The Free School Presents: Annie!

Thursday, May 4, 2017, By: kristen

The Free School Kids are performing Annie May 4th and 5th at 6:30pm, doors open at 6:00. Join us for their 4th annual school production, and FIRST ever musical here at The Barn! Tickets and even more info can be found here.

Albany Barn resident Ed O’Connell to Exhibit Work at The University Club

Thursday, December 22, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine

From January – April, the University Club will present a solo exhibition of the works of Barn resident Ed O’Connell. 

A Meet the Artist Reception will be held on 1st Friday, January 6 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.  The exhibition will run through Friday, April 28th.

 This exhibition marks the beginning of a new partnership between the University Club of Albany and the Albany Barn, Inc.  During 2017, the University Club will feature the work of three of the Albany Barn’s resident artists in solo shows beginning in January, May and September.

 “This partnership was inspired by an event at the Palace Theater in July honoring women in the arts,” said Colleen Ryan, immediate past president of the University Club and developer of the Artist in Residence program at the Club. “One of the topics of discussion at the event was the challenge of finding new audiences and supporters for local arts organizations. I reached out to Kristen Holler, Executive Director of The Barn – who was one of the honorees at the event – and suggested we team up to promote the work of the Barn’s resident artists to everyone who visits the University Club.”

 Edward O’Connell was raised on Long Island, near the Great South Bay. He attended the State University at Oswego from 1967-1971, with a major in German language, until he took his first studio art class and switched to an Art major, specializing in painting.  He was a portrait painter in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels for many years during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1983, Mr. O’Connell took a class in pottery at the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts in Troy and subsequently completed an apprenticeship in Ceramics from 1983-1988, as a hand builder. Mr. O’Connell later worked at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany, performing direct client care from 1989 until 2007.  Upon retiring in 2007, he was able to return to his dream of being a full time artist. His work has evolved from the purely figurative to an exploration of the geography of mind and memory through abstraction.

FREE Women Empowerment & Fashion Industry event this Saturday @ The Barn!

Monday, December 12, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine

High Heels High Hopes Fashion Panel is a FREE women empowerment event for current and aspiring entrepreneurial women in the fashion industry to connect, gather and share knowledge.

Founder and Celebrity Stylist Fatima Tan’ia created this event to connect, uplift and inspire women of all ages, races and backgrounds with a common interest in Fashion.  The event is this Saturday, 12/17, and starts at 12pm.


Kick off December with a holiday-themed weekend at The Barn!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine

This weekend is a busy one here at The Barn, but we’re so excited to bring you 3 great events to help you get in the holiday spirit!

Friday night marks our 4th annual Gifted Artisan Holiday Fair.  Happening from 6-9pm at The Barn, Gifted will showcase local small business vendors and artists, light refreshments, and much more.  Shop small, shop local, and support The Barn!

Saturday afternoon we will host a Soap Making Workshop with local artisans Black Kettle Soap Company.  Open to the public, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to make their own soap-perfect for holiday gifts, or to keep for yourself!

Stick around on Saturday for a concert with our friends at Geek Musica to benefit the Equinox Inc.  Live music, snacks, and more chances to shop small and local.

Visit our Facebook page to learn more about these great events-we hope to see you this weekend!


Kids’ Art Class 11/29: No Sew Snowman Craft

Monday, November 28, 2016, By: kristen

Join in the fun as we make a fun and festive no-sew snowman just in time for winter fun! (more…)

ALBANY Breathing Lights City Celebration Kicks off 1st Friday – Nov. 4th at 3pm

Thursday, November 3, 2016, By: kristen

Albany Barn will offer a full day of family friendly events to celebrate Breathing Lights in our city!

Join us for food, music, art making, performances, and interactive installations!

Admission is free – so bring your neighbors!!!



FRI November 4, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
The Barn, 56 Second Street
UNtrash: DIY Block Party,
Join in a family-friendly DIY party with guided recycled art/craft projects in the theme of the New Neighbors by Tim Fealey exhibition at Stage 1 OR dive into the supplies and create whatever comes to mind! (Many supplies provided, but if you have crafting hand tools, its always recommended to bring them along!)

FRI November 4 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Studio 100, The Barn, 56 Second Street
Opening Reception: Arbor Hillstory : a multimedia installation by Jamel Mosely
Albany native, videographer Jamel Mosely, explores the people and stories of Arbor Hill’s past and present through candid interviews and photo sessions aimed at capturing the human experience of this historic and culturally rich, but stigmatized neighborhood. Exhibition runs through November 30th by appointment. Contact Albany Barn at (518) 935-4858.

FRI November 4, 2016. 5:00-9:00pm
Stage 1, 46-48 N. Swan Street, Albany, NY
Opening Reception: New Neighbors
New Neighbors is an interactive exhibition exploring vacant buildings and spaces in Albany’s neighborhoods with light-hearted imagination. Artist Tim Fealey’s photography sets the scene for imaginative creatures and features created in collaboration with the artist and local youth to add whimsy and vibrancy to our city’s untended spaces. Exhibition runs through November 30th by appointment. Contact Albany Barn at (518) 935-4858.

FRI November 4, 2016 6:00 -7:00pm
Main Stage, The Barn. 56 Second Street
Breathing These Words Poetry Reading: Poet Nancy Klepsch has assembled a line up of local poets for a reading on the topics of home, community, and vacancy.

FRI November 4, 2016 7:30pm
Cafe, The Barn, 56 Second Street
Youth FX Screening & Artist Talk with Noelle Gentile, Aden Suchak, Gregory Theodore Marsh, Aaron Moore, and Willie Mae Fiddemon

For the Breathing Lights project, Youth FX produced series of short experimental documentary vignettes that explore the concept of home, community and belonging. These films are a form of resistance and empowerment telling stories of racial profiling, police brutality, and the refugee and immigrant experience from the perspective of young artists of color.
Screenings 3:00-7:00pm
Artist Talk: 7:30pm – seating limited to 20 – RSVP to

FRI November 4, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Barn, 56 Second Street
Join the core team of Breathing Lights and Albany Ambassadors DeSean M. Moore and Michael Ortega for a guided bus tour through the Breathing Lights installation.


Kid’s Yoga @ The Barn is back!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine

Join us on Tuesday afternoons at 4pm for Kid’s Yoga with Bre!  The class is free (with a pay-what-you-can donation), mats are provided, and all skill levels are welcome.  Hope to see you there!

Creative License’s LONELY, IM NOT opening tomorrow night at The Barn!

Thursday, May 19, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine

“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

Albany Barn hosts The Free School’s spring production: Charlotte’s Web!

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…)

First Friday Exhibition: Child’s Play @ Stage 1

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, By: Casey Polomaine

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.





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