Spring 2015 Programs+Events

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Film Screening: The High Cost of Cheap Gas

Date/Time: Thursday, January 29, 6:30pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: $5.00, Free with Sage College Student ID
Discount rates available to student groups from other colleges/schools

For the third entry in our series of films relating to Mike Glier's Antipodes series, we visit Botswana.

"The High Cost of Cheap Gas" is a timely documentary exploring some of the real costs of natural gas development.

Follow producer Mira Dutschke and director Jeffrey Barbee around the world as they uncover how the gas industry is invading some of the most protected places on the planet to frack for natural gas. Discover the latest science from the gas fields of America, and why this industry affects us all.

Watch a preview of The High Cost of Cheap Gas

 


Lecture: Professor Steven Leibo Discusses The Climate Crisis

Date/Time: Sunday, February 8, 3pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public For the closing event of the exhibition "Meander, because you can't see much while marching / Mike Glier, A 35-Year Survey,"  Professor Steven Leibo will speak about how the climate crisis is likely to impact the Northeastern United States and how local communities are already starting to face the challenge. After the lecture, Glier be available in the gallery to answer questions about how the climate crisis has influenced his work.

 


Artist Lecture Series: Monica Bill Hughes

Date/Time: Thursday, February 3, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

'Barbie (with Pancakes)' by Monica Bill Hughes

Visual artist Monica Bill Hughes kicks off the spring season of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany, co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design.

Monica Bill Hughes is a visual artist who lives and works in Wynantskill, NY. Ms. Bill Hughes’ most recent body of work consists of acrylic paintings and drawings inhabited by hybrid female figures in patterned domestic spaces. Her work explores contradictory impulses, femininity, and subconscious desire. Monica Bill Hughes received her MFA at The State University of New York at Albany (2014) and her BFA, Magna cum Laude, from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY (2007). Her work has been shown in The Perrella Gallery at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Richmond, Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery, and at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY, among others.

Ms. Bill Hughes is the recipient of the Eric M. & S. Phillip Heiner Endowed Fellowship, The Hy Rosen Excellence in Painting and Drawing Award from the College of St. Rose (2007), as well as a Teaching Assistantship from the University at Albany. She has been featured as a spotlight artist on the 1 Op Collective blog (Newark, NJ) and in the Fence Select Exhibition, juried by Denise Markonish (Mass MoCA curator) at The Arts Center for the Capital Region, in Troy, NY. Most recently, she was the Artist in Residence at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA (January 2015).

 


Film Screening: Stay Tuned

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Date/Time: Tuesday, February 24, 6:30pm (one night ONLY)
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

An encore screening of Stay Tuned, the annual exhibition of digital animation, motion graphics, and video art produced by students from the Department of Art + Design at Sage College of Albany. Don't miss it!

 


Artist Lecture Series: Melinda McDaniel

Date/Time: Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Recipient of the 2014 Emerging Artist Award presented by the Arts Center of the Capital Region, interdisciplinary artist Melinda (Mindy) McDaniel is the sixth visiting artist of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany.

Melinda McDaniel grew up in Florida, inspired by the visual overload of Walt Disney World and the endless light at the center of the state’s predictable weather. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University and an MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University.

In addition to exhibiting her work, Melinda teaches in the Fine Arts program and serves as Coordinator of the Art + Design Technology Center at Sage College of Albany. She calls Troy, NY, home. Visit www.melindamcdaniel.com to see samples of her work.

 


PechaKucha Night @ Opalka

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 6:30pm for beer and snacks, 7pm for presentations
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

Short talks by interesting people. PechaKucha is a format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

 


Film Screening: Marwencol

Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: $5.00, Free with Sage College Student ID
Discount rates available to student groups from other colleges/schools

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Jeff Malmberg's award-winning documentary profiles Mark Hogencamp, an ordinary man whose recovery after a vicious beating outside a bar in Kingston, NY, involved building and photographing Marwencol, a fictional 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard.

When his photos start to attract attention, what started out as a means of recovering from trauma is suddenly turned into "art."

Watch the trailer for Marwencol

 


Artist Lecture Series: Sarah Gillen Redmore

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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In conjunction with the Interior Design (IND) program at Sage College of Albany, and co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design, interior designer Sarah Gillen Redmore will share her explorations of design strategies for an aging population.

With over 16 years professional interior design experience, Sarah Gillen Redmore is currently Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Environmental & Interior Design at Syracuse University. She uses design to help improve peoples’ lives and guide students to make a positive difference in the world. Over the past four years, her research has focused on exploring the relationship between design, aging, and disability. "The fastest growing segment of our population is over the age of 55, so it’s important that students are introduced to the unique needs of this demographic."

Redmore’s aging and disability initiative includes developing studio projects, hosting nationally recognized authors, coordinating empathy workshops, and reaching across campuses to collaborate with other professors. She has also helped launch a new MFA in Collaborative Design that will introduce graduate students to an interdisciplinary approach to designing for health and longevity. "Design is a dynamic profession where designers can use their creative problem-solving skills to do meaningful work."

 


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16 Photographs at Ohrdruf

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

This documentary explores the secrets contained in 16 horrific photographs taken by the filmmaker’s grandfather during WWII. Presented in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Watch a preview of 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf


 

Artist Lecture Series: Jenny Kemp

Date/Time: Thursday, April 30, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Named in the The Huffington Post article "10 Painters Who Are Changing Their Medium In The 21 Century" (Oct. 3, 2014), fine artist Jenny Kemp will conclude the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany, co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design. 

Jenny Kemp received her BS in studio art from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and her MFA in painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Most recently, her work has been featured in a two-person show at Middle Tennessee State University, The Painting Center in NYC, and the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA.

Kemp has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Seattle’s City Arts, LUXE, The Times Union, Fabrik, and Apogee. Her work is also featured in 100 Painters of Tomorrow, a project initiated by curator Kurt Beers (Beers Contemporary based in London) and published by Thames & Hudson.  She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Middlebury College and serves on the board of directors at Collar Works, a non-profit art space in Troy, NY dedicated to supporting emerging and under-represented artists. 

Jenny Kemp's work can be viewed at www.jennykemp.net.