I recently received a note from Judith Braun, the recognized New York artist and participant in a 2010 art reality TV show, announcing that she had moved from the Rivington Street studio where she lived and worked for years to a house in Albany. I was curious, and wondered why she decided to move upstate, if there was a good art community in Albany, and whether she might be willing to send some images that I could share. Her response may interest artists who are either thinking of leaving the city in search of a more affordable living situation, or considering a move to New York. For anyone in the Albany area, tonight at 7 pm stop by the Center for Art and Design at the College of St. Rose, where Judith will be giving a public lecture about her work..
Thanks for getting in touch. Well, Albany … I have history here … born here, was married here, had my daughter here, went to SUNY Albany for grad school here too. Our art community then consisted of Ken Johnson, Dawn Clements, Mark Greenwold, to name a few. We all moved on to NYC. I decided to return here now because it was a location that my daughter, her wife, their twins and I all agreed would be an affordable place where we could live closer together. Grandma time! I also wanted to liquidate my one asset, the Rivington Street coop, while I was alive! I was very tired of the noisy sidewalk traffic in front of my door, managing the building, and always needing to supplement my income by renting to tenants.
The pic of the empty space with a work light is the beginning. Other pics are of art storage room (I bought real flat files … finally!) and my office from inside, and from outside at night … from my PORCH! I love having a porch, it’s a hard flagstone surface where I’m keeping my saw horses and building shelves. I love just sweeping the sawdust off onto the lawn.