WEEKEND: New Hyde Exhibition Features Master Printer Robert Blackburn | Local

If the weather forecast has you thinking of ways to stay warm this weekend, head to The Hyde Collection for the opening of a new Smithsonian exhibition by influential black artist and master printer Robert Blackburn.

The Strand Theater in Hudson Falls offers two shows on its historic theater stage. Elvis fans will enjoy tribute artists Matthew and Spencer Boyce on Friday night. Those who prefer bandeau music from the 1980s can enjoy Monsters of Rock on Saturday nights.

On Friday, the Park Theater will host Comedy After Dark at the Park with stand-up comedian Tony Deyo.

Those who can handle the cold this weekend can partake in a number of outdoor activities, including a family hike at Lake Moreau State Park, Snowfest at West Mountain and Ice Castles at Lake George.

Blackburn Exhibition

GLENS FALLS – The life and works of influential black artist and master printer Robert Blackburn, whose innovation and expertise with the medium helped define the overall aesthetic of America’s graphic ‘boom’, will be highlighted in a new Smithsonian exhibit at the opening of The Hyde Collection on Saturday.

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“Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking”, curated by Deborah Cullen, is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Trust for Robert Blackburn and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

Blackburn was a key artist in the development of printmaking in the United States. He became known as an influential teacher and master printer, engaging in avant-garde artistic ideas while promoting a new collaborative approach to a traditional medium. The exhibit traces Blackburn’s artistic development alongside original prints by other iconic 20th-century American artists with whom he collaborated.

Blackburn was born to Jamaican immigrants on December 10, 1920, and grew up in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, an unprecedented artistic flourishing centered on New York’s creative black community. The arts were seen as crucial to the well-being of society and a fertile medium for activism, and these values ​​resonated with Blackburn throughout his life and work. In 1947 he founded a printmaking studio as a welcoming space where artists of all levels could learn and create together, and it is still in operation to this day. Blackburn’s art gradually moved from figurative work to highly colorful abstraction.

The Hyde exhibition features around 60 works, including lithographs, woodcuts, intaglios and watercolors by Blackburn and the artists he collaborated with, including Grace Hartigan, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Catlett and Romare Bearden.

The Hyde Collection is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. All visitors must wear face masks in the museum. General admission is $12 for adults over 18, $10 for seniors 60 and over. For more information, call the admissions office at 518-792-1761, ext. 350 or visit www.hydecollection.org.

Elvis night

HUDSON FALLS — The Strand Theater will host Elvis Night with tribute artists Matthew and Spencer Boyce from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at 210 Main St. The artists will be supported by the Suspicious Minds Tribute Band. Special guest Alexis Solheid will play Marilyn Monroe as opening act.

Tickets are available at the Strand Box Office; cash or check only. Tickets can also be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5346782. Tickets are $25.

For more information or to reserve, call 518-832-3484. All attendees and staff must wear masks.

rock monsters

HUDSON FALLS — The Strand Theater will host the Monsters of Rock, a tribute to 80s metal bands from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at 210 Main St. Knock heads to music by Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Dokken, Ozzy, Metallica and more.

Tickets are $15; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Strand Box Office; cash or check only. Tickets can also be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5346791.

For more information or to reserve, call 518-832-3484. All attendees and staff must wear masks.

Comedy after dark

GLENS FALLS — The Park Theater will host Comedy After Dark with stand-up comedian Tony Deyo at 8 p.m. Friday at 14 Park St.

Deyo is best known for his sharp, fast-paced material and near-perfect comedic timing from his years as a professional symphonic musician.

In 2013, he made his late-night television debut on “Conan.” Within a year, he had added appearances on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” and “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen. His album, “Comedy Road Trip”, landed on the Billboard comedy magazine and debuted as the top-selling stand-up album on iTunes.

He recently appeared on Jeff Foxworthy’s podcast, “A Comic Mind”, was named one of the best of the year by the New York Postand can be listened to regularly on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Comedy After Dark at The Park includes a feature film, a host, and a guest comedian to make up nearly two hours of comedic entertainment, complete with a cash bar. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee a seat at the show.

This show contains mature content. Tickets cost between $22 and $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, go to www.parktheatergf.com.

snow party

QUEENSBURY — West Mountain will host its annual Snowfest event from 2-6 p.m. Saturday with live music from Coverups.

Free four-hour coupons that can be redeemed for skiing are available at Curtis Lumber at Ballston Spa and Honest Weight Food Co-op. Vouchers are limited. A bonfire and make-up will be in the spotlight. Tubes, lessons and rentals are not included. For more information, visit westmountain.com.

Family hike

GANSEVOORT — Lake Moreau State Park will host a family hike at 2 p.m. Sunday at 605 Old Saratoga Road. Walk from the office to the warming hut, cross the lake and back up to the office. Hikers are sure to see animal habitats and tracks, organizers said.

The event is aimed at children of all ages and their guardians. Tickets are $1 per child. Registration is mandatory. Dial 518-917-2174 to register.

ice castles

LAKE GEORGE — The Ice Castles attraction in Lake George will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park.

The interactive experience includes ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones and cascading ice towers encrusted with color-changing LED lights.

Artisans have spent the past eight weeks cultivating, harvesting and placing icicles by hand to create the life-size fairy tale playground. This is the first season of Ice Castles in New York. The Utah-based company has four other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Utah.

Monday-Thursday tickets are $20 for ages 12 and up and $15 for kids 4-11. Weekend tickets are $27 for ages 12 and up and $22 for kids 4-11. The attraction is closed on Tuesdays. Most weekdays, the Ice Castles are open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For guaranteed entry and the lowest price, organizers suggest purchasing tickets online in advance. Tickets are available at www.icecastles.com/new-york. The event has already sold over 57,000 tickets.

As the Ice Castles are an outdoor, outdoor event, guests will not be required to provide proof of vaccinations. Customers must wear masks and face coverings in common areas, around other customers and when interacting with employees.

Gretta Hochsprung writes features and news from her hometown. She can be reached at 518-742-3206 or [email protected]

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