Albany Barn, Inc. will present “Up and Coming- Artists to Watch” on Friday, February 1st , 2013, at Stage 1, Albany Barn’s headquarters and community art space located at 46-48 North Swan Street. A reception will be held from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in conjunction with the monthly “1st Friday” arts walk in the City of Albany. Refreshments will be served. The artwork will be on display throughout the month of February. Admission is Free.
“Up and Coming” offers studies in paint and print by Danielle Godbout, Andrea Pellecchia, Lindsay Sheehan, and Grace Thorn.
About the artists/artist statements:
I am a local fine arts graduate from Sage of Albany, originally from Ballston Lake, NY. My primary mediums include block printing and acrylic painting. All left over materials and scraps are recycled and used towards other projects. If I were to umbrella my work in a few words it would be: “I design illustrative hard black lines, with patterns and color of things that reflect me in some form.”
My life switched to digital in the past few years as I took a full time position as a user interface artist in the video game industry working for Vicarious Visions. There is a misconception on the divide between digital and fine arts. I don’t think I would be as successful in my career without my fine arts training, and I think my personal work has improved significantly since I took a position so concentrated on design. I work in an environment where you are creating for a client, and it’s important that in my spare time I create for myself. It’s important to me to stay involved with fine arts. In addition to teaching printmaking at the local arts center, I have also organized an international print exchange for the past 3 years open to print makers around the globe. It’s important to me to work in a culture that supports the arts, and I am happy to work hard and volunteer my time to promote creative awareness in my community.
Andrea Pellecchia graduated in 2009 with her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the College of Saint Rose with dual concentrations in both photography and printmaking. Andrea works mostly with traditional photographic methods, using medium format cameras to make large scale prints. Currently she is working on making dry points out of photograms she has made in an attempt to combine her mediums in a different way.
Lindsay Sheehan is a native of Rotterdam, NY and an alumna of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where she studied musical theatre. In addition to her experience in the performing arts Lindsay is a talented visual artist, working in multiple mediums including acrylic painting, charcoal drawing, and ceramics. “Up and Coming” will feature a sampling of Lindsay’s work in acrylic paints.
Time is always present, moving at an uncontrollable speed. Unseen moments become lost, motivating me to capture these precious instances of human interaction. There is a beautiful gestural form and movement revealed in the human figure, which paint is able to portray with texture and character. The intimacy of figures interacting draws me in with each brushstroke, allowing me to discover subtle reactions to the environment. I pay attention to light and spatial relationships, as well as body language and facial expression, creating a cohesive tie between all elements. There are so many moments during the day that go unnoticed, and through my process I can gain these moments back.
About Albany Barn
“Up and Coming: Artists to Watch” is produced by Albany Barn, Inc. Albany Barn is a local nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization developing a permanent creative arts incubator and community arts center in Albany, NY called The Barn. Albany Barn has partnered with the Albany Housing Authority and the City of Albany to redevelop St. Joseph’s Academy, a long-vacant former school building in the Arbor Hill neighborhood, for that purpose. Stage 1 is located one block from St. Joseph’s Academy. www.albanybarn.org
WHAT: ‘Up and Coming: Artists to Watch’ Opening Reception, in conjunction with “1st Friday” Arts Walk
DATE: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
WHERE: Stage 1, 46-48 North Swan St., Albany, NY 12210
TIME: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.