This month we chatted with Sion Hardy, a local 16 year old artist currently showing work in our Child’s Play exhibition at Stage 1, about her love of color and where she finds inspiration.
How did you hear about The Barn?
I first heard about the barn when I was speaking to my sister about how I wanted to become more popular and known as a artist. She recommended that I email the Barn to see if I could participate in any of your exhibitions so I could be more active in the community with my artwork. When I heard that you guys wanted me to participate in the Childs play exhibition, I was so excited. The barn gave me a chance to finally exhibit my work.
Tell us a little bit about your work?
My work is very colorful and cartoon like. I have always had the unrealistic cartoon like drawing style eversince I started drawing. The characters and animals that I create in my paintings are often inspired by things I see on social media or my favorite things. For example, my favorite animal is a dinosaur so I tend to paint them a lot in different styles. Color is VERY important in my artwork. The colors that I use always make the picture what it is. I always use a lot of different combinations of colors in all my pictures because I think that it makes them unique. Another thing about my work is that I don’t add much detail to what I’m painting because I want the viewers to focus more on the beauty of the colors of the picture rather than the detail or how real it looks. I want to generate peoples imaginations through my paintings.
Who or what inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Sometimes I get random inspiration from things that may be simple, like a cardboard box or a magazine cover. Sometime I get a random epiphany about a project I want to start. I never know for sure when I will become inspired or what will inspire me. One thing that interests me the most are animals and their behaviors and that is a large part of my inspiration. When I’m not sure what to paint I usually look at random pictures of animals and think about how I can make them look cooler than they already are. Objects as a whole just inspire me because I want to make them look cooler or show a different perspective on simple things.
What’s up next for you and your work?
I am currently working on a surprise collection of 25 pieces where I will not be showing any of the pieces until I am done with all 25, then I will release them all along with my other pieces at and art show that I am planning this summer. I will also be exhibiting my artwork at many upcoming events such as the black fest and other festivals and exhibitions. I am always constantly working on pieces as much as I can and keeping my love for art alive. I have big plans for my artwork in the future.
“Lonely, I’m Not”
Written by Paul Weitz
Directed by Aaron Holbritter
Produced by Casey Polomaine & Aaron Holbritter
Starring Ian LaChance, Brigitta Giulianelli, Angela Buesing Potrikus, Richard Angehr, Rhiannon Antico, and Sam Lawkins
“This damaged-boy-meets-defensive-girl story has the sweet suspense, elliptical construction and off-kilter charm of an ideal Hollywood rom-com” (NY Times).
At an age when most people are discovering what they want to do with their lives, Porter has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate “ninja,” and had a nervous breakdown. It’s been four years since he’s had a job or a date, and he’s decided to give life another shot. LONELY, I’M NOT is a comic journey that follows Porter as he meets an ambitious, sightless young businesswoman who is overcoming her own obstacles to emotional success.
May 20 and 21 & June 3, 4, 10, 11
(There will be no performances May 28 and 29)
Tickets are $15. All performances begin at 7:30pm.
The show runs approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.
(note: an audio description for the visually impaired, read by Isaac Newberry, will accompany the June 4th performance)
Produced in association with Dramatists Play Service and the Albany County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Opening Friday, May 6 at 7pm, The Free School Theatre Program will present the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web! Students have been busily prepping, learning lines and blocking, coordinating musical numbers, and transforming The Barn into… well… a barn! Don’t miss this oh-so-adorable and applause worthy production! (more…)
Join us this Friday, May 6th, for our opening reception of Child’s Play, an exhibition of works inspired by the whimsy, or awkwardness, of childhood.
The reception will take place at Stage 1 Gallery from 5-8pm. The exhibition features work by Sion Hardy, Suzanne Hicks, Sonja LaPointe, Wendy Allen, Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, & Caitin McCourt.
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 Robert Ciampolillo:
What is the medium of art in which you work? Drawing with charcoal is my primary medium and where I feel the strongest as an artist, but I also do a lot of work with graphic design. But lately I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different mediums, which is really exciting.
Who is your favorite artist/creative placemaker and why? I love Caravaggio-his artwork is very traditional, but he really pushed the boundaries of his time, and just lived his life with an outrageous attitude, which I find fascinating. I’m also a big fan of Keith Haring and Van Gogh.
What is your favorite part about living and working at The Barn? Being able to connect with other artistic people. The ability to cross the hall, knock on a door, and have another artist to bounce ideas off of has been really beneficial for me and my art.
What’s up next for you and your work? I’ve been displaying a lot of my work at The Flying Chicken in Troy for their Last Friday event. I’m also working on a series for Albany ComicCon, where I’ll have a booth, that features prominent moments and issues featured in comic books reimagined and recreated with charcoal in large format. Lastly, I’m working with another Barn resident artist on creating a local magazine. So I have a lot of cool stuff in the works right now, and I’m really excited to see how they all play out.