Arts In The Capital Saratoga Region

From world-class performances and art galleries, to more intimate performance venues and smaller artisan workshops, the Capital-Saratoga Region has much to offer art lovers.

Albany County

Palace Theatre 

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Albany is known for its love and appreciation of the arts. Every month, participating galleries keep their doors open to the public after 5 p.m. and showcase local talent – a gallery crawl, if you will, for 1st Friday. The Albany Institute of History and Art is home to upper Hudson River region fine arts and artifacts. It has permanent, as well as changing exhibits and founded in 1791, it is among the oldest museums in the U.S. Albany is home to the NYS Museum which is located in the Empire State Plaza - the backdrop for the largest collection of modern art on public display in the country. If music and theatre are for you, the Times Union Center, Palace Theatre, Cap Rep, Cohoes Music Hall, Proctors Theatre (Schenectady), and performances at The Egg fill the spectrum of performing arts.

Albany Riverfront Park, which boasts an amphitheatre with performance space and seating for more than 1,000 spectators, and is located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, hosts seasonal performances and special events. The Park Playhouse, an outdoor stage in Washington Park (a 90-acre park in the center of the Albany featuring a lake, lakehouse, playground, numerous trees, and flower beds) is a seasonal home for free, summertime theatrical performances.

Fulton County

Fulton Rotunda Art Gallery
Fulton Rotunda Art Gallery

The performing and visual arts are vital in Fulton County; Community Theater and civic bands have a presence.  Visitors can experience the many shows and local talents at historic theatres like the Glove Performing Arts Center in Gloversville or the Colonial Little Theatre in Johnstown.  There are a number of art galleries in the area, including several smaller galleries throughout the county operated by individual artists who work in various media.  Additionally, the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, cultural development entity sponsors a series of concerts, artist receptions, visual and performing arts presentations, and workshops during all four seasons.

Rensselaer County

Art Show In Rensselaer County

The grid like 18th Century design of downtown Troy provides the tourist of today with 6 superior artistic venues located short blocks from one another in architecturally stimulating Victorian Troy. The Arts Center of the Capital Region, The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, The Children’s Museum of Science & Technology, the Rensselaer County Historical Society, EMPAC ,a state of the art venue are allocated in Troy. Out in the country there are band concerts and festivals in Hoosick, East Greenbush, Brunswick and Schodack. Sand Lake Center for the Arts offers live performances, art exhibits and lectures in an intimate setting. Rensselaer County’s influence in the history of the area can be seen at Oakwood Cemetery, Knickerbocker Mansion, Brunswick Historical Society, Louis J. Miller Museum. And of course, all over the county there are potters, weavers and organic growers.

Saratoga County

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The Arts are an integral part of visiting and living in Saratoga. The first stop on your tour should be Saratoga Arts, located on Broadway next to Congress Park. Check out the always-changing exhibits and pick up brochures about artists, galleries and exhibitions through the county. Don’t miss the Arthur Zankel Music Center or the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, which are both located on the Skidmore College campus.  Enjoy a stroll through the Beekman Street Arts District.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Home Made Theater, Opera Saratoga, Saratoga Artsfest and Film Forum are just a few of the venues, events and organizations that also showcase the performing arts.

Schenectady County

Interior of Proctors Theatre

Home to one of the most impressive theaters in the county, Proctors on State Street in downtown Schenectady, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The theater hosts a dazzling array of performances including shows direct from Broadway, international ballet and nationally known performers. The Civic Playhouse located in the Historic Stockade District and Schenectady Light Opera Company located on Franklin Street in downtown also offer professional quality theater from recent Broadway hits to the avant-garde. Thursday lunchtime brings Jazz on Jay, a summer program of music on the pedestrian mall of Jay Street and the Kids Art Festival at the beginning of June. The New York State Folklore Society on Jay Street has a gallery offering folk art made in New York by folk and traditional artists. Artwork represented includes woodcarving, fiber and needle arts, baskets, and furniture. 

Washington County

Hubbard Hall Performance

From Whitehall to Cambridge to Fort Edward you will find world class chamber music, Cabaret and Musical Theater with performers that include Tony nominees, Broadway and TV talents, and original productions with local performers, and a choral with over 100 beautiful voices that will truly move you.   The rural landscape of Washington County is home to a wide variety of accomplished performing art centers and presenting organizations.  The magical performances take place in unusual places - converted barns, Century old Opera Houses, an 1840 Church, a Prison, a dairy farm and even a Bridge.

Celebrating its 25th season, Music from Salem brings together musicians of international reputation each summer to prepare and perform chamber music in the peace and beauty of Washington County.  MfS offerings include concerts, presented in the acoustic excellence of historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and free open rehearsals at the hall and other unique locations. Fort Salem Theater is a performing arts complex in a converted church that includes an intimate jewel box cabaret space and a two hundred seat Main stage that feature award-winning local performers and professionals from the Capital Region and Manhattan.  The 2011 season line up includes Tony-nominee Anita Gillette and Broadway star Teri Ralston, TV’s Jessica Layton and local celebrities Kathy Beaver, Nathan Lucrezio and Bob Warren,  Broadway and film vet Jim Raposa and lively locals Al Budde and Jay Kerr will introduce their fourth original musical a light-hearted musical revue entitled, Senior Moments.   Old dairy barns in Fort Edward breathe new life with The Little Theater On The Farm in Fort Edward, NY a non profit theater for the whole family.  The goal of the theater is to make available economical theater space for performers and educational programs and The Hudson River Shakespeare Company will present two performances. TLTF will host open mike programs, bluegrass, hoedowns and an Autumn POW WOW.  The Bridge Theater built on a canal bridge, directly over Lock 12 of the Champlain Canal earned the reputation of "America's Most Unique Theater" and has been the home for the professional Riverview Entertainment Production Company and the local Potter's Players since its inception.  The theater has moved locations, due to regulations, but the group is active and alive offering music, theater, classes and workshops for all ages and abilities at their new home adjacent to the canal.   Hubbard Hall Projects is a community mulit-arts center dedicated to bringing the best of theatre, music, dance and the visual arts to Washington County.  Founded as a not-for-profit corporation in 1978, Hubbard Hall has become a buzzing hub of cultural activity in our area, with dozens of programs and workshops, a critically-acclaimed theater company and dance program.  The century old opera house also houses The Village store and the Valley Artisans Market.

The Battenkill Chorale includes 100 singers from six counties in New York and Vermont, present exciting performances of a wide and varied repertory of choral music. Under the inspired and tireless direction of Founding Artistic Director Janet McGhee, this eclectic and dedicated group of amateur singers has matured into what is now recognized as one of the cultural crown jewels of the North Country and Capitol Region. The Choral performs at locations throughout Washington County.   The Historic Salem Courthouse is a diverse entity whose selections include performing arts, crafts and educational opportunities for persons of all ages including a pottery studio, courtroom offering plays, lectures and concerts and an 85' Great Hall exhibit space.  Salem Art Work (SAW) can be found on a 220 acre former dairy farm. The barns and outbuildings now contain studios, galleries, and advanced sculpture facilities in wood, metal, ceramics and glass. SAW's Cary Hill Sculpture Park features over 90 works of modern and contemporary sculpture.  SAW also has two galleries on campus which feature work by visiting, regional and nationally known artists. Musical events, demonstrations in glass and iron, and other public events are scheduled throughout the summer.  Stop by, take a class and enjoy.