Events from March 15 on were conducted online. See links below for recordings where applicable.

So You Want to Go to Art School?
Panel Discussion

As part of our High School Regional exhibition, we are hosting a panel discussion all about art school: applying, getting in and what to expect. Hear from Sage Art+Design professors and one student in the Art+Design program.

Lynn Capirsello, Interior+Spatial Design
William Fillmore, Art+Extended Media
Amy Griffin, Exhibitions and Marketing Manager, Opalka Gallery
Matthew McElligott, Graphic and Media Design
Leah Rico, Graphic+Media Design
Madison Scisci, Senior in Art+Extended Media

Moderated by Opalka Director Judie Gimore

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link

Pop-Up Yoga with Jammella Anderson

This was a remote class conducted on Opalka’s Facebook Live page. It is still available there. 
All levels welcome. Pay what you can.
Donations can be made directly to Jammella:
Venmo: Jammella-Anderson
Cashapp: $JammellaAnderson
PayPal: [email protected]

Artist Talk: Laetitia Hussain

Laetitia Hussain is a process artist who works across multiple media including drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound and video. Her imagery and forms address psychological and emotional responses to environmental issues, including challenges related to mental illness. She has exhibited at John Davis Gallery (Hudson), Sculpture Space (Utica), Clermont Historic Site, and Basilica Hudson. A graduate from SUNY Purchase, she was born in Marseille, France and currently lives in Hudson, NY. Laetitiahussain.com

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Rear View Artist Talk: Paul Miyamoto with Carolyn Callner

In partnership with Albany Public Library and the APL Foundation, Opalka Gallery curated “Rear View: Life Examined” about artists and memory at the Pine Hills Branch featuring:
David Austin, Leona Christie, Gavin Christie, Daesha Devon-Harris, Meighan Gale, Paul Miyamoto, Kenneth Ragsdale, Steve Rein, and Gail Skudera. Join us for a presentation by Paul Miyamoto as he shares the inspiration for his images of the internment of naturalized citizens and Americans of Japanese descent from 1941 to 1946. Paul’s father, mother, two sisters, a brother and both grandparents were sent to Poston Camp in Arizona. Paul will be joined by Carolyn Callner, a Nisei and an internee at the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming.

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Conversation @ Opalka: Careers for Art School Students

To help students gain broader knowledge about career opportunities for individuals with degrees in the arts, we gathered regional artists/creatives about their diverse paths after art and art history programs and hear about their obvious and not-so-obvious jobs and the choices that led them to their current careers.

Belinda Colon, curator at Arts Center Capital Region and Spring Street gallery director
Caroline Corrigan, graphic designer and illustrator
Jamel Mosely, multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur
Fernando Orellana, associate professor of digital art at Union College
Jake Winiski, Research Biologist, Ecovative Design

Moderated by Judie Gilmore, Opalka director

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Conversation @ Opalka: Regional Curators 

Join us as for an informal conversation with regional curators! Judie Gilmore and Amy Griffin of Opalka Gallery chatted with Julie Lohnes of the Mandeville Gallery at Union College and Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher of LABspace in Hillsdale, NY about the challenges of the current crisis.

This event was conducted via Zoom and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.


FRI, Jan. 24


Supper Club, Vol. 5, Rise Up and Shine! 

6pm cocktail hour; 7pm dinner + discussion

$45 per individual, $85 per couple.

Enjoy delicious local cuisine, thought-provoking art, and lively conversation with JoAnne Carson about her work in the Rise Up and Shine! exhibition.

TUES, January 28

6:30pm  Melody Davis Lecture

Davis is an expert on the history of photography and in particular, stereoscopic photography. She is the author of many books about the history of photography as well as four books of poetry. Davis is a professor at The Sage Colleges. 



FRI, February 7


5pm Artist’s Tour of JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine!

6pm-8pm Reception for JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine! 

MON, February 10


6:30pm to 7:30pm Pop-Up Yoga @ Opalka with Carrie Will

All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. Props provided. Pay what you can. Co-sponsored by YogaCare NY.

FRI, February 14

PechaKucha @ Opalka


6:30pm Snacks, 7pm talks

PechaKucha is a fun presentation format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Email [email protected] if you are interested in presenting.

TUE, February 18

5:30pm Student Reception for JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine! Pizza+Art+Students!

“Breezy” by JoAnne Carson


6:30pm JoAnne Carson Artist Lecture

Carson creates colorful paintings, drawings and sculptures that depict exuberant objects and scenes derived from nature, but with unusual juxtapositions and playfully dark moods. She is interested in the shift from “organic” to “synthetic” nature as a defining factor of our age. Carson is a professor at the University at Albany.

TUE, February 25

6pm Guided Meditation With Tara Herrick Brown

Come quiet your mind and energize your spirit with a short guided-imagery meditation, exploring the theme of “Acceptance.”  Beginners welcome. No experience necessary. Co-sponsored by Inur Wellness.


THURS, March 5

Film @ Opalka: Female Auteurs Series

7pm Morvern Callar (2002, 1hr 37min)

Our Female Auteurs series begins with Morvern Callar, a moody and mysterious character study from 2002 that was directed and co-written by Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin).

Ramsay is a poetic visual stylist who excels at using small details to convey the inner worlds of her characters. In Morvern Callar, Ramsay finds a perfect match in Samantha Morton, who portrays the title character with mesmerizing depth and subtlety. Who is Morvern, and what is she thinking? To find out, you’ll have to watch (and listen) closely.

FRI, March 20

CANCELED: 5pm to 8pm The 21st Annual High School Regional Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

This juried showcase of the artwork of regional high school students is juried this year by Rachel Baxter, Melinda McDaniel, and Jordan Nathaniel White.

MON, March 23

Steve Lambert outdoor installation

POSTPONED TIL FURTHER NOTICE: 6:30pm Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Steve Lambert 

Lambert is co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, an institute training activists be more creative and artists to be more effective. As an artist, Lambert uses writing, video, installation and other media to craft collaborative work that leads to meaningful exchanges among ideas and people. Lambert is a professor at SUNY Purchase. 



THURS, April 16

CANCELED: Film @ Opalka: Female Auteurs Series

7pm Wendy and Lucy (2008, 1hr 20 min)

Our Female Auteurs series continues with Wendy and Lucy, a minimalist masterpiece from 2008 that was directed, co-written, and edited by Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women, Meek’s Cutoff).

Reichardt is a resourceful, unflinching filmmaker; a modern neorealist who, in her own words, makes films about people who “don’t have a safety net.” That description certainly applies to Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams), a young woman in dire financial straits who is travelling to Alaska along with her dog Lucy. Will Wendy find a job waiting for her at the end of the road?

THURS April 30

Sculpture by Laetitia Hussain

6:30pm Laetitia Hussain Artist Lecture ONLINE ONLY, SEE ABOVE FOR LINK OF RECORDING.

Laetitia Hussain‘s work and installations are elaborations on psychological responses to individual, social and environmental issues. The medium she works in is dictated by the subject matter of the body of work. She works intuitively following abstract patterns and rituals. That will later define value, space and time.


FRI, May 1

Online exhibition only. View here.

Annual showcase of the best work from this year’s BFA candidates from the Sage College Art+Design program.

THURS, May 7

CANCELED: Film @ Opalka: Female Auteurs Series

6pm Toni Erdmann (2016, 2 hrs 42 mins)

Our Female Auteurs series concludes with Toni Erdmann, a wildly unique 2016 film that was directed, written, and co-produced by German filmmaker Maren Ade (Everyone Else, The Forest for the Trees).

Ade creates lively, humanistic films that portray multifaceted relationships between complex, memorable characters. In Toni Erdmann, Ade explores the nuanced connection between a workaholic executive consultant named Ines (Sandra Hüller) and her father, a divorced music teacher with a penchant for spontaneous pranks. The film deftly combines a wide range of tones to create a genre-defying hybrid of comedy, drama, political satire, and more.