Nigra Arts Center Seeks Artists for Fall Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, located at 2736 State Highway 30 in Gloversville, NY, is looking for artists to participate in its 2019 Fall Art Show. This show is open to works of all media from artists across the nation and beyond. All artists are welcome to submit.

The 2019 Fall Art Show will be on display from October 30, 2019, to January 7, 2020. Throughout its run, the Nigra 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 October 6 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 Fall Art Show. Further submission guidelines are available there.  

Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer awards and prizes to outstanding submissions. All winners will also receive a membership to the Nigra 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 October 10 and the dates for drop-off or mailing of artwork are October 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold a public opening and Meet the Artists Reception on Thursday, November 7, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees of the reception will receive free admission to the gallery. The public is also welcome to view the show throughout its run. The regular gallery admission fee is $5. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under the age of 18 and participating artists are admitted for free.

For more information about this show or the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

Nigra Arts Center unveils first-ever Membership Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to unveil its 2019 Nigra Arts Center Membership Art Show. This show is its first to feature only the works of members of the arts center. On display are over 100 pieces in all media by both local artists and those from outside the region, including New Jersey, Ohio and North Carolina. The show will hang from June 13 to July 17.

Thirty-two member artists are displaying more than 100 pieces in this show. The featured artists include Jeffrey John Ardizzone, Lew Cowan, Cyndi Daigler, Deja Donde, Connie Duross Chamberlain, Karl Fisher, Dick Foster, Carol M. Hesselink, Jack Horning, Cheryl Horowitz, Michele Johnsen, Anna King, Elizabeth Knapp, Marion Kratky, Gary Larsen, Tammy McCue, Sharon Miller, Beth Moore, John Morrette, Lynda Naske, Stefanie Obkirchner, Sandra Peters, Joanne Petrozzi-Jones, Timothy Prendergast, Paul Rappleyea, K. Santomartino, Laurie Snell, Beth Spraggs, Terry Van Genderen, Jean VanPelt, Sean Walmsley and Brad Wenskoski.

A Meet the Artist reception will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 6-8 p.m. This reception is open to the public. Attendees will receive free admission to the gallery. The public is also welcome to view the show through July 17. The regular gallery admission is a suggested $5 donation. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under the age of 18 and participating artists are admitted for free. 

The Nigra Arts Center offers annual memberships to anyone who seeks to support the arts and community events at the Center. Membership levels start at just $25 per year and carry benefits such as discounted admission to classes and art exhibitions, mailing list access, invitations to special events, charitable tax deductions and more. For additional information about memberships and to sign up for one, please visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/membership or call (518) 661-9932.

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

 

Nigra Arts Center Selected as a Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program Beneficiary

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of June.

The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which launched in April 2014, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. The Nigra Arts Center was selected as the June beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Hannaford located at 235 5th Avenue Ext., Gloversville. The Nigra Arts Center will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location throughout June. 

“We are honored to have been chosen to participate in this great program, which benefits the environment as well as the Nigra Arts Center. The public has always given generously to support us in the past and we hope they will continue to do so,” said Wally Hart, Executive Director of The Lexington Foundation, which operates the Nigra Arts Center. “Proceeds from this program will go toward our efforts to offer fun, inclusive, arts-themed activities and events to the public, including our upcoming New York State Summer Art Show and our six-week summer kid camp program, which starts in July.”

The Nigra Arts Center is a non-profit community arts center based in Gloversville, NY. Founded in 2015, it provides art classes of all kinds, rotating art exhibitions, day camps for children, performances, special events and more to the community at large. Learn more about by visiting www.pncreativeartscenter.org or calling (518) 661-9932. The Nigra Arts Center is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. It is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com.

Nigra Arts Center to Offer Six-Week Summer Day Camp Program for Children!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is excited to offer a six-week summer day camp program for children ages 5-12. The program, which begins the week of July 8 and ends the week of August 12, celebrates learning and creativity through arts of all kinds as well as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for a safe, fun, enlightening and educational experience. Activities also include collaborative life lessons about the environment, volunteerism and giving back to the community.

Campers will be divided by age, with children ages 5-8 following one schedule and ages 9-12 following another. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour of activities with trained staff available before and after each session for drop-off and pick-up convenience.

Each week of camp offers three to four courses with projects that build throughout the week. Week one, July 8-12, features classes and activities in percussion, cooking, making music videos and bringing popular video games into the real world with art projects and games inspired by Minecraft and Fortnite. Week two, July 15-19, features classes and activities in painting, animation, pottery and arts in nature, which will bring campers outdoors to learn about and create in the natural world.

Week three, July 22-26, features a drone workshop, Art Around the World, a Great American Bake Off and Go STEAM Crazy, which combines mixed media art activities with science and technology experiments. Week four, July 29 to August 2, features classes and activities about comic strips, robotics, space exploration and chemistry-inspired art.

Week five, August 5-9, features classes and activities in theater, creative writing, superhero creation and “Trash to Treasure” upcycling art projects. Finally, week six, August 12-16, features classes and activities in beauty and cosmetics, fitness and throwing a carnival-themed party.

Children may attend for the full six-week program, for individual weeks or for single days. However, campers will receive the best results from each camp by attending for a full week as most camps involve cumulative projects. The cost is $45 per day or $165 per week, with discounts available for members of the Nigra Arts Center, children from the same family and Lexington employees. Payment is due in full at the time of registration – only payment secures the child’s spot in the camp.

This camp program is generously sponsored by National Grid. For more information and to register, please visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/camps, call (518) 661-9932 or email Lynette May at MayL@thearclexington.org. Camps will take place at the Nigra Arts Center’s facility at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, NY.

Seeking artists for New York State Summer Art Show!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is pleased to announce its fourth annual New York State Summer Art Show, celebrating the work of artists from across New York State. All artists who live in New York are welcome to submit work in any medium.

 

The New York State Summer Art Show will hang from July 25 to October 23. 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 June 30 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 New York State Summer Art Show. Further submission guidelines are available there.

 

Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer awards and prizes to outstanding submissions. 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 July 4 and the dates for drop-off or mailing of artwork are July 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 20 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Nigra Arts Center to Offer American Red Cross Babysitting Course for Teens!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is offering an American Red Cross Babysitting Course at its facility at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. The one-day course will be held on Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $125. 

The purpose of this course, recommended for ages 11-15, is to provide youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Students will develop leadership skills, learn how to build a babysitting business, gain skills to keep themselves and others safe, develop techniques to help children behave and learn about basic childcare and first aid. 

Other topics covered in this comprehensive course include communication skills, decision-making models, finding babysitting jobs safely, recognizing and fixing safety issues, identifying typical behaviors for children based on their ages and stages of development, the different types of childcare, recognizing and taking action during an emergency, and basic childcare skills such as diaper changing and holding and feeding infants and toddlers. 

For more information about this course or to sign up, please call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

Mother's Day Concert and Brunch Featuring Stringwynde

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will host a concert and brunch in honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 5, 11:30-1 p.m., in their Grand Gallery at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. Tickets are $35 and available at pncreativeartscenter.org or by calling 518-661-9932.

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The brunch menu will include quiche, stuffed French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes, salad greens, refreshments and desserts. The concert features Stringwynde, a duo comprised of flautist Melanie Chirignan and harpist Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher.

Stringwynde, formed in 2017, hails from the southern Saratoga region. Chirignan and Rees-Rohrbacher each hold graduate degrees in music and regularly perform in a variety of genres. As individual performers, their appearances have included solo recitals, chamber ensembles, symphonies and private events. They are also versatile educators who have both taught music privately and in classrooms at area public and private schools.

Rees-Rohrbacher holds a doctoral degree in vocal performance and literature. Initially trained as a classical vocalist and pianist, she begin studying the harp after moving to Upstate New York and has since pursued a multi-faceted career as a harpist, arranger, singer and conductor. Her musical skills have taken her from formal, orchestral concerts to intimate chamber performances wearing historical costumes. She is a well-known composer whose harp arrangements are sold internationally, and she has published many articles in harp journals.

Chirignan has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s in Flute performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Originally from Hauppauge, NY, Chirignon has collaborated with many performers and ensembles, including the New York Chamber Players Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony and the Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra. She has also worked closely with many other composers to premiere new works by a variety of artists, several of which are available on iTunes and Amazon.

Richard Freeman announced as featured artist in Saratoga Arts-funded Fulton Montgomery Art Show

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Richard Freeman, a Johnstown painter and mixed media artist, will be the featured artist at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts’ 2019 Fulton Montgomery Art Show. His pieces will be displayed alongside work from artists who live and work in Fulton and Montgomery Counties as well as the work of students from the region’s elementary, middle and high schools.

The third annual Fulton Montgomery Art Show, which opens on April 4, was made possible in part due to a Community Arts Grant from Saratoga Arts. The grant supported this show as well as an upcoming project to build a labyrinth on the arts center’s grounds. The show will hang until May 1, with a Meet the Artists Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. Admission to the reception is free, while regular gallery admission through the rest of the show’s run is $5 or free to members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under 18 and artists who have work in the show.

Richard Freeman is a frequent entrant into the Nigra Arts Center’s exhibitions, having had his work featured in six shows there since 2016. Born in Mount Pleasant, PA, he moved to New York as a small child and attended kindergarten in Fonda. He later went to school in Perth and Johnstown and attended high school in Amsterdam. After his schooling, Freeman worked at the Townhouse restaurant, formerly the Rainbow Restaurant, in Johnstown for more than 22 years. After it closed, he worked at Sam’s Seafood and Steakhouse, then the kitchen at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Freeman’s work experience has allowed him to cultivate a love for the culinary arts as well as the visual.

Throughout his life, Freeman has loved art and sought opportunities to experience it in different forms and cultivate a personal style. He has devoted much of his free time over the years to exploring different aesthetics and experimenting with new techniques in search of ways to bring new elements into his work. Largely self-taught, Freeman also improved his skills through classes with Lexington’s Creative Expressions program and, more recently, at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

“I have always loved art,” Freeman said. “It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to see a piece completed. Art helps me relax and forget about the stress of life.”

Freeman uses oil paint for some of his pieces, preferring it over other media for its blending ability and the time it offers him to work through ideas and color combinations. His true focus, though, is in mixed media. His signature style involves using glue on a surface to create texture, then coating the piece in multiple layers of paint for depth. He finishes his pieces by rolling the raised areas with metallic paint to mimic metalwork. The results are unique, industrial-looking, dynamic pieces with a beautiful display of both visual and physical texture.

Freeman’s artwork has been featured in a number of galleries throughout New York, including the prestigious Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing and Northville Public Library. One of his pieces was selected to be featured in the Arkell’s 2017 The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show, an exclusive exhibition featuring the work of artists from across New York. Several of Freeman’s pieces have earned awards at exhibitions, including a fourth place award at a 2013 Arc New York show at the Sagamore and an honorable mention at the 2018 Voice! exhibition at the Martin Mullen Gallery at the State University of New York in Oneonta. Freeman has participated for several years in SVAN Art Trails and was a featured artist at Gloversville’s Micropolis gallery in 2012.

Seeking Artists for 2019 Fulton Montgomery Art Show and Sale!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is excited to announce its third annual Fulton-Montgomery Art Show, featuring only the works of artists who live or work in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. 

The Fulton-Montgomery Art Show will feature submissions from individual and group artists in all media alongside the work of a special guest artist and pieces by student artists from the Fulton/Montgomery region’s schools. 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 awards.

The Fulton-Montgomery Art Show will hang from April 4 to May 1. 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 March 17 through https://www.onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=34098. 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.

Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer awards and prizes to outstanding submissions. 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 March 21 and the dates for drop-off or mailing of artwork are March 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. 

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold a public opening and Meet the Artists Reception, where the greater public is invited to view the show, on Thursday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees of the reception will receive discosunted admission to the gallery. The public is also welcome to view the show throughout its run. The regular gallery admission fee is $5. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under the age of 18 and participating artists are admitted for free. 

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

Seeking Artists for 2019 Winter Art Show!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is seeking artists for its 2019 Winter Art Show. All artists are welcome to submit work of any theme or medium.

The show will hang from January 16 to March 26, 2019. 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 December 16, 2018, 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 2019 Winter Art Show. Further submission guidelines are available there.

Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer monetary awards to outstanding submissions. 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 December 20 and the dates for drop-off or mailing of artwork are January 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and January 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold a public opening and Meet the Artists Reception, where the greater public is invited to view the show, on Thursday, January 24, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees of the reception will receive free admission to the gallery. The public is also welcome to view the show throughout its run. The regular gallery admission fee is $5. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under the age of 18 and participating artists are admitted for free.

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.

Polar Express Celebration returns to Nigra Arts Center!

On Saturday, December 8, the Polar Express Celebration will return to the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts for its fourth consecutive year. This family fun event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center’s facility, 2736 State Highway 30 in Gloversville. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas!

This North Pole-themed event will include crafts, games, live entertainment, raffles and all kinds of family fun inspired by the classic tale “The Polar Express.” There will also be food for sale and opportunities for pictures with Santa Claus.

In addition, the event will host Sensory Santa from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sensory Santa is ideal for any child who may be overwhelmed by large crowds, bright lights and loud music. Children will meet with Sensory Santa alone in a quiet setting, where they will receive individualized attention. Sensory Santa’s suit will be extra soft for a comforting experience, and there will be no nearby distractions such as elves, colorful decorations or blinking lights.

Admission is $5 per person to benefit the Nigra Arts Center or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots. Children age 1 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

Marketing and Website SEO Guru Heather Lutze to Present Seminar at Nigra Arts Center

A daylong marketing seminar is coming to the Capital Region on Thursday, November 15, hosted by the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. The seminar, held at the Nigra Arts Center’s facility at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, will be led by renowned speaker and social media expert Heather Lutze, CSP, Dean and Master Trainer of Findability University. This high-energy and informative presentation will benefit people of all ages, professional roles and levels of tech fluency as they learn how to best attract customers and drive sales using online marketing.

Attendance is open to all. Registration will take place 8:30-9 a.m. The seminar will feature two separate presentations. The Findability Formula, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., is about the underlying strategy, tactics and tools you can use to successfully market your business and get found online, through a combination of strategies such as SEO, PPC and social media. It will cover how to be found online, what to do if you aren’t, finding top performing keywords to optimize your site, keys to pay-per-click advertising and tips for using social media successfully.

The Marketing Espionage presentation, 1-4 p.m., is about leveraging online competitive intelligence to dominate your industry. It will identify mistakes a business might make online and provide essential tools and solutions needed to fix websites fast. Attendees will learn how to discover their standings with Google, conduct advanced keyword research for the right phrases to get found fast, create content strategies that connect with and convert customers, and implement top non-technical strategies that improve findability. The presentation will also help attendees tap the psyches of searchers to meaningfully connect with customers, understand industry best practices for developing winning online marketing plans and gain a significant competitive edge by discovering competitors’ online strategies.

The cost to attend this seminar is $75 for one session or $125 for both. The discounted fee for members of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is $50 for one session or $100 for both. Those who attend both sessions receive Findability’s Mastery Vault, a $797 value, which includes a course of video SEO training, a workbook, access to a library of informational videos and resources, email support and more.

Attendees should bring a laptop computer and a boxed lunch. Lunches will also be available for purchase on-site. For more information and to register, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/events or call (518) 661-9932. 

The Nigra Arts Center is happy to provide the space for this seminar and share valuable connections and resources with local businesses. They also offer rental opportunities for businesses to host conferences, meetings, seminars, networking events and more. To reserve space for your next professional gathering, contact Lori White at whitel@thearclexington.org or (518) 661-9932. 

 

Nigra Arts Center Unveils 2018 Fiber, Textile Art and Quilt Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to announce the opening of its first-ever 2018 Fiber, Textile Art and Quilt Show. This celebration of fiber arts features a variety of works, including quilts, tapestries, felted wool sculptures, hooked rugs, textile installations, hand-woven fabrics, dyed silks, knitted clothing and more, from both contemporary artists and artists from previous generations. In addition to local craftspeople, this show features artists living in Rhode Island and Costa Rica.

“Best in Show” winner, “Lost and Being Found,” a wall hanging made of wool, mohair, cotton and industrial felt by Kate Park.

“Best in Show” winner, “Lost and Being Found,” a wall hanging made of wool, mohair, cotton and industrial felt by Kate Park.

More than 22 artists are exhibiting more than 50 pieces in this show. The featured artists include Susan Albanese, Liz Argotsinger, Cheryl Bielli, Doug Countryman, Judith Craddock, Deja Donde, Brenda Dwyer, Daniel V. Ehle, Eleanor Ehle, Katherine L. Ehle, Mary Jane Harford, Carol M. Hesselink, Alice Hudson, Janelle Krause, Kate Park, Kathie Raneri, Helen V. Riddle, Coty Rulison, Diane K. Seney, Lita Setchfield, Laurie Snell, Cecelia Tkaczyk, Toni Turner, Mikyle Woodward and Eileen Wrightsman. In addition, the show featured many more antique and handmade pieces loaned by local private collections.

Second place winner, “We Are the Dreamers,” a handwoven textile by Lita Setchfield.

Second place winner, “We Are the Dreamers,” a handwoven textile by Lita Setchfield.

This show will hang until January 9, 2019. Through the generous support of donors, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts was able to offer awards and prizes to outstanding submissions in this show. Award winners were at the Meet the Artists Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 11. The first place “Best in Show” winner was “Lost and Being Found,” a wall hanging made of wool, mohair, cotton and industrial felt by Kate Park. The second place winner was “We Are the Dreamers,” a handwoven textile by Lita Setchfield. The third place winner was “Flowers Throughout the Seasons,” a hand-stitched quilt by Judith Craddock.

Third place winner, “Flowers Throughout the Seasons,” a hand-stitched quilt by Judith Craddock.

Third place winner, “Flowers Throughout the Seasons,” a hand-stitched quilt by Judith Craddock.

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. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. The admission fee for the gallery is $5 per person. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under the age of 18 and artists who have work in the current show are exempt from the admission fee. The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. For more

The Greatest NIGHT OUT Coming to Nigra Arts Center!

The Lexington Foundation’s annual Night Out will take place at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Thursday, September 20, at 6 p.m. The arts center is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

The theme of this year’s fundraiser gala is The Greatest Night Out, inspired by the hit movie musical The Greatest Showman. The party will feature live music from Flame and Our Secret Love Society, food and cocktails from Union Hall Inn Restaurant, roaming performers, raffle and silent auction items, and plenty of circus-themed surprises.

At the event, Lexington will be honoring businesses and individuals who have helped make Lexington what it is today. Century Linens of Gloversville will be recognized as the Employer of the Year for their partnership with Lexington. Century Linens has a strong record of hiring individuals with disabilities to be employees at their business. Assemblyman Marc Butler will be acknowledged for over 20 years of supporting Lexington and the men and women it supports. The Assemblyman retires at the end of 2018. Jack and Shirley Scott, owners of WENT Radio will be thanked for supporting Lexington from the day they bought the station in 1986. Jack and Shirley have been strong advocates for Lexington and individuals with developmental disabilities. The life and contributions of the late Brian Hanaburgh will be honored at the event. Brian served as Chair of the Transitions and Nigra Art Center Advisory Board and for over 20 years he served on the Lexington Foundation Board. Anita Hanaburgh and family members will be on hand to accept the tribute to Brian.

Proceeds from this special event benefit the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a community arts center open to the public that hosts rotating art exhibitions, concerts, fun family events, theater performances, day camps for children, and classes in music, dance, fine arts, yoga, cooking and more.

The Greatest Night Out will also celebrate the achievements of the students in the Transitions program and raise funds for its Elmore Scholarship Fund. Transitions is a post-secondary program that provides training in skills young adults with autism and other learning differences need to live independently and follow their college and career dreams. Its evidence-based curriculum covers social skills, health and wellness, independent living, self-management, and self-advocacy and leadership. Transitions offers weekend Mini Camps, weeklong specialty camps, summer programs, year-long programs and a Certificate of Completion in Career and Life Studies in collaboration with Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

“This is a great opportunity to gather and support Transitions and the Nigra Arts Center, two of Lexington’s newest programs,” said Shaloni Winston, Transitions founder and executive director of The Arc Lexington. “It is also a wonderful way for us to honor and thank those who have been so supportive of Lexington over the years. They have helped us become who we are and supported us to build programs such as the Nigra Arts Center which benefits the entire community and Transitions where we are helping to change the lives of young adults with learning differences throughout the northeast, and we are excited to welcome the public to share in our students’ success. We hope you will support our work by attending the Greatest Night Out and contributing to our scholarship fund.”

Individual tickets for the Night Out are $100. Young professionals under the age of 40 can purchase tickets for $75. Tables for 10 and several sponsorship levels are also available. For more information, visit http://thearclexingtonfoundation.org/2018-night-out.

The Usual Suspects fo Perform at Nigra Arts Center!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will host a concert featuring The Usual Suspects on Friday, September 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available by clicking HERE or by calling 518-661-9932.

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With their mix of contemporary pop, country, classic rock, blues, jazz and oldies, The Usual Suspects entertain audiences with original music and uniquely interpreted covers. Hailing from Schenectady, NY, this five-piece group of veteran musicians perform a multi-genre song list covering such artists as Wilson Pickett, Zac Brown, Junior Parker, The Grateful Dead and Van Morrison as well as Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Sister Hazel and local singer/songwriter Andy Chestnut.

This concert is part of the Nigra Arts Center’s 2018 Concert Series, featuring ten local acts in a variety of genres and styles. All shows are open to the public and will take place in the center’s Grand Gallery at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville.

Seeking Vendors for Shop, Sip & Savor Event!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville is happy to host this year’s Shop, Sip & Savor: An Evening for Women on Friday, November 9, from 5-8pm at the Arts Center, located at 2736 Route 30.

Based on last year’s smashing success, this is an opportunity to reach hundreds of women who are looking to do their holiday shopping! We suggest being creative with possible promotional materials for your business and really showcase what you have to offer in one of our beautiful rooms. The room rental is $75. All participants will also be asked to create a basket or a give-away to be raffled off during the festivities.

If you're interested, please call (518) 661-9932 or fill out the vendor application and email it to Lynette May at mayl@thearclexington.org.

Those who respond first will have first dibs on our gorgeous rooms!

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Call for Singers!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville is introducing the formation of The Sacandaga Singers, an adult (18+) choir which will rehearse weekly and feature a repertoire of popular and classical vocal compositions. Besides performances at local events, concerts will be held bi-annually at the arts center with a holiday concert in December and a spring concert in May.

Participants must able to commit to the rehearsal/performance schedule and become members of the Nigra Arts Center.  In addition to being part of choir, membership benefits include discounts on admission to exhibitions, workshops, classes, select performances and special events at the arts center.

For more information and to schedule an audition, please contact Tom Simek by email at sacandagasingers@gmail.com. 

Seeking Artists for 2018 Fiber, Textile Art and Quilt Show!

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is excited to host its first-ever Fiber, Textile Art and Quilt Show. This celebration of fiber art will feature works made primarily of fiber, fabric, textiles and/or related materials such as hand-dyed silk, felting, weaving, fiber sculpture, fashion, crochet, lace and quilts. All artists who work in these media are welcome to submit.

Quilts submitted must be no larger than 96” square and must have a 4-inch sleeve attached for hanging purposes.

The show will hang from October 4, 2018, to January 9, 2019. 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 September 2 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 Fiber, Textile Art and Quilt Show. Further submission guidelines are available there.

Through the generous donations of supporters, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is able to offer monetary awards to outstanding submissions. 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 September 6 and the dates for drop-off or mailing of artwork are September 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and September 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will hold a public opening and Meet the Artists Reception, where the greater public is invited to view the show, on Thursday, October 11, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees of the reception will receive free admission to the gallery. The public is also welcome to view the show throughout its run. The regular gallery admission fee is $5. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, children under the age of 18 and participating artists are admitted for free.

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.

Nigra Arts Center announces award recipients for 2018 New York State Summer Art Show

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is proud to announce the award winners for its third annual New York State Summer Art Show. The show features work from artists who hail from cities throughout New York State, including Ballston Spa, Castleton, Delanson, Fort Plain, Gloversville, Hadley, Lake Pleasant, Lockport, Mayfield, Milton, New York City, Niskayuna, Olmstedville, St. Johnsville, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and more. Awards were presented at a public opening reception on Thursday, July 12. The reception was attended by dozens of artists and members of the community.

Awards were presented to winners by Brenda Dwyer, gallery administrator of the Nigra Arts Center, and Wally Hart, executive director of the Nigra Arts Center. Pictured in the first row, from left to right, are Linda Wilkinson, Tiina Bockrath, Constance A. Dodge and Sandra Hildreth accepting their awards. Pictured in the second row are “Marble Quarry” by Linda Wilkinson,   “Koi Pond – Feeding” by Tiina Bockrath, “Hope Falls” by Constance A. Dodge and “Barnum Brook, May” by Sandra Hildreth. Pictured in the third row are Deborah Angilletta, Lewis Bryden, Timothy Prendergast and Margaret Bromford accepting their awards. Pictured in the fourth row are “Fly Creek Evening” by Deborah Angilletta, “Seafood” by Lewis Bryden, “Mike’s” by Timothy Prendergast and “Meet the Onion Family” by Margaret Bromford.

Awards were presented to winners by Brenda Dwyer, gallery administrator of the Nigra Arts Center, and Wally Hart, executive director of the Nigra Arts Center. Pictured in the first row, from left to right, are Linda Wilkinson, Tiina Bockrath, Constance A. Dodge and Sandra Hildreth accepting their awards. Pictured in the second row are “Marble Quarry” by Linda Wilkinson, “Koi Pond – Feeding” by Tiina Bockrath, “Hope Falls” by Constance A. Dodge and “Barnum Brook, May” by Sandra Hildreth. Pictured in the third row are Deborah Angilletta, Lewis Bryden, Timothy Prendergast and Margaret Bromford accepting their awards. Pictured in the fourth row are “Fly Creek Evening” by Deborah Angilletta, “Seafood” by Lewis Bryden, “Mike’s” by Timothy Prendergast and “Meet the Onion Family” by Margaret Bromford.

The winners of the Best in Show categories for the show are as follows:

Best in Show – Photography
First Place: “Fishing” by L. Paul Masto (Amsterdam, NY)
Second Place: “Marble Quarry” by Linda Wilkinson (Amsterdam, NY)
Third Place: “Koi Pond – Feeding” by Tiina Bockrath (Cambridge, NY)

Best in Show – Landscape
First Place: “Hope Falls” by Constance A. Dodge (Edinburg, NY)
Second Place: “Barnum Brook, May” by Sandra Hildreth (Saranac Lake, NY)
Third Place: “Fly Creek Evening” by Deborah Angilletta (Scotia, NY)

Best in Show – All Media
First Place: “Seafood” by Lewis Bryden (New York, NY)
Second Place: “Mike’s” by Timothy Prendergast (Scotia, NY)
Third Place: “Meet the Onion Family” by Margaret Bromford (Johnstown, NY)

Other artists featured in the show include Cheryl Bielli, Joshua Brooks, Lacy Brower, Bob Buck, Doreen Calhoun, Donald Cooper, Richard Joel Davis, Carollee Duross, Bob Fisher, Dick Foster, Jutta Gloeckner, Lawrence Groesbeck, Deborah Handy, Alexandra Higgins, David Holly, Jack Horning, Nancie Johnson, Elizabeth Knapp, Leena Kutti, Maria Licciardi, Garlyn MaGinnis, Maryanne Malecki, Carol McCord, Shannon Meers, Alan Montinari, John Morrette, Sandra Peters, Joanne Petrozzi-Jones, Margo Singer, Paul Valovic, Darlene Van Sickle, Lynne Vokatis, William W., Sean Walmsley, Gerald Wein and Kevin Wright.

The New York State Summer Art Show and Sale will hang until September 25 at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. The majority of the pieces on display are for sale. The public is welcome to view the show throughout its run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The admission fee for the gallery is $5 per person. Members of the Nigra Arts Center, artists who have work in the current show and children under the age of 18 are exempt from the admission fee. For more information, please call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

Paul Nigra Arts Center for Creative Arts to Host Glimmerglass Festival young Artists Program Concert

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is honored to host a special concert featuring The Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists program on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. The Young Artists will present a mix of Glimmerglass’s 2018 season repertoire of opera songs as well as favorites from the opera and musical theater canon.

This concert is generously sponsored by John and Sunday Blackmon and The Glimmerglass Festival. It is free for the general public to attend and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the door.

The Glimmerglass Festival is an opera company in Cooperstown that hosts four opera productions and a variety of other musical performances and guest speakers each summer. The Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists program is an apprenticeship program for singers, directors, conductors and coach/accompanists. The program provides training and experience for talented artists in the early stages of their professional career. The Young Artists perform in mainstage productions, concerts and Glimmerglass’s Lounge series, and they cover principal roles. To learn more about The Glimmerglass Festival, visit www.glimmerglass.org.

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.