ACE Behind the Scenes: Yaddo – September 26, 2017

On September 26, a small group of ACE members had the rare privilege of touring Yaddo, the world-famous artists’ retreat in Saratoga Springs. Yaddo’s mission is “to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.” On March 11, 2013, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Yaddo offers residencies to artists … Read More

MAKERS 365 Arrives at Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga

MAKERS 365, the monumental photography exhibit by Richard Lovrich, is arriving at Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs, its second stop of an 8-county tour. The MAKERS Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, September 16, 5-8pm, with a Panel Discussion on Wednesday, October 11. The MAKERS 365 exhibit is curated by Tony Iadicicco of Albany Center Gallery,and features photos of … Read More

Freelancers Learn to Improv with Mopco

On September 6th, ACE Freelancers met up at Mopco Improv Theater, a renovated firehouse at 10 North Jay Street in Schenectady, home to a 60-seat theater, classroom space, and the offices of Koppett, a delightfully innovative consulting group that uses improv techniques with corporate clients including Microsoft, Chanel, and Facebook, among many others, to help with team building, conflict resolution, … Read More

LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Coming to Catskill!

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts is an exciting new addition to the upstate arts community. Its inaugural upstate season in summer 2018 is fast approaching and construction is underway for a state-of-the-art performance campus adapted from a historic lumberyard in the Village of Catskill, set to open in fall 2018. In the meantime, LUMBERYARD has been eagerly fostering relationships with its … Read More

Fashion Upstate Visits MA+CH Textile Studio in Schenectady

Fashion Upstate visited MA+CH Textile Studio in Schenectady on July 27 for a fantastic studio tour, where founders Charles and Marika Contompasis gave in-depth, hands-on explanation of the patented processes they use to create the high-end textiles and garments they ship to boutiques throughout the country. MA+CH was founded in 2002, and employs 15 in their Schenectady factory. “MA+CH is … Read More

Freelancers Photo Gallery: Troy Public Art Event, August 2, 2017

On Wednesday, August 2, over 100 Creative Freelancers gathered on a beautiful evening in Monument Square in Troy to meet, mingle and network. Ed Murphy of Workforce Development Institute handed out copies of his book “Creative Lives,” Rare Form Brewing Company offered $1 drafts, and our discussion topic of “Give Yourself a Break: Budgeting and Scheduling for Vacations” shed light … Read More

Four Restauranteurs Give Capital Region Its Sizzle

The house was jam-packed at Albany Center Gallery on Thursday, July 6, for a discussion with four of the region’s most innovative restauranteurs — Vic Christopher (Peck’s Arcade, Lucas Confectionary), Claudia Crisan (Crisan Bakery and Edible Art Gallery), Corey Nelson (Troy Kitchen), and Ric Orlando (New World Bistro Bar) — who gathered in support of photographer Richard Lovrich‘s “Makers 365” … Read More

SPAC and New York City Ballet Unveil Dance Videos Created in Saratoga and Troy

When the New York City Ballet was scouting locations for a series of gorgeous new videos to promote their upcoming summer season, SPAC  CEO Elizabeth Sobol found seven amazing Saratoga locations — and then reached out to Susan Herlands Holland, Executive Director of Historic Albany Foundation for her thoughts about a great location somewhere else in the Capital Region. Holland, … Read More

ACE SPOTLIGHT: “Untitled” Event Showcases Millennial Brands and Talent at Troy Kitchen

Kat Richards and Malaika Lyok recently graduated from Mission Accomplished‘s “Fashion Edition” program and decided it was time to launch their multi-platform brand, known as Untitled, in earnest, so on Sunday, June 25, from noon-4pm at Troy Kitchen, they gathered a dozen artists and creators for an event that showcased talent and energy of Capital Region millennials. T-shirt and fashion … Read More

ACE Spotlight: Sophie Moss, Albany Symphony

Sophie Moss joined Albany Symphony two years ago and is already on her third job title. “AS has really allowed me to take the initiative on many projects, so it’s been easy to gain a lot of experience very quickly,” she said. “There is always a LOT to do!” Her interest in music began with violin lessons when she was … Read More