Solarize Troy @ Carmen’s Cafe Th, 6-26, 7PM

Solarize Troy

Group Buying Power  Solar info, panels, installation— Already sourced at a great priceJean Howard will give us the skinny

join your neighbors
This Thursday, June 26, at 7 at Carmen’s
and find out more

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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.





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″


14th Annual HIDDEN GARDEN TOUR May 23rd

The Friends of Prospect Park
Invite you to the 14th Annual


A self-guided walking tour of backyard gardens in the Historic Sage, Washington Park, Think First, and adjoining districts in downtown Troy.

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4 to 7 pm rain or shine
Admission $10; all proceeds benefit ongoing projects in Prospect Park.
Parking and Check-in/Tickets: Russell Sage parking lot at the corner of First and Division Streets.

Please enjoy and respect the beauty of these private spaces. As the gardens are small, there is limited access for baby strollers.

Refreshments and the Reception at Carmen’s Cafe from 4-7 and the Friends of Prospect Park Hidden Garden Tour Benefit Dinner from 5:30 to 8:30.
For more information, contact