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Photographers Develop Exhibit Space
The Times Union (Albany, New York)

The nexus for creativity is in the center's large main room, which houses both exhibition space and digital workstations. "It will be a living, breathing gallery, where folks can come in and see the art and also see artists working," says Reinert. "It promotes the dialogue of artists and public and that's a beautiful thing."

For more information on the Photography Center of the Capital Region, call 273-0100 or visit .

Flourishing Firsts

The First Friday art openings in Albany continue to grow with both crowds and venues. The event now boasts a reach well beyond the Center Square neighborhood where it all began in the fall. According to Michael Weidrich, the event's hard-working mastermind, on a warm Jan. 3, more than 750 people turned out to see art in eight participating venues. Nearly half of the crowd took advantage of the new trolley service for a ride downtown, where Albany Center Galleries was showing off its new space on Columbia Street.

Plans are even bigger for Feb. 2, when new institutional participants will include the Albany Institute of History & Art (where admission will be free), the State Museum and the Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges. Shuttle service will encompass all these locations.

Among the evening's sponsors are the Downtown and Lark Street BIDs.

For more information on First Fridays and links to participating galleries and museums, go to is overdrawn

Joseph Dalton is a local freelance writer who contributes regularly to the Times Union.

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