247 Lark Street
Albany NY 12210
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Illumination ? the light returns, dawning ? spring unfurling as every spring, as if the first time. The glow of houses in the gloam of lengthening days, the glow of fires on ancient mountains to call down high summer?s return. Light warms, reassures even as it wakens superstitious wonder. Even beneath the jaded acceptance of our electrically lit suburbs and cities shedding an orange effusion, a smog of light, occluding the brilliant stars we inadvertently mirror in the constellations of our streetlights and marquees, some wonder at the bright, the brilliant, the glowing fire contained within the vacuum of a glass encapsulated void remains. So reconsider: A lamp is a small miracle, a creature of Edison?s pragmatic Promethean dreams. Cock your head, squint your eyes, look at it upside-down, whatever it takes to rekindle the electric wonder ? the beauty of a captive star, the delight of a tiny child at lamplight?s illumination.
The Upstate Artists Guild announces their next juried art show at their Lark St, Albany gallery. Illumination follows the success of the UAG?s second show at the space, Dead of Winter. That show?s opening attracted hundreds of visitors to the intimate gallery space located at 247 Lark Street. The UAG hopes for an equally warm response as Illumination opens Friday, February 10th with a reception from 5:30-8:30 PM. Refreshments coordinated by Crasis Event Design will be offered and the artists behind the work will be in attendance. The show will run throughout the month of March and gallery hours run Thursday 5:00-8:00PM, Friday Saturday 2:00-8:00PM and Sunday 2:00?6:00PM.
Illumination works in part a companion to Dead of Winter in that the show will celebrate the return of light as the short cold days of winter pass, and spring unfurls ? as every spring ? as if the first time. It also offers the opportunity to observe the common light bulb recontextualized; the lamp as a small miracle, a creature of Edison?s pragmatic Promethean dreams. Nearly all the work presented possesses a self-contained light source. As such, the ambient light provided by the work its self will light the gallery space ? there will be no secondary light source, an effect we anticipate being seductive and stimulating.
Please join the UAG for what promises to be a unique and exciting show. Join us and reconsider: a hundred years on from its invention some wonder at the bright, the brilliant, the glowing fire contained within the vacuum of a glass encapsulated void remains ? the beauty of a captive star, the delight of a tiny child at lamplight?s illumination.
The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice and enjoyment of art. The Guild?s mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to help foster and sustain the burgeoning upstate art scene in Albany area and beyond; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.
Located at 247 Lark Street Albany, New York, UAG meets regularly to plan and participate in area events and happenings, as well as to prepare their own art events. Building on the group's prior successes as Art4Central, the Guild has made a new home on Lark Street. The ten founding members from the Upstate New York area, with the help of a growing base of members, participate in and plan a variety of exhibits, seminars, and social events.
For more information or if you have any questions about the Upstate Artists Guild please visit www.upstateartistsguild.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (518) 426-3501.
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