Opalka Gallery to Host Beer Garden, Music and Art

Opalka Gallery announced an innovative and collaborative initiative that will transform the art gallery and its outdoor spaces into a gathering space, musical venue, and beer garden, encouraging residents of nearby neighborhoods, the City of Albany and the Greater Capital Region to come together to enjoy “Art + Craft Beer + Neighbors.”

The Pop-Up Beer Garden Series will be held on the Opalka Gallery grounds at Sage College of Albany on Friday evenings starting in September and running into October. More than a tasting event, a concert, or an art exhibition, the Pop-Up Beer Garden will be focused on bringing people together and fostering new experiences among neighbors.

“Opalka Gallery is surrounded by beautiful and historic neighborhoods that don’t have an obvious community gathering place. One of the objectives of the Pop-Up Beer Garden will be to invite nearby residents to gather here and meet with one another, fostering a sense of connection and community that can only be had through the sharing of space and experience.

As part of every installment of the Pop-Up Beer Garden, Opalka Gallery will remain open for extended hours. Each event will feature a musical guest, a featured local brewer, food trucks, lawn games, and innovative programming. The events are free and open to the public

The first Beer Garden will take place on September 6 and will coincide with the reception for In-faux-structure (#infauxstructure), an all-new group exhibition co-curated by local artists Madison LaVallee, Julie Casper Roth, and Melissa Sarris. The installation will be open to the public starting August 13. For more information on In-faux-structure, visit Sage.edu/Opalka.

All Pop-Up Beer Garden installments will run from 6 – 9 p.m. Full schedule is as follows:

September 6: In-faux-structure Reception / Jazz Night. Featured Brewer: Druthers; music by Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence with special guest Stacy Dillard.

September 13: Celebrating 70 Years of Sage in Albany. Featured Brewer: Rare Form Brewing Co.; music by Zan and the Winter Folk.

September 20: Albany Neighborhood Block Party. Featured Brewer: CH Evans Brewing Co.; music by The Magdalens.

September 27: Students of New Scotland Ave. Featured Brewer: Single Cut Beersmiths; musical Showcase by Five Kill Records bands.

October 4: Beer Lovers Night. Featured Brewers – a variety of local nano breweries; music by Justin Henricks Boogaloo with special guest Amanda Case 

In case of rain, the event will move to the Sage Armory at 130 New Scotland Ave.

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