Due to coronavirus, we have had to take some of our shows online. Please enjoy the artwork below. You can click on each piece to view it larger. If you would like to purchase a piece, please scroll to the bottom of this page to fill out the form and we will follow up with you to collect your payment and confirm your purchase.
NCA Photography Show
Crandall Public Library’s Friends Gallery was not be available for NCA to have its annual Juried Photography Show there in July, so we are having a Virtual Photography Show right here on the website! This is typically a juried show, but for this year’s virtual show we accepted all submissions.
Thank you to those who submitted work and we hope you enjoy the show!
NCA Fall Show
NCA at the 2nd Floor Gallery: Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society
THE UPPER HUDSON VALLEY WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
The Upper Valley Watercolor Society was formed in August of 1989 as a result of
discussion at a watercolor workshop in Kennybunkport, Maine given by John
Gallucci, AWS. John, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society,
served as mentor in starting our society. Membership has grown from a
beginning of nine members to over seventy. Membership is open to anyone
with an interest in watercolor regardless of ability. The first members were from
the greater Glens Falls area but today our memberships range from North River,
Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga and Remsen in the north and west to Whitehall,
Greenwich, Saratoga and Albany to the south and east.
Meetings are held the first Monday of each month from September to June at
the LARAC Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls. A monthly newsletter keeps members
up to date on meetings, activities, show opportunities, museum and gallery
exhibits as well as members news. The Society sponsors trips to AWS shows and
museums and our monthly meetings host programs such as group critiques,
artist demos, lectures, guest speakers, informal painting sessions and social
gatherings. We also maintain a lending library of books and videos available to
members. Our gallery committee organizes several yearly public exhibitions
which are open to our members. These include The Widlund Gallery at Tannery
Pond Community Center in North Creek, NY, The Chestertown Library and the
Crandall Library in Glens Falls.
Our primary focus is to promote, support and encourage each other in the
pursuit of the art of watercolor. Membership is $25 per year. For information on
membership or upcoming exhibitions contact the Society Co Presidents:
Gerri Groff Phone # 518 793 8460
Donald E, Russell Phone # 518 791 1276
Jacquiline Touba: Dancers From The Americas
Jacquiline Touba is an artist as well as a sociologist and museum professional. For close to 50 years she created pen and ink drawings of
interesting sites on her world travels. After her returning from teaching and conducting research in Iran during the 1970’s, her interest in art, education and international affairs prompted her to found the World Awareness Children’s Museum. After retiring in 2013, she brought her administrative skills to the presidency of NorthCountryARTS for four years and still sits on the Board.
She continued her artistic and international interests by researching and drawing dancers from folk traditions all over the world. Dr. Touba has created five coloring books of her pen and ink drawings of dancers in Asia, Europe, South and Central America, Southern Africa and Native American Dance in North America with descriptions of each of the dances. In 2020 she published Birds in Mythology of her pen and ink drawings with extensive descriptions. She is currently doing research for a coloring book on 17th C. Persian women on tiles and in miniatures.
In 2015, Dr. Touba discovered a new art form of watercolor batik and has applied this technique to her pen and ink drawings which she
creates in vibrant watercolors using a batik technique on Japanese “genwashi” paper. Her work is available at her studio, #118A, The Shirt Factory, 71 Lawrence St. Glens Falls, NY, by appointment or on her mini-website wiithin the NCA website at: www.northcountryarts.org/Members.
Jerry Wein: Bucharest to Budapest – First Impressions Along the Danube
Jerry Wein has been taking pictures for more than 50 years. He is a storyteller whose work comprises both natural and built environments and phenomena, a diverse mix of people, places, and things. As part of two-man shows in Warrensburg and Chestertown, he worked with photographer Bob Fisher on the Darkness and Light Exhibition and more recently contributed his perspective at Bob and Jerry’s Excellent Picture Show. Individually, he has exhibited at numerous open and juried shows in Eastern New York from Millbrook to Paul Smith’s. He received Juror’s Choice awards at the North Country Arts Photography Shows for both 2016 and 2017 and juried that show in 2018. He received a silver award at the North Country Arts 2019 Expressions show, which included multiple media and was juried by Jonathan Canning of the Hyde Collection. His work has been accepted at The Passporte online gallery, where he is represented in the Geometry Salon and where he received an Honorable Mention in the Passporte Prize for Surreal Photography Honoring Man Ray exhibition. He received a top 10 award, across all media, in the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery’s global Seascapes show and has also been cited as a Special Recognition and Special Merit artist in several of their other shows. Most recently he was awarded First Prize for Photography in the 2020 New York State Summer Arts Show at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. He is the author of three limited edition books: The Chestertown Show, Details and The Rosemary Project.
Jerry is profiled in ACS Magazine, March / April 2019 issue.
Photography has become fully intertwined with my life over the years, a phenomenon that I find to be both a blessing and a curse. Visualizing photographs is part of my overall perception – how I experience the world. This “photo-factor” is welcome when I am purposefully engaged with my camera or mentally open to creating and it fuels a curiosity about the structure (how things fit together) and character (what are they like) of the universe I perceive, including both natural or built objects and subjects. It follows me through cities, countrysides and forests, during quiet moments and dynamic action, among people, places, and things. At times it is unwelcome and difficult to shut off.
After many years as an “always on” photographer, I have a large and diverse portfolio that is hard to characterize is terms of genre. I tell stories, both narrative and abstract. I understand my medium as a combination of vision and execution, and I strive to grow in both areas. But execution is more objective, mechanical, and learnable, common. Vision is subjective, rare, difficult to nurture, and is where I seek to differentiate my work – I want my photographs to show the viewer something they may not have seen at the point of capture.
This Body of Work
In May of 2019, I had a unique opportunity to cruise West and North on the Danube River from south of Bucharest in Romania to Budapest in Hungary. The area abounds with recent remnants of communism and socialism and in some places remnants of recent civil war. Beyond those recent scars and artifacts, there are rich histories spanning much of the scope of human history and including many details from the holocaust and second world war, a period of particular interest to me in illuminating the world of my parents and grandparents. It was an inspiring trip where I learned much about culture and history but most significantly learned about the many major gaps in my own knowledge and understanding. We stopped in 5 countries, in and out of the European Union, over a period of 11 days. I have selected some of my photographs from this brief encounter for this show. I am grateful to our guides and hosts, I recognize the limitations inherent is such a brief encounter, and I respectively present this portfolio as Bucharest to Budapest – First Impressions Along the Danube.