It’s been about 20 years since Anne Francey invited the public into her private Saratoga Springs studio. On Sunday, SaratogaArtsFest visitors will walk to her home on State Street, stroll through the blue gate, take a peek at her garden and climb the stairs to her second-floor workshop.
“I will be working on ceramic tiles painted with ceramic glazes,” says Francey, who is known to hundreds of Capital Region children as the artist who helped them create colorful tile murals in their schools.
Anne Diggory’s home studio is on Circular Street, in what was once the formal living room of an 1848 Greek Revival house. “It is usually quite chaotic; I’ll clean up a bit so that people can come through. I enjoy talking to people about my work and getting responses from new folks as well as from those who have been following my work for 30 years,” says Diggory.
WHEN: Today through Sunday.
WHERE: Indoor and outdoor venues in Saratoga Springs, including shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, Congress Park, Skidmore College, Saratoga Arts, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Waldorf School, Saratoga Springs High School and Universal Preservation Hall.
HOW MUCH: ARTSPASS is $35. For seniors, $25; students, $15; children ages 4-12, $5; and free for younger children. A Family Four Pack (two adults, two children) is $70. ARTSPASS can be purchased today through Sunday at SaratogaArtsFest Center & Gallery, 543 Broadway, or online at www.SaratogaArtsFest.org.
MORE INFO: Complete schedule of 75 events — music, dance, art, theater, film and literary — is available on the website.
Best known for oil landscapes and Adirondack Trust Co. murals, on Sunday she’ll reveal a new process she calls “hybrid media,” in which she starts a painting, puts the image on a computer, combines it with photography, prints it out and then continues painting.
Catherine Minnery usually paints at her Working gallery/studio in downtown Schenectady, but for ArtsFest, she’s opening up her old home studio on Walton Street. Minnery, one of 50 regional artists selected for the current “Tomorrow’s Masters” exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art, will show several paintings-in-progress, both oil and watercolor.
Visitors who stop in at Doretta Miller’s home studio on White Street can observe her brushwork on oil paintings that she’s submitting to “Saratoga: Inside Out,” the juried summer exhibit at Saratoga Arts, formerly known as Saratoga County Arts Council. “My current series of oil paintings uses favorite chairs matched with flowers and historical paintings as the subjects,” she says.
Francey, Diggory, Minnery and Miller are among the 19 artists participating in Studio Walk, a new event at the fourth annual SaratogaArtsFest, which begins today and runs through Sunday.
The self-guided Studio Walk, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Beekman Street Art District; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saratoga Arts; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the homes of Saratoga Springs artists, are free and do not require an ARTSPASS.
Participants can pick up a map at the SaratogaArtsFest Center on Broadway or download a map from the website. Studio Walk sites will be marked with signs and balloons.
“It’s wonderful that they are opening their doors to allow people to get a glimpse of what it means for these people when they are creating artwork, the processes they go through and what sort of environment it looks like,” says Kathleen Lucey, visual arts logistics coordinator for SaratogaArtsFest. “For people who may be more focused on performance or literary arts, it’s an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at another genre.”
While the citywide festival celebrates all the arts — music, dance, art, theater, film and literature — this year, visual art offerings have expanded.
In addition to the Studio Walk, there’s a new Sculpture Project, with large-scale works by 11 artists installed indoors and outdoors at the Amtrak rail station, outdoors at Saratoga Polo and outdoors at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum.
The Sculpture Project will also highlight existing public sculptures in the city, like Noah Savett’s piece on Broadway outside Saratoga Arts. “We’re drawing attention to the permanently installed artwork that already exists, and adding to that with a temporary installation of other artwork,” Lucey explains. At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Tang Museum will host “Saratoga Sculpture Panel,” a discussion about public artworks, led by Tang curator Ian Berry and Anthony Cafritz, director of Salem Art Works. A self-guided tour of the Sculpture Project and the talk at the Tang are also free and do not require an ARTSPASS.
“Paint Out,” in which 19 artists will work outdoors along Broadway and Congress Park and then display the finished works in a gallery on the final day of ArtsFest, returns for the fourth year. The reception, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, will be at House of Creative Soul. The gallery on Van Dam Street will also be doing an exhibit of works by six of the artists: Marsha Connell, Barbara Garro, Winnie Pino, Ashlee Rubenstein, Susan Wiley and Carole Warburton.
“This year, you have the opportunity to see more than just the “Paint Out,” to see more of body of work of these artists,” Lucey says.
In the Beekman Street Art District, Studio Walk sites include the Beekman Street Co-Op, the Frittelli & Lockwood fabric shop, Mimosa Gallery, Michelle Letko’s Artery, Nicole LaFayette’s LaFayette Designs, Rena’s Fine Flowers and Ryan Wilde’s Gorgon’s Crown.
“Our shop is designed as an open studio,” says Cecilia Frittelli, who runs the weaving shop with her husband, Richard Lockwood. “Our concept is to be working at our craft while displaying the garments that we make. Customers get a good feeling for how we design cloth and the whole process: from making a warp, dressing a loom, weaving fabric and then cutting and sewing the cloth into a garment.”
On Saturday, they will have four looms going as they weave scarves and yardage for clothing using hemp, bamboo, silk and cotton fibers.
At Rena’s Fine Flowers, owner Rena Zeppetelli will do flower-arranging demonstrations. “I use a lot of exotic flowers. It’s not your typical flower arranging,” she says.
Something for all
“We have such a variety [of tours],” says Lucey. “We have Bev Mastrianni’s sculpture studio, Gary Zack’s glass-blowing studio . . . fabric artists and painters, jewelry makers and ceramics. There’s something for all tastes.”