Meet the Artist: Francelise Dawkins—Collages

Thursday August 7th 5-8pm at Carmen’s Cafe 198 1st Street, Troy NY (corner First and Adams)

Francelise Dawkins—Meet the Artist, discuss her work.

Since she was a young girl, Francelise has collected fabrics. As an artist, she snips and sews collages— sometimes figural, sometimes abstract. Meet her this Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5-8 pm and discuss her work over Tapas and Sangria.

Yes, we’ve done it again, Carmen’s has scored another amazing artist and is showing some of her best and prettiest work. It’s the perfect time to take some home with you— at Carmen’s we don’t charge the artist a commission, so all proceeds go directly to Francelise.

First Time! Besides serving Tapas Samples, we’ll be serving Tapas Dinners! Limited selection, but if someone should, say, ask for an authentic Cubano Sandwich – we’d be happy to oblige!

Online Portfolio

Francelise Dawkins

“Collages, whether made of words, paper, objects or cloth, have always been my means of expression. In 1988, I first coined the term “Silkollages” to introduce my meditative concept in textile collages to interior designs. Then in 1992, I added “Ethnikollages” to re-activate cultural interests. My collages are either embroidered into miniature quilts, or framed into window boxes. When large and three-dimensional, they become hanging art quilts or soft installation pieces. Abstract or representational life forms as dancing shapes seem to multiply in my work. I draw them out of colorful cloth from Asia, Africa and Europe to visually create a blurring of boundaries between such cultures. As a collage maze is formed, the viewers are invited to enter it. If my playing on fabric brings the viewers to rethink the multiplicity expressed, an expansion of their own true awareness might occur. What I seek is an element of uncensored, emotional surprise, beyond multicultural reality. I am on a spiritual exploration, deepening my sense of what it really means to belong to the human race. It is about exploring that sense of oneness, born out of welcoming the difference we are.”


Latin Rhythms to Rock South Troy Valentines Day

Cuban Valentine’s at Carmen’s Cafe with Mundo Nuevo!
Friday, Feb. 14. Reserve early for this heartful evening with our favorite musicians

Cuban-Spanish-American Cuisine in a Bistro Setting

198 1st Street Troy, NY 12180
Wednesday, Thursday: 11-6
Friday: 11-10
Saturday & Sunday: 9-4
Free Weekday Delivery to Downtown Troy w/ $15 Minimum

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Carmen’s Cafe to Expand Schedule and Start Local Delivery

Dining in the South Troy Arts District just got better!

Carmen’s Cafe the South Troy Cuban restaurant will be expanding their schedule to include breakfast and lunch service on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays. Carmen’s Cafe will also provide local delivery service. Here are the details.

Carmen’s will be closed January 4th and 5th, and reopening next week, Jan. 11 & 12, and through the rest of January.

Interim hours:
Saturday and Sunday, 9-4
Carmen’s will not be open Fridays until February

Regular Hours Resume With A Bonus
Wednesday, February 5
New hours will be
Wednesday and Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-10
Saturday & Sunday 9-4
Local Delivery on Weekdays


Mundo Nuevo @ Carmen’s Cafe for Troy Night Out

Troy Night Out: Friday September 27th, 2013 Mundo Nuevo: Two shows 6:00PM & 8:00PM $5 cover.

Mundo Nuevo is a musical quartet that is dedicated to preserving the classic repertoire of the Spanish speaking Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Lush vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, bongo and flute deliver the music of Rafael Hernandez, Miguel Matamoros, Armando Manzanero, Antonio Carlos Jobim and many more of the composers that make up the Latin American Songbook.

Two shows @ 6 & 8 PM $5 cover

Mundo Nuevo


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

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″

Troy Night Out in the South Troy Arts District!

South Troy comes alive with Great Art! Music! and Food! this Friday July 26th!

The joint will be jumpin’ at Carmen’s Cafe when the Doc Scanlon Trio hits the stage with Swingin’ Jazz from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. Carmen will be serving Cuban-Spanish-American Cuisine prepared by 2013 Rising Star Chef, Chris Faraci, in a cozy bistro setting. Friday Tapas Night has become a special occasion at Carmen’s Cafe.

Right next door at 200 1st Street, Art! Gallery hosts the opening of:

Stained & Fused Glass: July 15—Oct 15
Opening Receptions: July 26 5—9PM

The glass works of Joe Cardamone / Glass Fusion studios of Vermont

Joe Cardamone is a stained glass artist living in Bennington, Vermont. He incorporates both the leaded and copper  foil method of stained glass. Joe ran a  successful retail stained glass business  in Baltimore, Maryland for 3 years before  moving to Vermont in 2005. Joe has created  over 200 custom stained glass windows,  repairs and restorations. In addition, Joe has  taught classes in his studio to hundreds of participants, and is now expanding his  glass knowledge and offerings into  “warm glass” also know as fused glass.