It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and I took in an art exhibit that day. Historic Albany Foundation, a group dedicated to the preservation of buildings and history of this region, has been trying to restore the 153-year-old St. Joseph’s Church on Ten Broeck Street – a house of worship that, after the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese deconsecrated and shut down the church in the early 1980’s, has seen a ton of damage in a very short time. Water leaks that, over time, has cracked the plaster and rotted the wooden beams. Pigeons nesting in the eaves of the church, with their acidic bird droppings damaging and staining and tarnishing and wrecking the staid structure. Grass and weeds and poor epoxy repairs causing the church’s stone walkway to wiggle and shift. The church itself is in a state of flux, and Historic Albany Foundation (who now owns the building) is doing whatever it can to raise money, in the hopes that someday they can repair and restore the church to its original glory, keeping the jewel in the Albany skyline alive.
Or course, with all that, there was a great art show as well. Several different Capital Region artists showed off their paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media presentations, and visual and aural artwork, all for the cause of helping restore this church. I also had the chance to see several of my “fisheye” artworks as part of the “Paper Girl” project (the artwork will be distributed by Paper Girl and her bicycle messengers this week, so if you happen to get one of my artworks, let me know).
The following photo gallery is a collection of artwork and artists from the FLUX art show at St. Joseph’s Church, as well as photographs of the church’s grand interior architecture – as well as some very disturbing photographs of the damage and disrepair the church has suffered over time. Please be aware that many of these artists’ works are available for purchase, for more information on the artwork shown in the photos, visit the FLUX art website for details.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering about why the front of St. Joseph’s Church at the top of the blog post looks so powerful – I took nine shots of St. Joseph’s Church with my Kiev fisheye lens, and combined them as an HDR image. See, I can create art, too…