Winter Funderland Day Camp Returns to Nigra Arts Center

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is offering its third annual Winter Funderland Day Camp this winter break for children ages 5 to 10. On December 27, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., campers will enjoy a wide range of winter crafts and activities at the art center’s facility at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

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Campers will experience something different each day as the instructors keep them active, engaged and using their imaginations. Kids will have a blast with arts projects, cooking, yoga, square dancing and more. 

Campers should bring their own labeled lunch, snack and water bottle. Refrigeration is available. The cost is $130 for children who pre-register or $150 for children who register at the door. For more information and to register, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/camps or call (518) 661-9932.

Flame to Debut Sixth Album, "Christmas Classics," at Release Party

The band Flame will celebrate the release of their new album, “Christmas Classics,” on Thursday, December 7, with a CD Release Party. The party will take place 6-7:30 p.m. at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. There is no cost for admission.

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At the party, Flame will perform songs from their new album. Attendees will be the first to have the chance to purchase “Christmas Classics” at a one-time special price of $10. There will also be snacks, raffles, autograph opportunities and more. 

Flame recorded “Christmas Classics” in April at SUNY Schenectady County Community College’s (SCCC) School of Music’s Vianna-Brignola Recording Studio. Hailey Lozier, at the time a Music Audio Technology major at SCCC and intern with the band, acted as lead engineer under the direction of Sten Isachsen, assistant professor in the SCCC School of Music. The album’s six-song track listing includes classics such as “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Run, Run Rudolph,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby” and “Where Are You Christmas” as well as the original song “Wide Awake.”

This is Flame’s sixth album and second Christmas album. “Christmas Classics” and the rest of Flame’s discography are available for purchase at the Nigra Arts Center’s gift shop and online at www.flametheband.com. It is also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby and for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Napster.

Flame is a ten-piece band comprised entirely of musicians who happen to have disabilities. They formed in 2003 at a talent show put on by Lexington, a chapter of The Arc New York. Flame has a repertoire of more than 100 classic rock, pop, country and blues songs from the past 50 years as well as some original tracks. In the past 14 years, they have produced six albums and a single. They tour the northeastern United States in a custom bus and play more than 70 shows per year. Some of the biggest venues they have played include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, New York City’s Apollo Theater, Harvard Law School, the Greek Ministry of Education building in Athens, Greece, the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, and the 19th International Festival of Different Abilities in Carpi, Italy. Flame has received press from Good Morning America, People magazine, Metroland magazine and the Daily Mainichi News in Tokyo, Japan. 

For more information about Flame, please visit www.flametheband.com or contact Maria Nestle at (518) 661-9932, ext. 164 or nestlem@lexcenter.org.

Creative Expressions Artists Selected to Exhibit in Arkell Juried Show

Local artists Richard Freeman and Francis Dempsey were selected into the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library’s 2017 The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show. Freeman is exhibiting “Silver Dollars,” a mixed media piece, and Dempsey is exhibiting “Cosmic Pool,” an acrylic and silicone painting.

Francis Dempsey and Richard Freeman

Francis Dempsey and Richard Freeman

Both artists have honed their skills through classes at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and the Creative Expressions program at Lexington, a chapter of The Arc New York, through which they have already participated in many other local exhibitions, won awards and sold their art. The Nigra Arts Center is an organization that hosts art exhibitions, special events, concerts, programming for children and classes in every type of art media. Lexington founded the center in 2015 to help bring the community together and support people to achieve success and fulfillment through the arts.

Each year, artists living in New York State are invited to submit entries to The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show hosted by the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library. The show is open to artists working in any media. The 2017 show, juried by Ann Larsen, artist, teacher and past president of American Women Artists, will be on exhibit from November 3rd, 2017 through January 3rd, 2018 in the Regional Art Galleries. The Art of New York exhibit features work from artists from across New York. It will be on display through January 3 at the Arkell Museum and the Canajoharie Library at 2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY. For more information, visit www.arkellmuseum.org or call (518) 673-2314.

Polar Express Celebration Returns to Nigra Arts Center

On Saturday, December 9, the Polar Express Celebration will return to the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts for the third consecutive year. The event, sponsored by Fidelis Care, will take place from 12-3 p.m. at the center, located at 2736 State Highway 30 in Gloversville.

Admission is $5 per person to benefit the Nigra Arts Center or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots.

The popular gathering will feature hot chocolate (free with admission), crafts, a holiday basket raffle, entertainment and all kinds of family fun inspired by the classic tale “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. Concessions will be available and so will Santa Claus, who will make an appearance for photographs.

In addition, the event will feature Sensory Santa, who will be available from 12-2 p.m. Sensory Santa is ideal for children with special needs who may want to meet Santa in a quieter setting without being overwhelmed by large crowds, bright lights and loud music. Sensory Santa’s suit will be extra soft for a comforting sensory experience and there will be no nearby distractions such as elves, colorful decorations or blinking lights. 

Call for Artists - 2018 Winter Art Show

Show Dates: January 18 – April 4, 2018
Submission Deadline: December 18, 2017

Exhibition Details:

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is pleased to announce its 2018 Winter Art Show.

 

When the leaves fall off the trees and the weather goes cold, what better way to bring warmth and color back into your life than with a gallery full of beautiful art? Help us chase away the winter blues by submitting your 2-D and 3-D pieces to this dynamic show. Works of all media and themes are welcome.

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

Awards:
Through the generous donation of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer awards and prizes for this show.

Eligibility:
•    All works must be original works of the artists.
•    All entries must be of original design and personal execution created within the past 2 years.
•    Artwork previously shown at Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is not eligible.

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. Payment should be made at www.OnlineJuriedShows.com. Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

Legal:
•    All works must be of original design and copyright of the artist.
•    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.
•    The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts may rescind the right of hanging any work unsuitably presented or misrepresented.

Selected Works:
•    Selection notification will be sent by email by December 22, 2017.
•    Selected works must be received at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts during the following days: Wednesday, January 10; Thursday, January 11; and Friday, January 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday, January 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.
•    Works that are shipped to the Nigra Art Center must be received by January 13, 2018. The mailing address for the Nigra Art Center is 2736 New York 30, Gloversville, NY 12078.
•    The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will retain a 20% commission on all works sold.
•    Selected artwork must be suitably framed and ready for installation.
•    All shipping is at the expense of the artist. There will be a $10 handling fee for each package shipped to the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. The handling fee covers condition reporting and photographing of the work as it arrives, and follow up condition report at the conclusion of the exhibition. You must include a prepaid shipping label for the return of the work. Accepted artists will receive detailed information regarding shipping and handling requirements.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission: December 18, 2017
Notification of acceptance: December 22, 2017
Work to be received at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts by: January 13, 2018
Selection of Awards: January 15, 2018
Notification of Awards: January 17, 2018
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: January 25, 2018
Exhibition Closes: April 4, 2018

Entering You Images:
You can enter your images online at www.OnlineJuriedShows.com. Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List sizes up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:
www.OnlineJuriedShows.com/help.aspx. If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here: https://onlinejuriedshows.com/Contact.aspx

Please add Services@OnlineJuriedShows.com and Manager@OnlineJuriedShows.com to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

Location: Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 New York 30, Gloversville, New York

NIGRA ARTS CENTER RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville, New York is being honored with a 2017 Award of Excellence by CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. This award acknowledges their creation of an inclusive environment where artistic expression and diverse creativity can flourish for all aspiring and established artists, both with and without disability. The community-based facility offers classes, exhibits, productions, concerts, camps, workshops, and other enrichment experiences where all participants are respected as artists, actors, dancers, musicians, and aspiring chefs.

Angela Rapp Kennedy, Vice President, CQL; Mary Kay Rizzolo, CEO, CQL; Shaloni Winston, Executive Director, Lexington; and Daniel Richardson, Deputy Executive Director, Lexington.

Angela Rapp Kennedy, Vice President, CQL; Mary Kay Rizzolo, CEO, CQL; Shaloni Winston, Executive Director, Lexington; and Daniel Richardson, Deputy Executive Director, Lexington.

“The Nigra Arts Center has a genuine attentiveness to each person as an artist. Instead of focusing on disability as being the context for their creation, each artist’s work stands on its own, just as it should. It’s a refreshing approach,” says Mary Kay Rizzolo, President and CEO of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. CQL is presenting five recipients with the 2017 CQL Award of Excellence at the 2017 CQL Conference, themed ‘Blueprint for Person-Centered Practices,’ in recognition of best practices in human services.

The Lexington Foundation, of Lexington, a chapter of the Arc of New York, owns and operates the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. Following numerous Personal Outcome Measures® interviews, Lexington discovered that many people had interest in the creative arts and wanted more opportunities to enjoy and express themselves. This center is unique in that community members take part in program activities, right along with those receiving more formal supports. The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts also does not differentiate artists based on diagnosis during juried exhibitions, as there is no reference at all to an artist’s disability. 

“We are most proud to see people with disabilities recognized for their individual talents and abilities by everyone who comes to the arts center.  Every day they are learning and sharing experiences with others who have common goals and aspirations. This has helped them feel respected and to be true members of the community,” said Shaloni Winston, Executive Director of Lexington and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. “We are grateful to CQL for this honor and recognition.”

The mission of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is to provide a creative educational resource for people of all ages and abilities while celebrating the arts through classes, entertainment, exhibitions, and special events. Additionally, they are committed to offering accessible art programs for adults and children with developmental and physical differences.

Senior Soirée Coming Back to Nigra Arts Center 

On Friday, October 20, senior citizens are invited to participate in the Fall Senior Soirée at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. The event, sponsored by Fidelis Care, will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the center, located at 2736 State Highway 30 in Gloversville.

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“We held our first Senior Soirée back in June and it was a huge success,” said Sue Nigra, director of the Nigra Arts Center. “The demand for a second soirée was overwhelming. We can’t wait to welcome more men and women to enjoy our next one.”

The Senior Soirée will feature lunch and live entertainment. Participants will be able to choose in advance from several classes, ranging from African drumming, chair yoga and painting to how to make holiday hors d’oeuvres. Other classes will include holiday bow making and accessorizing fall/winter fashions.

Admission is $25 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by visiting pncreativeartscenter.org or calling the Nigra Arts Center at (518) 661-9932.

Durey Creek Bluegrass Band to perform at Nigra Arts Center

The Durey Creek Bluegrass Band will perform a concert at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Friday, October 20. The show begins at 7 p.m. The arts center is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

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The band, comprised of Bob Kilmer on bass, Marilyn Fegley on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, Jeff Nasadoski on banjo and Nancy Purcell on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, originated in the North Bush United Methodist Church in 2008. They specialize in bluegrass and gospel music performed at churches, community events, fairs, festivals and other venues around Fulton County and throughout New York’s Capital Region.

Tickets are $10 and available at pncreativeartscenter.org or at the door.

This concert is underwritten by the generous support of John and Sunday Blackmon as well as other sponsors of the Nigra Arts Center’s concert series. It is the ninth of several the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is hosting on its grounds in 2017. The concert series features local performers in a wide variety of genres and styles. Visit pncreativeartscenter.org to see the full lineup.

The Zombies are Coming to Nigra Arts Center!

On Saturday, October 28, dress up as a ZOMBIE and prepare to scare up some fun at the Zombie Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. The public is invited to participate in and/or sponsor this family fun event, which will take place on the grounds of the center, located at 2736 State Highway 30 in Gloversville.

Registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and the Zombie Fun Run/Walk will kick off at 10 a.m. Participants will receive a free t-shirt as long as they register by October 20. The entry fee is $25 per person. Those who wish to register can do so at http://pncreativeartscenter.org/ or in person the day of the event for $30. T-shirts will be included based on availability. Children 5 and under are admitted free (no shirt provided).

Throughout the course, zombie runners and walkers will be greeted by friendly ghouls and creatures who will shower them with sweet treats while scaring up plenty of laughs – all in the name of good fun! The race will not be timed. Water will be available on site.

Following completion of the Zombie Fun Run/Walk, there will be a Zombie Party featuring live entertainment, a costume contest, creepy and cool face painting, and food for sale.

Businesses who wish to sponsor the Zombie Fun Run/Walk should contact Amanda Bowman at (518) 775-9863 or bowmana@lexcenter.org or Lynette May at (518) 774-3292 or mayl@lexcenter.org. For more information about this event, visit pncreativeartscenter.org.
The rain date is Saturday, November 4.

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Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts unveils 2017 Fall Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to announce the opening of its 2017 Fall Art Show, “The Art of Disguise.” The submitted works celebrate fall with a little mystery and intrigue by interpreting the theme of disguise and camouflage. In addition to the regular gallery submissions, the Nigra Arts Center is also exhibiting a display of 3-D masks that fully embrace the Halloween season.

Butterfly Dreams by Linda Naske

Butterfly Dreams by Linda Naske

The show hangs from October 5, 2017, to January 10, 2018. It features work in a wide variety of media from both local artists and artists from other states, such as North Carolina, Rhode Island and Utah.

More than 40 artists are exhibiting more than 78 pieces in this show. The featured artists include Amy Andujar, Joshua Brooks, Doreen Calhoun, Ross Carangelo, Bobby Carr, Douglas Countryman, Susan Dawkins, Francis Dempsey, Ron Dennis, Katherine L. Ehle, Richard Freeman, Katey Germain, Warren Greene, Jamie Hayner, Carol M. Hesselink, Alexandra Higgins, Linda Hinkle, Jack Horning, Michele Johnsen, Nancie Johnson, Linda Kollar, Edward McDaniel, Laurie Mickel, Sharon Miller, Hope Morrow Glidden, Paul M. Murray, Lynda Naske, Mary Alice Orito, Ellen Rae Panero, Laura Penge Burda, Abby Preston, Taylor Skinner, Patsy Suydam, Paul Valovic, Jean Van Pelt, Kevin Wright, Setsuko Yoshida and the artists of the Transitions and Creative Expressions programs.

Through the generous support of donors, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer awards and prizes to outstanding submissions in this show. Award winners will be announced at the Meet the Artists Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 19, from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend, see the show and meet some of the featured artists. Light refreshments will be served.

The opening reception will also feature the raffle drawing for the Nigra Arts Center’s Little Gems Fundraiser. For this special exhibit, local artists donated works on 5”x5” canvases to be raffled off to benefit the arts center. Forty-six pieces were donated in total.

The public is welcome to view the artwork in the Nigra Arts Center’s Community Gallery throughout its run. The gallery is open 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.

NIGHT OUT Coming to Nigra Arts Center!

The Lexington Foundation’s NIGHT OUT will take place at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Friday, September 22. The event begins at 6 p.m. The arts center is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

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The NIGHT OUT will feature food and craft beer from Lanzi’s on the Lake, musical performances by Pat Decker and Flame, raffles and auctions, magician Shaun Robison, dancing and much more. Proceeds will benefit the Nigra Arts Center and Transitions.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is upstate New York's premier community arts center, providing classes in music, dance, art, yoga, cooking and more. The center houses exceptional art venues, hosts family fun events, and provides educational opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and artistic skills. Additionally, the Nigra Arts Center is a popular venue for private and corporate events.

Transitions is making a difference in the lives of young people and families by providing the training and skills needed for students to live independently and follow their college and career dreams. This outstanding college and career Apprenticeship program is uniquely designed for young adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities and other learning differences.

Individual tickets for the NIGHT OUT are $100. Tables for 10 and sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

JECCO Trio to perform at Nigra Arts Center

The JECCO trio will perform a concert at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Friday, September 15. The show begins at 7 p.m. The arts center is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

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Hailing from the Capital Region and comprised of Lecco Morris on piano, Jeff Nania on tenor sax and Rob Morrison on cajon, tabla and drumset, the JECCO Trio sports a unique stylistic blend of jazz, funk, pop and free improv. Their sound pulls from each of the members’ diverse backgrounds, including classical composition, free jazz, Indian classical music and progressive rock.

Tickets are $10 and available at pncreativeartscenter.org or at the door.

This concert is the eighth of several the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is hosting on its grounds in 2017. The concert series features local performers in a wide variety of genres and styles. Visit pncreativeartscenter.org to see the full lineup.

Call for Artists: The Art of Disguise

Help the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts celebrate the fall season with a little mystery and intrigue!  The center is seeking submissions for its 2017 Fall Art Show, “The Art of Disguise.” Pieces should consist of 2-D and 3-D works that embrace the theme of disguise.  Artists who are masters of this theme are welcome - as well as those who have simply found a subtle way to camouflage hidden images.

In addition to the regular gallery submissions, the Nigra Arts Center is also seeking 3-D mask submissions to fully embrace the season. There will be a bonus award for the most creative mask.

The show will run from October 5, 2017, to January 10, 2018. The deadline for submission is September 10. Works of all media are welcome. Pieces should be submitted via the website www.OnlineJuriedShows.com. This is not a juried show, but the website allows for ease of submission and selection by the curator.

Artists may submit up to three works with an entry fee of $25 and $10 per additional entry, for a total of five pieces maximum. Members of the Nigra Arts Center may submit three works with an entry fee of $15 and $7 per additional entry, for a total of five pieces maximum. Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer $450 in awards and prizes to outstanding submissions.

Notification of selection will be sent via email by September 13. Selected works can be delivered to the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 27, 28 and 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. to noon. Works that are shipped to the Nigra Arts Center should be received by September 30. The mailing address for the center is 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, NY 12078.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 19, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend, see the exhibition and meet some of the featured artists.

For more information about the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and this show, please visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932. To submit work to this show, please visit www.OnlineJuriedShows.com and scroll down to find the Nigra Arts Center’s listing.

Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts unveils 2017 New York State Summer Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to announce the opening of its second annual 2017 New York State Summer Art Show. The show, which will hang from June 15 until September 27, features work from artists who come from cities across New York State, including Latham, Niskayuna, Schenectady, Utica, Lake George, Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs, as well as local artists. 

South Beach by Linda Hinkle

South Beach by Linda Hinkle

More than 35 artists and 93 pieces are featured in this show. The featured artists include Amy Andujar, Linda Biggers, Joshua Brooks, Donald Cooper, Rhea Costello, Julius Cucinella, Ron Dennis, P. Dwyer-Orlosky, Richard Freeman, Sheridan Gowen, Jamie Hayner, Linda Hinkle, Nancie Johnson, James Leddick, Eva Marie Loucks, Greg Maklae, Maryanne Malecki, Carol McCord, Teresa Mielewski, Christian O’Callaghan, Allison Patnode, Reuben Peeler, Caroline Pendlebury, Sandra Peters, Michelle Raspanti, Lily Seeley, Brian Tanner, Bonnie Tompkins, Paul Valovic, Darlene Van Sickle, Jessica VanSlyke-Seeley, Lynne Vokatis, David Waite, Sean Walmsley and the artists at Saratoga Bridges Creative Endeavors Art Center.

Through the generous support of donors, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer awards and prizes for this show. Award winners will be announced at the Meet the Artists Opening Reception on Thursday, June 29, 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at this reception, which will be attended by some of the featured artists. All are invited to view the pieces and talk to the artists about their work.

The public is also welcome to view the artwork in the Nigra Arts Center’s Community Gallery throughout its run. The gallery is open 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Color-A-Thon Run & Walk to Benefit Nigra Arts Center

Get ready for a rainbow of colors and fun during a Color-A-Thon Run & Walk on Saturday, July 15, to benefit the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts! The public is invited to participate in and/or sponsor the colorful event, which will take place on the grounds of the center, located at 2736 State Highway 30. Registration will take place 9-10 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Participants will receive a free t-shirt and a color pack as long as they register by July 4.

Throughout the family fun course, runners and walkers will be splashed with washable color dust at “color bomb stations.” The dust is safe, non-toxic and completely washable. The race will not be timed.

Participants will be able to purchase fun items the day of the Color-A-Thon Run & Walk, ranging from sunglasses and socks to rainbow wigs and tutus. Water will be available on site. There will also be food for sale and live entertainment during a Color Blast Party!

The entry fee is $30 per person. Those who wish to register can do so at LexingtonCenterColorRun.com or in person the day of the event. Businesses who wish to sponsor the Color-A-Thon Run & Walk should contact Amanda Bowman at (518) 775-9863 or bowmana@lexcenter.org or Lynette May at (518) 774-3292 or mayl@lexcenter.org. For more information about this event, visit pncreativeartscenter.org.

The rain date is Saturday, July 22.

Maria Zemantauski brings flamenco-style guitar to Nigra Arts Center

The fourth concert of the season at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will take place Friday, June 23, with a concert featuring Maria Zemantauski. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the arts center, located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

Maria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. Her programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. Maria believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless and pursues her music with passion, confidence and grace. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States and has produced four albums since 1997. For more information about her, visit www.mariazemantauski.com.

Tickets are $10 and available at pncreativeartscenter.org or at the door.

This concert is the fourth of several the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is hosting on its grounds in 2017. The concert series features local performers in a wide variety of genres and styles. Visit pncreativeartscenter.org to see the full lineup.

Bellinger and Groesback collaboration on display at Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

If you visit the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville any time in the next month, you will be greeted by a striking steel sculpture next to the lower parking lot. Its form melding industrial repurposed materials with organic curves and almost delicate appendages, “The Story of Lucas” is at once the embodiment of man-made invention and perfectly at home in the woods surrounding it.

“The Story of Lucas” by Barney Bellinger and Lawrence Groesbeck.

“The Story of Lucas” by Barney Bellinger and Lawrence Groesbeck.

The sculpture is a collaboration between local artists Barney Bellinger and Lawrence Groesbeck, who graduated from the same class at Johnstown High School. The idea to collaborate came when Groesbeck visited Bellinger at his studio and Bellinger asked if he would like to build a sculpture together.

The artists began work on the sculpture without a plan and let it evolve before them, sharing the duties of selecting materials, fitting them into the form and welding them together. They worked on the sculpture for four months, taking turns selecting scrap metal and adding it to the form until the sculpture took shape as an abstract figure. It is made entirely of found materials salvaged from nearby sources.

The piece was named for Groesbeck’s son. Bellinger suggested the title because it evoked Lucas’ tenacity, strength, resilience and ability to endure hardship.

Groesbeck specializes primarily in abstract drawing and painting, though he has done some sculptural work with found materials, including cardboard, leather, wood and books. His pieces have been exhibited at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, the Shoe Factory Gallery in Rochester and many other locations. His work is also included in private collections across the United States and internationally. He works out of October Mountain Arts studio in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.

Bellinger’s body of work is diverse and constantly evolving, from painting and photography to sculptural furniture and abstract forms made of scrap metal, wood and found objects. His work has been featured in several rustic furniture publications and exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY, the Smithsonian Institution, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, and many more venues across the United States and internationally. He works alongside his wife Susan out of Sampson Bog Studio in Mayfield.

Bellinger is the featured artist of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts’ 2017 Fulton-Montgomery Art Show. He will be exhibiting photography, paintings, industrial sculptural furniture and lighting, and a collection of abstract sculptures scattered around the grounds of the arts center. Groesbeck is also exhibiting five paintings in the show.

The Fulton-Montgomery Art Show, featuring the work of artists who live and work in Fulton and Montgomery Counties as well as the work of local students, will hang from May 6 to June 5. A public Meet the Artists Opening Reception will be held Thursday, May 11, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The public may also view the show throughout its run Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Winners Announced as Popular Art Show Returns  

On Thursday, May 11, hundreds of people packed the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts as winners were announced for the 2017 Fulton-Montgomery Art Show. The award ceremony took place during the Meet the Artists Opening Reception. The exhibition features work from a wide range of artists who live or work in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Pieces created by student artists are also showcased. The featured artist is renowned local painter, sculptor and photographer Barney Bellinger.

 

2017 Fulton-Montgomery Art Show Winners

 

Student Awards:

Congregational Church Art Show Committee Award

First Place: “Childhood Memories 2, A Day at the Beach” by Taylor Griffith, Grade 12, Johnstown High School

Second Place: “Frank Gallagher” by Carolyn Smith, Grade 10, Broadalbin-Perth High School

Third Place: “Reveal” by Michael Darling, Grade 12, Northville Central School

Runner Up: Shelby Dopp, Grade 12, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

Community Artists’ Award – Best in Show

First Place: “Cat 2” by Sierra Luck, Grade 12, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

Second Place: “Untitledby Amy Laubenstein, Grade 10, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

Third Place: “Baby Crying” by Carter Ivancic, Grade 12, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

Runner Up: “Girl in the Harley-Davidson Hat” by Sara Albright, Grade 12, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

Traditions Award: Sara Albright, Grade 12, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

Helen I. Hays Memorial Award: “Flower Girl” by Charlene Walters, Grade 12, Broadalbin-Perth High School

Antoine Harazin Award: Lauryn Pianelli, Grade 11, Mayfield Junior/Senior High School

 

Community Artist Awards:

Best in Show – Photography

First Place: “Snowy Glare” by Warren Greene

Second Place: “Intricate Dandy” by Paul Valovic

Third Place: “Big Brother” by Ron Dennis

Best in Show – All Media

First Place: “The Hedgerow” by Nancie Johnson

Second Place: “Between Races” by Sharon Miller

Third Place: “In Pemaquid Park” by Lynne Vokatis

Fulton County Show Alumni Award

First Place: “Geraniums” by Marilyn Batty

Second Place: “The Glove” by Jack Horning

Third Place: “1949 Studebaker” by Robert Stangle

 

The Fulton-Montgomery Art Show is a re-creation of the long-held Fulton County Art Show at the First Congregational Church in Gloversville. This show no longer exists, so the Nigra Arts Center was happy to resurrect and expand it to include Fulton and Montgomery Counties. 

 

The show will hang through June 5. The public is welcome to view the winning pieces as well as the rest of the artwork in our Community Gallery Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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.