SARATOGA SPRINGS – Rich Arts Offerings This Week Span Many Genres
Photo Fusion Photography Classes
When I talk to ambitious musicians who are just starting out, my first piece of advice is to watch a “pro.” Look at those who are doing what you want to do – not that you mimic them completely, for that will not work out well – but maybe find something – a technique for audience interaction for instance, that you might be able to adapt and incorporate into your repertoire… Locally, there are many who come to mind – off the top of my head I would tout Rich Ortiz, Melanie + Rich of Sirsy, Justin Joyner and Tim Wechgelaer as good examples of this, but we are fortunate that there are many of them.
But in the genre of photography, while there are also many fine practitioners, you would be hard-pressed to find someone better to learn from than the great Lawrence White – Head Photographer for Saratoga Living Magazine. Whatever the situation, whatever the season, Lawrence’s eye and lens develops a unique and special perspective. Like many greats in the arts, you take a look at a photo, and you know it’s his.
And so, it was great news to learn that The National Museum of Dance and School of the Arts will be co-hosting Photo Fusion, a photography class series, in conjunction with photographer Lawrence White.
Photo classes will be offered at both beginner and advanced levels. Beginner classes will meet on Thursdays, April 27th, May 4th, 18th at 5:30 pm and Saturday, May 13th at 9:30 am. Advanced classes will meet on Saturdays, April 29th, May 6th, May 20th at 9:30 am and Thursday, May 11th at 5:30 pm. During class sessions, students will learn how to properly use their photography equipment, further explore digital darkroom software and have opportunities to photograph School of the Arts dancers during classes and rehearsals. An exhibition of student work will have an official opening for both levels on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 pm.
The cost for this 5 session class is $250. For more information and to register visit www.dancemuseum.org or call (518) 584-2225 x 3001. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The Museum is currently open for daily admissions on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm.
ArtsFest Friday’s: You Gotta Dance!
Also at the National Museum of Dance, on Friday, March 31 from 6-8 pm, SaratogaArtsFest will present Gotta Dance! This dance-filled celebration, free and open to the public, has something for everyone.
Catch performances by the region’s most amazing dance companies. Swing and sway to the Joey Thomas Little Big Band. Explore the Museum’s exciting exhibits and creative arts spaces. Look for some unexpected dance moments by Skidmore’s Jason Ohlberg. Bring the kids to a special Shirley Temple Station for fun crafts, free snacks, and a place to chill. You can even stay for an after party screening of the classic dance film Top Hat!
Performing Will be:
Skidmore Dance Ensemble ▪ Saratoga Jazz Tap ▪ Saratoga City Ballet ▪ School of the Arts ▪ Nacre ▪ Tango Fusion ▪ Belly dancing by Elaina + Melina ▪ Spa City Swingers ▪ SPAC’s In-School Residency Dancers ▪ Indian classical dance by Ragahastha Performing Arts ▪ and many more.
“Dear Couch, We’re Through!” at Northshire on Saturday
Enjoy an evening with Author and Personal Trainer Jenn Benson as she shares information, strategies and humor from her new book on Saturday, March 25 at 6 pm.
Northshire bookseller Aubrey Restifio said, “Dear Couch, We’re Through! proves that Jenn Benson not only understands… all the… reasons we tend to resist exercise, but also how our approach to “getting fit” itself impacts what we actually get out of it. With an accessible format, spot-on humor, and plenty of real stories (triumphant and non), beginners and old pros alike can lean on Benson for all the quick advice and long-term strategy you’d expect from a personal trainer. Add it to your gym bag and feel free to mark it up-this is the perfect place to start your year (or month, or week) of exercise!”
Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Arts’ Spring Class + Workshop Schedule Now Available
Do you hear the birds beginning to sing? They’re not just excited at the idea of warmer weather…they’re busy picking which classes and workshops they want to take this spring at Saratoga Arts!
There are lots of returning favorites like Beginners Pastel with Carolyn Justice, Painting on the Small Scale with Takeyce Walter (get ready for that summer 10×10 exhibition!) and Landscape Painting in All Media with Tom O’Brien, PLUS lots of great new opportunities, such as Making Time to Write with W.B. Belcher, Monotype and Monoprintmaking with Amanda Kralovic, and Crafting Enamel Jewelry with Matt Balint. You also have a chance chance to work with nationally recognized artists and instructors, such as Using Studies to Capture Light + Color with Ann Larsen, Painting Flowers in Watercolor with Robert J. O’Brien, and Springtime Farmscapes in Pastel with Robert Carsten.
For the full Spring Schedule visit Saratoga Arts’ Website