Upstate Artists Guild leaving Lark Street space

The Upstate Artists Guild announced Tuesday that it will be leaving its longtime space at 247 Lark Street in Albany this fall. From a press release:

Over the years, members have dug into our own pockets to pay rent and other expenses. This past year, attendance is down, membership is down and people just aren't volunteering or donating like they used to. We are low on funds and manpower, so we are temporarily giving up our gallery space after our October show while we re-organize. This move will keep the Upstate Artists Guild running, and we plan to continue hosting 1st Friday events and have a pop-up show (still themed and accepting submissions) for each 1st Friday starting with November. We will most likely be at the current gallery space (247 Lark Street) for the November 1st Friday. The shows will only be the one night or possibly the weekend depending on the circumstance. We still plan on hosting our events- just in different spaces until we find a new home. Our goal is to find something more affordable and perhaps with another organization by April 2017's 1st Friday.

UAG has occupied the space since 2005. And it's hosted many, many exhibits, shows, and other events.

In other Lark Street storefront news... The clothing shop Enigma.co, which was once located in downtown Troy, has its grand opening at 248 Lark Street this Wednesday. And the Albany Ben & Jerry's, which re-opened on Madison Ave just down the street from Washington Park this past May -- will also be celebrating its grand opening.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Thinking about the future of Lark Street
+ Lark Street and the competition among the Capital Region's hip urban areas
+ Ideas for Lark Street's longterm future
+ Enigma.Co

Comments

It is really nice to see (more) retail stores open on Lark St. I would love to have the kind of retail clothing options like there are in Troy within walking distance from my home in Albany. Hopefully this is an indication that a women's retail clothing store will make its way to center square/downtown Albany soon! I will definitely check it out.

N- oddly enough, when I was a young teen, this exact space was a women's retail clothing spot. It was called Web of Threads and when I was 13, I thought it was the coolest. It was kind of like an independent, less garish Hot Topic kind of place.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The old observatory

Speaking of observatories... Albany had an observatory. In fact, the observatory still exists... just not in Albany. The Dudley Observatory was once located at different... (more)

Tracking trucks in Albany's South End

People in Albany's South End have long been calling for attention and resources to focus on air quality and other environmental health issues in the... (more)

"People talk about the beer like it's got f------ unicorns in it."

Over at Longreads, there's a profile of the famed Vermont beer Heady Topper and how it came to be. But the part we found most... (more)

Capital Region Homebuyer Fair 2017

The Capital Region Homebuyer Fair will be at the Albany Public Library's Washington Ave Branch this Saturday, April 29. What's it include? Blurbage: + Meet... (more)

How should we respond when someone is being clearly inappropriate in public?

This question comes from Greg, but we'll block quote it in standard Ask AOA format: I was in line at the supermarket this past weekend... (more)

Recent Comments

Hike! The capital district and surrounding areas from Hoosick Falls to Lake George have beautiful trails, mountains, waterfalls etc. This spring I want to get out and explore outside as much as possible..then come back and eat ice cream.

Drawing: Champagne on the Park 2017

...has 86 comments, most recently from Kay

"People talk about the beer like it's got f------ unicorns in it."

...has 1 comment, most recently from Randy

How should we respond when someone is being clearly inappropriate in public?

...has 5 comments, most recently from Roni

Capital Region Homebuyer Fair 2017

...has 1 comment, most recently from CLT Schenectady

A call to customize Nipper

...has 6 comments, most recently from Paula