Opalka Gallery is pleased to announce an exciting slate of events for the Spring 2016.

Exhibitions | Film Series | Artist Lecture Series | Other Events


CroppedGhostKate Teale: The Housed January 26 – April 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 6-8 p.m. Exhibit walk-through with artist 5:15 p.m.

London-born, New York City-based artist Kate Teale will create an original site-specific wall drawing in the gallery to accompany her exhibition of atmospheric paintings and large-scale drawings of waves and bedsheets that float between figuration and abstraction. “The Housed” travels to the Opalka from Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

The 12th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, May 6 – June 18, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5-7 p.m.

The annual BFA exhibition includes work from students in Fine Art, Photography, Graphic + Media Design and Interior Design.

Film Series

The Notorious Mr. Bout (2014), in conjunction with the New Russia Cultural CenterMrBout

Thursday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:00 p.m. screening with discussion afterward

This fascinating documentary explores events leading up to the sensational arrest of notorious arms dealer and war profiteer, Viktor Bout, utilizing Bout’s own home movies and DEA surveillance material.

Drawing on Life (2014)

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Following a series of Irish architects in their studios, this documentary film explores the importance of hand drawing and its almost primeval power to capture ideas and communicate imagination amidst our frenetic digital world.

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015), presented in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.

A poignant exploration of the relationship between two men, both children of high-ranking Nazi officials, who possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers. It’s a unique view of father-son relationships with unexpected and difficult conclusions.

Artist Lecture Series 

Co-sponsored by the Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design.

All lectures are free and open to the public. 

Ira Marcks, Tuesday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.Ira

Early illustration and comic art by Ira Marcks appeared in various national publications and comic anthologies. For a time, he had a serialized comic in the Hugo Award Winning sci-fi/fantasy magazine, “Weird Tales.” Branching out from traditional forms of cartoon narrative, his experimental illustration and music project dubbed an ‘illustrative score’ received a thoughtful blog post by renowned comic theorist, Scott McCloud.

Ira has successfully Kickstarted two book projects; a graphic novel, “Witch Knots,” and an illustrated novel, “The Aquarium Drift.” Currently, Ira is working with his agent, pitching new projects including a follow-up novel to “The Aquarium Drift” and an art book called, “Signs from Other Worlds," a collection of the hopes, fears, and weird ideas found in classic speculative and science fiction.

When he’s not writing, drawing or playing in his band, Ira is a freelance arts educator. He hosts youth workshops with a focus on visual storytelling using cartooning and graphic arts. He has collaborated with libraries, schools, museums, art centers, and other educational institutions across New York State. He has presented his classroom curriculum on blending art and science at the National Art Education Convention.

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KateTealesheetsNEW DATE!! Kate Teale, Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

Due to illness, Kate Teale's artist lecture has been rescheduled for March 15.

London-born, New York City-based artist Kate Teale’s atmospheric paintings and large-scale drawings of waves, bedsheets, and windows are currently on view in the gallery. She works in oil, watercolor and graphite to create images that float between figuration and abstraction. Whether with smaller works on canvas or large-scale site-specific drawings, she mines imagery that swings from the private to public, specific to universal but all loaded with meaning.

Teale was educated at Oxford University and City and Guilds of London Art School before receiving her MFA from Hunter College/CUNY. Her first solo show in NYC was at Spring Gallery in 1996 and she’s since shown at AIR Gallery, Monya Rowe Gallery, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at Western Michigan University, and Hampden Gallery at UMass, Amherst among other places. She’s the recipient of a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a NYFA Fellow. She’s also a writer, curator and founder of the Big&Small/Casual Gallery in Long Island City.

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Ken Ragsdale, Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.    Ken Ragsdale

Artist Ken Ragsdale makes work from memory, starting with sketches and building from there. From sketches come schematic drawings which are then cut by hand and folded into 3D objects that are dramatically lit and photographed. Through this process, he tries to capture fleeting moments remembered from his childhood out west.

He writes, "I look back at my life through the maze of my memories with nostalgia, but without sentimentality, in order to realize the uncertainty within the familiar. Every remembrance is a reinvention, and reality is not fixed, but in process."

A graduate of the UAlbany MFA program, Ragsdale is currently a lecturer at RPI. He shows at Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn and has been included in exhibitions around the country. In 2013, he co-curated, with Michael Oatman, "An Armory Show" at Opalka Gallery.
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FrelinNelsonAdam Frelin & Barbara Nelson, Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Last year, artist Adam Frelin and architect Barbara Nelson teamed up with more than 25 community and private sector partners on an Albany/Schenectady/Troy Region submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Their submission, Breathing Lights was one of four projects chosen to receive up to $1 million to realize their proposal. For two months, Breathing Lights will illuminate the street-facing windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Schenectady, Albany and Troy. Concentrated in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, these installations will transform vacant structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. The team hopes the massive installation will illuminate the region’s struggle with vacancy and its effects on residents and neighborhood economies, regenerating interest in once-vibrant communities. Through a combination of programming, newly-created digital resources and a comprehensive marketing and advocacy campaign, the intention is to create a platform for community stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the multi-faceted issue of vacancy and propose solutions.

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Other Events

PechaKucha Winter 2016PechaKucha Night 

Friday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. snacks, 7:00 p.m. talks

PechaKucha? It's a format in which the speaker gets to talk along with 20 slides, each slide only on display for 20 seconds. (Each talk is just short of 7 minutes total.) So, it moves quickly and it forces people to get right to the point.

This volume includes:

Jon Turo, of Druther's Brewing, on the "anatomy of beer."

Stacy McIlduff, "The Films That Raised Me," about movies that impacted her life

Michael Janairo, writer, "Self Other Monster." A stream of conscious contextualization of identity and his interests as a writer.

Fredda Merzon,artist, "The Garden of Unearthly Delights: From Scrap to Back Yard," about her use of found metal objects to create sculptures

Christen Mayer, "Engaging as a Member of your Healthcare Team," on the importance of patient advocacy

Gregor Wynnyczuk, back by popular demand with another improvised talk to slides he's never seen

Elisa Albert, writer, on "The Snapchats of Thea Carlson"

Andrew Kyrstopolski on "Polka!"

Michael Oatman, artist, "A Snowflake's Chance in Hell," (A process piece on making his 2015 work, "The Second Oldest Profession," an 11-foot diameter snowflake comprised of 42 cast glass bombers, fighter jets and drones.)

Linda Zimmerman, author, "Bad Science"

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International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

International Women's Day 2016For the second year, the Opalka Gallery and the International Center of the Capital Region have teamed up with the International Women’s Day Capital Region Committee to host the area’s celebration ofInternational Women’s Day, which is marked globally as a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as a call for action on gender parity.

The theme for 2016 is “A Pledge for Parity.” Worldwide, women continue to contribute to
social, economic, cultural and political achievement and there is much to celebrate, but
progress toward true gender parity has slowed in many places.

We're pleased to announce that Mayor Kathy Sheehan will be our keynote speaker.

Participants include: Grassroots Givers, South End Children's Café, US Committee for
Refugees and Immigrants, Albany, Mayan Hands, League of Women Voters, US Peace
Corps, Eyes Wide Open, Muslim Soup Kitchen Project, Women Against War, Moms Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety, Flores Family Restaurant, Honest
Weight Food Coop, Lark & Lily Wine Bar & Kitchen, Our Daily Eats, Punta Cana, Soho/Pizza, and Pho Yum.


Collage Night, Co-sponsored by Sage Student Life

Friday, April 1, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Collage Night

Drop in for a fun night of art making hosted by artists Caroline Corrigan and Ira Marcks. Materials will be supplied for you to make your own collage, listen to music, and socialize at this art party for grownups.