The arts and culture scene in Saratoga continues to thrive despite current restrictions. In fact, two local arts organizations have announced new exhibitions, and a Saratoga historian has produced a video series celebrating our region’s heritage.
Discover a Unique Collaboration Between Two Museums
Late last month, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announced the opening of Energy in All Directions, a new exhibition that will be on display through June 13, 2021. Curated in collaboration with the Shaker Museum, Energy in All Directions celebrates radical communities created by the Shakers and the late artist/gallerist Hudson (1950–2014).
According to a Tang press release, “Energy in All Directions showcases furniture and eccentric objects from the Shaker Museum’s collection of more than 18,000 artifacts, which await the completion of a new home in 2023, and recent acquisitions by the Tang of contemporary artwork by artists such as Lisa Beck, Jason Fox, Sam Gordon, Andrew Masullo, Nancy Shaver, Jim Shaw, and B. Wurtz.”
Although the Tang is currently closed to the public (open for Skidmore students, staff, and faculty), Energy in All Directions is available to view online. From now until the end of the exhibition, the museum will rotate some works and rehang others in different ensembles. The exhibition’s online version will expand with installation views, oral histories by exhibiting artists, and more.
View New Artworks at Saratoga Arts’ Annual Members Show
Featuring works created by their member artists, Saratoga Arts’ Annual Members Show will kick off on Saturday, November 14 and run through January 9, 2021. The Annual Members Show allows established and emerging artists to display their best works in a professional exhibition that’s open to the public.
This year, Saratoga Arts will present the show in their main gallery and online. The opening reception is on November 14 from 12:00pm-4:00pm, and COVID-19 regulations will be in place for the safety of all attendees. Saratoga Arts will also offer a Membership Special during the event – all new and renewing members will receive two extra months on their membership.
Enjoy a Virtual Tour of Local History
Are you interested in learning more about local history? Sean Kelleher, who has been the Town of Saratoga’s Historian for over 17 years, has launched a new video series called Saratoga Moment. Available for viewing on the “Town of Saratoga History” Facebook page, Saratoga Moment focuses on educating, commemorating, and celebrating the diverse and local heritage of the Town of Saratoga area.
“There are over 50 videos,” Kelleher noted in a press release. “I try to share the stories and places in and around the town of Saratoga [that] are important to me, and I hope it will encourage all people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and their community.”
Each Saratoga Moment is streamed live on Facebook, and then it becomes available for future viewing.