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Meyer’s installations evoke visions of future

Meyer’s installations evoke visions of future

As the ice disappeared last weekend in the southern end of Lake George, a colorful, futuristic envir
Meyer’s installations evoke visions of future
Mac Conner's illustration for 'Where's Mary Smith?' appeared in Good Housekeeping in June 1950. The work is part of an exhibit of the 103-year-old artist's work at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

No ice this year in the southern end of Lake George, but a colorful, futuristic environment has emerged along its shore.

It’s “Formation Proposal,” a glowing village of acrylic and wood shapes by artist Susan Meyer in the Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery.

For “Superman” fans, the planet of Krypton may come to mind.

“My works are mash-ups of architecture and landscape. The sculptural elements combine to create fantastical, sci-fi environments,” Meyer explains in her artist's statement.

The creation is “part topogrophy, part commune, part disaster waiting to happen,” she says.

Meyer uses several processes to make the work.

“For some pieces I stack and sculpt, responding to the form as I build it. For others, I find small rocks that are interesting, digitally scan them, and then alter the form using digital drawing. I cut layers on a laser and further alter the original form as I build the piece.”

A Skidmore College graduate, Meyer is an assistant professor at The College of Saint Rose.

Her Lake George exhibit is up through April 15.

The real ‘Mad Men’

McCauley “Mac” Conner, one of America's original “Mad Men,” is in the spotlight at the Norman Rockwell Museum, with an exhibit of his hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines.

“Mac Conner: A New York Life” opens Saturday and is up through June 5 at the Stockbridge, Mass., museum.

Conner was born in 1913 and grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry.

Conner, who is 103 years old, plans to attend Saturday’s reception.

The opening event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is $20 or free for museum members.

Regular admission to the museum includes a pre-opening lecture at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Attention young artists

March is Youth Art Month and Albany Center Gallery is marking the occasion with LOOK!, a fun event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday that aims to inspire young Capital District artists.

Attendees will enjoy live painting with the support of ACG’s regional artists. Students will create “20 by 20-inch” works with a focus on how they wish to see the future.

Reservations are required for LOOK! but there are no entry fees.

To reserve a place, send email to director@albanycentergallery.org or phone 462-4775.

All ages, from grades K-12, are encouraged to participate.

Materials will be provided and ice cream will be served.

Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, kbjornland@dailygazette.net or @bjorngazette on Twitter.

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