Albany Barn is pleased to once again partner with the Albany Public Library, City of Albany, and WMHT to bring Stories and Art in the Parks to Albany’s parks! Artist in residence Megan Ruch will lead youth (ages 2-5) through arts and crafts projects inspired by the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio! (more…)
WE’RE TURNING 10 – let’s party!
Join us Friday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. for a good ole fashioned BARN-B-Q featuring:
- live music by Andrew Wheeler Electric Blues Band
- carefully crafted tunes from resident DJ Jordan Hill
- delicious international BBQ cuisine from MOGOMBO International and
- art auctions –
…all to support The Barn, where craft becomes career, and creativity and collaboration are celebrated!
General Admission is just $25, or show us you’re a real PARTY ANIMAL and your ticket will include
- limited edition commemorative gift and
- 2 entries into our great raffles with prizes including art work, event tickets, and CAKES from Cuff’s Cakes!
Daniel B. Summerhill and Danielle Colin are going on tour internationally!!!! They will be performing original poems and teaching workshops in cities such as Glasgow, London, Manchester, and Oxford in the U.K.
Though venues and promoters are covering parts of the trip, Daniel and Danielle will still need a significant amount of help for travel expenses and lodging.
They will be going on tour August 22nd through August 30th and need to secure lodging and airfare as soon as possible. They are trying to reach their goal by July 15th.
This tour means alot to both poets. For Daniel, this will be his debut outside the United States performing poetry and he has dreamed of his poetry taking him around the world since he was in middle school.
We are extremely thankful for donations of any amount and appreciate the support of art being universal and intercontinental.
Please help support our artist and make their dream come true by donating at the following link.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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 Michael LaPorte:
What is the medium of art in which you work?
I started off years ago, after a stint in Schenectady County Community College as a Lit. Major, as a poet. I really had some quite romantic notions at the time of traveling across country a la Jack Kerouac, writing verse and generally raising hell. While I succeeded at the latter, the amount of verse I produced was negligible. Luckily, I landed in Santa Fe, NM., where I was able to find work in Native American Art galleries for several years, which sustained me for quite some time. It also gave me the opportunity to pursue my other passion, which is playing Blues Harmonica with local bands there, and more recently since I moved back East, my interest in Photography.
Who is your favorite artist/creative placemaker and why?
How has your work evolved in the past 5 years?
I went through some major life-altering events in my life 5 years ago. Without going into too much detail, suffice to say, I literally had to start my life over again from the bottom up. It was an extremely difficult, humbling and dark time for me. Art literally was a life-saver for me. I began making photographic trips down to NYC to give my life some balance from all the intense personal things I was dealing with. Locally, I was lucky enough to hook up with a great bunch of friends and musicians to help me deal with and process a lot of the pent-up feelings I was going through. I think this ‘trial by fire’ really helped me by giving some real emotional content to the work I was producing on all fronts.
What is your favorite part about living and working at The Barn?
My favorite part about my Barn ‘experience’ so far are the amazing people that I have met living and creating here. There is such a wealth of talented artists from all backgrounds, age-groups, etc. that bring so much creativity to this place. I feel so honored and grateful to be here, and I’ve learned from everybody I’ve met. It is such a supportive environment, and Kristen and her staff do everything they can to help facilitate our dreams of trying to be successful at what we do. I don’t think I could have landed in a better place to follow my artistic dreams in Albany and turn them into reality.
What’s up next for you and your work?
My band, ‘The Andrew Wheeler Electric Blues Band’ is steadily making a dent into the local area Blues scene, so we are looking forward to the coming months to be playing around the area, and hopefully getting good enough to take our act on the road to hit some of the Blues festivals around the country. Also, since I have been recovering from some major ankle surgery I had last August, I have been somewhat of a hermit and recluse because of my recovery period. I’d like to maybe do some photographic road trips this summer. There is a lot happening in our country right now that needs to be chronicled. This is an important moment I think in our country’s history and I want to be there to witness and record it.
Classic Theater Guild presents Clybourne Park
Written by Bruce Morris
Directed by Karen Christina Jones
Bruce Morris’ Clybourne Park, a response play to Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun, is a dramatic satire of the history of the Younger home in the fictional Chicago suburb. The two act play chronicles the history of 406 Clybourne Street from 1954 at the advent of the Civic Rights Movement to 2004 during the Age of Gentrification. The amazing cast consisting of George Filieau, Debra Bercier, John Quinan, Chevell Edwards, Tyler Pratt, Jessica JJ Paul, Evan Jones, Michael Sloman, and Barry Williams will be portraying a different character in each act. Classic Theater Guild is proud to present the Capital Region debut of the Pulitzer Prize winning play at the Albany Barn.
The production dates are Friday, March 18th at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 19th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm; Friday, March 25th at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 26th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets are $18.50 for general admission; $15.50 for students and seniors.