ART’s mission is to support and improve the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail by creating public works of art along the Rail Trail. These unique art installations encourage local and regional visitors of varying ages and physical abilities to enjoy this amenity, both increasing the diversity of trail users and benefiting the local economy. In addition to bringing public works of art to the Rail Trail, ART also hosts community events including the annual Chalk the Walk every September. Follow ART on social media to stay up to date on happenings!Donate to Art on the Rail Trail
Homage to the Firefly
by Laura Von Rosk
Exhibition Dates: October 7 - December 31, 2023
Location: miniMoCA518, Corner of Hudson Avenue and Adams Street
"My paintings stem from personal observations of natural settings and phenomena, where elements of landscape and natural forms mix with memory and imagination. As a kid I loved family trips to the Museum of Natural History in NYC, where I was transported into another world while viewing its wildlife dioramas.The miniMoCA gallery echoes that memory, filling the viewer’s field of vision with critters in apainted landscape. When the sun goes down the space is transformed by the use of phosphorescent pigments, allowing the bugs and stars to glow in the dark. Fireflies are fascinating creatures with anability to communicate through bioluminescent flashes of light! I hoped to capture the experience ofsummer nights when the vast, star-filled universe glows in harmony with this tiny insect." Laura Von Rosk
Laura Von Rosk earned her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase, NY. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows. Her awards include a NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) Individual Artist Grant (2023), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting(2004), grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Bernheim Foundation in Clermont, KY, a Full Fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center, a Karen Shea and Gabe Silverman Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, The Millay Colony, The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
ART Year-end Summary 2022
It was a busy year for Art on the Rail Trail! This year-end report summarizes the accomplishments of 2022.
NEW in 2022: Mural by Fernando Orellana
Fernando Orellana's mural, titled Cathedral, is ART's latest addition to the Rail Trail. The mural is located on the piers under the Cherry Ave bridge in the Town of Bethlehem and was unveiled in October of 2022.
Mini MoCA 518
At the Rail Trail entrance near the intersection of Hudson Ave and Adams St.
MiniMoCA518 will feature free, rotating exhibitions of small-scale artworks commissioned specifically for the gallery. Expanding upon the trend of small, free lending libraries and miniature public art galleries throughout the United States and abroad, MiniMoCA518 aims to present quality family-friendly art programming through ongoing exhibitions at the gallery.
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Sponsorship opportunities for 2023 will be posted here soon.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS!
I Love Books, Little Art Gallery Exhibit Sponsor (D. Colin installation and poetry reading)
McSharry & Associates Realty, Little Art Gallery Exclusive Sponsor
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Check out the art installations at these locations:
Fernado Orellana art on the columns under Cherry Ave bridge in Slingerlands (2022).
Mini MoCA 518, rotating miniature gallery at the Adams St. Rail Trail entrance in Delmar.
Inaugural exhibition Preschool by Roger Bisbing, 2022.
Oh my! Murals Share the Trail, a public safety campaign sponsored by Albany County at multiple site on the trail (2021).
Susan Togut art installations between Main St. and Grove St. in Voorheesville (2020).
Young People’s Mural at the Kenwood Ave. trailhead in Slingerlands (2019). A community mural designed by student Emily Meier, project work led by artist Andrea Hersh.
Angela Cuozzo mural for Bliss Juice Bar on Delaware Ave. in Delmar (2019).
John DeMarco art on the columns under the Cherry Ave. bridge in Slingerlands (2018-2022).
Ramiro Davaro-Comas mural on the Rail Trail bridge crossing Delaware Ave. in Delmar (2018).
Andrea Hersh mural at the Adams St. Rail Trail entrance in Delmar (2017).
Fernando Orellana created the new mural on the piers under the Cherry Ave bridge in 2022. Fernando is a professor of Visual Arts at Union College, Schenectady.
Angela Cuozzo is designer and artist with over 25 years of corporate experience in graphic design and marketing. She created the mural for Bliss Juice Bar on Delaware Ave. in Delmar.
Susan Togut is an educator, therapeutic facilitator, and curator, who works from personal perspectives and community-based, worldly concerns. Her installation features a series of painted pieces that hang from the trees along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail between Main Street and Grove Street in Voorheesville.
John DeMarco's created the first mural featured on the piers under the Cherry Ave. bridge in Slingerlands. (The artwork had been damaged during bridge repairs and was eventually replaced by a new mural in 2022.)
Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American artist and entrepreneur living and working in Upstate New York. The mural he created is on the Rail Trail bridge crossing Delaware Ave. in Delmar.
Art on the Rail Trail believes that public art is a transformative vehicle for uniting diverse individuals and outlooks from throughout the Albany-Helderberg region. ART strongly welcomes participation from creative voices representing diverse backgrounds and embraces projects that celebrate community building through inclusive approaches. ART does not discriminate based on factors of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disabilities/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status, and/or socioeconomic background.