All articles by Carl Mellor

Model Citizens

Carl Mellor explores both sides of the easel during the Open Figure Drawing Group

On June 11, just before 7 p.m., 14 people gathered in an upstairs room at the Westcott Community Center. They set up easels, placed pencils, crayons and other instruments within easy reach and waited for the opening of yet another figure drawing session.



Collage Show Trashes It Up

REnewal, the exhibit at Gandee Gallery.

Artists have long incorporated techniques such as recycling and reclaiming into their work. That includes reusing discarded objects and materials, and the very process of collage.



Triple Dipping at Edgewood Show

Passages in Time at Edgewood Gallery

Edgewood Gallery’s new retrospective presents pieces by three artists who work in different media: sculpture, photography and jewelry. Passages in Time respects the divergence in media but also finds commonality to link the artists.



Max Ginsburg: He’ll Take Manhattan

Max Ginsburg’s work showcased at the ArtRage Gallery

Max Ginsburg’s showcase at the ArtRage Gallery features work by an artist deeply interested in everyday people and in issues such as poverty and war. His oil paintings for The Realities of Our Times reflect a choice of vivid colors, an eye for detail and a talent for composition.



The Shows Must Go On

Carl Mellor profiles a trio of exhibits by community artists at the Everson Museum, as the venue attempts to regain its financial footing

During 2014 the Everson Museum of Art has experienced drastic change and transition. During late January, the museum’s board of directors cited fiscal constraints as they voted to cancel two traveling exhibits scheduled for 2014. In turn, the scrubbing of African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond and Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Paintings from Glasgow Museums led to a revamped exhibition slate.



Cultural Considerations from Korean Ceramicists

Jee Eun Lee, Eunjung Shin Vargas, Veronica Juyoun Byun and Gail Hoffman.

The current exhibit at the Community Folk Art Center features work by three young artists, all of whom create ceramics and all of whom are of Korean heritage. After that, Three in Harmony completely spreads out, incorporating drastically different artworks.



New York Stories

Schweinfurth Art Center’s ‘Made in New York’

The new display at Auburn's Schweinfurth Art Center rambles through several rooms, presenting work by 65 artists. An exhibition this large inevitably offers contrasts in media, subjects, and artistic perspective. However, the 2014 edition of Made in New York has its own imprint. There's interest in small pieces, in distinctive approaches to familiar subjects, in photos which make up one-third of the show's portfolio, and much more.



Al Fresco Art

The latest in a series of installations and exhibits by Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton is a versatile artist who has created textiles, photos, prints and sculpture, yet she's best known for large-scale, multimedia installations. Her new video piece, featuring the lowercase title table of contents, will begin screenings this week at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St. The video will be projected outdoors at the Everson’s north façade wall Thursdays through Sundays, dusk until 11 p.m.



Return to Camelot

Writer Carl Mellor assesses Mark Shaw’s photos of the Kennedys, Tinseltown icons and more in a star-struck exhibit at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

The works of acclaimed photographer Mark Shaw, whose images appeared in Life, Vanity Fair and other magazines during the 1950s and 1960s, is now on display at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. American Royalty is truly a Shaw showcase: He covered Hollywood, fashion shows, and most of all, the Kennedys. The exhibition offers the first museum presentation of Shaw's images, not only focusing on his photos but also evoking the era in which he operated.



Nazi Germany is revealed in a subtle, shocking show at ArtRage

The Reich Stuff

Everyday evil is explored in Normal: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable, on display at ArtRage Gallery. The show references the 1930s and 1940s in Germany, a period documented and analyzed by historians, filmmakers and philosophers. Yet even as the exhibit explores territory that’s somewhat familiar to many viewers, it finds its own path.