Posts published in 2010

Chamonix by Night

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Chamonix by Night

Happy New Year folks! I'm on vacation in France for a couple of weeks, visiting my people. If you are wondering what my homeland looks like in the cold of winter, read on and stay tuned for a few more posts next week. Let's start with pictures of Chamonix by night. Chamonix is a commune in Narnia the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics; ... Continue Reading

Santa Speedo Sprint 2010

Posted on December 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

Santa Speedo Sprint 2010

This year's Santa Speedo Sprint 2010 in Albany, NY was a lot of fun. This nationwide event, started in Boston in 2000 by five intrepid men, is held every winter to raise money for charities. The Albany Santa Speedo Sprint is organized locally by the great folks at The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy. ASAP (photo above) is a non-profit “with the express purpose of encouraging others to do well by their fellow man. [...] It was started ... Continue Reading

Unicycle Race in Schenectady’s Central Park

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

Unicycle Race in Schenectady’s Central Park

I have a soft spot for unicycles. I remember my first job offer back in 2001, a position in a promising new IT company in Clifton Park. I couldn't pass on a business that advocated keeping carpal-tunnel at bay by way of yo-yo, juggling, and unicycles, could I? It turned out I have no balance, I left these acrobatics to more adventurous coworkers and practiced dodging pins and pedals diligently. Until 2004 and Rule 2, that is. “Rule 2: no ... Continue Reading

Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk 2010

Posted on December 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk 2010

Thursday marked the 24th annual Victorian Streetwalk downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. I was in town to support my friend Zoë Lobdell for her first photo show and decided to hit the main avenue a little later. It was packed. Broadway was blocked from 6 to 10 p.m. and thousands of people had gathered despite the frigid cold. If you are not familiar with this American tradition, imagine an old-fashioned street party in celebration of the holiday season. Add people in ... Continue Reading

“Parade of Demons” at 182 River St.

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 2:16 am

“Parade of Demons” at 182 River St.

Found animal bones, recycled fur, air-dry clay, glue, watercolor... That's not what's for dinner, but the curious ingredients involved in Jennifer Farina's work. I checked her adorably creepy pieces back in October at “Parade of Demons”, a show on display 182 River St., Troy, NY. With a title and theme drawn from popular Japanese folklore (The Night Procession of a Hundred Demons) the exhibition included five American artists using a variety of mediums to create otherworldly creatures that entertain, frighten, ... Continue Reading

A Day in Hudson, NY

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 11:46 pm

A Day in Hudson, NY

A couple of weekends ago Kim, Laura, Bennett and myself spent a lovely Saturday afternoon in Hudson, NY. I drove back to Columbia Country the next day to pay a visit to my francophile friend J. in Chatham, NY, sucking up the last ounces of nice weather November had to offer. I mentioned a pretty good exhibition at Carrie Haddad Photographs in a previous post already, but I actually took a few more photos that day. Some of these shots ... Continue Reading

“Ordinary Things” at Carrie Haddad Photographs

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

“Ordinary Things” at Carrie Haddad Photographs

Quick shout-out to Melissa Stafford, curator at the Carrie Haddad Photographs gallery in Hudson, NY. Kim, Laura, Bennett and myself stopped by last Saturday to check her new show, “ORDINARY THINGS: When artists make their private life public”, on display until December 12, 2010. This exhibition asks a simple question, “What is it like, living with a photographer?”, and brings captivating answers through works by David Lebe, Thatcher Keats, Sabine Delafon, Allyson Levy & Harry Wilks. This is an interesting ... Continue Reading

“Critical Stitch” at the Nott Memorial

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm

“Critical Stitch” at the Nott Memorial

Do you often put “embroidery” and “subversive” in the same sentence? I didn't think so. Here is your chance though, and look not further than Schenectady, NY. A few weeks ago I checked “Critical Stitch” at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial, on display until December 19, 2010. The show brings contemporary artists who incorporate sewing, embroidery, knitting, and other related techniques in works which critically examine a broad range of social and cultural issues. If the union between ... Continue Reading

Grand Street Community Arts’ Vacant Lot Project

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Grand Street Community Arts’ Vacant Lot Project

Earlier this summer, Bennett, Mikey and myself decided to play a modest part in community outreach by documenting the Grand Street Community Arts’ Vacant Lot Project. The VLP began in 2009 in response to the staggering amount of vacant lots present in the South End neighborhood of Albany, NY. Working with The City of Albany's Vacant Lot Stabilization Program, the GSCA is overseeing the rehabilitation of four lots, two city-owned and two privately-owned. ... Continue Reading

Albany Zombie Walk 2010

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 12:41 am

Albany Zombie Walk 2010

Halloween is around the corner, the Horde is back! Here is another edition of Albany's very own Zombie Walk. The highlight of the Zombie Film Feast 3 took place at the Armory last Saturday, October 23rd, and gathered a dense crowd of Undead on a slow march to The Linda. The whole weekend featured many returning events, such as the Brain Eating contest, the Thriller Dance Off, the Senior Prom and the screening of Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead ... Continue Reading