F I R L E F A N Z N E W S
The rumor that you may have heard is true! Firlefanz has closed after three years of art shows. It has been a great time! Our sincere thanks to all of you who supported the project and made it such a vital time for us.
The new tenant in the space is Central Art Supply; used to be at 4 Central Ave. Stop in to see Robin and Jorge for all your art supply needs.
Also in the neighborhood is Frank Smith's Family Store II, an amazing shop.
December 20: Don't miss the Nina Kachidourian show at the Tang in Saratoga.
November 6, 2006: News is that we're doing the Rhinoceros play at Steamer 10 Theatre. More information on the troupe and the production can be found here.
September 23: The fourth Wild in the Woods potluck art party was held today. A great time was had by all. Documentation of the event.
February 8, I finally got some pictures from the Puppet show on the site. Go here for more on Ionesco's Rhinoceros with puppets.
January 26, This Friday we have an event for the late Tom Nattell.Tom produced an impressive body of work, and it was his wish that it be displayed at Firlefanz, and auctioned off CHEAP! Don't miss it.
November 9: The Winter Show '05 is in the gallery. The opening is Friday the 11th, 5 to 8pm (there's a mistake on the card, it's not the 12th). I know there is a lot going on that night, but do try to stop by, it's a great show.
The concert was a good time, thanks to everyone who came! Next up is the opening of the winter ceramics show. Then the Firlefanz puppeteers present Ionesco's Rhinoceros, January 12, 13, and 14.
October 21: Tonight is the Scott Shipley/Bryan Thomas concert.
October 19: The interview last night was a great time. Allen doesn't really like this sort of thing, but no one would ever have known it. Timothy Cahill guided Grindle through all sorts of subjects of interest to us all; just brilliant.
October 10: The Allen Grindle opening. It was a rainy night but people kept coming. Great party, thanks to everyone who came, especially Richard and Caroline Callner, Thom O'Connor, Bill Wilson, Ed Mayer, Bob Cartmell and Diana, etc. Another thing is the postponement of the Rhinoceros Puppet play until January. More on this all later.
September 29: Cathy has sent out an email reminder for the Allen Grindle show opening next week. Jim Robert Wilson of the Opalka Gallery replied,
September 10: Thanks to everyone who came to the opening reception for Harry Orlyk and Kathi Robinson Frank last night. It was a great time. Thanks to Char and Roxanne for helping out!
August 31: The Streetsweepers show has been great. It will be up until this Saturday. Don't miss it! The event Sunday night was inspiring, a reading and an independent movie about a street artist. The works are unique to own or give, inexpensive, international, and though they are selling well, there's a lot of good stuff left.
August 18: Next thing happening at the gallery is this Saturday night, when blues shouter Mark Tolstrup will play along with the Reno Bros.
August 6: The Renos are here! ...are they ever. Photographs from Sara, Dennis's boxes of mini-tableaus, Mike's rough-wrought works on boards and windows, and Greg's miraculous assemblages including the one in the backyard which no one should miss.
July 22: Some of Angel show artist Gail Nadeau's works are on the site. The Reno Bros. are coming soon, as well as the Streetsweepers.
July 18: News this week is Paul Rapp's second copyright lecture and Q&A. Tomorrow at 7pm. I have the Reno Bros. Firlefanz takeover show announcement on the site. Photo by Sara Ayers is of one of Dennis Herbert's constructions.
July 13: Bill did make it, it was a good talk and another chance to spend time with the work. Thanks to Timothy and the artists, those of you who came out.
July 12: Artists discussion tonight!! 7pm at 292 Lark Street Timothy Cahill will be interviewing the artists in the "Angels" show. That is, Gail Nadeau, Robert Cartmell, Regina Capobianco for sure, and I hope William Karpowicz, who may not be able to make it. Sylvie Kantorowitz is in France, so she won't be there. Most important, you will be there. It's not much fun without you.
June29: The Albany Institute of History and Art is planning to purchase at least one of Timothy Cahill's photos for their collection. Congratulations Tim!
June 23: Nice review by David Brickman in Metroland Magazine.
June20: I have most of Audrie Sturman's outdoor pieces on the site. And I've just started putting Timothy Cahill's work up.
June 16: Neighborhood garden tour tonight in the rain.
June 15: The artist talk was well attended, G.C. Haymes' interviewing style was delightful. Bob Cartmell opened with a question from the audience about whether photography could be an art medium and it was no holds barred after that.
June 13: Tomorrow night! G.C. Haymes will host the Artists Discussion at Firlefanz -- Audrie Sturman, Tim Cahill, and Anne Francey. Should be good.
June 9: Paul Rapp delivered the first of three copyright lectures on Tuesday. It was a basic overview, differences and similarities of trademark, patent, and copyright, a little history, some US constitution. Registration: how and why, Work for Hire, Fair Use, all discussed and defined, he also mentioned sampling and collage, hinting at what the next lecture will contain. One thing came out clearly, Paul is a liberal on copyright. He says that the law is leaky, and should be that way.
June 7: We're getting out the chairs for Paul Rapp's copyright talk tonight. Turn on the AC, it should be good. Paul is knowledgable and entertaining -- I'm looking forward to it, be good to see everyone.
June 3: Opening tonight! Seeing is believing! Timothy Cahill shows his photographs; Anne Francey shows paintings. Audrie Sturman's sculpture is in the gallery too, and in the garden. We have good weather, so come and meet the artists. Remember the artists talk on June 14.
May 31: The Timothy Cahill / Anne Francey show opens to the public tomorrow. The paintings and photos are spectacular, and they look great together.
May 24: Audrie Sturman's opening was a good gathering. We had good weather and the sculpture garden was a hit. Nice to see everyone.
May 18: The sculpture show is shaping up. The work is excellent -- ceramic sculpture, some of it just out of the kiln yesterday. It's cooperating quite nicely with the Callner show, which will be up for another two weeks.
May 16: Audrie dropped off her sculpture today. Opening this Friday. Time to get out all the pedestals.
May 12: The video interview with Richard Callner was a hit. Tim did a great job interviewing and Nicole took care of the technical side, the shooting and hours of editing. Many thanks to everyone who helped, and to everyone who came to the Tuesday night soirée.
May 4, 2005: Cathy and I and Tim Cahill, Nicole Peyrafitte went to Richard Callner's studio to take an interview on video. Tim was the interviewer, Nicole did the video shooting. It went well, great fun, now for the editing. The video will be shown at the gallery with a discussion and reconsideration of the work on Tuesday May 10, 7pm. Not sure but Callner may also come to that event.
April 28: The Richard Callner show is up and open. Looks fabulous. Richard will be coming to the reception tomorrow, so if you want to say "hi" to the artist, be there around 6. The complete show at Firlefanz has been put on the site.
April 14: Thanks Timothy Cahill for hosting the artist interview Tuesday! These talks are another chance to spend some time with the work, with the added interest the discussion brings.
April 11, 2005: thanks to Karen Bjornland and the Schenectady Gazette for the nice article on Firlefanz in the Sunday Arts section. Also thanks so much to David Brickman, Jeanne Flanagan, and Dana Rudolph for the great comments Karen quoted in the article.
April 5: We have the "Drawings (on the edge)" artist's interview on April 12. Joy, Justin, and George tell all to Timothy Cahill and anyone else who wants to ask a question.
April Fools Day: OPENING TONIGHT. The "Drawings (on the edge)" show, Justin Baker, Joy Taylor, and George Simmons. This is our first almost entirely black and white show -- carbon transfers from Simmons, graphite rubbings from Joy Taylor, and Justin Baker's spacy airy little drawings with watercolor. By "on the edge" we mean out on the edge of the drawing discipline. See you at the opening.
March 25: The stencil art, street art show (August 24 Sept 3) curated by Street Sweepers Crew is taking shape. The crew has put up a site for submissions and information.
March 21: Congratulations to Jack! D. Jack Solomon, currently showing at the gallery, has been honored by the Pollock/Krassner Foundation for his many years of accomplishment in the visual arts. In early March, the foundation awarded Solomon a grant of $25,000 to continue his work.
March 15: Last night's artist interview brought everyone up to speed on both D. Jack Solomon's and JoAnn Axford's background, motivations, and processes. Interesting, a chance to consider the work with the guidance of the artists. The work is there, it's quietly working its magic, and here we are again making contact with it. A good evening. Thanks to interviewer Tim Cahill, JoAnn and Jack, and everyone who came.
March 9: Nicole Peyrafitte's Trans-Continental Chowder show was a big success, four nights of chowder for me -- four sold-out evenings for the gallery. It was good to see everyone.
February 25: Nicole's third performance is tonight, half the seats are already reserved. It's been very well attended. A great show, come if you can.
February 21: Nicole Peyrafitte at Firlefanz! Four nights of art and performance, and Chowder!
February 18, 2005. I am pleased to announce the removal of the pipe that used to run through the gallery. You can see it quite clearly in the photograph below. The pipe was an annoyance for performers at the gallery. Now we will no longer have to set up in front of the pipe-- too close to the middle of the gallery or behind the pipe, with the obvious disadvantages.
January 05: The gallery is closed until February 23 when Nicole Peyrafitte takes over Firlefanz with a show of visual art and four (4) nights of performances-- "The Bi-Continental Chowder." Hit the "coming" button for more information.
November 19: The winter ceramic show is installed and going nicely. Thanks to all the artists and potters, jewelers who make it such a great show. Thanks to the community for all the support. And don't forget that if you need something, we've got art, jewelry, and ceramics to go.
October 30: The artist's talk for the "Willie, Wren, and Wendy Show" was well attended, illuminating, fun. Thanks to Timothy and the artists. People were hanging around talking for a long time after.
October 26: There will be an ARTIST'S INTERVIEW tonight -- 7:00. Timothy Cahill will emcee a discussion of our artists of the moment, Willie Marlowe, Wren Panzella, and Wendy Ide Williams. Join us to meet the artists and discuss their work.
October 18: Wendy, Willie, and Wren's opening was wall to wall and out to the sidewalk. Nice to see everyone.
September 21: Artist Interview Tonight!! Timothy Cahill, art critic for the Albany Times Union will interview Robert Cartmell at 7:00
Sept 16: The Cartmell opening is tomorrow from 5 to 8 pm -- "Still-Lifes and the Garden of Eden." I have most of the large pieces in the show up on a webpage for a preview if you like.
Sept 15: The Cartmell show opens today. There are ten paintings, one acrylic transfer on paper, and a bunch of his famous small drawings. "Garden of Eden" is 87 by 75 inches -- the biggest painting that has ever been shown in the gallery. It's a great show, I hope you can stop by.
September 13: The "Shock and Awe: Some American Art" group show and performance series has come and gone. Thanks to everyone! It was quite an 11 days. Around a hundred artists and 30 or 40 performers joined in to make it a great event. To see Bryan Thomas' brilliant photo essay of the proceedings, go here.
Bob Cartmell dropped his paintings off yesterday and the gallery transforms once more.