Barney Bellinger announced as featured artist in Fulton-Montgomery Art Show

Barney Bellinger, painter, sculptor, photographer and furniture designer, will be the featured artist at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts’ Fulton-Montgomery Art Show. The show, which runs from May 5 to June 5, will showcase the works of artists who live and work in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, as well as that of students of all ages who live in the area.

Barney’s work has evolved many times over the years, from customized motorcycles and cars to carved gold leaf signs to organic furniture built with natural materials from the forest. At this show, he will debut a new body of work featuring paintings, photography, steel sculptural furniture, industrial sculpted lighting and abstract forms made of wood, iron, copper and other metals.

A native of Johnstown, Barney was born in 1953. He graduated high school in 1971 and started Barney’s Custom Paint Shop out of his father’s garage. He spent nine years customizing motorcycles, cars and vans with metal sculpture and hand-painted designs until a fire destroyed most of his tools and inventory in 1980.

Faced with starting over from scratch, Barney instead turned his focus to a new endeavor: custom sign building. He founded Barney’s Sign Company and created hand-carved, gold leaf-embellished signs with hand-painted pictorials for businesses in Saratoga Springs. His work aligned perfectly with a historic preservation movement to restore the Victorian character of the city, and soon his signs were commissioned throughout the Northeast.

Barney sold his first piece of art as a teenager in 1970 and has made a living from his art ever since. In 1990, he was inspired to build his own rustic furniture following a visit to the Adirondack Museum’s Rustic Furniture Fair. In 1994, he sold his sign business and started Sampson Bog Studio alongside his wife, Susan, and daughter, Erin Estelle.

Rustic furniture collector, dealer, writer, lecturer and design consultant Ralph Kylloe called Barney a “quintessential rustic artist,” one of the best known and most sought after on the East Coast. He is identifiable by the unique style he brings to interior design, sculptural furniture and lighting, and oil paintings. Out of natural and repurposed materials, he creates abstract forms inspired by beetles, fish and found objects, melded with practical furniture designs and paintings to create pieces that are both functional and visually astonishing.

Barney is a self-taught artist, gaining his knowledge from books, inherited wisdom and immersing himself in the beauty of the Adirondacks. He has been exploring forests since he was 4 years old, when his grandfather would take him into the wilderness and teach him about trees and forest lore. These trips instilled in him a lifelong love for the outdoors.

Some have called Barney an “empirical” artist, meaning he creates based on observation and experience rather than systems or theories. His first business taught him the meticulous brushwork that he now uses in his paintings, while his sign business taught him about layout, elaborate carving and gold leaf application. He relies on his photography as a tool to learn about composition and setting a scene with his paintings. The result: decades of eminence in his field and a vastly diverse body of work.

“Not all things can be pre-planned when using natural elements along with found objects,” Barney said. “Once a piece has been put together and a personality has been established, the painting is applied to harmonize in both color and subject matter.”

“I do not paint to please critics, but rather to record my travels,” he added. “Information and inspiration is derived through my lifestyle of exploring backwoods, ponds, lakes and mountain trails. Lean-tos and tent camps provide shelter. Foraging for new materials is always an opportunity to study natural forms and color. Painting, for me, is a privilege.”

Barney’s work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY; the Martin Harris Gallery in Jackson, WY; the Smithsonian Institution; the Doyle Gallery in New York City; the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY; the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY; the High Point Furnishings Show in High Point, NC; the Ralph Kylloe Rustic Gallery in Lake George, NY; and the Orvis Company. His pieces are found in public and private venues across the United States and around the world. He was the subject of a feature article in Megeve, France’s Cote Ouest magazine, which led to commissions for custom furniture and lighting in France. He has also been featured in The Angler’s Life: Collecting and Traditions by Laurence Sheehan and William Stites, Contemporary Western Design: High-Style Furniture & Interiors by Thea Marx and multiple rustic furniture and architecture books published by Ralph Kylloe. He was one of the select artists at the Third Annual Western Visions Furniture Show and Sale and won Best of Show at the Adirondack Museum Annual Rustic Furniture Fair and the Northeastern Woodworkers Association Expo.

In addition to working out of Sampson Bog Studio, Barney is an artist-in-residence at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. His studio and workshop there is open to public viewing by appointment. He has also taught a series of classes there to the students in Transitions, a postsecondary program co-located with the Nigra Arts Center that supports teens and young adults with autism and learning differences who want to go to college or live independently. For more information about Barney, visit www.facebook.com/BarneyBellinger. For more information about the Fulton-Montgomery Art Show and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts seeks artists for Fulton-Montgomery Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is excited to host its first ever Fulton-Montgomery Art Show, featuring only the works of artists who live or work in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. This show and sale is a recreation of the former Fulton County Art Show that the Congregational Church in Gloversville hosted for many years. Like that show, the Fulton-Montgomery Art Show will feature the work of a special guest artist alongside other submissions. This year’s guest is Barney Bellinger, a local artist who specializes in steel sculptures, oil paintings and sculptural furniture.

Individual and group artists are welcome to submit pieces in all media, and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is happy to include a special showcase of art created by students from the public schools of both counties as well. Students who are interested in submitting should approach their art teachers for submission forms. Artwork from students in grades 9-12 will be juried and eligible for several awards.

The Fulton-Montgomery Art Show will hang from May 6 to June 5. Throughout its run, the arts center will host a number of special events to encourage the public to visit and enjoy the artwork. Artists may submit work now until April 9 through www.OnlineJuriedShows.com. Please note that this is not a juried show, but this website is used for ease of submission and selection by the curators. Artists who wish to submit should visit the website and scroll down until they find the Fulton-Montgomery Art Show. Further submission guidelines are available there. Student artists who enter work through their art teachers do not need to submit through Online Juried Shows.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold two receptions for the featured artists. The first, invitation-only reception will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m. This reception is a private opening where artists and their guests will have the first look at the artwork and the first chance to purchase pieces before the public is invited in. A public opening and meet-the-artists reception, where the greater public is welcome to view the show, will take place on Thursday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m.

Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer monetary awards to outstanding submissions. The grand prize winner will receive $100, while the second prize winner will receive $50 and the third prize winner will receive $35. All winners will also receive a membership to the arts center, which grants them access to special events and discounts on classes, workshops and future gallery submissions.

The fee for entry of up to three works is $15 for members of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts or $25 for non-members. Artists may submit an additional two entries maximum for a fee of $7 each for members or $10 each for non-members. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by April 17 and the dates for drop-off or mailing of artwork are April 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 State Highway 30 in Gloversville. For more information about this show or the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

 

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts invites you to Instructors Open House & Sensational Soup Cook-off

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will host its Open House & Sensational Soup Cook-off on Saturday, February 25, from noon until 3 p.m. At this free family event, arts center instructors will show visitors all the programming the facility has to offer in studio arts, music, dance, culinary arts and much more. Visitors are invited to explore the Community Art Gallery, which will display work by local and regional artists from the 2017 Winter/Spring Art Show. There will also be live music and a concessions stand. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out why the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is the area’s premier community arts center!

Admission to the event is free, but visitors can also sample entries to the Sensational Soup Cook-off for $5 per person. Samplers not only enjoy tastes of delicious soups made by local chefs, they also vote on the winners. Prizes will be given for first, second and third places.

Members of the public can also enter their soups into the contest. Those who wish to enter should email Sue Nigra, director of the Nigra Arts Center, at nigras@pnarts.org to secure their spot. The deadline for entry is February 14. On the day of the contest, chefs should bring one crock-pot of soup to the facility for sampling.

The snow date for this event is February 26.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. For more information about the arts center, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2017 Winter/Spring Art Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS
2017 Winter/Spring Art Show
The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts  
Show Dates: February 2, 2017 - April 19, 2017
Submission Deadline: January 9, 2017

Exhibition Details

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is seeking submissions for its latest juried show. The 2017 Winter/Spring Show at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will showcase art that explores the theme of "Elements." The elements of art and design are just as crucial to the human experience as the elements in science and nature. While the elements in science and nature form the building blocks of our world, making life possible, the elements of art and design govern how we perceive and interact with it, making life beautiful. For this exhibition, we invite artists of all kinds to submit pieces that explore what "Elements" means to them. The interpretations of the theme are as limitless as the things we see and experience every day.

All works must be submitted via the website www.OnlineJuriedShows.com

Awards

Through the generous donations of supports, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer three prizes to outstanding submissions. The grand prize is $100 and a membership to the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, while second prize is $50 and a membership and third prize is $35 and a membership.

Eligibility

This exhibit is open to all. Members of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts receive a discounted submission rate. Details about membership may be found at www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

Fees

The fee for entry of up to three (3) works will be $25 for non-members ($10 per additional entry) for a total of five entries. Members of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts may submit three entries for $15 ($7 per additional entry) for a total of five entries.

 Legal

All works must be of original design and copyright of the artist. 

Insurance and Sales Tax - The artists are responsible for insuring their artwork and paying sales tax on any that are sold.  The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will take reasonable care in the display of the artwork. 

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts reserves the right to utilize all images submitted to the Statewide Summer Art Show in promotion of the exhibition and for the general promotion of the Art Center without restrictions.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts may rescind the right of hanging any work unsuitably presented or misrepresented.

Important Dates

  • Call for entries is open November 3, 2016, and works must be submitted by January 9, 2017.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent out on January 11, 2017.
  • Drop-off or arrival of artwork is January 25-27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or January 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • A "Meet the Artists" reception will take place on February 16, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and widely publicized.
     
  • Throughout the show there will be multiple public events located in or near the gallery and we expect over 750 visitors to view the work during the run.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts announces award recipients for 2016 Statewide Summer Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts has unveiled its 2016 Statewide Summer Art Show, featuring paintings, photography, mosaics, sculptures and mixed media pieces by more than 45 artists from all over New York State. Through the generous support of donors, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts was able to offer $750 in awards and prizes for the participating artists, including the Helen Ireland Hays Memorial Award for watercolor works, the Mary Cleland Art Award for all eligible media and the Frank Nigra Memorial Art Award for all eligible media created by individuals with disabilities.

Pictured: Lucy Suhr, winner of the Helen Ireland Hays Memorial Award for Watercolor; Linda Biggers, honorable mention for the Mary Cleland Art Award; Linda Kollar, winner of the Mary Cleland Art Award; and Francis Dempsey, winner of the Frank Nigra Memorial Art Award.

Pictured: Lucy Suhr, winner of the Helen Ireland Hays Memorial Award for Watercolor; Linda Biggers, honorable mention for the Mary Cleland Art Award; Linda Kollar, winner of the Mary Cleland Art Award; and Francis Dempsey, winner of the Frank Nigra Memorial Art Award.

Helen Ireland Hays was an avid painter with a particular fondness for watercolor. Born and raised in Johnstown, she lived there for nearly all of her 100 years. Hays was a strong supporter of the arts who encouraged and contributed to many arts organizations, programs and individual artists. The recipient of the award named in her honor is Lucy Suhr of Amsterdam for her watercolor painting “Chinese Eagle and Pine.” Honorable mentions went to James Leddick of Oneida Lewis ARC in Utica for his painting “Berries” and Sally Storman of Auburn for her still life “Two Apples.”

Mary Cleland is an artist who has worked many media, including oils, acrylics, watercolor and ceramics. As a retired art teacher, she has shared her love for art with countless people and is thrilled to have a granddaughter following in her footsteps as an artist. For the award named after her, Cleland selected Linda Kollar of Glen and her mixed media piece “Enlightened” as the recipient. Honorable mentions went to Linda Biggers of Broadalbin for her mixed media and eggshell mosaic piece “Moonlight Dancers” and Janene Bouck of Broadalbin for her photograph “Glove City Swamp.”

Frank Nigra was a prolific artist who painted more than 1,000 pieces in his lifetime. He was also the father of the late Paul Nigra, the former longtime executive director of Lexington who gave the arts center its name. Frank Nigra’s work is an inspiration to his family and to the men and women supported by Lexington. The recipient of the award given in his memory is Francis Dempsey of Mayfield for his mixed media piece “Freedom to the Galaxy.” Honorable mentions went to Pritpal Anand of AHRC in Suffolk County for his photograph “Timeless” and Stephanie Brown of AHRC in Suffolk County for her photograph “Inside Out.”  

Winners of each award will receive $250. The show will hang from August 4 to October 5. The public is welcome to view the winning pieces as well as the rest of the artwork in the Nigra Arts Center’s Community Gallery Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. For more information, please call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Nigra Arts Center Announces Cubby Creates Scholarship Fund

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to announce its new Cubby Creates scholarship fund, made possible by a generous donation of $500 presented by Melissa Faville Hally and Mary Jo Faville on behalf of the Cubby Faville Memorial Fund. The scholarship fund will be used to help underserved young people attend classes at the arts center.

Nominees can be recommended to receive funds by a teacher or a representative from an organization, church or community group. Nominees must be age 16 or under and must be able to pay $5 at the door to secure a spot in the class. The scholarship fund will pay for the rest of the class fee. Cubby Creates only applies to standalone classes. The scholarship cannot be used to pay for camps, multi-session classes or special events.

Cubby Creates was made possible by the Cubby Faville Memorial Fund, which was started in 2014 to honor the memory of Everett “Cubby” Faville, a local teacher and lover of sports and the culinary arts. The Cubby Faville Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization that uses its energy to passionately advocate for the youth in our local community by promoting education and sports opportunities. The fund has provided assistance, scholarships and new materials for the Gloversville and Johnstown Little Leagues, Donate Life, the Johnstown accelerated reader program, Amsterdam Junior Iron Chefs and more.

For more information about the Cubby Creates Scholarship or to nominate a deserving young person, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/cubby-creates. For more information about the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and its class offerings, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932. For more information about the Cubby Faville Memorial Fund, visit www.cubbyfaville.com.

Call for Artists – Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts 2016 Statewide Summer Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is calling for artists to submit pieces for its 2016 Statewide Summer Art Show. Artists are asked to submit works using the website https://onlinejuriedshows.com. The deadline for submission is Sunday, July 10, and artists will be notified of acceptance on Friday, July 15. Accepted artwork may be dropped off at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, NY 12078, on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon or Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, July 25-27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We welcome all artists and encourage artists who have shown with us to consider submitting new pieces to the exhibit.

Works will be on display in our Community Gallery with a free opening reception on Thursday, August 4,  from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on display to the public until Wednesday, October 5.

Through the generous donation of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer $750 in awards and prizes.

For more information about classes, events and workshops for the public at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call 518-661-9932. The Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with an Arts Education Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

 

 

 

 

The Revival Comes to the Nigra Arts Center Thursday, June 9!

The second installment of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts' 2016 concert series will take place on Thursday, June 9, with a performance by local multi-genre cover band The Revival. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the arts center's facility at 2736 State Highway 30 in Mayfield. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at the door or for advance purchase by clicking here.   


Composed of musicians who have played locally, nationally and internationally, The Revival features an extensive library of cover songs that span generations and genres. They come from a variety of musical backgrounds and produce a sound that is unique and fun. The Revival believes that audiences should be entertained rather than just played to, so audience engagement and participation are essential ingredients to their shows. The comedic exchanges, distributing percussion, great music and audience interaction create a one-of-a-kind and fun experience at every concert. 

2016 Summer Show Call for Artists

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is calling for artists to submit works for a new rotation of artwork in the Community Gallery at the Center on Saturday, April 23, 2016. We welcome new artists to our Center and encourage artists who have shown with us to consider submitting new works to the exhibit.

Works will be on display in our Community Gallery with an opening reception on Thursday, May 12, 2016 and will be on display to the public until Saturday, July 22, 2016. All works in the show are for sale unless marked NFS by the artist on the entry form and on the reverse of the work. The Nigra Arts Center assumes a 20% commission from the listed price. Each artist will have a bio and artwork description displayed adjacent to the work in the Gallery. Please include all pertinent information on the application so we can share this information.

We are excited to hang another show and share your talent with our visitors during this busy summer season.

Click here for the application.

Transitions Apprentices Make Art with Barney Bellinger

Earlier today, Transitions Apprentices enjoyed an unforgettable artistic experience with critically acclaimed Adirondack artist and designer Barney Bellinger (Barney Bellinger Collection). Barney was kind enough to give a tour of his studio at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. The renowned painter, furniture artisan and 3D artist also taught the Apprentices the ancient and delicate process of applying gold leaf to works of art. We would like to thank Barney for his generosity in sharing his workspace, skills and talent, and for letting the Apprentices help him finish one of his gorgeous pieces.

Paul Nigra Center Music Teacher DiAnne Mott Nominated for a Grammy!

Congratulations to DiAnne Mott, who taught music and rhythm classes at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts this summer! She has been selected as one of only 25 semifinalists from all over the country for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award. This award is presented every year by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation to recognize educators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education.

DiAnne Mott teaches her Music & Rhythm class at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts this summer.

DiAnne Mott teaches her Music & Rhythm class at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts this summer.

DiAnne was chosen from more than 4,500 educators nominated. In December the semifinalists will be narrowed down to 10 finalists, who will each receive a $1,000 honorarium and grants for their schools. One winner will attend the Grammy Award ceremony in Los Angeles in February and receive a $10,000 honorarium.

For most of the year, DiAnne teaches music and leads the bands at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District. There is no one more deserving of this award, because there is no one more passionate about what she does. You make us all proud, DiAnne!

Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts names Sue Nigra Interim Director

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is pleased to announce that Sue Nigra has been named its interim director. Nigra is responsible for the oversight of all programs and activities at the center as well as marketing, membership recruitment and fund development.

“We are delighted to have Sue Nigra join us to help launch the creative arts center.  Her enthusiasm and experience are a perfect match, and who better to help us make the Paul Nigra Center a success than Sue Nigra?” said Wally Hart, executive director of The Lexington Foundation. 

Nigra, who will lead the center named in honor of her late father, brings to this role an extensive and broad experience in business, communications, public relations and the media. She most recently served as director of communications & outreach at the New York State Chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which represents more than 4,000 members. Prior to her time at ACOG, Nigra worked as director of communications at Bellevue Woman's Hospital in Niskayuna. Sue Nigra is perhaps best known for her early career in television journalism, where she worked for several years as a news anchor and reporter at both WTEN in Albany and WRGB in Niskayuna. 

Ms. Nigra graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Public Communications from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. She resides in Rensselaer County with her husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth.