“Albany Rocks: The Works Of Amy Modesti”

Happy November to all of my family, friends, and followers of “ALM Fine Art And Photography”! I hope that everybody had a nice Halloween and enjoyed eating lots of Halloween candy from attending your parties or from “Trick Or Treating”. I also want to say a special thank you to everybody that had taken the time to “Like” my artist page, “ALM Fine Art And Photography”, on Facebook, and viewed my revised artist website. On my website and social media pages, you can stay updated on what I’m up to within the visual arts and music community.

In case you haven’t recently checked out my Facebook event, I’m happy to announce my upcoming photography exhibition that I’m having at the Eden Advisory Services And Café in Loudonville, NY, “Albany Rocks: The Works Of Amy Modesti”. The opening reception will take place on Friday, December 15, 2017 and it’s free and open to the public. The timing of the event will take place from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This exhibition will be on view until two weeks after the reception has passed (the last official week/weekend of 2017). Unlike my previous exhibitions that I’ve had at this venue, this is the first time that I will have a solo photography exhibition with a concentration on local musicians and the local music scene, and well-established bands that I had seen touring through the Capital Region!! If you have watched my videos on Facebook (or Facebook Live) or even viewed my photos on Instagram or my artist page, music is a huge part of my life!! I spend most of my time when I can, supporting and promoting my artist friends and musician friends in their endeavors that occur within the local community and beyond. This time around, you’ll be able to get a glimpse into who I had seen perform in 2017 and other past events.

As part of the promotional deal that I am having at my opening, for each photo that is sold, a patron will receive a free local music CD from a local artist or band. I am seeking the assistance of my musician friends or any local bands or performers for any music CD’s that you wish to donate or even sell at the opening! If you have any CD’s that you would like to give away (or even sell) as part of my promotional deal, please let me know ASAP and I will be able to meet with you to pick up the merchandise!!

Similar to my previous opening in January, I am also having an open mike jam to go along with my music-photography based exhibition show. Any local musicians, whether you’re performing as a solo act, duo, or even as a trio, are welcome to participate in the jam during the reception. The Eden Café has their own sound system and stage where you’re able to perform. The only thing that the musicians need to bring with them is their own musical instrument, cords, or any other gear that you think that you might need. For a reference on what the Eden Café stage looks like, you can view my photos that were taken during my January reception.  Any local musicians interested in performing and want to setup a time to perform, please send me a private message or email ASAP before the slots are all filled up. Feel free to look at the remaining time slots that are available and let me know what would work for you.

Since I get out of work at 6:00 p.m., I plan on being at the café early to be present for the  open mike jam/opening. It would give people an opportunity to see the show early before they go to their later commitments. Here’s the times that I was thinking of having the open mike jam to proceed as follows;

Open Mike Jam Schedule 

6:00-6:20 p.m.: I get out of work at 6:00 p.m. Gives me a chance to drive to the café to setup any last minute touch ups before opening. Stage should be setup and ready to go for the first performer to perform. Musician would arrive to setup their gear and do a sound check.

6:20-6:30 p.m.: Musician/band should setup their gear for their first performance.

6:30-6:50 p.m.: Open Mike Jam Begins (Solo performance by Randall Mauger) 

6:50-7:00 p.m.: Take down of musical gear, second performer sets up gear for performance/sound check.

7:00-7:20 p.m.: Performance By Duo, “Keller & McGowan” (Steven Keller and Peter McGowan) 

7:20-7:30 p.m.: Musician takes down gear. Next performer sets up gear for performance/sound check.

7:30-7:50 p.m.: *Opening Reception Begins*, (Performance by duo, John Cehowski and Jim Billings) 

7:50-8:00 p.m.: Musician takes down their gear, next musician sets up gear for performance/sound check.

8:00-8:20 p.m.: Solo performance by Kevin Wayne 

8:20-8:30 p.m.: Musician takes down their gear, next musician sets up gear for performance/sound check.

8:30-8:50 p.m.: Solo Performance By Harry Coyle

8:50-9:00 p.m.: Musician takes down their gear, next performer sets up gear for performance/sound check.

9:00-9:20 p.m.: Final Musician performs their set to close out the exhibition opening.

9:20-9:30 p.m.: Musician takes down their gear. Setup for open mike jam is taken down and put away for the evening. *Opening reception ends at 9:30 p.m.*

Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested in performing a set of music at the open mike jam/artist opening. Feel free to spread the word around about this event to your musician friends, local bands, and music fans that have an interest in music!! If you have any questions about any of my work that I plan on selling/displaying, don’t hesitate to contact me. Contact me for more information on any of the requests that I have made concerning my upcoming show!! If there’s anything else that you would like to contribute to this show, let me know!! Thank you!! I’m looking forward to seeing you at this event, just in time for Christmas!!

Apart from preparing for my exhibition, I have been keeping myself involved within the visual arts and music community! This past Saturday evening, I photo shot this year’s “Groovin’ Ghostly Legends And Friends” show held at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY for the local newsweekly, TheSpot518!  I had a blast photo shooting and attending this event for a great cause since all of the proceeds from the event went towards the Veteran’s Miracle Center. At the end of August 2017, I have also accepted a second part-time position, serving as a reporter and freelance photographer for “The Eastwick Press”, a local newsweekly based in Eastern Rensselaer County. I’ve been responsible for covering and taking photos of sports games, community events, and other arts, music, and theater based events that are occurring within the Town of Brunswick, City of Troy, NY, and other surrounding areas within Rensselaer County. I’m  still volunteering for “TheSpot518” and I am now officially a contributing photographer for the newsweekly! I also had the honor of participating in the photographing and doing the videography of the local Country group, “The Kyle Bourgault Band”, as they opened up for “Charlie Daniels” and the “Scooter Brown Band” at this year’s NYS Food Festival held at Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. I still keep myself busy attending and supporting my friends at various musical performances, tribute events, benefit events, fall festivals, and artist openings. I’m happy and thankful to  be apart of these amazing opportunities and be surrounded by amazing musician friends, artists, and other peers that have included me in their lives/events and accept me for who I am as an individual. I am looking forward to seeing what could happen next for me in 2018.

I hope that you are able to make it to my artist opening in December! Please stay tuned to my artist website and Like “ALM Fine Art And Photography” on Facebook to stay updated as to what I’m up to within the visual arts and music scene. Please feel free to contact me if you have any inquiries about my work or inquire about any services that I can offer to you within the arts and music! Happy November!

(Featured photo taken of Bryan O’Neill, a local performer that performed as Jim Morrison from ‘The Doors’, at the 2016 “Groovin’ A 60’s-70’s Musical Journey” held at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, NY, Saturday, November 19, 2016. (C) Amy L. Modesti, 2016)






“Modesti’s Photo Folk Art and Concert Photo Experience” Exhibition Shows News

Happy Spring “ALM Fine Art And Photography” followers!! I hope that this new season has been treating you well!! So far, my spring adventures have been keeping me busy, now that the snow has melted and the warmer weather is starting to come back to Upstate NY!!

Since my last blog post, I’ve achieved some great things this spring. I had began to get myself back into journalism again. I wrote a review for both “Nippertown” and “TheSpot518” of the “Maroon 5 ft. Tinashe and R. City” performance at the Times Union Center that became published in both publications at the end of March. The review became #9 on Nippertown’s Top 10 reads during the week of March 24, 2017 on their blog, with my photo of Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine, featured on that blog. I’m hoping to be able to publish another concert review for another event that I attended at the end of March, “Rocktopia”, at the Palace Theatre in Albany that I attended for the first time soon!! I also had an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Photo Regional Show at the Albany Center Gallery in a salon style exhibition. Unfortunately, none of my photos that I entered in the regional show made it past the first round of judging. I also participated in a group exhibition show and performance event at the Eden Café featuring guitarist, Randall Mauger and comedian, Ed Smyth as well towards the beginning of March.

I’m also continue to explore my passion for photography by doing my best to attend local community events and concerts when I can. I recently had some more photos published in a collaborative photo gallery spread inside “TheSpot518” with local concert photographer, Garret Mac Aoidh (GMac Photography) for the benefit event, “Love For Greg: Benefit Fundraiser For Greg Nash” at The Hollow Bar and Kitchen in Albany, NY, “4th Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert” at Revolution Hall, a few photographs that I’ve even shared on Instagram have been printed in the paper as well. I also had the honor to have a photo that I had taken of a local musician re-used for a concert advertisement for the band, “High Rollers”, who just had their performance at One Caroline St. Bistro this past Friday evening, as well as other photos that local bands had shared and used for their event postings on Facebook (Thank You “The Coveralls” and “Average Bear” for using and sharing my photos with your fans recently). I just received my ticket to attend and photo shoot, “Move Music Festival” on Thursday at Cohoes Music Hall and The Hangar On The Hudson. It’s going to be a busy week of neat photo shoots and other concert opportunities that I’ll attend in the Capital Region. Last month, I also took down my pop-up mini show at the Sycaway M&T Bank where I featured a few of my concert photographs that I took last year at the Brunswick Community Center of “The Lustre Kings”. I’m hoping to be able to showcase some more of my photographs at the bank again in the fall.

I’m happy and excited to announce my two upcoming exhibition shows and open mike jams that I’m going to be having at two new venues within the next few weeks. For the first time, I’m going to be participating in “First Friday Albany”, a monthly art, music and community event occurring in Albany during the First Friday of every month, at the Alacrity Frame Workshop, located in Albany, NY. It’ll take place on “Cinco De Mayo”, Friday, May 5, 2017 from 5-9:00 p.m. and it’s free to the public. It will be my first exhibition that I’ll have at the gallery. It’ll be on view until Wednesday, May 31, 2017. A majority of the work that you may have seen in “Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus” in January will be on view as part of the show.

My second exhibition and open mike jam, “Modesti’s Concert Photo Experience”, is going to take place Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, NY, as part of the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market. It’ll take place from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and it’s free to the public. This one day exhibition show is going to feature my concert photography that I had taken of local musicians/bands and any touring acts that I had an opportunity to capture. Any local musicians and bands are strongly encouraged to participate in the open mike jam that’ll be held during the opening. Anybody that’s interested in performing at the open mike jam can contact me or the owner of the River Street Beat Shop, Jimmy Barrett, for further details. This is also my first ever exhibition show I’ll have at the music shop.

Enclosed is an idea of the schedule that I have in mind for the Beat Shop open mike jam. Guests can have an opportunity to sign up for a time slot or join in during the free slots to perform a set of music. Here’s the times as follows. If anybody has any suggestions they would like to add or wish to participate in this event, please send me a private message online. Spread the word around to your fellow musicians and fans!!

11:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m.: I’ll enter the store to setup my exhibit while musicians will come to setup their gear to perform their set or perform a sound check.

11:20-11:30 a.m.: Break/Gearing up for the musicians.

11:30-11:50 a.m.:

11:50 a.m. -12: 00 p.m.: Break/Setup for next Musician/Band

12:00-12:20 p.m.:

12:20-12:30 p.m.: Break/Setup for next Musician/Band 

12:30- 12:50 p.m.: The Tyes Featuring Bob Gamache and Rudd Young, duo performance 

12:50-1:00 p.m.: Break/Setup for next Musician/Band 

1:00-1:20 p.m.:Randy Staats’ Performance Set

1:20-1:30 p.m.: Break/Setup for next Musician/Band 

1:30-1:50 p.m.: Hanser (Hans S. Dirzuweit) performing solo, acoustic performance 

1:50-2:00 p.m.: Break/Setup for Leslie Barkman’s performance set.

2:00-2:20 p.m.: Leslie Barkman performing at open mike, solo performance

2:20-2:30 p.m.: Break/Setup for final Band/Musician   

2:30-2:50 p.m.: Randall Mauger, solo performance on guitar 

2:50-3:00 p.m.: Performers can perform an encore song or begin taking down equipment, end of the exhibition show at 3:00 p.m.

A special thank you goes out to Brian Shea from Alacrity Frame Shop and Jimmy and Liam Barrett from the River Street Beat Shop for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to showcase and sell my visual work at your locations. I’m honored to be participate in these opportunities for the first time at these venues and I’m looking forward to participating in these events within the next few weeks. If you’re a music fan and a supporter of the visual arts, these two exhibition shows will be the perfect events to check out.

I hope to see you at my artist openings next month. Happy Spring and enjoy your week!! Stay tuned to my artist website and be sure to like my artist fan page on Facebook at “ALM Fine Art And Photography” to learn more about these exhibition shows and to inquire about any art or photography related projects. Thank You!!

(Photo of red-violet tulips seen in the “68th Annual Tulip Festival” at Washington Park, Albany, NY, Saturday, May 7, 2016 taken by Amy L. Modesti, with her Canon Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. (c): Amy Modesti, 2016)

“Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus” Update

Good evening “ALM Fine Art And Photography” friends and fans!! First of all, I would like to say a special thank you to all of my friends, family, co-workers and friends that I support, the local musicians, artists, and music and art patrons for joining me as I held my second art exhibition show (and first ever open mike jam that I hosted) at the Eden Advisory Services And Café in Loudonville, NY, on January 20. Thank you to all of the local musicians, Kevin Wayne, Luke McNamee, Jason Maloney, Rob, Bob Gamache, Hans S. Dirzuweit, and Israel “Izzy” Singer, and comedian, Ed Smyth, who performed at my first ever open mike jam. Also, a special thank you goes out to Joe Ventura, Jess Szumowski, and the rest of the staff at the Eden Café, and my friends, Michael Panzarino, Michael Bombard, and Vic Gagliardi for giving me great advice,for helping me install my art on the café walls, and for helping me make sure that the open mike jam ran smoothly as well. I couldn’t have done it without everybody’s support and I’m blessed that the install and the opening went as well as it did.

“Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus” was a success from beginning to end. On the opening night, I had sold at least 14 digital photographs. During the post-opening reception, I had sold another artist print from my horoscope painting series and sold another photograph as well. I also had two more patrons inquire about two other photographs that they would like to purchase from me as well. This exhibition opening and open mike jam brought in the biggest crowd of people that the Eden Café has ever seen for any of their other artist openings that they have held since their inception. Not only was I able to showcase my talents to the patrons, I showcased local talented musicians and a comedian to patrons that may have or never heard them perform in the Capital Region before. It was an excellent opening reception and open mike jam and I’m happy that everybody had a good time at the event. When I de-installed my exhibition this past Saturday morning, the café owner was pleased with the success of the event and wants me to have another exhibition show at the café or even possibly have me give a seminar on how to help other individuals that are in the arts or music promote themselves in the community  or assist them with other areas that they need advice for within the future.

Please take the time to check out the photographs that were taken of my exhibition show on either my Flickr website under “almartandphotography” as well as on my artist page on Facebook that you can like under “ALM Fine Art And Photography” You can view the photos from my exhibition show here on Flickr at this link : . “Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus” Photos On Flickr   Also, if there is something that you see from these photos that you wish to purchase, please send me a comment or a private message if you have any inquiries. Thank you!!

Future Artist Projects and Exhibition Show Opportunities

Now that “Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus” has ended, now I can finally focus on other artistic projects and other exhibition opportunities that I can participate in. Here’s some things that you can check out within the community from me this year as well as get a glimpse into what I’m currently working on within the visual arts at the moment.

  1. This past Tuesday, I dropped off two digital photographs that are going to be for sale and on display inside the M&T Bank in Sycaway (City of Troy, NY) for the month. I was asked by a friend of mine that works at the bank to showcase my work at their location. This could be a rotation exhibition for me to showcase my art.
  2. I’m also in the process of starting a commissioned drawing and painting for a friend of mine based off of a digital photograph. Now that I have more time, I can begin working on that project.
  3. I’m also going to look over my photographs to see which ones I would like to submit for a photo regional exhibition that’s going to be held at the new location of Albany Center Gallery. Three of my artist and photography friends have shared the call for art event page with me recently. It’s giving me a sign that I should check this out and submit photos to this show.
  4. I’m going to be having my first ever First Friday exhibition show at the Alacrity Frame Shop and Art Gallery, located on Lark Street in Albany, NY on Friday, May 5, 2017. This will be the first time that I’m going to be displaying my work at this location. Stay tuned to my artist websites for more info about this event.
  5. The week after the May First Friday, I was asked by Jimmy and Liam Barrett from the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, NY recently, to have an exhibition show and a music event at their store, as part of the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 13, 2017. I’m thinking of selling some of my concert photography as part of this exhibition. If any of my musician friends and bands are interested in possibly performing at this event, please contact Jimmy and Liam as well as myself for further details. Stay tuned to my artist websites for more details on this event.

Thank you again for all of your support, praise, and comments/critiques that you had given me concerning my latest exhibition and open mike jam. Thank you everybody for supporting myself and other local artists, musicians, local businesses, and other performers that are dedicated to sharing their talents with others within the local community. Thank you for reading this post. Stay tuned to my artist website and other social media websites for more details concerning my future events and opportunities. And if there’s anything else that I should check out or that you need my service for, please let me know. Thank you! Enjoy the remainder of your week!!

“Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus”

Happy New Year to all of my friends, family, and social media and website followers!! I hope that 2017 has been an awesome year for you all so far and that you’ve been doing your best to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. 2016 was certainly a busy year for me for sure since I had last updated you about my last exhibition show that had previously occurred at the Eden Advisory Services And Café. Since that time occurred, I became a volunteer freelance photographer for the new Capital Region arts and entertainment weekly newspaper, “TheSpot518”. Some of my photographs have been featured on the newspaper’s website in both their online gallery as well as inside their newspaper for community events such as the first ever “BluesFest” held at Prospector’s Restaurant in Schaghticoke, NY, “Off The Record Trio at Galleria 7 Harvest Festival in Colonie, NY”, “The Lustre Kings at Rustic Barn Pub in Troy, NY”, their best of 2016 photo gallery, and the first ever “Buck-Stock”, a benefit and memorial concert held in memory of local musician and photographer, Buck Malen, at The Hangar On The Hudson in Troy, NY. I’m thankful and blessed to be a part of this organization that has given me an opportunity to share and document interesting and eventful community events that are occurring within the local community through my use of photography and even the use of Facebook Live that I’ve been also using since the beginning of October to record local bands and touring groups performing at various community events. It’s also gotten me back into focusing on journalism photography within the visual arts and entertainment field. I’ve even had the honor of having a photograph of mine being used in conjunction of another local photographer’s photo, used in a concert advertisement for the local blues band, “High Rollers”, at One Caroline Street Bistro in Saratoga Springs, NY, that has been used since September 2016!!

Towards the end of 2016, I started to re-use my Flickr blog to upload more photographs that I’ve taken since my free space is starting to fill up on my artist website. You can follow what I’m up to with my visual art and photography on Flickr at “almartandphotography”. For those of you that are on Facebook, I created a Fan Page as well. Please like my artist page on Facebook at “ALM Fine Art And Photography”. You can still use this website as well as my Facebook fan page to contact me if you have any artistic and photographic inquiries and view my work as well.

“Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus”

I’m happy to announce that on this upcoming Friday, January 20, 2017, I’m going to be having my second artist exhibition opening reception and my first ever open mike jam session that I’ll be hosting at the Eden Advisory Services and Café in Loudonville, NY. This is going to be my first solo exhibition that I’ll be having at the café and it’s free to attend for all ages. The opening reception is going to be taking place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There’s going to be an open house dinner that’s going to be available for patrons to eat a meal at the café if they wished starting at 4:30 p.m. As part of the “*Plus” part of the show, local musicians are able to make cameo appearances for your listening pleasure.

My exhibition this time is going to focus on the theme of what I consider to be “Social Culture”, through a selection of paintings and digital photographs that I’ve made. In a world of communication within the digital era, have we lost the human connection?!  Through my interaction and connection with other individuals that I’ve interacted with within my life, to experiencing moments that have an important significance to me within the arts & music scene, and through my travels within the Capital Region and beyond, I’m  able to define what “social culture” means to me while remaining in touch with the human connection through her delicate paintings and digital photographs. In today’s society, I use painting and digital photography to capture moments where I immerse myself within the community and its arts and culture that is abundant within the Capital Region; even if it means attending local concerts/community events, to checking out nature and local tourist attractions, to viewing the rich history of an area or region through the visual arts, all things that I enjoy the most. My photographic subjects that I’ve focused on in this exhibition include concert performances of various bands, community events, and special benefit events and performances, boat photography, travel and nature photography, flower photography, travel photography scenes from Albany, NY, Christmas themed photos, and even selected photographs that were seen in the online galleries and newsprint from “TheSpot518”. All of the photos I’ve taken were from 2015-2017.Also featured in the show are my horoscope paintings, new paintings that I had made when I was an art major at both HVCC and MCLA that you have all never seen before, and some black and white photography that I took at HVCC  that will be in their binders. Work can be viewed until the week of February 4,2017. If you wish to purchase anything or want a tour of my work if you weren’t able to make it to the opening, please let me know and I can do my best to meet with you upon request.

I’m still seeking the request of local musicians that are interested in performing a set of music as part of the open mike jam that I’m going to be hosting at the opening. You can perform as a solo act, duo, or even as a tri0 if you wish. Please feel free to bring your instrument and other cords that you may need. You don’t need to bring a guitar amplifier with you. The Eden Café has their own microphones, stands, cords, lighting, PA, and other accessories that you may need to perform on their stage. I was told to start the open mike jam session at 6:00 p.m. since the café starts to get busy during that given time. The stage will be setup for the musicians in advance before they arrive to perform. Here’s an idea of the time frame that I have in mind for when the open mike jam can begin as follows;

6:00-6:20 p.m. Introducing group and has first set/group perform

6:20-6:30 p.m.: Break/ setup next band

6:30-6:50 p.m.: Second set/Band perform

6:50-7:00 p.m.: Break/setup next band

7:00-7:20 p.m.: Third set/Band perform

7:20-7:30 p.m.: Break/setup next band

7:30-7:50 p.m.: Fourth set/Band perform (7:30 opening reception begins)

7:50-8:00 p.m.: Break/Setup next band

8:00-8:20 p.m.: Fifth Set/Band perform

8:20-8:30 p.m.: Break/setup next band

8:30-8:50 p.m.: Sixth Set/Band perform

8:50-9:00 p.m.: Break/setup next band

9:00-9:20 p.m.: Final Act Performs

9:20-9:30 p.m.: Closing remarks for opening reception, End event and take down equipment.

For those of you that had asked in advance if they could perform at the opening as either a solo act or even as a trio that are definitely going to be making an appearance at the opening, please confirm your time slot with me so that way you can secure your spot at the open mike jam and perform. For the empty slots that are available, for those of you that wish to perform when the opening is occurring are more than welcome to perform on the spot as well. Please let me know if this schedule works out well for everybody and their needs. And if anybody else is still interested in performing, please let me know!! Thank you so much!! Please share this news with your musician friends!!

Thank you again to Joe Ventura and the rest of the staff at the Eden Café that have allowed me to have my second exhibition show at the café!! Thank you to all of my friends that have supported me and assisted me all week in giving me great advice in what I need to do for the show and for helping me hang my paintings, photos, and signs on the café walls, as well as helping me get my promotional gear ready in advance. I’m happy to finally get everything that I needed for this show completed on time before the week of Martin Luther King Day in which this event is taking place. Also a huge thank you to the musicians for taking the time and requested to perform at the open mike jam so far! I really appreciate your help and support into making this event into a huge success. I’m looking forward to seeing how the opening and open mike jam are going to be! Looking forward to seeing you all this Friday night!! Stay tuned to my artist website, the social pages for more updates on what I’m focusing on in the future!! Also, please check out the Facebook event pages for “Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience *Plus” for more updates and see photos from the event too.

Featured Image: Sax-O-Claus (Luke McNamee) and his mini elf attending the “34th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll” outside the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY, Sunday, December 4, 2016. (C): Amy Modesti, 2016. This image is for sale in this exhibition show as an 8″x10″ framed piece.






“Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience” Update

Good Afternoon to all of my website followers! I hope that everybody is enjoying their weekend.

The end of my week has certainly been busy for me within the visual arts and photography world. This past Friday (7/8/2016), I had an amazing time photo-shooting and listening to the “Charlie Smith Blues Band” at The Madison Theater in Albany, NY. A friend of mine had asked me to attend the concert and help him photograph our friend Charlie who had requested us to take videos and photos during his band’s performance. For my first time attending an event at the theater and for my first joined photo shoot opportunity, I had a blast participating in both events. A special thank you goes out to my friend, George Fazio for inviting me to the concert and for asking me to help you and Charlie Smith photo shoot the concert!! Thank you Charlie for asking me to help you out and for inviting me to your event. I had a blast helping you both out at the event and I hope to help you both out again soon!! It was an amazing night of listening to local, live blues music from local performers from the Capital Region that are passionate about the arts and blues genre as they are!!  On Saturday (7/9/2016), I attended and photo-shoot “Blue Machine” performing at the Dinosaur BBQ in Troy, NY. I had a blast attending and photo shooting their gig last night. The last time I’d a chance to listen to this group perform was last November at the River Street Pub in Troy, NY. It was amazing to listen to my friends perform last night to a packed restaurant that was listening and dancing to amazing covers of songs performed by “The Rolling Stones”, “The Beatles”, “Led Zeppelin”, “The Allman Brothers”, among other 60’s, 70’s, and British Invasion Performers in Rock and Roll!! It was a great night!! If you get a chance to check them out this summer, check them out!! Stay tuned to my artist website and other social media websites for photos from these performances.

For those of you that don’t follow what I’ve been up to on social media, this past Wednesday (7/6/16), my friend, Diane Green and I began to install our visual art on the walls at the Eden Advisory Services and Café in Loudonville, NY. So far, all of Diane’s charcoal drawings and paintings are on the wall and my horoscope painting series are currently on view as well. All I still have remaining to do for the show is to finish figuring out what photographs that I wish to display and sell at the show, print out the photographs, purchase frames and mats for photos and my artist prints, and get the prints and other things organized and made in time before I install the photos. All of this I’ve to complete before the opening reception!! Thank You to our friends, Michael Panzarino and his cousin, Michael Bombard, for helping Diane and I install our paintings on the wall. Also, a special thank you to Joe Ventura, the owner of the café and his staff for giving Diane and I an opportunity to display our work together for the first time!! We really appreciate your help and support!! We both couldn’t have done this without you all.

The opening reception for our show is going to be held on Friday, July 15 from 7:30-9:30/10:00 p.m. at the Eden Advisory Services And Café in Loudonville, NY, located on 269 Osborne Rd. #3 Loudonville, NY 12211. The opening is free and open to the public. I’ll be at the café after I get out of work after 6:00 p.m. to help finish setting up the show and to have guests that wish to attend the opening early before they attend their other commitments or stay to enjoy the café and the opening. For those of you that have asked if the artwork will remain on display at the café the opening, yes it will be on view for a few more weeks after the opening until the next show will be on view. If you wish to get an artist tour of our work, please let me and Diane know. The Eden Café is open everyday from 8am-2pm and then re-opens after 4:30 p.m.-after 9/10p.m. for their evening activities. I’m available on Sunday and Monday (days off), Available before 4pm on Tuesday, Available all day Wednesday until 5pm, Thursday and Friday, available after 6p.m., and Saturday, available after 9:00 p.m. Let us know if you want a private tour of our work.

Enjoy your weekend!! It’s time for me to finish looking over some photos that I’m considering displaying as part of the exhibition!! Diane and I hope to see you all at our artist opening!! Thank you!! Come check it out and please spread the word around about the show. For those of you that are on Facebook, check out the event pages for our events under the names, “Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience” and “Introducing Albany’s Van Gogh, Diane Green” and stay tuned for more details about the event!! Thank you!! See you at the show!!

The Eden Cafe Artist Exhibition Show


Modesti’s Photo Folk Art Experience Exhibition Show

I’m happy to share this awesome news to all of my friends, family, and followers that have been paying attention to what I’ve been doing with my artistic achievements lately.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, I’m going to be participating in an exhibition show at the Eden Café, located in Loudonville, NY, with my friend and local artist, Diane Green. It’ll be the first exhibition that I’ve exhibited in since April 2014 when my Senior Art Project classmates and I participated in Elemental Connections: MCLA Senior Art Show at MCLA Gallery 51. It’ll also be the first time in the past two years that my friend, Diane has displayed her work in an exhibition as well. We’re both looking forward to this exhibition and we hope that you can make it to our opening. The opening is going to be held from 7:30p.m.- 9:30/10:00 p.m. and it’s free to the entire public. At the time of the artist opening, you’ll be able to purchase artist prints and digital photography from Diane and I at 15% off with the use of the coupon provided on the day of the show at The Eden Café.

For the exhibition, I’ll be displaying my horoscope-photo based paintings that I made during my time spent at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, located in North Adams, MA. For those of you that aren’t familiar with my series, I was inspired by Rob Brezsny’s weekly Taurus horoscope passages that I used to read in the Metroland  Magazine. I would read the passages and see how they reflected on something that had happened to me in the past, present, or what could happen to me in the future. Once I read the passage, I would look through my digital photographs to see how they related to the passage. I use these as inspiration to document my life and express my feelings through painting.

Besides painting, digital photography has been my current medium that I use to document experiences and moments in not only my life, but also in other people’s lives as well. Photography has been a huge part of my life since I first took a photography class during my final year at Tamarac High School. Since I took that class and other traditional and digital photography courses at HVCC and MCLA, I became addicted to photography and the way how I can use it as a means for self expression, documentation, and even promotion for other special events/local organizations/local bands. Photography fields that I currently specialize in includes event photography, concert performance photography, photojournalism, portraiture, nature and wildlife photography, travel photography, flower photography, and other photography fields. You can view my photography and my paintings on my artist website and other social media pages.

My friend, Diane Green, has been involved in drawing and painting for many, many years. At 81 years old, Green has used art as a means of self expression through her various mediums of acrylic, oil, and charcoal. Green’s subject matter that she has focused on throughout her life includes landscapes, still life, and portraiture.  “For many years, I had to put my paint brush down but the truth is all of my life I was painting my dream.”, according to Green. Viewing Green’s work first hand, I can tell you that she has obtained that goal of portraying her life’s dream and the way how she views her life as shown through her meticulous, detailed works of art that are both realistic and abstract. Green is in fact, Albany’s Van Gogh.

To RVSP to our event, please check out the link that I’ve provided in this news update. We hope that you can make it to our event. It would mean a lot to us if you could celebrate this amazing opportunity with us as we display our art together for the first time. Since I don’t get out of work from my day job until 6:00 p.m., I can arrive at the exhibition early for viewers to check out the work, if you’re also not able to make it to the opening. Stay tuned to the Facebook invitation and my artist website for more details.

In addition to this exhibition, I’m also going to be in an exhibition show at the Alacrity Frame Workshop, located in Albany, NY. The show will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 as part of the First Friday events that are held to celebrate the local arts, music, and business within the City of Albany, NY. This will be the first time that I’ll be exhibiting at this location. I’m looking forward to this show next year!

Thank you for checking out this post. We hope to see you at our event in July!!

Edited Version of Mentors Painting
“Mentors: Week Of December 26, 2013″ (Acrylic On Canvas Paper, 12″x16”,2014), Created by Amy L. Modesti

ALMFineArtAndPhotography 2015 In Review

I want to give a special thank you to all of my friends, family, and followers, old and new, for viewing my 2015 posts and for also sharing my website to your friends/family, followers, and fans of your band (if I had taken photos of your group performing this year). I really appreciate your support in what I enjoy! I’ve had a busy year attending various local musical and artistic events within the community!! In 2016, I will attempt to keep my artist website more up to date with news, visual art, and photography for you to view, share, and potentially purchase in 2016. Happy New Year!! Thank you again for everything!! Stay tuned to my website for more updates!! And for any inquiries concerning my work that you see, please contact me!! Thank You!!

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