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AAAlliance Summer Showcase :: Sat 6/11 :: JTNY
Posted June 08, 2011

Our Yearly Summer Showcase is also happening this Saturday, June 11th, at JCC Park on Curtis St. in Jamestown, NY, from 3-9pm. As always, this is a FREE, ALL AGES community event, featuring local art, live music, and one of the nicest park settings in WNY.

This years' Showcase will feature live music from Thee Audience, Grene Genes, Bryan Moore Solo, and a special surprise guest. It will also feature, for the first time ever, a live art auction called ARTBURN, which we hope will become a yearly event. It will feature original local artworks, available for auction with a relatively low opening bid. If the piece doesn't sell, we burn it on the bonfire. So if you see something you like, and it want to save it from certain destruction, you'd better put your money where your mouth is.

As usual, we will have picnic food and refreshments available all day for donations. We are able to continue doing these free events because of the generousity of our friends and family who attend and donate in order to support the Active Artists Alliance.

Help us continue to make interesting, independent cultural events happen in our home town. Come out and party with us to support the arts!


Baby Gramps and The Bogarts :: Mojo's Music Bar, JTNY
Posted June 07, 2011
Baby Gramps and The Bogarts :: Mojo's Music Bar, JTNY

World-reknowned singer, guitarist, and showman, Baby Gramps, from Seattle Washington, will be playing THIS SATURDAY. June 11th at Mojo's Music Bar, 104 east 2nd street, in downtown JTNY.Opening for him will be local favorites The Bogarts, playing their very own country-fried blend of roots rock, blues rock, and rock rock.

Baby Gramps plays a mixture of styles and eras including traditional blues, children's and labor songs, and his own compositions. His busy and unusual guitar style includes flat and finger picking, and "chording" with the back of his hand and his elbow. His singing styles include throat singing. His performance is based in part on improvisation and he often encourages audience participation. Baby Gramps has performed as a street musician, and has toured with Artis the Spoonman, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Phish. His rendition of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" was featured in Martin Bell's Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Streetwise (1984).

Anyone who witnessed Gramps' performance at Mojo's a year ago, or anyone who has ever seen him play anywhere, will tell you not to miss this a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a living legend on a small stage in a VERY intimate setting.



"This Must Be The Place" :: April Fools Day :: JTNY
Posted March 25, 2011

AAAlliance Co-Founders and old friends Angela Caley and Tony Depew are having their first painting show together, entitled "This Must Be The Place", in the newly christened 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Downtown Jamestown. The two artists met in high school in Canton, Ohio during the late 90's, and later they separately chose to each leave Ohio for very different parts of New York State.

Tony Depew studied painting and studio arts at Kent State before leaving the mid-west for the bright lights of NYC around 2004. He has been living in Brooklyn for the past 5-6 years, working as an assistant for several high-profile artists, while continuing to create his own small scale, highly stylized, brightly colored canvasses, and occasionally designing and customizing vinyl toys or various consumer goods.

Angela Caley studied Painting and Jewelry Design at CCAD in Columbus, before dropping out in late 2000 to travel the country in a uhaul truck on Phish Tour. Some time in 2002, she landed in Chautauqua County and resumed her "official" education, enrolling in JCC as a Fine Arts Major. The Spring of 2004 saw her and David Grice have their first painting show together at the Wright Gallery, in Downtown Jamestown. That fall, she moved to Adirondacks and began working year-round as an arborist or "lumber-jill", climbing and cutting and dragging trees, even during the frigid mountain winters.

Tony's move to NYC, and Angela's move to the ADK's in the Fall of 2004 both co-incided with the very beginnings of the Active Artists Alliance, when several Artists and Designers friends decided to create a network to promote each others' projects while everyone was away at school or traveling or persuing carreers, or doing whatever creative people do.


Upcoming AAAlliance Events :: Spring/Summer 2011 JTNY
Posted February 15, 2011
Upcoming AAAlliance Events :: Spring/Summer 2011 JTNY

Here's what's going on around our homebase for the upcoming Spring and Summer.

For more info regarding any of these events, email more events & details TBA.


AAAlliance X Suburban Blend X Arts Council :: Skateboard Deck Art Show & Skatepark fundraiser :: JTNY
Posted January 13, 2011
AAAlliance X Suburban Blend X Arts Council :: Skateboard Deck Art Show & Skatepark fundraiser  :: JTNY

On Friday, January 21, The AAAlliance, Suburban Blend, and the Arts Council for Chautauqua County will be presenting the opening of their collaborative Art Show, entitled "All Decks on Hand". It's a collection of original, one of a kind skateboard decks, hand painted by AAAlliance members, some friends, and some friends of friends from all over the US and beyond. This show will be hanging in the Arts Council bldg, 116 East Third St., JTNY through the end of February. Poster and more details coming very soon.

The work has been graciously donated by each of the artists, and will be offered for sale as a fundraiser for improving the public skatepark in the city of Jamestown. There will also be an after-party for the opening, downtown, with live music and surprises, and more details TBA. 100% of proceeds from the show and the after party will go towards the public skatepark project.

Come help us support creativity and collaboration in our community!


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