NEW BERLIN – After a two-year hiatus, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation is welcoming the reopening of the 'Made in Paint' show and public art gallery on April 29.
The annual exhibit was interrupted by COVID in past years, and will feature the work from 18 artists who were granted residencies at the charity’s farmhouse in New Berlin.
“The Made in Paint is a show we've had for the last nine years, and now we are celebrating our 10th annual 'Made in Paint' show,” said Sam & Adele Golden Foundation Executive Director Emma Golden.
“Typically we have 18 artists in the show because typically we have 18 artists that come through the residency program each year. The residency programs run for four weeks, and artist apply from all over the world to come to New Berlin, which I think is fantastic, to live and work in the studios we call 'The Barn.'”
This year's gallery will show off the work from artists who visited in 2022.
The gallery's grand reopening will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Golden Artist Colors' Factory at 188 Bell Road in New Berlin.
A private dinner and event will honor the artists on Saturday followed by a public gallery opening.
The local community will again have open access to a local professional art gallery. For the rest of the summer the art gallery will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday, Monday through Friday, until September 1.
Every year since 2012, the Artists in Residence program has hosted about 18 artists from across the globe, giving them the opportunity to live beside the Golden Artist Colors factory in New Berlin and experiment with paint and other products made by the company. Hundreds of professional artists apply for the opportunity every year.
Golden said the organization was glad to welcome the public back.
“Seeing art on a computer screen is very different than seeing art in person,” said Golden. She said the gallery was of professional quality and featured a wide range of talented work.
In response to the COVID interruptions in recent years, the Golden Foundation was inspired to instead create a series of videos and interviews with visiting artists and shared them online and on social media. They have been very popular, and despite the public reopening, the foundation will continue to create and share the online videos.
Golden explained, “It was one of those things you do out of necessity because of COVID, and then it was 'Gosh, why weren't we doing this all along?'”
She said, “Not everyone lives in New Berlin or can come to New Berlin to meet the artist and see their work for a one night thing. Having the videos online, people can look at them in perpetuity, for forever, and people across the world can see them.”
She said the residency program was a huge success.
“The artists get to meet their paint makers. They meet the folks making decisions about what we make. They have technical sessions with material and application specialists about materials they want to dive into. We have a huge array of materials here. The artists know most of the differences, but there is a lot we can learn from each other,” said Golden. “That is something Golden has always done, sharing with artists and learning from them, it always goes both ways.”
The project is also made possible with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Earlville Opera House.