts Library at the Center―a diverse and creative space for lovers of reading, art and literature.

Curated by Athens artist Sarah Butler the project begins on Saturday, December 31st with readings and music from 7pm onward. Featuring “Laundry Pictures,” a documentary essay from the photojournalism collection of Katherine Montague, the exhibition also includes a crowd-sourced book table by Friends of the Library.

Midway through the exhibition SUN SPOT releases the local bimonthly magazine: Athens Laundry. An art and literary series advocating literacy, cultural commons, and creative research, since its inception in September 2016 Athens Laundry has featured the artists Laura Battle, Pauline Oliveros, and Linda Weintraub, among others. Scheduled for Sunday, January 15, from 1 to 4pm, Issue 3 is curated by artist and Frontispiece Hudson director Colby Bird.

SUN SPOT closes on Saturday, February 11 with silent film screenings and piano accompaniment from 1 to 4pm. Visitors to the Center that evening will enjoy the results of another new Friends’ initiative: the Clark Grant for Ceramic Art. Celebrating the role of historic Clark Pottery in establishing the village of Athens, the award this year goes to Jackie Sedlock Pottery.

Artists in exhibition include Colby Bird, Sadee Brathwaite, Elizabeth Felicella, Brandon Gamm, Nicholas Knight, and Audra Wolowiec, among others.

The mission of D. R. Evarts Library is to help meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of Athens and surrounding communities, in tandem with the Mid-Hudson Library System. For more information, please visit http://drevartslibrary.org/ SUN SPOT is open 1 to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

 


2016 Exhibitions

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“The Fool” by Diane Phillips

“Exploring the Tarot” Exhibition of Hand Hooked Rugs
October 29-November 20
Reception: Saturday, November 5, 6-8PM

“Exploring The Tarot” is an exhibition of 23 rugs created by a group of amazing fiber artists. This show was created and conceived by Loretta Scena and Michele Micarelli. Approximately two years in the making, the co-creators invited 21 artists to join them in creating hooked rug representations of the major Arcana of the Tarot.

The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits in a deck of tarot cards. Each of these cards is interpreted in beautiful detail as an original work of art: The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World and The Fool. The 23rd rug in the show represents the back of the cards in a deck of cards. The artists hail from Nova Scotia to Georgia, living all up and down the east coast.

The show is a magical sight to behold! Rug hooking is a Fiber Art where continuous loops of wool fabric, which is cut into strips, is pulled through a backing which is usually made of linen or cotton. Rug Hooking has become an art form and sometimes alternate materials and techniques are employed.

There will be a unique opportunity for area rug hookers to work with Michele Micarelli in a one- day workshop on Saturday, November 5th, from 12-5PM. Participants may bring any project you wish. This may be a new creation or something you have started and need some help with. Michele will have lots of patterns and wool for sale. She is an expert colorist and trouble shooter. There will be coffee and donuts of course and lots of laughs.There is a $40 fee for the workshop, space is limited; pre-register by email info@athensculturalcenter.org or phone 518-945-2136. Come spend an amazing afternoon and then return for a wine and cheese reception party for the “Exploring The Tarot” show from 6-8PM.


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It’s Elementary: Lessons from the New Baltimore Schoolhouse
September 17-October 16

Reception and Book Signing, Saturday, September 17, 6-8PM
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4PM

“It’s Elementary-Lessons from the New Baltimore Schoolhouse” is a walk back in time to a simpler life when students in grades K-8 were taught and disciplined in multigrade classrooms, played during and after school and there was a deep connectedness between the students, shopkeepers, parents and public institutions in this rural community. When Bob and Fran Degni purchased and began renovation of the New Baltimore schoolhouse, neighbors stopped by and told them stories about the community and their memories of their time at the school.

Fran Matalon-Degni has curated an exhibition and edited a collection of oral histories. This exhibit includes excerpts of these interviews, displayed on text panels designed by Anthony Silvani. There are also accompanying portraits of the interviewees by Thomas J. Satterlee and historical photos to round out the show. A new addition to the exhibition is an audio installation Fran has worked on with musician Brian Melick which includes excerpts from the interviews. The accompanying book (published by Flint Mine Press), which contains the entire interviews and includes over 50 photographs, will be available throughout the exhibition.

This event is made possible in part with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program at the Greene County Council on the Arts.


 

Summer Exhibition July 9- August 28
FIRE: It’s Role in the History and Lives of the People of the Hudson Valley
July 9 – August 28
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 6-8PM
Gallery Hours: Fridays, 4-7PM, Saturdays, 2-7PM and Sundays, 1-4PM
Fire, It’s Role in the History and Lives of the People of the Hudson Valley is a conceptual, multi media exhibition blending contemporary artworks created by residents of the Hudson Valley exploring the theme of fire, with artifacts, documents and contemporaneous information on the various roles that fire has played in the history of the region. The exhibition at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, opens July 9th and runs through August 28th. An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 16th from 6-8pm.

The pottery and brick making industries that used to exist in Athens, both of which fired their products, are investigated as will the Athens shipbuilding industry during the time of steamships which were powered by fire, the Athens-Hudson ferry when it was a steam powered vessel and the Athens lighthouse which was lit by fire for much of its existence. The Athens Volunteer Fire companies which have long histories and close ties to the communities and even the loss of homes to fire are explored. Items showing the role of fire in homes and businesses for lighting, cooking and heating are included. The exhibition was curated by Diane Michener, display design by Diane and Lucy Michener. Contemporary artists featured in the exhibition include Hilary North, Carol May, Alice Tunison, Kiki Smith, Jeanne Cameron, Luc Hammond Thomas, Susan Nicolini, Geri Brienza, Sam Sebren, Claudia McNulty, Susan E. O’Brien, Susan Beecher, Carol Goebel, Kirsten Bates, Lois Binetsky, John X. Rae, Sue-Ann LaCasse, Valerie Hammond and Leah Rhodes.

 


 

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“Olivia’s Birds”
June 4-28
Artists reception: Saturday, June 18, 6-8pm
“Olivia’s Birds” is an exhibition of 50 watercolors by Olivia Bouler. Olivia was 11 years when she contacted the Audubon Society about the tragic oil spill in the Gulf and it’s affect on wildlife. Olivia wrote to the Audubon Society about her fundraising idea, using her talent as an artist to give bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. Olivia drew and donated 500 original drawings and thousands of limited edition prints throughout the summer of 2010. Today, she continues her environmental activism as an artist, writer, educator, and speaker.
Many of the artworks in this exhibition were included in the book “Olivia’s Birds”, written and illustrated by Ms. Bouler and published by Sterling Publishing Children’s Books. Part of the proceeds of the book sales go to the Audubon Society.

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Frozen Memories

Susan Nicolini’s popular solo exhibit in the Glass Gallery, “Journeyscape 1”, has been extended until June 26th. A resident of the Catskill region of New York, Susan’s journey has taken her from urban to suburban, to rural and beyond. “Art in all its expression has always been a part of me. It all began with fingerpaints and crayons….my life’s journey in monotones and color,the tangible and intangible with pallet knives and rollers revealed; the movement and emotion captured. As words are to a writer, let my paintings be my custom framed autobiography.” The paintings included in this solo exhibition reveal the curves, potholes, delays and accidents encountered on the road of life.


 


13TH ANNUAL ATHENS CULTURAL CENTER MEMBERS EXHIBITION
The Second Street Show Goes “Greene”!
Curated by Sara Pruiksma


We’re all about being “Greene” in our thematic 2016 Spring Members Exhibition! Join us for light refreshments on Saturday, April 23 from 6-8PM for an artists reception and award presentations.

Exhibition Dates:
 April 23-May 28
Artists Reception:
 Saturday, April 23, 6-8PM, Awards at 7PM
Pick Up Date: Saturday May 28th, 4-6PM

Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday, 1-4PM

 

2016 Awards: 

Directors Award -Maria Kolodziej-Zincio
Curators Choice Award -Receives a Solo Exhibition at the 2017 Second Street Show in the Glass Gallery-George Baker
Best Landscape in Show Award -Nora Adelman
Best in Show Award -James Molloy


 

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March 5 – March 26

Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday, 1-4PM

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17, 3:30-5:30PM
Works created by students in the Coxsackie Athens School District, elementary through high school. The exhibit encompasses a variety of two and three dimensional work in painting, pastels, photography, graphic design CA show 2015 4sculpture and more.

 

 

 

 

 


 

2015 Exhibitions

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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 21, 6-8 PM
Gallery hours by appointment: 945-2136 and 945-7981
Saturday, December 12th, 1-5 PM during the Athens Victorian Stroll

Find just the thing to deck your halls for the holidays or for inspired gift giving! Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, November 21st from 6-8PM. Enjoy light refreshments while perusing the ACC Members Small Works Holiday Show and Sale. Featuring works in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, book arts, photography and more, most of the art work is priced at or below $100. Buyers can take their purchases home the same day to enjoy or wrap for holiday gifting.


 

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SHIFTING ECOLOGIES II
August 8-September 6
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 6-9 PM

Curated by Marianne Van Lent, this exhibition features a diverse group of artists who are exploring ecological issues and changes to the environment in their work. The opening reception will take place Saturday, August 8th from 6-9 PM at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens. The exhibition will run August 8-September 6 with gallery hours on Fridays, 4-7 PM, Saturdays 2-7 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM.

The artists included in this exhibition include Joan Ades, Nancy Azara , Sarah Barker, Kathy Bruce, Tina Chaden, Lisa Crafts, Ford Crull, Peggy Cyphers, Carrie Dashow, Tasha Depp, Steve Derrickson, Priscilla Derven, Sarah Draney, Stuart Farmery, Deborah Freedman, Mark Gibian, Kylie Heidenheimer, Carter Hodgkin. Linda Horn, Elizabeth Knowles, Ellen Kozak, Claire Lambe, Barbara Laube, Ingrid Lisowski, Dana Matthews, Theresa Nicholas, Alastair Noble, Gina Occhiogrosso, Al Peters, Sara Pruiksma, Leah Rhodes, Sam Sebren, Phyllis Stoller, Jeff Vanderburg, Marjorie Van Dyke, Marianne Van Lent, Gordana Vukovic and Riva Weinstein.

View catalogue here: Shifting Ecologies Catalogue 2015

These artists embrace a culture of ecology and a sense of responsibility for defending the environment. William McDonough, a leader in promoting sustainability has said, “If everything that is received from the earth can be freely given back, without causing harm to any living system: this is ecology.” Eco artists may address the subject with on-site rigor and activism; painters address it with detached formalism and the language of painting. This show presents the way painters are reacting to the current ecology of our planet and our ecological crisis and challenge.

One of the natural conditions of life is the alteration — sometimes subtle, often overt — of our environment. Industrial and technological expansion are triggering drastic environmental changes often resulting in mutations, diseases and pollutants. These ecological transformations impact everything, from the lives of bacteria to the biological processes spanning the entire globe. The overall destruction of our earth from global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, genetic engineering and toxic waste threatens our survival and way of life. The earth struggles to adapt to the imposed conditions and faces a succession of challenges without any certainty that it may sustain itself.

The word “ecology” was coined by Ernst Haeckel in1878 and originates from the Greek word oikos meaning house or household. Haeckel, a naturalist, biologist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist, expanded the meaning to include habitats. From habitats the word has come to mean the study of the environment: addressing scientifically the interrelationships of living creatures, and their conditions including the biological and physical sciences.

Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include “Cosmologies”, “Prima Materia” and “Nature Abstracted” at the Painting Center, New York, “Reflected Light”, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com.

This exhibition is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Addition funding provided by the Athens Community Foundation.

A special panel discussion will take place on Saturday August 15 from 5 PM – 7 PM as part of the exhibition. The panel will present and discuss the interplay between art and science on the subject of environmental change and will conclude with a group manifestation by the river with multidisciplinary artist/activist, Carrie Dashow.


 

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“Etow Oh Koam, King of the River Nation” by Jan Verlest 1710
“The Very Last of the Mohicans” Claudia McNulty 2012 Latex on paper, 5″ x 7″
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
TAKING ROOT: CANISKEK AND THE MEETING OF TWO WORLDS
Art & History Exhibit at the Athens Cultural Center: An investigative mix of art and artifacts.

Imagine it is 1665. The place is the wilderness along the banks of the river whose “waters flow both ways.” The native inhabitants are the Mohicans, the newcomers wishing to settle and trade are the Dutch. Exactly 350 years ago a deed was signed for the land the Mohicans called Caniskek, a place that would change forever and evolve into the present day town called Athens, New York. “Taking Root: Caniskek and The Meeting of Two Worlds” is the exhibit which takes this local historical event and uses it as a jumping off point to envision and contemplate the past as well as reassess the immediate world around us. Neither a traditional historical nor a contemporary art exhibition, “Taking Root” employs an unexpected and interdisciplinary approach to the subject matter. Juxtaposing historical artifacts with contemporary art, the exhibit tells the tale of colliding worlds, investigating what the world was like here in 1665 as well as the powerful ideas of exploration, settlement, ownership, loss, culture and destiny…the very concepts which are so much a part of our American journey.

Opening Reception: “Taking Root”, curated by Carrie Feder, opens at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, New York, on June 6th with an opening reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will run through July 26th with gallery hours on Fridays: 4 -7 pm, Saturdays: 2 -7 pm and Sundays: 1 – 4 pm or by appointment: call 518 421-3443.

Artists included in the show are: Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Tina Chaden, Dikko Faust: Purgatory Pie Press, Geoff Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Jim Holl, Kahn & Selesnick, Cynthia Karasek, Pat Kaufman, Louise Laplante, Michael McKay, Julie Anne Mann, Michael McKay, Claudia McNulty, Patrick McPhee, Terri O’Connor, Leslie C. Reed, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Crystal Tourtillott and Susan Wides. Excerpts from the written word and recorded background music by members of the Stockbridge – Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians will also be included in the exhibition. Several associated programs including panel discussions on related topics are being planned and will be announced.

Ms. Feder has a BA in Art and Art History from Brown University, studied printmaking in the graduate program at the San Francisco Art Institute, exhibited her work in NYC for many years and worked at the Whitney and Metropolitan Museum of Art. As partner in Athens Architectural Workshop she works in architectural design and historic
preservation. She is a Trustee of the Historic Eastfield Foundation and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site where she has spearheaded the effort to recreate the original 19th century interiors and is working with the team planning the reinterpretation of the house tour. She has curated, co-curated and installed several art exhibitions at the Athens Cultural Center most notably the popular “ICE” show in 2013.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts, Peckham Family Foundation and the Athens Community Foundation.


 

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Ascidiae, Ernest Haeckel, 1888

Call for Entries – Shifting Ecologies II

The Athens Cultural Center invites Hudson Valley Artists to participate in the upcoming exhibition, SHIFTING ECOLOGIES II. Curated by Marianne Van Lent, the exhibition will feature a diverse group of artists who are exploring ecological issues and changes to the environment in their work.The exhibition will run August 8-September 7, 2015.

One of the consequences of living is the alteration — sometimes subtle often overt — of our environment. Industrial and technological expansion is triggering drastic environmental changes often resulting in mutations, diseases and pollutants. These ecological transformations impact everything, from the lives of tiny bacteria to the biological processes spanning the entire globe. The overall destruction from global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, genetic engineering and toxic waste threatens our survival and way of life.

The earth struggles to adapt to the imposed conditions and faces a succession of challenges without any certainty that it may sustain itself. We invite representational and abstract artists to submit work that considers all facets of ecological transformation.

If you are interested in participating in this exhibition, please email two digital images (medium size) to Marianne Van Lent: mvl@mindspring.com. Please indicate your name, title of work, size, medium, email address and phone number. Works in all mediums except photography will be considered. There is no charge for entries or for the artists who are chosen to participate. All entries are due by May 20, 2015. Should your work be chosen, you will receive a letter of acceptance with further instructions and updated information.

Artwork must be received in the Gallery at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, NY on Saturday August 1 from 1-4 PM and pick-up will be Saturday September 12 from 1-4 PM. Marianne Van Lent lives and works in NYC and Athens, NY on the Hudson River. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art and her MFA from Cornell University. Van Lent’s paintings have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and inhabit many public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include Nature Abstracted at The Painting Center, and Reflected Light, a solo show at Ulla Surland Fine Art. Her works can be seen online at www.mariannevanlent.com.

This exhibition is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Addition funding provided by the Athens Community Foundation.

 


 

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That Happens at Night Detail by Natalie Boburk

12th Annual Members Second Street Show and “Depth, Time and Texture” a Solo Show by Natalie Boburka

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18th, 5-8PM.
Exhibition: April 18 – May 9
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 PM
Our Twelfth Annual Members Exhibition, “The Second Street Show” highlights both professional and emerging artists, dovetailing an assortment of unique styles and techniques. The exhibit by members of the Athens Cultural Center features an eclectic collection of paintings, photography, sculptures, prints, glasswork, and more.

Last year’s Curators Choice Award winner, Natalie Boburka, will be exhibiting “Depth, Time and Texture” in the Glass Gallery. Ms. Boburka states, “This series of work chronologically documents my search for depth in both conceptual and aesthetic qualities. By using textures that are implied and real to add layers of meaning and richness in the surfaces of my paintings I explore physical and emotional space. This love of texture has grown to include both sculptural objects, and to explore encaustics as another means of creating real depth as well as the illusion of depth.


 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES
12TH ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
The Second Street Show
Curated by Sara Pruiksma
Drop Off Date: Saturday, April 4th from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Exhibition Dates:
Saturday, April 18th- Saturday, May 9th
Artists Reception:
Saturday, April 18, 5-8 PM, Awards Announced 7 PM
Pick Up Date: Saturday, May 9th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

2015 Awards:
Directors Award -Receives $100
Curators Choice Award -Receives a Solo Exhibition at the 2016 Second Street Show in the Glass Gallery
Best Landscape in Show Award -Receives 1 Year Individual ACC Membership
(2) Best in Show Awards -Receives 1 Year Individual ACC Membership

Works: Submit up to two (2) works, in any medium. Please limit your works to 3.5 ft in any direction. Work larger than these dimensions will only be accepted as space allows. Work must be dry, clean, and ready to hang. Work that has been previously exhibited at the Athens Cultural Center will not be shown. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate film at this time. Download intake form here. Forms will also be available at the gallery during intake.

Membership: All participants must be current 2015 Athens Cultural Center Members. You may renew or become a member at the art intake. 2015 memberships can be purchased with cash or check at the time of the intake or in advance using PayPal from the ACC website here. Memberships are based on the calendar year.

We ask that all participating members assist with gallery sitting when possible to ensure regular gallery hours during the exhibition.


 

2014 Exhibitions

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ACC Members Holiday Small Works Show and Sale 
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 22, 5-8 PM
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sundays, 2-4 PM, November 23-December 12th,
Saturday, December 13th, 1-5 PM during the Athens Victorian Stroll

Find just the thing to deck your halls for the holidays or for inspired gift giving! Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, November 22nd from 5-8PM. Enjoy light refreshments while perusing the ACC Members Small Works Holiday Show and Sale. Featuring works in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, book arts, photography and more, most of the art work is priced at or below $100. Buyers can take their purchases home the same day to enjoy or wrap for holiday gifting.


 

CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Member’s Holiday Small Works Exhibition

If you’re an artist and have created a tiny treasure, with that ‘g0tta have it’ flare, then here’s an opportunity for you! We want to help you get your artwork into the hands and homes of someone special. Member artists are invited to exhibit up to three small works during the Victorian Stroll.
Guidelines:
Two and three dimensional works, preferably no larger than 11″x14″ are welcome. Artwork must be ready to hang, with wire, or easily displayed on a pedestal. *The Athens Cultural Center suggests a donation of 10% of sales, to help defray exhibition costs. We encourage artwork to be priced around, or below $100.
Submission Form: Download the submission form here. Forms will also be available at the artwork intake.
Membership: All participants must be current 2014 Athens Cultural Center Members. You may renew or become a member at the art intake. 2014 memberships can be purchased with cash or check at the time of the intake or in advance using PayPal from the ACC website here. Memberships are based on the calendar year.
Dates to Know:
Drop off: Saturday, November 8th 1-4pm
Pick up Unsold works: Sunday, December 14th 1-4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 22nd 5-8pm
Exhibit dates: November 22nd- December 13th 2014
Things to Know:
Purchased works will be available to take home immediately.
We ask that all participating members assist with gallery sitting when possible to ensure regular gallery hours during the exhibition.
The Athens Cultural Center reserves the right to withhold works from display, for any reason, including, but not limited to, content, inadequate hanging devices, or unsuitable presentation.
We hope you will join us for this year’s Victorian Stroll, Saturday, December 13th!


 

Past Exhibitions

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CALL FOR ENTRIES
Share Your Love of Dance!
On Saturday, September 13th

On Saturday, September 13th, The Hidden Language of the Soul will open at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens. The Hidden Language of the Soul is dedicated to celebrating dance in our community and will feature both stories, visuals and performances. We would like to include yours!

If you’d like to share your story, we are asking people to include an image (of any size) and a three paragraph description on how dance has influenced you. Maybe taking ballet class when you were young helped instill you with discipline….or perhaps you met you husband/wife at a dance…you may have received a dance scholarship or have been introduced to dance later in life for exercise. All stories are relevant and will be celebrated in this exhibition!

If you would like to share a live dance performance we are requesting you to limit the performance time to 5 minutes. Performances will be featured during the opening onSeptember 13th and later in the month. To share your story in this exhibit or for more information on how to submit stories, visuals and performances email exhibit curator Todd Whitley at tmwusa@gmail.com. The deadline for contacting the curator is September 1st.

Submission Deadline: September 1st
For more information: contact 518-945-2136 or info@athensculturalcenter.org

 


June/August

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Curated by Tim Watkins
June 13 to August 10th
Opening and Performances will take place Friday, June 13th, 6:30-9PM
Closing Celebration and Performances will take place Saturday, August 9th

A group exhibition of work by artists who live in the Hudson Valley opens with an artists reception at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 13, at the Athens Cultural Center. Tim Watkins, the exhibition curator, has selected artists whose work brings an intriguing and varied response to the theme, exploring the metaphor- the reality of life and our limited journey. Road Kill performances will take place during the opening and at the closing celebration on August 9. Adding a real time performance section to this show, the curator has invited a diverse group of artists to present works that bring the theme to life through varied forms of expression.

“The black tire tracks on the highway or on the guardrail, always invite a story”.

Curator’s Statement
”My goal is to invite a group of artists to explore the idea of Road Kill, not necessarily literally, but I am not excluding that possibility. I am currently selecting a group of artists that I feel have the ability and the talent to explore the metaphor, the reality of life and our limited journey. I believe that as artists, we are always exploring life and death. Our work is about ourselves, and at the same time we are also dwelling on issues like our own mortality and hoping that our best work will ‘travel’ beyond our selves in time. I also believe that the artists’ role in society is that of a mirror, reflecting the life and times around us. Road Kill is about our roles, our thoughts and our fears.”

Visual Artists participating in Road Kill include Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Nancy Cohen, Ryder Cooley, Eric Egas, Randy Evans, Carrie Feder, Valerie Hammond, Jan Harrison, Linda Horn, Cindy Karasek, Claire Lambe, Kim Mclean, Carol May, Claudia McNulty, Portia Munson, Fawn Potash, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Tim Watkins and Linda Weintraub.

Performing Artists on June 13 include Tina Chaden, Frank Cuthbert and Johnnie Moore. Ryder Cooley, Hazel and the Dust Bowl Faeries will perform during the closing August 9th.

Opening Reception:
 Opening and Performances will take place Friday, June 13th, 6:30-9PM
Exhibition Dates:
  June 13 to August 10th
Gallery Hours:
 Saturday and Sunday from 1- 4PM
For more information:
 contact 518-945-2136 or info@athensculturalcenter.org

 


May

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COMFORT CHAOS
Jurors: Sheila Goloborotko & Jill Parisi
Exhibition dates: May 10 – June 5, 2014
Entry form & images due: April 9, 2014

We invite work that is comfortable with revealing the evolution towards its realization. That is, this show is organized to exhibit mature works coupled with artifacts that document their production – be it through drawings, photographs, or any other media that can adequately portray the constructive phases. Through this, we hope to demystify the process of art-making, showing the side of each piece that is so often forgotten in the gallery setting. Our contention is that an artwork is not a singular object standing in and of itself. Rather, it is composed of many stages that develop the visual insight and meaning of the final piece.

Jurors Biographies

Sheila Goloborotko is a master printmaker and Brooklyn activist who hails from Brazil; a cross-trainer artist, and community organizer she is the founder of Goloborotko’s Studio in Brooklyn, NY – a center for production and diffusion of printmaking whose principal goal is to encourage the voice and vision of individual artists in a nurturing environment that supports the creation of works that push the boundaries of printmaking. She shows nationally and abroad and her work is part of several public collections including the Rare Books and Manuscripts at the New York Public Library. She is a Visiting Professor of Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz and the Artistic Director of Printmaking Center of New Jersey.

Jill Parisi is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz and creates imaginary ecosystems of paper and glass. Some of her significant achievements and awards granted include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books in 2005, a Studio Immersion Project Fellowship at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 2010, completion of a public art commission for New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program in 2012, and the selection of her installation Kaleidoscope Garden for the Main Exhibition of the Krakow Printmaking Triennial in 2012, and the International Print Network’s Graphically Extended exhibition in Oldenburg, 2013.

Eligibility & media:
Original work is accepted in 2D, 3D, and 4D media but must include a 2D printmaking aspect. As this exhibition will focus on the artist’s process, works must include the stages that led up to a final product. Works may not exceed 36″ in any dimension and must arrive ready to hang. Artwork must have been made in the last two years.

Schedule & deadline:
April 9, 2014 : Entry form & images due
April 16, 2014: Notification by e-mail
May 5 – 8, 2014: Artwork to be installed
May 10, 2014: Opening Reception (Sat)

Entry Submissions:
There is no charge for entering. Artists may submit up to five finished works and also must include up to five supporting images of the process(es) leading up to the finished work. These supporting images may include state proofs, sketches, collages, photographs, and/or any written notes etc. Comfort | Chaos will only accept digital images (in .JPG format, please). Label each finished work in the following manner, ie. Smith01.jpg, and the supporting images ie. Smith01a.jpg. The images and entry form may be e-mailed to comfortchaos1@gmail.com. For e-mail, name images with the entry number and the title of the artwork (titles may be shortened). The image size must not exceed 1240 pixels in the larger dimension (4″ at 300 dpi, e.g.). No CDs will be accepted. Please let us know if you have any special hanging requirements. Submission to this exhibition shall constitute agreement to all terms of this show prospectus.

Publicity & sales:
Comfort | Chaos reserves the right to reproduce and photograph accepted work for the purposes of documentation, publicity, and promotion. The price of your work does not include a commission from the gallery.

Delivery & return:
Artwork must be dropped off and picked up at the Athens Cultural Center.

Entry form: Download form here.


 

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Try Meat by Claudia McNulty

ELEVENTH ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION
The Second Street Show
Curated by Sara Pruiksma
April 12th – May 3rd, 2014
Opening reception: April 12th 5-8PM & Awards at 7PM

Celebrate with us our eleventh Annual Members Exhibition. The Second Street Show highlights both professional and emerging artists, dovetailing an assortment of unique styles and techniques. The exhibit features an eclectic collection of paintings to photography, sculptures to prints, glasswork, and for the first time; handmade puppets.

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So by Claudia McNulty

Join us Saturday, April 12th 5-8PM for our opening reception, snacks and wine will be served. During the reception five (5) awards will be announced to distinguishing artists. The Awards are as follows: Directors Award receives $100.00, the Curators Choice Award receives a solo exhibition in the Glass Gallery during the 2015 Second Street Show, and the Best Landscape in Show, along with two recognitions for Best in Show receive one year sponsored memberships to the Athens Cultural Center.

Awards will be announced at 7PM by Sara Pruiksma with special guest juror Tony Iadicicco. Tony Iadicicco is a dedicated community volunteer, and award winning artist; recently named one of “Tomorrow’s Masters Today” by the Albany Institute of History & Art. Tony is Executive Director of Albany Center Gallery, and a board member of Albany Barn.

Claudia McNulty, winner of last years Curators Choice Award, is featured in the Glass Gallery with her solo exhibit titled “Goat Rodeo”. Her intelligent and contemporary works bring attention to the present state of society and well being of the planet. “The spiritual and physical properties that were innate and natural in human beings are being forever altered” says McNulty. McNulty received her BFA from Tufts University in Boston, and has shown extensively throughout NY since the early 1980’s. McNulty has received multiple awards and grants including most recently the “People’s Choice Award” from the Thomas Cole National Historic site, and an Individual Artist Grant from NYSCA in 2013.

Curator Sara Pruiksma responds to her experience by stating “The Athens Cultural Center is a beautifully unique space, and its artist base rich with talent. It is a pleasure to curate and meet such a wonderful array of artists.” Pruiksma has been steadily curating since 2003, holds an MFA from the State University of New York, and is a board member of the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy, NY.

Opening reception: April 12th 5-8PM & Awards at 7PM
Exhibition Dates: April 12th – May 3rd, 2014
The gallery will be open Saturdays and Sundays during the duration of the exhibition 1-4PM, with exception of Easter Sunday, the 20th.


 

APRIL
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ACC Second Street Show
11th Annual Member Exhibition
Exhibition date: Saturday April 12th- Saturday May 3rd
Drop Off Date: Saturday April 5th from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

We invite you to participate in our 11th Annual Members Exhibition; The Second Street Show. Our talented regional artists will comprise a stunning salon style exhibit featuring both professional and emerging artists.

2014 Awards:
Directors Award -Receives $100
Curators Choice Award -Receives a Solo Exhibition at the 2015 Second Street Show in the Glass Gallery
Best Landscape in Show Award -Receives 1 Year Individual ACC Membership (2) Best in Show Awards -Receives 1 Year Individual ACC Membership

Works: Submit up to two (2) works, in any medium. Please limit your works to 3.5 ft in any direction. Work larger than these dimensions will only be accepted as space allows. Work must be dry, clean, and ready to hang. Work that has been previously exhibited at the Athens Cultural Center will not be shown. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate film at this time.

Submission Form: Download the submission form here. Forms will also be available at the artwork intake.

Membership: All participants must be current 2014 Athens Cultural Center Members. You may renew or become a member at the art intake. 2014 memberships can be purchased with cash or check at the time of the intake or in advance using PayPal from the ACC website here. Memberships are based on the calendar year.

We ask that all participating members assist with gallery sitting when possible to ensure regular gallery hours during the exhibition.

Please note we will not be hosting gallery hours on Easter Sunday, the 20th.

The following dates will require a gallery sitter 1-4PM: Sunday April 13th, Saturday 19th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Saturday May 3rd.

Drop Off Date: Saturday April 5th from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: Saturday April 12th- Saturday May 3rd
Pick Up Date: Sunday, May 4th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Submission form: Download form


March

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Self portrait by Morgan Linscott

Coxsackie Athens School District K-12 Art Exhibition
March 8-30, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 PM

The Coxsackie-Athens Schools Art Department is proudly exhibiting The 12th Annual CA K-12 Art Show of hundreds of students’ artwork at the ACC from March 8 through March 30. Artists’ reception will be from 3:30 to 5:30PM on Thursday, March 27th.

We are delighted that the ACC is hosting this event for the third time.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4PM

2016 Members show intake

     
 
 
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