Jim Lewis Honored at Ellen Sinopoli’s 25th Anniversary

Lewis Honored, Sinopoli Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Sunday October 3, 2015 At The Egg

Tonight The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary with a performance at The Egg.  They are dancing highlights from a long and productive run as Resident Company at New York State’s flagship performing arts venue.  Ellen, known for collaborating with artists and performers, will call them out from the stage as their piece is performed.

Ellen collaborated with Jim Lewis of Springwood Studios (formerly Icarus Furniture) on her first full-evening suite, From The Mind/ Of A Single Long Vine/ One Thousand Opening Lives.  It opened to a sellout audience in Spring 2002, and was performed at Albany Institute of History and Art in part when the carved pieces were selected for the Hudson Mohawk Regional that same year.  The company will perform the second dance of the suite, Marriage Bench.

The Collaboration Started in Spring 2001

Mother (Kim) gazes down at sleeping Child (Yokiko)

Mother (Kim) gazes down at sleeping Child (Yokiko)

Looking back, a lot of it came from our joint feelings about 9/11, later that year

We wanted to work together, and looked for a way to make that happen.  I showed Ellen a book about traditional African seats—  sculptures every bit as primal and elegant as the best of Shinto design— and she told me how she saw them scattered across the stage, each telling its own story.

It ended up being a tale about a village—  a girl coming to age and setting off to see the world, followed by courtship and marriage (not hers) and family life.  It follows a child playing, then tragedy.  The village tears itself apart in chaos and grief, killing the child.  A Shaman calls on the Gods to give them the tools to pull together, and after the healing the girl returns home and joins the ongoing live.

The Bench figures prominently in the dance

Amy starts the confrontation by staring down Kim

Amy starts the confrontation by staring down Kim

Nut (pronounced ‘Noot’) as protector of the family

The story is told on and around carved sets based on traditional African seats.  Central to them all is the Marriage Bench, a two seater based on Nut, Egyptian Goddess of the sky.  She is traditionally shown arching over the world, protecting it as she watches over all.  While she nurtures the whole world instead of just two, there is a resonance with the protection of the she-wolf traditionally shown guarding Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome.

After calling on Spirit, the Shaman assembles the Throne and calls for healing.

After calling on Spirit, the Shaman assembles the Throne and calls for healing.

Deb Rutledge played the Shaman (or ShaWoman, as Jim called her)

The little girl’s dead body had been carried out on a bier.  Later it resurfaces as the back of the Shaman’s Throne, with a skull carved on the rear, called in as the Shaman petitions the Gods for healing.  In the course of the dance, the throne is assembled from bits scattered around the stage, fragments of the tribe’s former happy times.  It always brought goosebumps to my arms as Deb climbed atop the throne and called in Spirit—  An extraordinarily powerful moment in an extremely potent performance.

It takes a lot of work to re-mount a dance, especially as the original dancers leave the company.  While parts of Vine have been performed many times (as one will be tonight),  and been teh subhject of many dance classes through Arts In Education programs, the 75 minute suite has only been performed about six times in its entirety. As such, it is one of the most successful pieces in Ellen’s repertoire, and Jim’s all-time favorite project ever.

Try to make it tonight—  ALL the pieces and performances will be wonderful!


Pottery in The South Troy Arts District

Troy has a long-standing history with pottery going back to the 18th century.

The tradition continues — a new clay studio Monroe ClayWorks located at 10 Monroe Street, Troy, New York.

Monroe Clay Works is a pottery teaching studio, firing center and regional gathering place for potters and sculptors. Everyone interested in clay work is welcome at Monroe Clay Works.

Handbuilding and wheel throwing class sessions are ongoing. Private classes are also available.

Monroe Clay Works has 8 potters wheels, a Brent slabroller, a NorthStar extruder and 4 electric kilns.

In addition to the teaching studio there are monthly Second Saturday mini-workshop demonstrations and Firing Fridays (alternating month pit or raku firings) which are open to everyone for a nominal fee.

Monroe Clay Works also has three shows/sales per year which are scheduled in May, September and December. Membership at Monroe Clay Works is available on a monthly or on-going basis.




Holiday Magic at ART!

1466192_10151813294433137_905468300_nA night of magical entertainment and amazing artistic creations. Come finish your Holiday shopping with that perfect, one of a kind creation, and experience amazing magical entertainment by Cory Haines, at Art 200 First St. Troy, Friday, December 13, 2013 with shows at 7:00 and 9:00, and maybe some other, special magical moments throughout the evening! Come by for a truly magical experience!


Happenings in South Troy: Hot Latin Jazz / A Splash of Color / Upcycled Original Art / Meet Lynn Kopka

Once again, the South Troy Arts District comes alive with music, culinary delights, fine art and an opportunity to meet Lynn Kopka candidate for Troy City Council.

This is the place to be:

Troy Night Out: Hot Latin Jazz provided by the Sensemaya Trio, Friday, October 25 @ Carmen’s Cafe, Cuban-Spanish-American Cuisine in a Bistro Setting, 198 1st St. Corner Adams. Enjoy the best Tapas by Rising Star Chef Chris Faraci.

South Troy Gets A Splash of Color! Ongoing Art Exhibit: Willie Marlowe, A Splash of Color Paintings and Collages @ Carmen’s Cafe, 198 1st St. Corner Adams, Troy NY

Art! (200 1st Street, South of Block 30) ::From 5-9 come see Elissa’s Whimsical Upcycled Original Art in her Solo Show @ Art! We are also offering a ZOMBIE & HALLOWEEN discount on selected work at 13% off Open Wed-Sun! 326-3946.

Meet and Greet The Candidate: Lynn Kopka for Troy City Council Wednesday, October 30, 5 – 7 pm @ Carmen’s Cafe, 198 1st St. Corner Adams, Troy NY. Tapas & Refreshments will be served.


A Splash of Color in South Troy

A Splash Of Color at Carmen’s Café

Albany artist Willie Marlowe is displaying her work at Carmen’s Café, 198 First Street, Troy, through November 25.  The show, entitled “A Splash Of Color,” is curated by Jim Lewis.

Ms. Marlowe is a Professor Emerita, Sage College of Albany.  She is known for abstract canvases and collages with strong colors in interesting combinations.

“I always think of myself as an abstract painter, but travel has been a big influence, as well as archaeology, ancient and primitive art,” said Ms. Marlowe. “I love the idea that with each painting, I get to go somewhere I have never been before– each painting is a new adventure. I always want make the next painting, to live in it as it takes shape and to see it when it is finished.”

While it may seem at first glance that her works are dashed off quickly, Ms. Marlowe says they are built up slowly over time. Speaking from her Albany studio, she said, “I usually begin with a sgraffito (scratched) line, and work by subtracting paint, then by scraping through and sometimes building up layers of translucent glazes. I work on an intimate scale because it feels more direct from hand to paper.”

She notes that many pieces fail along the way, but that nothing is wasted.  “Sometimes there are parts that might work. I cut them out and keep them in a box in my studio— a box of future collage elements that might find their way into other paintings.”  Some collages are in this show, along with her paintings and digital art. More information can be found at www.WillieMarlowe.com

Ms. Marlowe is currently in invitational exhibitions in Venice, Finland, and at the Opalka Gallery in Albany. She has a solo show in Sacramento, California opening in mid September and has been in a group show at Ceres Gallery in NYC over the summer

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 5-8 pm at Carmen’s Café. Tapas samples and sangria will be served.

A Splash Of Color can be seen at Carmen’s Café, 198 First Street, until November 25. For information call (518) 326-2064. Hours are Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9-4.

Yellow Track

Yellow Track, Acrylic and Collage on Paper, 14″ x 16″

Mayday Spun Glass
Mayday Spun Glass, Acrylic on Paper, 13 1/2″ x13 1/2″

Green Triangle
Green Triangle, Acrylic and Collage, 11″ x 24″

Friends of Prospect Park Hidden Garden Tour / Opening Reception STRANGE PARADISE JOY ADAMS

Friends of Prospect Park

Hidden Garden Tour
This Thursday, May 23, from 4-7pm
Tickets available in the alley between First & Second at Division
A Self Guided Tour—
and Carmen’s is the refreshments stop

At the same time, come to the Opening Reception

works on paper and paintings by

Benefit Dinner for Friends of Prospect Park
Thursday, May 23


Grilled Filet Mignon
w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Veggie

Pan Seared Rainbow Trout
w/ Exotic Rice & Veggie

Marinated & Grilled Chicken
w/ Roasted Grape Tomatoes
over Rice & Veggie

Crispy Polenta w/ Portobello Mushroom
& Seasonal Veggies



25 in advance, 30 at the door, Cash Bar

This Saturday, February 16 Artist’s Reception for Carl Voegtling

Formerly Scheduled for last Saturday, Now It’s Saturday, February16

4-7 pm

Artist’s Reception
for Recent Paintings
by Carl Voegtling

Tapas Hors D’oeuvres & Sangria Will Be Served
Cash Bar Available
(Regular Menu Served 9-4)

Hear What People Are Saying About The Show:

“I Love This Guy”
—Chef Chris

“You did a great job curating, Jim”

“What’s there to eat?”

4-7 pm
Tapas Hors D’Oeuvres & Sangria
Cash Bar