Opalka Gallery

Opalka Gallery The Opalka Gallery's primary focus is on contemporary art and design, collaboration, and community.

Closed for Winter break Dec 10-Jan 23, when we reopen our Spring season with "Carl Sprague: Setting the Stage"
Jan 23 through Feb 24, 2024. Opalka Gallery is the formal exhibition facility of Russell Sage College. Located on the Albany campus, Opalka’s primary focus is on modern and contemporary art and design from nationally recognized artists. An important part of the cultural life in the Capita

l Region, the Gallery frequently hosts lectures, films, concerts, and other events in conjunction with its exhibitions.

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the four...
01/09/2024

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨
🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.
EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024
🎊Apply and find more information on Collar Work’s submittabl

https://collarworks.submittable.com/submit/280451/painting-at-night-2024-an-artist-mother-podcast-and-collar-works-exhibition-at-o


Next weekend, our friends at Sand Lake Center for the Arts have "An Evening of Dali" planned!
01/06/2024

Next weekend, our friends at Sand Lake Center for the Arts have "An Evening of Dali" planned!

AN EVENING OF DALÍ PRESENTED BY FRANK HUNTER GET TICKETS OR SPONSORSHIP January 13, 20245:30 p.m. View Dalí’s Divine Comedy prints in the Dan Sekellick Visual Arts Gallery. 6:30 p.m.Hear from Frank Hunter—Dalí expert, archivist and print authenticator. Learn about authentication, Dalí behind...

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the four...
01/01/2024

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨
🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! LAST DAY! Applications FREE until January 1st, After, $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.
EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024
🎊Apply and find more information on Collar Work’s submittabl

https://collarworks.submittable.com/submit/280451/painting-at-night-2024-an-artist-mother-podcast-and-collar-works-exhibition-at-o


✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the four...
12/27/2023

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨
🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! LAST CHANCE! Applications FREE until January 1st, After, $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.
EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024
🎊Apply and find more information on Collar Work’s submittable- linked in bio!🎊

“Extra/Ordinary”Dec. 2, 2023 through May 11, 2024. Location: Pine Hills Branch of Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave...
12/21/2023

“Extra/Ordinary”
Dec. 2, 2023 through May 11, 2024.
Location: Pine Hills Branch of Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave., Albany
Mon- 12-8
Tues-10-6
Wed- 12-8
Thr- 10-6
Fri-10-5

Artists: Cyndy Barbone, John DeSousa, Kathy Greenwood, Lori Lawrence, Joy Muller-McCoola, Mark Olshansky, Jess Stapf, Barbara Todd
Special Installation Artist: Victoria van der Laan

“Extra/Ordinary” highlights works by contemporary artists whose creations straddle craft and fine art. Artists from the region are using braiding, sewing, quilting, embroidery, felting, tufting, and needlepoint tapestry to expand domestic visual approaches to artmaking. The results mark time, include images of contemporary culture, are full of carefully embellished surfaces commemorating life, and represent a materiality that tricks the eye.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Mark Olshansky

Slide #1: "The Glow Inside," 2019, Persian wool
Slide #2: "Portal to the Sixth Green Good Luck," 2023, Persian wool
Slide #3: "Lucky Ducky," 2018, Persian wool
Slide #4: "Aerial View," 2018, Persian wool

Statement: I have a passion to create in wool these pictures from my mind, and now that I’ve been doing this for 54 years (with a brief 20-year hiatus), I have the skills to express my ideas in the medium of needlepoint. I do it in needlepoint because I can’t do it in any other medium.

My work is intuitive, I don’t try to figure it out. It works for me, and the end result is all I care about. I study music while I work: I study the constructions of Verdi operas, Brahms chamber music, Bach, and on and on.

My work is all Persian wool stitched on 10″ or 12″ scrim. I design each piece as I go along: I put a blank scrim on the wall and try to visualize what I want to do, and then I always do something completely different. now that I’ve reached 94, I realize that I chased the wrong things. But it’s really never too late: creating these things is now my life, and it’s a joy.

Bio: Mark Olshansky was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., was educated, drafted, married, started a family and went into business. At about his fortieth year, a friend introduced Mark to needlepoint at a party. It was meant to be a light-hearted accompaniment to the more serious activity of downing martinis with stylish canapes. Ten years later, he had created many tapestries, pictures, a large rug, and more. Everything was designed as he went along and was made from Persian wool.

In 1980, Mark stopped making art when he and his wife decided to wet their toes in the wine importing world. Twenty years later, they retired, and he immediately picked up where he had left off. The procedure and material are the same today. In the past ten years Mark has produced many pieces of various sizes, and has exhibited in over 100 shows, both juried and curated. His favorite way of working is creating pieces in series.

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the four...
12/19/2023

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨
🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! Applications FREE until January 1st, After, $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.
EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024
🎊Apply and find more information on Collar Work’s submittabl

https://collarworks.submittable.com/submit/280451/painting-at-night-2024-an-artist-mother-podcast-and-collar-works-exhibition-at-o


✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the four...
12/12/2023

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨
🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! Applications FREE until January 1st, After, $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.
EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024
🎊Apply and find more information on Collar Work’s submittable- linked in bio!🎊

Last Chance! "Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," closes at 5pm this Saturday, December 9.For the past twenty years...
12/08/2023

Last Chance! "Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," closes at 5pm this Saturday, December 9.

For the past twenty years, American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work, Séance, examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. This exhibition presents forty-seven haunting images from the series, revealing the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the 21st century.

“Considering that Upstate New York has historically been fertile ground for both early Spiritualism and Women’s Rights, this exhibition opens up dialogue around Spiritualism and art, certainly, but also sociology, history, feminism, the way we grieve. I’m grateful to partner with director Shelly Calabrese and the Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College to bring Séance to Albany,” said Amy Griffin, director of Opalka Gallery.

https://opalka.sage.edu/exhibitions/

Tomorrow evening at Opalka! Friday, December 8, 7pmEllen Sinopoli Dance Company will be at Opalka for a site-specific pe...
12/07/2023

Tomorrow evening at Opalka!
Friday, December 8, 7pm
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will be at Opalka for a site-specific performance in response to the current exhibition, "Seance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart."

Tickets are free but space is limited. Please register for your seat.
https://opalka.sage.edu/programs-events/

Registration closes Friday, Dec. 8, at noon.

Photo courtesy Gary Gold

Very excited about this collaboration with Collar Works and Artist/Mother Podcast, with co-curators Sean Desiree & Alisa...
12/06/2023

Very excited about this collaboration with Collar Works and Artist/Mother Podcast, with co-curators Sean Desiree & Alisa Sikelianos-Carter!

There are still spots left in this free workshop! Sign up to save yours! This program is made possible with funds from t...
12/06/2023

There are still spots left in this free workshop! Sign up to save yours!

This program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Arts Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Extra special After School Club tomorrow!!! To help celebrate the opening of our latest Art at APL exhibit at the Pine Hills Branch, we've invited one of our featured artists, Victoria van der Laan, to lead the club. She'll be sharing the history of Gee's Bend quiltmakers and together we'll create our own collage note cards inspired by their bold and colorful quilts.

This will be so much fun. For ages 7-17. Sign up here: https://albany.librarycalendar.com/event/afterschool-club-quilt-collage-victoria-van-der-laan-717

This program is sponsored by a New York State Council on the Arts grant in partnership with Opalka Gallery. Thanks to them!

“Extra/Ordinary”Dec. 2, 2023 through May 11, 2024. Location: Pine Hills Branch of Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave...
12/05/2023

“Extra/Ordinary”
Dec. 2, 2023 through May 11, 2024.
Location: Pine Hills Branch of Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave., Albany
Mon- 12-8
Tues-10-6
Wed- 12-8
Thr- 10-6
Fri-10-5

Artists: Cyndy Barbone, John DeSousa, Kathy Greenwood, Lori Lawrence, Joy Muller-McCoola, Mark Olshansky, Jess Stapf, Barbara Todd
Special Installation Artist: Victoria van der Laan

“Extra/Ordinary” highlights works by contemporary artists whose creations straddle craft and fine art. Artists from the region are using braiding, sewing, quilting, embroidery, felting, tufting, and needlepoint tapestry to expand domestic visual approaches to artmaking. The results mark time, include images of contemporary culture, are full of carefully embellished surfaces commemorating life, and represent a materiality that tricks the eye.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the unveiling of artist Victoria van der Laan's new installation, located in the library’s atrium.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Johnathan DeSousa

Slide #1: Traffic, 2023
Printed towel, polyester, spray paint, dye, thread, wooden dowel, and a Will McLeod sticker

Slide #2: Spidey, 2022
Printed towel, nylon, polyester, dye on a stretcher

Slide #3: We’re all in this together, 2023
Printed cotton, polyester, garbage bag plastic, and embroidery floss

Johnathan DeSousa lives and works in Kingston, NY. He graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a BFA in Studio Art in 2019, and with an MFA in Studio Art from The University at Albany in 2023.

Statement: Presented here is a variety of my experimental textile collage. I manipulate and sew printed fabrics with thrifted textiles that play with kitsch and consumer culture.

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the four...
12/05/2023

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨
🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! Applications FREE until January 1st, After, $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.
EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024
🎊Apply and find more information on at this link: https://collarworks.submittable.com/submit/280451/painting-at-night-2024-an-artist-mother-podcast-and-collar-works-exhibition-at-o 🎊

Chet Opalka featured in Albany Business Albany Business Review!
12/02/2023

Chet Opalka featured in Albany Business Albany Business Review!

12/01/2023
Tonight at Pine Hills library in Albany! 6-7:30pm. See you there!
12/01/2023

Tonight at Pine Hills library in Albany! 6-7:30pm. See you there!

One week left!"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," explores the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions o...
12/01/2023

One week left!
"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," explores the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the 21st century. Oct 31- Dec 9, 2023

For the past twenty years American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented contemporary Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography.

Image: Medium Sylvia Howarth conducts a trance spirit art demonstration in her home. England.
2013

Organized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in collaboration with the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

New Art atAPL exhibit, “Extra/Ordinary,” Opens Dec. 1, at Albany Public Libraryalongside the unveiling of "Dream Work," ...
11/29/2023

New Art atAPL exhibit, “Extra/Ordinary,” Opens Dec. 1, at Albany Public Library
alongside the unveiling of "Dream Work," a new installation by Victoria van der Laan.

“Extra/Ordinary” highlights works by contemporary artists whose creations straddle craft and fine art. Artists from the region are using braiding, sewing, quilting, embroidery, felting, tufting, and needlepoint tapestry to expand domestic visual approaches to artmaking. The results mark time, include images of contemporary culture, are full of carefully embellished surfaces commemorating life, and represent a materiality that tricks the eye.

Image #1: Title Image/Artists
Image #2: Victoria van der Laan alongside her installation "Dream Work," 2023, Dream Work, 2023, Secondhand and repurposed textiles, stainless steel wire
This installation is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Arts Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
Image #3: Johnathan DeSousa, "We’re all in this together," 2023
Printed cotton, polyester, garbage bag plastic, and embroidery floss
Image #4: Jess Stapf, Untitled, 2022, Acrylic yarn, cotton backing
Image #5: Barbara Todd, "Talking to History (After Center Star with Corner Stars)", 2003, Wool, pieced and quilted
Image #6: Mark Olshansky, "The Glow Inside," 2019, Persian wool
Image #7: Kathy Greenwood, "In Labor," 2020, Discarded clothing, thread
Image #8: Cyndy Barbone, "We Will Support Each Other," 2019, Woven linen
Image #9: Joy Muller-McCoola, "Cairns to Nowhere," 2023, Wool, silk, and poly-fil
Image #10: Lori Lawrence, "Thatcher Lookout," 2023, Embroidery, paint

11/27/2023

✨✨ Collar Works, Artist/Mother Podcast, and Opalka Gallery are excited to announce an open call for entries for the fourth edition of the Painting at Night exhibition, curated this year by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter and Sean Desiree!✨✨

🎉APPLY BY APRIL 1st! Applications FREE until January 1st, After, $15 application fee (with no-questions-asked fee waiver available).
This opportunity is open to artists of all gender identities, working in any media, who identify as caregivers.

EXHIBITION DATES: September 3 — October 12, 2024

🎊Apply and find more information on Collar Work’s submittable- linked in bio!🎊

"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," explores the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism...
11/22/2023

"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," explores the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the 21st century. Oct 31- Dec 9, 2023
****closed Nov 22 - 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday

For the past twenty years American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented contemporary Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography.

Image: Reverend Jean heals Jennifer, the Healing Temple. Lily Dale, NY.
2003

Healing through the manipulation of energy and invisible forces has been a part of the Spiritualist tradition since the earliest days of the religion. The healing technique is similar to reiki; healers move their hands and arms around seated bodies, sometimes touching the skin, sometimes hovering closely without making contact. Often, the healers linger at one particular point, or look up, as if in touch with a force above. They work in silence against a background of soft music. When the treatment is complete, the healer slowly washes and dries their hands, before initiating another session. The service has a hypnotic effect, partly due to seeing multiple healings conducted all at once, off-rhythm with one another, and occasionally uniting in synchronization.

Organized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in collaboration with the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

Friday, December 8: Dance
7:00pm: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs at Opalka

Check our events page for a list of all events during the exhibition.
https://opalka.sage.edu/programs-events/

Soon!
11/21/2023

Soon!

OK, people, get excited! The new Art at APL show, once again expertly curated by our friends at Opalka Gallery, is coming to the Pine Hills Branch on Friday, December 1. We're kicking things off that night at 6pm with an opening reception hosted by Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library. Join us for light refreshments and music by the Albany High School Jazz Band. The reception is also for the unveiling of the *new* atrium installation by Victoria van der Laan, whose work inspired the concept behind the new exhibit. The art opening is free and open to the public, so no excuses! Join us! These are a lot of fun.

The show, "Extra/Ordinary.” includes work by contemporary artists whose practices play with the boundary between craft and fine art. They all use practices that are traditionally considered as domestic arts - like braiding, sewing, quilting, embroidery, felting, tufting, and needlepoint - in untraditional ways, and the results really are extraordinary (hence the title of the show, of course).

Again, I'd really encourage you to join us on the 1st. Hope to see you there!

All the artists: Cyndy Barbone, Johnathan DeSousa, Kathy Greenwood, Lori Lawrence, Joy Muller-McCoola, Mark Olshansky, Jess Stapf, Barbara Todd

Image Credit:
“Hot Mess 2,” by Kathy Greenwood, photo courtesy Beth Mickalonis.

"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," explores the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism...
11/17/2023

"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," explores the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the 21st century. Oct 31- Dec 9, 2023

Friday, November 17: PechaKucha
6:30pm snacks, 7:00pm talks.

Friday, December 8: Dance
7:00pm: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs at Opalka

For more information on other events:
https://opalka.sage.edu/programs-events/

Image: Medium Kevin Lawrenson demonstrates trance to a small group of developing mediums. Montcabirol, France.
2014

Montcabirol, formerly part of a twelfth century medieval fortified town, is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southern France. The settlement is picturesque, surrounded by rolling hills, lush meadows, and grazing sheep. In 2003, partners and mediums Tom Morris and Kevin Lawrenson, along with their friend Charles Castle, purchased the property and created a center for physical mediumship. Over the years, countless visitors to Montcabirol have posted online reports of the séance phenomena they have experienced there—apports, direct voices, transfiguration, flying trumpets, floating tables, and both full and partial materializations. One regular sitter described the location as: ‘A spiritual Coney Island!’ Though Morris and Lawrenson have since sold Montcabirol, they are still leaders in the movement and are planning to open a new center of study.

For the past twenty years American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented contemporary Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography.

Organized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in collaboration with the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

Join us this Friday for another round of PechaKucha! Short talks by interesting people. 6:30 snacks, 7pm presentersAlban...
11/15/2023

Join us this Friday for another round of PechaKucha! Short talks by interesting people.
6:30 snacks, 7pm presenters

Albany is an authorized city!
https://www.pechakucha.com/

Rose Johnson, "My Monster Partner - a History"

Tracy Gilbert, "Unstoppable"

Star D’angelo, "Shaker Spiritualism"

Catherine McTague, "Artist talk"

Amy Griffin, "Shades from Beyond"

Maeve McEneny, "Spiritualism in Albany"

Lauraly Grossman, "Spiritual Masterpiece Machine"

Join us for some fast talk! 20 slides x 20 seconds a slide. Short talks by interesting people. 6:30pm snacks, 7:00pm pre...
11/11/2023

Join us for some fast talk! 20 slides x 20 seconds a slide. Short talks by interesting people. 6:30pm snacks, 7:00pm presentations. Beer provided by Druthers and snacks provided by Honest Weight Food Coop.

Opalka is the authorized PechaKucha representative for Albany, NY!


"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," on view through Dec. 9, 2023, co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and The Women’s I...
11/10/2023

"Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart," on view through Dec. 9, 2023, co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

Friday, November 17: PechaKucha
6:30pm snacks, 7:00pm talks.

Friday, December 8: Dance
7:00pm: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs at Opalka

For more information on other events:
https://opalka.sage.edu/programs-events/

Image: Shannon Taggart, Swan on Lake Cassadaga. Lily Dale, NY.
2010

For the past twenty years American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented contemporary Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography.

Organized by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in collaboration with the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

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