Artist Kenneth Hawkey returns to the Capital Region with an exhibition of 27 oil paintings depicting Schenectady’s history and recent revitalization.
“Small American City: Paintings of Schenectady, New York” is being hosted by Schenectady Light Opera Company at its downtown performing arts and education center at 427 Franklin St. The exhibition will run through SLOC’s next theatrical production, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” scheduled from Dec. 6-15.
“Schenectady is where I was born and raised,” Hawkey said in a press release about the exhibit. “My time here is captured in memory, collective and actual, filled with streets, buildings, light, shadow and people.”
Hawkey, now based in Provincetown, Mass., still has family in the area. During visits over the past decade, he has witnessed Schenectady’s ongoing revitalization.
“If you live here, the changes might not seem as dramatic, but as a former resident, and now visitor, the transformation of downtown Schenectady is inspiring,” he said. “It was during those visits to my family that the idea for the exhibition came about.”
Hawkey donated a painting of SLOC’s theater, “Night Lights,” to be sold through a silent auction throughout the exhibition. Twenty percent of exhibition sales also will be donated to SLOC.
The exhibit opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres from Capital Region restaurants. All proceeds benefit SLOC.
Hawkey also will be available for two meet-and-greet events, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. For tickets to the opening night reception, call 212-641-0740 or visit sloctheater.org.