"Gallery exhibits work from three American Capital Region
Albany Center Gallery's annual 23rd Annual Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational featuring select artists Brian Cirmo, Matt Lafleur, and Lori Lupe Pelish opens May 4 and runs through June 5, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 7 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. with music by The Musicians of Ma'alywk and "Food As Art" by The Chic Chef. The "Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Series" will be held on Friday, May 21 from Noon - 1 p.m. The closing reception will be held on Friday, June 4 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Albany Center Gallery is located at 39 Columbia Street between N. Pearl and Broadway in Downtown Albany, NY.
Brian Cirmo draws inspiration from American painters, writers and musicians past and present often embedding his pictoral self within the American landscape. His figurative landscapes are filled with adventure and are seasoned with folklore and American history. Cirmo states, "Inspired by Jack Kerouac and Woody Guthrie, my modern day Hobo is truly free and freely mad." Cirmo recently exhibited at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose, Saratoga County Arts Council, and the Chapel and Cultural Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is part of the slide registry at The Drawing Center and Artist Space both located in New York, NY and he received his Master of Fine Arts from The University at Albany. Cirmo is an Adjunct Professor at The University at Albany, Albany, New York and The College of Saint Rose located in Albany NY.
Matt Lafleur is a resident of Taborton, NY (a rural community) and earns his living as a chimney sweep, a trade that hasn't changed since the eighteenth century. Lafleur's works are harmoniously timeless and free of clutter. Lafleur manages to create scenes that are methodically jammed packed with tranquility, balance and warmth. Lafleur received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hartford Art School and has exhibited his works at Joseloff Gallery in Hartford, CT, Visual Research Gallery in Hartford, CT, Wootini Gallery in Carboro, NC, The Digital Artists Space in Troy, NY, and The Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in Philadelphia, PA. His works have also been featured in The Tiny Showcase, an online portal where each week Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch pick a tiny artwork and turn the work into a limited-run print production.
Lori Lupe Pelish builds art quilts and blends pattern and color utilizing figurative forms within an environment. Pelish addresses issues associated with contemporary family life, freeze frame dramas concerning age, gender, motherhood and the varied circumstances that shape and mold our lives. Pelish is part of the Oakroom Artists and has exhibited her art quilts throughout America such as the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, CA, Contemporary Fiberart Biennial in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Quilt National in Athens, OH. Pelish states, "I enjoy the blending of the physical and the metaphysical".