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Angela Caley @ Labyrinth Press Co :: Opening Reception :: JTNY
Posted September 16, 2011
Angela Caley @ Labyrinth Press Co :: Opening Reception :: JTNY

It's pretty much all there in the headline, folks. AAAlliance co-founder Angela Caley has a small collection of brand new, incredibly strong, oil paintings on canvas currently hanging in the front room at Labyrinth Press Company on 4th st. in Downtown Jamestown, NY. 

There will be an opening reception with the artist tomorrow evening, Saturday September 17th, from 6-9pm. Music will be prvided by DJBT, spinning reggae, 80's funk, and old hip hop.

Ms.Caley's work can also currently be seen at Forte The Restaurant (3rd St, JTNY) hanging alongside newer work from long-time collaborator and fellow AAAlliance co-founder Bill Thomas. Their 2 person show at Forte will be hanging through mid-October.

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In case you have missed us lately...
Posted September 06, 2011

As you may have noticed, activeartist.org has not been updated all summer. That doesn't mean we haven't been working and making stuff happen, it just means those of us who manage the website have been extremely busy creating and working day jobs in the real world.

Those of you who have been AAAlliance members for a year or more are probably used to these occasional "Hibernations" that the website goes through. We try to avoid them as much as possible, but inevitably, we sometimes go a few months without being able to update the website.

There are exciting new things on the horizon for our organization, and shows are being planned for this winter, spring 2012, and BEYOND. Apologies to everyone who has missed us, please stay tuned...

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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!

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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.

 

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"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.

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