MAKERS, a project of photographer and artist Richard Lovrich, shines a light on 365 of the New York Capital Region’s creatives, just a small percentage of those who make our world a brighter, enjoyable and more livable place. Presented by Albany Center Gallery – the fitting home for its display – along with the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy and The Alt Weekly. The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) is a collaborative, cross-sector group which supports creative freelancers, creative organizations, and individuals involved in creative work. The Alt Weekly is an alternative newspaper covering stories in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Troy with a mission to Provoke, Inform and Inspire. With a caring, independent voice and unblinking eye on the arts, culture and vibrant life of the Capital Region, The Alt is quickly becoming a powerful alternative voice. Who better to host four evenings of MAKERS CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS than its guiding light, Editor in Chief David King?
For four Thursdays in a row at 7 p.m., beginning on June 29, ACG will be filled, not just with the faces of MAKERS, but also their voices. Provocative and revealing, our creative panels will gather the best and brightest to represent the restaurant scene, the human body, the current state of freelancing and a very special panel devoted to those traditionally considered creatives and their place in the new creative economy. Artists and details to be announced.
July 13 – the body creative
July 20 – creative freelancers
June 29 – creative classics
An actress floats across the stage of theREP, a gown concealing her efforts, she sits, and speaks, but only through the hypnotic mastery of her cello. The music her own, her style captivating, Kathleen Bowman is an artist to watch, and of course, listen to.
For decades, Paul Grondahl has been one of the best reasons that local readers have picked up the Albany Times Union. This reporter turned popular author, and now, Director, NYS Writers Institute at University at Albany, has never stood still, his life, the ultimate page-turner.
Celebrated painter and art educator, Willie Marlowe has traversed the globe for inspiration and to leave her mark on the international art scene. Her work is included in museum, university, corporate and private collections, and she has had a ten year retrospective exhibition at the Wexford Arts Center.
Drawn to abstract art due to lifelong dyslexia, Alex Waters uses wild color and movement to reach people’s hearts and minds in his abstract action paintings. He has been featured at various local live painting events, has shown work at the World Trade Gallery and Fountain Arts Show in NYC, and recently received the Creative Spirit Award from The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
July 6 – creative restauranteurs
Vic Christopher is at the epicenter of Troy’s meteoric rise from its post-industrial ashes, and he got there by trading on that past with hipness, provocative menu items, an approachable, iconoclastic wine list, and unparalleled service. The subdued lighting, booming systems and hyper-stimulating fare of his eateries (Peck’s Arcade, Lucas Confectionery, Little pecks) are drawing diners and stimulating a real estate boom.
A nightclub lounge set inside a boardwalk-inspired eatery? Troy Kitchen features an eclectic roster of quick plates, complimented by poetry, music and happenings, all served up by paragon of cool, inventive restauranteur and host Cory Nelson.
Ropa Vieja at midnight? Ric Orlando was revolutionizing pub food in the Capital Region long before he opened his first New World Bistro Bar in Woodstock. Now with a branch in Albany, his ever morphing menus continue to wow, aided by internet teases, touting the inventive style that has become his brand.
MAKERS is made possible with support from:
Bill Harris, Esq. and Holly Katz, Joann Ryan, Universal Preservation Hall, Steven & Diane O’Connor, Mona Golub, Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre, Tess Collins, Kevin Dubner, Annette Nanes, Overit Media, Anna Wettergreen, Jeffrey Mirel, Northeast Ballet Company, Jamel Mosely, Gary Gold, Peter Leue, Jessica Mansmith, David M. Phaff, Gene Vermacelli, Chuck Vosganian, Connie Frisbee Houde, Sheila Los, Glenn Lovrich, Shannon Wilson, Willie Marlowe, Joe Kelly, Trumastr Trimingham, Alacrity Frame Workshop, McGreevy ProLab & ProPress, Media Well Done, New York State Council on the Arts, The Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts Festival.
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Cadence Acquaviva, Larry Acunto, Amina Addy, Crystal Aikin, Corey Aldrich, Joey Alexander, Robert Altman, Carolyn Anderson, Masai Andrews, Rashaun Andrews, Kimberly Ann, Joe Arcuri, Taina Asili, Thomas Attila Lewis, Awkwafina, Milo Axelrod, Eliza Azile, Balloon Gal Jenny, Lauren E. Banks, John W. Bard, Sandra Bargman, David Barlow, Steve Barnes, Jared Barton, Chelsea Basler-Aston, Dan Bazile, Zachary Belanger, Siona Benjamin, Etai Benson, Bonny Betancourt, Andrew Bisantz, Conductor, Bling Blingas, Sarah Boink, Angelica Bongiovonni, Kathleen Luster Bowman, Sandra M. Boynton, Jean Brassard, Thom Breitenbach, Tressa Brooks, Holly Brown, Harold Bryant, Paul Buckowski, James Burden, Tara Burnham, Michael Burns, Michael Bush, V Owen Bush, Miriam Butzel, George Caldwell, Tucker Callander, Helen Cha-Pyo, Andrew Chappelle, Alan Chartock, Peixin Chen, Steven Cheslow, Jaewon Choi, Vic Christopher, David Clark, John Cleese, Jonas Cohen, Danielle Colin, Felicia M Collins, Tess Collins, Jose Conde, Michael Conlin, Miki Conn, Samson Contompasis, Ryder Cooley, Courtney Covino, Mark Craig, Jon Russell Cring, Jeff Curro, Ria Curley, Katie Cusack, DJ Nate Da Great, Shayne David Cameris, Sam Davies, Keith Dayer, John J. DeAugustine, Annie Delano, Bill DeMichele, Michelle Toch Dinsmore, Kristin Diotte, Pape Diouf, DJ XL5, Patrick Dodson, Han Dogan, Jerry Douglas, Oliver Dow, Vasko Dukovski, Michael Dunn, Amber Dutton, Lakota Ruby-Eck, Michael Eck, Ari El, Jeremy Evans, Michael P. Farrell, Ganna Fedorova, Ray Felix, Abraham Ferraro, Mike Feurstein, Dion Flynn, Mackenzie Foster, Heather Frenz, Justin Friello, Marko Galanevych, Jan Galligan, Nina Garenetska, Jim Gaudet, David Girard, Girl Blue, Laura Glazer, Bob Gluck, Bob Goepfert, Gary Gold, Michael Goldstein, Sam Goldstein, Josh Gondelman, Jeff Goronkin, Jim Grandy, Gordon Greenberg, Kathy Griffin, David Griggs Janower, Paul Grondahl, Jasenka Grujin, David Guistina, Carl E Hackert, Gary Hahn, Brandon Hansen, Alyssa Hardy, Patrick Harris Jr., Harry the Prop Master, Bob Hawk, Greg Haymes, Headwrap, Matt Heaton, Tabitha Spectra, Sara Hill, KP Holler, Dakotah Horan, David Howard King, Jill Hughes, Roger Hyndman, Tony Iadicicco, Christopher A Innavar, Yasunari Izaki, Larry Jackson, Kevin James, Michael Janairo, Justin Jasiewicz, John Johanson, Brandon Jones, Felicity Grace Rose Jones, Jannie Jones, Cathy Jordan, Janice Joyce, Jamie Juron, Alain Kaloyeros, Jeff Kantor, Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Paul Kazee, Michael Kennedy, William Kennedy, David Kenner, Micah Khan, Malcolm Kogut, Kat Koppett, Iryna Kovalenko, Audrey Kupferberg, Ronald Ladouceur, Chuck Lamb, Arthene Lavalley, Heather LaVine, Fred LeBrun, Sandra Lee, Peter Leue, Douglas C Liebig, Lauren Linder, Alexandra Lindsay, Barry B. Longyear, Sophia Loren – Official, Serendipity Love, Xander Lovecraft, Richard Lovrich, Rhoda Luborsky, Scotty Mac, Jennifer Maher Coleman, Buck Malen, Jill Malouf, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Nick Mangano, Alice Manzi, Rick Marchant, Ira Marcks, Vilma Mare, Adrianne Maros, Maria Marotta, Aaron Marquise, Wynton Marsalis, Raul Paniagua Martinez, Emile Mathieu, Johnny Mathis, Jaye McBride, Christopher McCann, Mark McCarty, Caitlin McCourt, Brian McDonagh, Marcy McGuigan, Kevin McGuire, Graeme Mckenna, Alexandra McNamara, Clifford Oliver Mealy, Alay Medina, Joe Mele, Ryan Lewis Merritt, Simone Messmer, Mitch Messmore, Lisa Miller, Dale Miller, Mistress Couple, Aray M. Till, Chelle Montblanc, Greg Montgomery, Bob Morris, Lecco Morris, Philip Morris, Taylor Morrison, Jamel Mosely, Donald Moyo, Jim Murphy, Nick Muscatiello, Mathias Muzaza, Darlene Myers, Dan Nadel, Annette Nanes, Philip Neal, Cory Nelson, Vivian Nesbitt, Kenneth Newman, Byron Nilsson, Jordan Noel, Gary Núñez, Steven O’Connor, Michael Oatman, James M. Odato, Deborah Onslow, Chet Opalka, Daniel Ori, Ric Orlando, Michael Ortega, Osarena Hillary, Erin Ouellette, Charlie Owens, Tony Pallone, Chaz Palminteri, Ariana Papaleo, Ann Parillo, Innae Park, Nicole Parker, Ellen Parker, Donna Pennell, James Pentaudi, Yvonne Perry, Steve Peterson, Dino Petrocelli, Jane Pfitsch, Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner, Joe Piazzo, Persephone Pomme, Patrick Porter, Libby Post, Paul Potratz, Ryan Price, Salvatore Prizio, Nick Prueher, Dominick Purnomo, Brenny Rabine, Terry Rabine, Tristan Raines, Paul Rapp, Nathaniel Reichman, Michaela Reilly, Marc Renson, Kathe Reynolds Sheehan, Kellen Riell, Nina Rindenello, Amelia Rivera, S. Roberts, Leanne Robinson-Maine, Marcus Rogers, Seth Rogovoy,, Immodesty Rose, Betsy Sandberg, Trinity-Robin Santos, Zeb Schmidt, Keith Schmitt, Eileen Schulyer, Joe Schuyler, Sophia Seltenreich, Anna Shields, Mark Shipley, Wallace Sibblies, Lynne Signore, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Brian Sills, Phil Singer, Iton Skey, Sara Smigen, Josh D. Smith, Sarah Smith, Mike Spain, Alana Sparrow Matulis, Prince Sprauve, Kate Stamas-Nickandros, Kim Stauffer, Emily Steenburgh, Katherine Stephens, Adrienne Stiles, Shawn Stone, Maria Stoodley, Peter Storey, Jenny Strassburg, Leigh Strimbeck, Bhawin Suchak, Mac Sudduth, Jaya Sundaresh, Sybil Syrvice, Sara Tack, Karen Tararache, Paul Tate DePoo III, Stephen Temperley, Brendan Tenan, Twyla Tharp, Douglas Townsend, DJ Trumastr, Kurt Trumble, Erica Tryon, Olena Tsybulska, Stephen Tyson, Adam van Buren, Martin Van Treuren, Kim Vanyo, Emi Vauthey, Patrick Venn, Haley Viccaro, Paul Villani, Michael Wagner, Breezy Walrath, Christopher Wayne, Jermaine Wells, Kevin Craig West, Jordan White, Patrick White, Xavier White, Marcia White, Alison Wilkes, Ahmel Williams, Monica Wilson Roach, Bill Wolak, Tamani Wooley, Donna Xu, Hayden Yund, Benita Zahn, Zoppe.