Battle of the Brushes: Petticoats and Pistols Edition

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, By: kristen

Do you have what it takes to compete in the land of Camp Spam?!
Here are the artists we’re looking for:
-Fast painter
-Enjoys public attention
-Solid work portfolio
-Affordable art to sell ($10-50)
-Understands and enjoys the theme
-Works in acrylic

Artists! please submit to
-A head shot of yourself
-The best piece you have to prove worthy to battle
-Website and/or portfolio
-A quote of your battle cry like a wrestlers mantra
-Contact info for the public

The next Battle of the Brushes theme will be Petticoats and Pistols, an exploration on how our expectations on various objects associated with certain genders are changing.
-The piece will be auctioned off during the battle, all proceeds from the auction go directly to the artist.
-All pieces sold during the event will have a %25 commission towards Spam’s Art and the Barn.


Snowstorm event cancellations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, By: Casey Polomaine

Due to the snowstorm the following events/classes at The Barn have been cancelled.

Tuesday 3/14: African Drum & Dance & Kid’s Art Class/ w Megan
Wednesday 3/15: Yoga for the Resistance


African Drum & Dance will be back next Tuesday, Kid’s Art Class w/ Megan returns in 2 weeks, and you can catch Yoga for the Resistance at their next monthly meet-up on April 19th!

Help us be a sign of hope!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, By: kristen

A sign can seem like such a small part of a space or business, but as we recognize that times are strange and uncertain, we’re coming to realize that people need to know that The Barn is here – for everyone! We need to be a sign of hope to the community that your voices are important, and that we want them to be heard! We want you to explore your experiences, your feelings, your ideas, and your creativity… and we want you to know you can do it at The Barn!


NO Kid’s Art Class tonight 2/7/17

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, By: Casey Polomaine

Unfortunately Megan, our class instructor, is under the weather, so tonight’s Kid’s Art Class is cancelled. Feel better soon, Meg!

Coming April 8th: Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour to benefit The Barn!

Friday, February 3, 2017, By: Casey Polomaine

The Albany Barn and The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour Proudly Present:

An Evening of Professional Stand Up Comedy Proceeds To Benefit The Albany Barn

Saturday, April 8 at 8pm

Tickets $15 Per Person Advance; $20 Per Person Door

The Albany Barn
56 2nd St
Albany, NY 12210

Headliner: Aaron David Ward
TV’s Glenn Slingerland Situation
MTV and VH1 Pilot The List
World Series of Comedy Las Vegas
Boston Comedy Festival

Feature: Jaye McBride
Boston Comedy Festival
Maine Comedy Festival
Long Island Comedy Festival
NYC Comedy Clubs

Emcee: Frank Gentile
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
NYC clubs

(Albany NY) — The Not Too Far From Home Stand Up Comedy Tour stars
comedian Aaron David Ward and his hand-picked fellow comedians who
work throughout the Northeast and Midwest on a tour that truly is “not
too far from home.”  All the comedians either live in or have ties to
upstate New York and have been performing professionally for years.
Join Aaron and the other rising stars in the professional stand up
comedy world for a night of laughter.  Visit



Aaron David Ward

For 14 years, comedian Aaron David Ward has entertained audiences from
New Hampshire to California by getting them to laugh and think at his
self-deprecating, socio-political, and culturally critical comedy. He
opens his heart, mind, and soul to fans during each trip deep inside
his mind for a funny, honest, and twisted look at his concerns,
disappointments, doubts, fears, and worries. You get to see a tug of
war between the emotional and intellectual brains when Aaron is on
stage. Aaron began his stand up comedy career on May 31, 2002 when he
lost a job and realized he had nothing left to lose but his dignity
and self-respect by stepping on stage and making people laugh and
think about what’s wrong with our world, culture, and ourselves and
how to fix them with absurd solutions. Since that fateful day, Aaron
has performed throughout the Northeast and Midwest, appeared in the
Boston Comedy Festival, Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival, Cape May Comedy
Festival, The World Series of Comedy, and in several movies including
What I See In The Dark and Aftermath as well as a pilot for MTV and
VH1 entitled The List. Every week on GSSTV, Aaron appears on a hit TV
show called The Glenn Slingerland Situation where he provides comedic
commentary critics describe as “Andy Rooney on Acid.”  Aaron prides
himself on always writing and performing new bits to keep his act
exciting, fresh, and original. He never does the same set in the same
order. Instead, Aaron adds new material to his act as his life
changes.  His act is both auto-biographical and worldly. Aaron
explores his inner demons and outer foes with honesty, integrity, and,
of course, humor. If you are a fan of funny, insightful, and
intelligent comedy, Aaron David Ward is your kind of comedian. Catch
Aaron David Ward on his Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour making stops
throughout the Northeast.  Visit

Jaye McBride

Jaye McBride has performed stand-up all over the country, sharing the
stage with stars like Aziz Ansari & Jim Norton. In addition to
stand-up, Jaye has written, produced and acted in a variety of short
films. When not performing on-stage or on-screen Jaye hosts “Planet
Funny Radio” on iHeart radio and writes “The Comedy Blog” for the
Albany’s Times Union.  Visit


Frank Gentile
Frank Gentile grew up in nomadic fashion attending six different
schools before entering junior high. For Frank, being the class clown
was a means of gaining social acceptance, adapting to new environments
and avoiding wedgies. Frank has performed in clubs, theaters and
colleges all over the Northeast including The Egg, Proctor’s and The
Comedy Works in New York’s Capital District; well known venues like
Stand Up New York, UCB Theater and Broadway Comedy Club in NYC and
numerous stages in MA, VT, NJ, PA & RI. In 2009 Frank opened for Jimmy
Fallon and in 2012 he appeared on national television, acting, on Late
Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Visit

2017 Exhibition Schedule Announced

Thursday, January 19, 2017, By: kristen

Albany Barn is pleased to announce our 2017 exhibition schedules for The Barn and Stage 1 galleries. To submit your work for consideration please send JPEG or PDF files including image of work, size, medium, and price (if applicable) to with the title of the show in the subject line by the submission deadline. Unless otherwise indicated, late submissions will not be considered. (more…)

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…)

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Upcoming Events

6:00 pm African Drum & Dance w/ Jordan &...
African Drum & Dance w/ Jordan &...
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
African Drum & Dance w/ Jordan & Leah
African drum and dance is back at The Barn! Come learn and get a great workout with this 6-week program every Tuesday at The Barn.  $10 per class suggested donation.
6:00 pm Kids’ Art Exploration with Megan @ Stage 1 Gallery
Kids’ Art Exploration with Megan @ Stage 1 Gallery
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kids' Art Exploration with Megan @ Stage 1 Gallery | Albany | New York | United States
Join resident artist Megan Ruch for a fun evening of arts and crafts. Kids will explore watercolor and acrylic painting as well as seasonal craft projects in this fun and flexible class! Class is free,[...]
7:00 pm Collage Party @ Albany Barn
Collage Party @ Albany Barn
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Turn old books and magazine pages into new works of art at our Collage Party @ The Barn. Admission is free, but a donation at the door will get you a raffle ticket to win[...]

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