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)