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The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to present the 2012 - 2013 Sculpture in the Streets exhibition, Stand in the Sole of Albany. This free annual public art exhibition and walking tour celebrates the history of Albany, illustrating both past and present expressions of our Capital City through oversized Dutch clog sculptures, painted by local artists. Placed throughout downtown Albany, six 7-foot clog sculptures and four 3-foot clog pairs, make up this year's exhibit.
The exhibit and tour are free and open to the public. Walking tour maps are available at area merchants, Albany County Convetion and Visitor's Bureau, the Downtown Albany BID office at 40 North Pearl Street, Albany and online. For more information please call 518.465.2143 x11.
While fun and whimsical, the installation pulls on Albany’s rich Dutch heritage, blending historical and artistic impressions and offering a multitude of cultural opportunities for the public to enjoy. We encourage visitors to engage with the sculptures and experience Downtown differently, by standing in the soles and developing an affection for the soul and history of Albany. Get creative - take a photo of your children, your pet and even yourself in one of the clog sculptures and post it @DowntownAlbany.
All the sculptures in the program will be available for purchase during an upcoming auction in 2013. Inquiries should be directed to 518.465.2143 x12.
“Arts and culture are what make a city fall in love with itself,” community and economic development consultant Peter Kageyama once wrote. As a way to engage the public to live, play and work in our thriving dynamic Downtown community, the Downtown Albany BID organizes the Sculpture in the Streets as an annual attraction. Each year a unique art installation, using downtown Albany’s landscape as the backdrop, is developed through the support and assistance of countless sponsors and volunteers. The free open-air exhibits traditionally run between 10 and 11 months encouraging the public to experience Albany's vibrant urban culture first-hand.
We are excited to welcome Len Tantillo, Albany’s resident expert on Dutch - American art and history, as this year’s Sculpture in the Streets Honorary Committee Chair. As an artist and historian, Len’s contributions made by his artwork to public awareness of the maritime history of the Hudson River has been extraordinary and we are honored have his guidance and expertise brought to this program.
Over the years, the Sculpture in the Streets exhibit has hosted the works by the late American Kinetic Sculptor George Rickey, J. Seward Johnson and other international, national and regional artists. The 2012 – 2013 installation, Stand in the Sole of Albany, asks regional artists how they are connected to the city of Albany and its history. While each artist has their personal reasons for sharing their creative energies, one main theme resonates among all of them; to give unique perspective and life back to the community in which they live and cherish.
We welcome both residents and visitors to enjoy this year’s exhibit and to experience public art in unexpected places. For more information on Sculpture in the Streets and Downtown Albany please visit contact the DABID at 518.465.2143 x12 or via email. Photography @KimStockPhotography.com
Patricia Baker, Schenectady, NY - Patricia has shown her work throughout New York State and offered her expertise as an arts educator at Albany High School for several years. “My family has five generations of Dutch heritage rooted in Albany area. While the artistic vision itself is very personal, it shares many environmental influences with all the other inhabitants, past present and future of the capital district.”
Mitchell Biernacki, Glenmont, NY - A 23 year-old freelance graphic designer, Mitchell’s creativity has always been a large part of him even in childhood when he used the walls of his home as canvas. “When I was younger my family drove through Downtown and my Dad (Henry Biernacki) said, ‘Mitch one day you will have something on display here.’ My Dad has always believed in my creativity.”
Tony Iadicicco, Albany, NY (with Gutman Black, Albany, NY) - Art was always a focus and passion moved Tony to study design. Gutman's art is a visual diary. Paintings breathe life through the artists' personal experiences. “Both Tony and myself hold a determined view for providing great art to Albany. We want families and especially children to be drawn in and interact with the painted sculpture. We wanted this piece to carry education, hence paralleling the concept from our Dutch history to our beautiful Hudson River depicted through a painting of the USS Slater DE766 battleship.”
Paula J. Lawton, Valatie, NY - Inspired by a love of art, Paula began her artists journey in folk and decorative art over 37 years ago. A student of Priscilla Hauser (Tulsa, Oklahoma), she began teaching the craft to others in 1976, eventually opening a small bed and breakfast Windholme to accommodate seminar students. “I wanted to participate to help Decorative Art be accepted as an art, not just a craft. We paint on so many things, and in so many techniques. The Dutch shoes just cried for Delft designs!”
Carol Lernihan, Cooperstown, NY - A self-taught artist, Carol is known for her expertise in miniature photography, folk and fiber arts. “I plan on incorporating folk art and various mediums into the project playing on the location of the downtown business district, the history of the area and incorporating some whimsical ideas as well.”
Denise Poutre, Albany NY - Holding a BA in Fine Arts at The Sage College, Denise studied under local artist Willie Marlowe and spent a semester in France attending a “Drawing in Paris” class. “I have admired the Sculpture in the Streets project since its inception and the oversize Dutch clog seemed like a fun way to remind both residents and tourists of Albany's roots. I am using the Half Moon as a main feature because it seemed like the perfect way to show our heritage since it was the ship that discovered what is now Albany.”
Kim Schaller, Westerlo, NY - B.A. in Fine Arts/Illustration from The Sage College during which she attended a semester at Parson's Paris School of Design.
"I want to remind people of the presence of art and how it can be used to brighten and enlighten daily activities - whether it be waiting for a bus or a walk on a lunch break. I featured the Karner Blue Butterfly and its host plant the Blue Lupine - both endangered species in New York State - hoping to bring awareness to environmental conservation.”
Sally Spring, Castleton, NY (with Susan Rivers, Ravena, NY and Milton McPherson, Albany, NY) – Associated with the Broadway Art Center, Sally has been involved in numerous art shows, exhibits and groups in the Capital District. “I lived in the city of Albany when I was a kid and had tons of fun. Some of the items shown on my shoe will be things I shared with so many other kids like the Washington park bridge, the tall evergreens by the bridge, flying a kite, and the Palace Theatre.”
Barbara L. Walter, Greenville, NY - Having studied under nationally acclaimed artists both locally and nationally, Barbara is a signature member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. “The drawings on my clogs are of the "Stadt Huys", city hall in the 1750s, where early discussion of forming the states occurred; and the Dutch reformed church built in the 1650s when it was the center of colonial life.”
Elizabeth Zunon, Albany, NY - Drawing and painting have always been among the most important things to Elizabeth. One of her earliest memories is of the proud feeling she had when she first learned to write the letter E for her name. “I wanted the opportunity to explore my native Dutch Albany heritage, as opposed to my African heritage which much of my work is based from. I traveled to the Netherlands last summer but had to return home early, so I missed out on visiting a real Dutch wooden clog factory in the town of Zaanse Schans. So this year, I painted one.”