Leif Alexander Bernard “Fire Series” photography reception

18 11 2010

Glens Falls photographer Leif Alexander Bernard exhibits his abstract photography at the D.H.B. Thomas Gallery, located on the third floor of The Shirt Factory at the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, New York.

The show, Fire Series, is the first of four elemental series that he plans. The exhibition opens amidst the Shirt Factory’s festive annual holiday open house with a ‘Meet the Artist’ preview and discussion with Leif on Saturday, November 27 from noon to 3 p.m. An artist’s reception follows on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Prints and framed photography will be available for sale. The gallery will also be open for a preview on Friday, November 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. A closing reception is being scheduled for December.

The exhibition is comprised of a series of abstract high-energy photos.

“The images are free flowing, expressive and open,” says Leif. “I am grateful for the element of fire. Its warm and powerful energy is cleansing. You can lose yourself and find yourself in its dancing flames and purifying light. To experience and capture it is a meditative and healing experience for me.”

The artist will also exhibit pieces of other freelance work, including landscape and portrait photography. Currently he is available for fashion pieces, event photography and creative portraits.

“In all of my work, my aim is to really step back and let each gesture unfold naturally. In this environment it becomes a dance with my subject where we create and express whatever is occurring in the grace of the moment,” he says.

A portfolio of his current and past works is on his website: www.LeifAlexanderBernard.com. Prints may be purchased through the site.





What to-do, what to-do

9 11 2010

Well, folks, I’ve discovered irony in my business plan here.

The whole idea of this biz was to help artists and small businesses with their skyscraper of a to-do list. I went so far as to say on my promotional materials, “Hand over the to-do list. We can help.” We means me, of course. Me, who is now up against a mountain of to-do lists — now not only my own personal one (make shadowboxes of wedding stuff for the family, put away the junk I decided not to get rid of at this summer’s garage sale, make a decision on a 2011 planner already, yaddah yaddah)…

And not only my personal one AND my art one (frame Big Sky, get ready for the Shirt Factory Open House, get to the studio and make some art, yaddah yaddah)… AND my to-do list of responsibilities to take care of as part of the Shirt Factory management team… (you don’t even want to know) –

I actually have a file of past to-do lists - pictured here.

AND to-do lists for the two boards I’m on (Art in the Public Eye and North Country Arts Center) –

So BESIDES all that, now I’ve got a business to-do list. Actually, I have two. One of the lists is business stuff like working on my advertisements database, mailing list, insurance and all of that, and one of the lists is checking off things I’m actually getting paid to do:

Other people’s to-do lists.

So while I’m helping my clients with their to-do lists, mine is mounting ever higher. I need to hire Advokate to help me with my to-do list! (There’s the ironic part. I know you were waiting for it.)

I used to dream of the day when I would have everything checked off my to-do list. With seven separate ones going, I daresay I may never get there. What a frightening thought!

Luckily, I’m good at lists. And since they’re so big, I really get a kick out of crossing things off of them.

… So BRING IT!





I can’t believe it.

24 10 2010

So my first full week of having a bank account and DBA was the week of Monday, Oct. 18. I had written it out in my feasibility plan with SCORE what I actually expect to make at first, what I’ll need to just get by without taking on a waitressing job, what I’d really like to be making to live comfortably and what I’d ultimately like to make to be able to invest money back in the company.

Now, I have to take into account my expenses, which are bigger, just starting up – I have member organizations I’d like to join, advertising and promotion, consultation fees, the website cost — and I can’t even begin to count my uninvoiced hours… But if you don’t count my expenses, I actually hit my three-month goal in the first week!!!

I want to send a BIG thank you out to my first six paying customers who made this possible:

Bev Saunders of BJSArtworks

Crystal Eggleston of Meadow Crafts

Rachael Rhianna

Kat Griffin

Matt Funiciello

Aaron David Ward

I can’t believe it – one week of having a bank account and I EXCEEDED MY SALES GOAL!!! HUGE thanks to my first six customers: Bev Saunders, Crystal Eggleston , Rachael Rhianna, Kat Griffin, Matt Funiciello and Aaron David Ward. You’re making a dream come true!





Up, up, up

22 10 2010

I feel like I ought to write this down for posterity, inspired in part by The Chronicle‘s 30th anniversary issue and in part by my high school classmate Melina Coogan’s articulate, honest and deeply insightful blog and website The Wilder Coast.

So I made the call to leave the Chronicle on Aug. 19. It was a hard decision to make. Earlier this year I was hired as part-time Community Coordinator of The Shirt Factory and that’s felt like a great fit. So I had that piece of the puzzle, but I had no other plan when I said I was leaving. I gave it my best swing and I learned a thing or two million and it was time to “let fly,” as Mark wrote in his announcement of my departure – to figure out where I was supposed to be.

I decided to start a business on Sept. 6. The name Advokate was born on Sept. 15. I started a small business class at SUNY Adirondack on Sept. 21. My last day at the Chronicle was October 8. I registered my DBA on Oct. 13 and opened a bank account on Oct. 14. And here I am, seven customers in and a good list of people who have said they’re interested. All right.

Because blog posts are more interesting with a picture in the middle of them, here’s a good one from a hike up Buck Mountain last Sunday. (Dude, hiking is hard!)

Anyhoo. Last week, my first week without a 9-to-5, was all business set-up (LOTS of set-up) and getting to my volunteer things and a little time with family. And yeah, I took half a day to sleep in and be lazy and unemployed. This week, between meeting with clients, Shirt Factory work, my class, actually doing work on the clock for Advokate, business set-up types of meetings with SCORE and the ARCC, working on things for the boards I’m on and staying up late finessing Advokate stuff or checking items off my to-do lists, I’ve really not had more than maybe a couple hours each day, if that, of down time.

For being so ridiculously busy, you’d think I’d be rolling in dough, but that’s yet to come.

I’ll post a picture of it when it happens.

That’s right, buddy: I said when.





Howie Hawkins candidate for NYS Governor coming to Glens Falls

18 10 2010

Advokate client Matt Funiciello is publicizing an event at Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe this Saturday. Read on…

Upstate Greens to Host Event for Green Party

Governor Candidate Howie Hawkins

October 15, 2010 – Local progressive and Green Party activist Matt Funicielloannounced today that Green Party candidate for New York State Governor, Howie Hawkins, will be the guest of honor at a “Meet and Greet” fundraiser to be held at 6:00 p.m., October 23, 2010, at Rock Hill Cafe in Glens Falls. The event is sponsored by the Upstate Greens, a group of enrolled Greens and citizen activists. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so advance tickets are suggested and will be available at Rock Hill beginning Tuesday morning (suggested donation $25).

 

This election cycle will include an all-inclusive debate at which Hawkins will face all six candidates in this Governor’s race. The debate will be held October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Hofstra University (Long Island) and is scheduled to air on select stations that same evening.

 

 

“Hawkins represents the best and brightest of the Green Party,” said Funiciello, a former member of the Green Party’s National Committee, “We’re extremely proud to have our candidate face the two millionaires, Cuomo and Paladino. But we’re also extremely pleased that all the candidates on the ballot have been invited and will attend. I think every New Yorker is sick and tired of corporate candidates who only represent the wealthy elite who pave their way into office. It’s long overdue that an actual worker like Howie, someone with a clear agenda and some very enlightened ideas on how to fix our economic and social woes, be allowed to share those views with the electorate.”

 

Howie Hawkins has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent progressive politics since the late 1960s. A former Marine, he helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976. He was a co-founder of the Green Party in the United States in 1984 and currently serves on the Green National Committee.

 

 

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked as a carpenter in New England and helped start up a construction workers cooperative that specialized in solar and wind energy installations. Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to be Director of CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. A member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in the national Teamster rank-and-file reform caucus, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Howie presently works unloading trucks and rail cars at UPS.

 

 

Howie’s articles on social theory, cooperative economics, and independent politics have appeared in many publications, including Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Peaceworks, Resist, Society and Nature, and Z Magazine . He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2006).

 

Upstate Greens is a group of local Independents, along with members of the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, Democratic and Republican parties interested in fostering a local dialogue on today’s most important issues.

 

 

For more information, contact Matt Funiciello at mattfuniciello@earthlink.net

 

To contact the campaign directly, visit http://howiehawkins.com/2010

Matt

MEDIA RELEASE

Upstate Greens to Host Event for Green Party

Governor Candidate Howie Hawkins

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Matt Funiciello (518) 361-6278 or mattfuniciello@earthlink.net

October 15, 2010 – Local progressive and Green Party activist Matt Funiciello, announced today that Green Party candidate for New York State Governor, Howie Hawkins, will be the guest of honor at a “Meet and Greet” fundraiser to be held at 6:00 p.m., October 23, 2010, at Rock Hill Cafe in Glens Falls. The event is sponsored by the Upstate Greens, a group of enrolled Greens and citizen activists. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so advance tickets are suggested and will be available at Rock Hill beginning Tuesday morning (suggested donation $25).

This election cycle will include an all-inclusive debate at which Hawkins will face all six candidates in this Governor’s race. The debate will be held October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Hofstra University (Long Island) and is scheduled to air on select stations that same evening.

“Hawkins represents the best and brightest of the Green Party,” said Funiciello, a former member of the Green Party’s National Committee, “We’re extremely proud to have our candidate face the two millionaires, Cuomo and Paladino. But we’re also extremely pleased that all the candidates on the ballot have been invited and will attend. I think every New Yorker is sick and tired of corporate candidates who only represent the wealthy elite who pave their way into office. It’s long overdue that an actual worker like Howie, someone with a clear agenda and some very enlightened ideas on how to fix our economic and social woes, be allowed to share those views with the electorate.”

Howie Hawkins has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent progressive politics since the late 1960s. A former Marine, he helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976. He was a co-founder of the Green Party in the United States in 1984 and currently serves on the Green National Committee.

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked as a carpenter in New England and helped start up a construction workers cooperative that specialized in solar and wind energy installations. Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to be Director of CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. A member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in the national Teamster rank-and-file reform caucus, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Howie presently works unloading trucks and rail cars at UPS.

Howie’s articles on social theory, cooperative economics, and independent politics have appeared in many publications, including Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Peaceworks, Resist, Society and Nature, and Z Magazine . He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2006).

Upstate Greens is a group of local Independents, along with members of the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, Democratic and Republican parties interested in fostering a local dialogue on today’s most important issues.

For more information, contact Matt Funiciello at (518) 361-6278 or  mattfuniciello@earthlink.net

To contact the campaign directly,

2010@howiehawkins.com or  http://howiehawkins.com/2010





Rachael Rhianna show tonight!

16 10 2010

Advokate client Rachael Rhianna has a show tonight! Read on…

Rachael Rhianna exhibits abstract watercolor paintings

GLENS FALLS – Artist Rachael Rhianna exhibits her watermedia artwork at the D.H.B. Thomas Gallery, located on the third floor of The Shirt Factory at the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls, New York.

The show opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 16, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Info: 832-9171.

Rachael’s latest works incorporate gouache as well as watercolor in large-scale, abstract pieces. They begin as washes in bright colors which are then meticulously overlaid with black detail. Some results are reminiscent of paisley, wrought iron against a sunset, or with a tribal feel to them.

“They’re doodles,” says Rachael, who likes to call herself a Creativologist. “They’re really large doodles. I started with one painting I had started a wash on and then just ended up doodling over it. I use a really thin brush so these took me a really long time! I try to let my mind go blank as I do it and not to control it so much, so it’s kind of like a stream-of-consciousness… I try not to get in the way of the art making itself.”

Prints will be available for sale as well as the paintings themselves.

Rachael has previously shown her work at Ridge Street Coffee Co. in Glens Falls, where she resides, and aspires to exhibit in New York City.





Annie

16 10 2010

Recently the home office was terrorized by an evil force named Annie.