2008-2009 Season

June-July Hours: Monday-Friday 10-4, and by appointment
Gallery will be closed Friday, July 4

September 2-December 12 Hours: Monday-Friday 10-4:30, Sundays Noon-4
Monday-Thursday evenings 6-8
Gallery open by appointment only October 12-14 & November 26-30

January 20-May 10 Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-8, Fridays 10-4:30, Sundays Noon-4

The gallery is closed between exhibits and usually open by appointment when classes are not in session.

Most exhibition receptions are scheduled as part of
Albany First Friday


Paris Scholars installation

June 6 - August 1, 2008,

Reception Friday June 6, 5-9pm

Joleen M. Button, Ann Cohan, George Dirolf, Sean Basil McGiver, Todd McMahon, Winnie Pino, Kim Schaller, Peter Theron

Opalka Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by eight past recipients of The Sage Fine Arts Scholarship for Study Abroad. Best known as the Paris Scholarship, this award is for a tuition-paid semester at PARSONS PARIS School of Design, Paris, France during the fall semester. The Paris Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1974. Thus far there have been 35 Paris Scholars. Exhibition brochure


Hartigan Male Imagecourtesy of ACA Galleries, NY

September 2 - October 19, 2008,

Reception Friday, September 5, 5-9pm

Grace Hartigan's remarkable career began in the 1950s as part of the Abstract Expressionist circle of artists, also known as The New York School. Shortly after her first solo exhibit in New York in 1951 her work was purchased by The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Corcoran Gallery, among others. She was the only woman artist included in the Museum of Modern Arts pivotal exhibition Twelve Americans (1956) and its seminal show The New American Painting (1958) which toured eight European countries and established Abstract Expressionism as the dominant force in contemporary art. Hartigan is also a precursor to the Pop Art movement whose work has remained vital and influential through decades of production. This exhibit is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. A special addition to the exhibit is the painting White, 1951, loaned by the Feibes & Schmitt Collection of Schenectady for the Albany installation. Metroland review by Meisha Rosenberg

BOB GLUCK TRIO (jazz performance)
Sunday, September 21, 3:00

Bob Gluck Trio at the OpalkaMichael Bisio (bass),Bob Gluck (piano and electronics), with special guest Jay Rosen (percussion)

Opalka Gallery is pleased to present a performance by the Bob Gluck Trio reinterpreting music from Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band plus new music by Bob Gluck.

The Mwandishi band, formally known as The Herbie Hancock Sextet, was a musical ensemble in the early 1970s that defied easy categorization. Their broad embrace of multiple musical worlds, sounds, rhythms and textures has been a source of inspiration and creativity for many musicians. Mwandishi was one of the first ensembles in the context of jazz to draw up new electronic technologies and aesthetics, particularly on their 1972 recording, Crossings, from which the Bob Gluck Trio will draw in this concert.

The Bob Gluck Trio brings a uniquely creative yet disciplined edge to jazz performance. All three musicians are known for their blend of virtuosity and deep musicality. The trio's watchwords are collaboration, listening and response, and collective dynamism. Structured tunes flow in and out of free improvisation, taking the performers and listeners alike to unexpected imaginative places. Bob Gluck Trio

Tickets: $15 adult, $10 student, free for Sage students
Tickets and info: 518-292-7742 or opalka@sage.edu


November 2 - December 12, 2008,Thunder Over Water

Reception, Friday, November 7, 5-9pm

Gallery open by appointment November 26-30 (Thanksgiving break)

Intaglio workshop on Thursday, November 6 at 1pm given by Christa Wolf.

Gum Transfer workshop on Thursday, November 6 at 4:30

Introduction to Printmaking on Saturday, November 8 at 1:00pm
given by Pamela Drix

call 518.292.7742 for details on workshops

The Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press is a not-for-profit printmakers' center, fine art press and gallery which offers professional facilities for the making of fine art prints. As a regional resource for printmaking, The Ink Shop offers workshops for professionals and the community. The Shop also organizes collaborative projects, group and exchange exhibitions and maintains a slide registry for collectors and curators. The Olive Branch Press prints editions and handmade books. This exhibit includes 25 works by 16 artists representing an array of print media and approach.

More information about the artists and the art
Exhibition catalogue

CAROL HAMOY: PSALMSONG and other works

January 20 - February 22, 2009

Carol Hamoy Psalmsong an other works

1st Friday Reception Friday, February 6, 5-9pm,

Reception with the artist Sunday, February 8, 1-3pm

Carol Hamoy: PsalmSong and other works is the tenth in The Sage Colleges ongoing series of exhibits focusing on Jewish history and experience. PsalmSong, is a fine art installation inspired by three elements: the ten Psalms deemed by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav to promote healing, Kabbalah's mystical illumination of the connections between the divine and human worlds, and herbal healing traditions from diverse ethnic and cultural heritages. The diaphanous environment provides a sanctuary for reflection and meditation. PsalmSong encourages the visitor to quietly search within themselves for a restful place for renewal and wellbeing - one in which spiritual, physical, and emotional healing can take place.

Among the additional works included in the show are: Kitchen Kaddish, The Female Body, Hemlines, and The Invisible Part of the Children of Israel. All of these works are created from various combinations of paper, wood, metal plastic, feathers, beads, and other materials. Each work engages aspects of Jewish experience. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by E.M. Broner author of A Weave of Women, The Women's Haggadah, Bringing Home the Light, and The Telling. PsalmSong debuted at Hebrew Union College, NYC. Albany Times Union review

curated by Elizabeth DubbenPhotography Regional installation

Roy Arenella, Justin Baker, Liz Blum, Robert Cartmell, Catherine Chalmers, Colleen Cox, Tara Fracalossi, Daniel Goodwin, Mindy McDaniel, Ken Ragsdale, David Seiler, Stu Sherman, Laura Gail Tyler

March 6 - April 12, 2009

Reception: Friday, March 6, 5-9pm
Panel Presentation: Monday, March 23, 7pm

The 2009 iteration of the Photo Regional is curated by Elizabeth Dubben, photographer and Director of Amrose Sable Gallery. Dubben has earned the respect of critics, collectors, and artists for the quality of work she has chosen to present at Amrose Sable and other locales. Announcement/Invitation

The exhibition offers a fresh eye bringing together a diverse group of artists who are some of the strongest in the area who are using the photographic medium. Although these artists are only a small selection out of the population of very talented strong artists, they offer a fresh take on photography in the area. This fuels growth and opens the conversation up to many insightful and intriguing ideas. It questions, it discovers and it offers opportunity to reach beyond the scope of what we normally consider photography. Catalogue (606k pdf)

Metroland Review

Albany Times Union Review

Schenectady Gazette Review

Get Visual: David Brickman on the Photo Regional

MUSICIANS of MA'ALWYCK: 100 Greatest Dance Hits & More!

Sunday, March 22, 3:00pmMusicians of Ma'alwyck

Musicians of Ma'alwyck is a flexible-size Chamber music ensemble formed in 1999 by Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz. The group performs regularly in Upstate New York presenting programs specializing in the music of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

This concert features works of Boccherini and Kernis for guitar and string quartet, as well as two almost never-heard American string quartet gems: William Grant Still's Panamanian Dances and Charles Griffess: Sketches on Native American Themes. Performers include guitarist Sten Isachsen, violinist and Musicians of Ma'alwyck director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, cellist Petia Kassarova and guest violinist Lisa Rautenberg, who has performed with chamber ensembles throughout America and Europe.

Times Union review of performance at the Opalka.

Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students, Free for Sage Students
Musicians of Ma'alwyck


April 23 - July 24, 2009

Reception Friday, May 1, 5-9pm

BFA Invitation

This year's exhibit showcases Sages thirty-three graduating BFA seniors. The show was juried by the Sage Department of Visual Arts faculty. The exhibition showcases the best work done by 4th year students receiving their BFA in Interior Design, Fine Arts and Graphic Design. All visual art disciplines are represented including video, installation, painting, promotional design, ceramic sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting , as well as the Interior Design Senior Projects which focus on sustainable design buildings for college campuses. A selection of the best work done by 4th year students receiving their BFA in Interior Design, Fine Arts and Graphic Design.

April 23 - May 10: Monday-Friday 10-8, Sunday 12-4
Saturday, May 9: Noon 4
May 11 - July 24: Monday-Friday 10-4 and by appointment
Closed May 25 and July 2-3, 2009