The FIRLEFANZ GALLERY closed in 2006.
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For a number of years this was the official site for the FIRLEFANZ GALLERY.
Content ia from the site's 2002-2006 archived pages.
The new owners of this domain were so taken with Ed Atkeson's Firlefanz Puppets they have chosen to keep the memory of these wonder creation alive by using archived content from the site as well as other outside sources.

The FIRLEFANZ GALLERY closed in 2006.


The rumor that you may have heard is true! Firlefanz has closed after three years of art shows. It has been a great time! Our sincere thanks to all of you who supported the project and made it such a vital time for us.

The new tenant in the space is Central Art Supply; used to be at 4 Central Ave. Stop in to see Robin and Jorge for all your art supply needs.

Once upon a time there was a gallery on Lark St in Albany, 2002 to 2005.


Firlefanz Gallery
292 Lark Street
Albany, NY


The play's the thing! and puppets are the best actors!

Artist Ed Atkeson launched his love affair with puppets in 2004 with the premiere of “Right in the Oval Office,” a one-act political satire by Gene Mirabelli that was staged at Firlefanz Gallery, the now sadly defunct art gallery that Atkeson operated with his wife, Cathy Frank on Lark Street in Albany.

He designed and built the puppets and gathered a collective of artists, poets, dancers, musicians and other like-minded folks to act as the voices and puppeteers. Thus was born Firlefanz Puppets with a mission of proving that puppets aren’t just for kids

Firlefanz Puppets is a talented troupe of more than two dozen puppeteers, artists, actors, writers, designers and musicians based in Albany. The troupe is led by puppetmaster Ed Atkeson, whose mission is to present serious adult theater with puppets. Firlefanz Puppets is definitely not children’s theater.

Firlefanz show at Center Gallery


October 1, 2011: We are having a gallery show of all the Firlefanz Puppets activities at the Albany Center Gallery, November 8 to December 17, 2011 with an opening reception on Tuesday Nov 8. We will be doing The Frog Prince and The Man at the Controls at 7pm and 8pm on the 8th, and scenes from Rhinoceros 7pm, First Friday December 2nd. There will be a lot of Timothy Cahill's photos on display, some Jarry stuff, sketches and info about the puppets. See you there.

February 15: Firlefanz Puppets is being shown at  Center Gallery in Albany. Puppets, props, and a few live shows. This will be some time in 2011, date tba.

January 23, 2010: Ubu Rex review from Metroland Magazine and an article from Albany Times Union.

December 10: another fun rehearsal tonight. Check here for the Ubu rehearsal blog.

December 8, 2009: Ubu Rex is in rehearsal. We've got a bit less than a month and God knows there's still a lot to do. But here's the story...

May 29, 09: We're in LA visiting with Ze and Jody and I went to Alan Cook's International Puppet Museum. It was great meeting Alan and seeing the collection. Later I went to an informal puppeteer gathering where we learned to sing classical Indonesian wayang puppetry songs from artists-in-residence at UCLA.

April 27: Relative sizes of Pa Ubu and the Alfred Jarry stage manager puppet.

April 25, 09: The 'fake Picassos' now being displayed at SHOW gallery in NY are getting some attention. One review called them 'deft and witty.' 
      In the puppet play, Picasso is changing careers -- from a painter to a poet. To show his committment he pulls a painting out and shows it to the audience, says a few words about it, and throws the painting on the floor in front of the theater -- then another, etc. It was fun making the copies, and it's a funny bit of business in the play, but I never expected them to be shown in an art gallery.
     A friend, one of the owners of the gallery, spotted the paintings in my living room and had to have them for the show.


guernica picasso picture  picasso picture 3



April 20: There is a new section in 'making puppets' about making the oversized head of Pa Ubu. It's not finished, seems to be working well so far.

April 10, 08: the new date for the UBU Play is January 8, 9, and 10, 2010. 
     The paintings that go with the "Picasso is a poet" show are on display at the SHOW Gallery in NYC. So one of my puppets is showing in a New York gallery. Pretty good!

February 15, 09: Ubu Rex is in the works. The poster mentions Alfred Jarry, the author of the play, and Oakley Hall III, who developed the adaptation. Various sized puppets will tell the tawdry story of the most famous of the Ubu plays. 

poster for the ubu rex play

May 8, 08: I've posted a picture of the "Picasso the Poet" puppets and a new pic of The Man at the Controls.

April 6, 08: Script of Vvedenski's "Christmas at the Ivanov's." I'm planning to do it very roughly, stuffed cloth rod puppets. It is hilarious.

March 18, 08: There is a new pic of the Frog Prince in the puppet making section.

February 28, 08: I've put up some pix of the Frog Prince taken by Tim Cahill.
spacerThe Frog Prince was put on in January in Troy NY, at the Chapel and Cultural Center at RPI. There were three new plays and an old performance piece. It was great fun.

November 27: I have seen the Tiny Ninja Hamlet.


November 7: Making progress onPicasso puppet for "Picasso the Poet." Trial and error on the control, but the head came out pretty well.

picasso the poet


October 30: I've put up a how-to about the chicken foot base I made for a small theatre.

pic of chicken foot

October 26: Shadow puppets at the State University next week! Exhibit, performance, and workshops! 

October 19: This Sunday Firlefanz Puppets will perform "The Frog Prince" At the Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl St in Albany NY. I'm opening for the Discount Avant Garb fashion show. Don't come! The thing is sold out. Photos will follow as soon as I get around to it.

October 12: A lot has happened in the three months. Shinnai Narrative Singing and Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry at Williams College for one thing. 

July 2: I'm working on the small theatre for The Frog Prince. It is standing on a chicken leg like Babayaga's house. A picture frame theatre with a curtain that opens from the center.

June 4: This morning... and Should Pa Ubu wear a tie?... Goethe's Faust?

April 26: Reading Gertrude Stein's "Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights" Starts with such promise but fades at the end. Same with Edward Gordon Craig's "Deukalion." The Stein is inspiring though.

Should Goethe's Faust story be done from the point of view of Marguerite? It's the book of Job, then Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet. Still love the Walpurgisnacht scene.

April 9: A Frog Prince script.

March 14: "At the Controls" at the cabaret was a big success. With G. C. Haymes and David Brickman helping out with sound effects and Cathy Frank helping with all sorts of logistics and schlepping -- thank you! -- a good time was had by all.

man at the controls

March 8: Work continues on "At the Controls." There is only one puppet, inspired by a character from Erik Sanko's 'The Fortune Teller'. It is a rod puppet with the controls in the back. He has a good head tilt and turn, working mouth and eyes. Also there is the machine, the vibrating wobbling noisy machine with a handle sticking up. And the snow maker, and the soundtrack, and the lights and lightning. Perrformance is in four days.

man at the controls

January 24: Puppet for "At the Controls."

January 9: I have a piece for Nicole's Experimental Cabaret, second Monday in March. It's called "At the Controls."

January 3: Sarah Boxer's 1998 article from the NYTimes about the creepyness of puppets.

the rhinettes

December 18: Here is a show and tell of the making of the rhinettes's headgear for the Rhinoceros show.

December 15: Because someone asked, I've put Gene Mirabelli's script on the Right in the Oval Office page.

December 12: The project for the past few weeks has been to make a portable theatre. It has to be small and light, and have a working curtain and lighting, a way to support sets and the scrim. And it has to be easy to set up.
It's coming well. I'm really having a good time with it, making the little ornate touches.

November 21: We put on three stagings of Ionesco's Rhinoceros at Steamer No.10 Theatre in Albany NY and it was a rousing success! Almost 200 people watched a two-hour puppet show! It rocked!
Puppeteers and readers were separated which gave us the needed pace. We used a thunder box with racquetball balls inside for stampeding pachyderms. It sounded great combined with free jazz saxophone music making the rhino sounds.
Here's a link to a photo of the curtain call. Yow!

November 16: Dress rehearsal was last night, things are going well for our three-night run of Rhinoceros. Still some lighting tweaks needed, but everything is in place, I have made more rhino masks, I'll post more about them soon. We have eight. It will be nice to have eight rhinocerous people roaming around the theatre.

November 7: Here is the "Frog Prince" frog puppet so far.


November 6: The Firlefanz Puppets are in rehearsal for "Rhinoceros!" at Steamer 10 Theatre. More info here.

November 2: (Faked) Giant marionette in Reykjavik


lorca puppet

November 1: A couple of pictures from the Lorca play at Wild in the Woods.

October 20: Hard at work on a frog puppet for "The Frog Prince," a hand puppet with moving eyes and mouth.

October 10, Script ideas... Don Juan in Hell by G B Shaw. Artaud's Spurt of Blood, Ubu Enchained, and Jean-Claude van Itallie's little plays from the 60s (thanks Melanie!).

October 7, Schedule for the Rhinoceros rehearsals is here. Performance is in six weeks!

Sept 30, We did the Lorca play at the Wild in the Woods art party at Greg and Sara's. It was magical, a glowing jewelbox theatre set deep in the darkening woods. Thanks to all who helped out!

September 11: A sweet little puppet script by García Lorca. "The Little Girl Who Waters the Basil and the Inquisitive Prince."

September 7: There's a new page in the "making Puppets" section, some info about hands. Also, I've found Takey's directory of puppet companies. 2200 of them worldwide. I'm browsing Belgium at the moment... pretty inspiring.

August 25: I've put up a bit of info on making the puppet heads for the Rhinoceros show. Click the "making puppets" button at the top of the page.
I've found the puptcrit mailing list and it's alive and well!

August 23: I am trying to decide whether to use a rubber mold-making material for heads. A lot of bother and expense if you ask me, but there are advantages. Polytek TinSil 7025 is the material, if anyone has experience with it I would love to hear.


August 16: In September of 2004, a band of talented and up-for-it stalwarts staged a show called "Right in the Oval Office." We did the show in the Firlefanz Gallery to packed houses (for free). Here's a link to the puppets and more info.

August 11: Starting work on puppets for a show of "The Frog Prince." We only need to make four puppets, but there's quite a bit of scenery. The heads are about 5 inches tall on average, epoxy and cloth over plasticine, but rough. I'd like to get a lot of tech into the little heads -- turning, nodding, also eyebrows and eyes.

August 9: If you haven't seen the little girl giant in London, go here immediately! This project is by Royal de Luxe troupe. Follow the link in the sidebar for more pictures of their projects.

August 7: Here are some rehearsal photos taken of the Rhinoceros puppets and players by Timothy Cahill.

August 1: OK, dear puppet diary...
I'll just start chatting and organize later.
Marionettes aren't that interesting to me. I just saw Vit Horejs' "Johannes Dokchtor Faust, A Petrifying Puppet Comedye" and it was great. It was a great raucous playing of Marlowe's Faust, very entertaining. But... still for myself, marionettes are too floating. The attack is too slow. The quick motion of handpuppets or rod puppets is much more satisfying to me.
So when it came time to make some puppets, I made heads on rods with some clothing draped over a shoulder crossbar and a hand with a control stick.


We did the Princess and the Pea in the backyard.
If you follow this link you'll find the script and all. The show was done as a kind of "pickup" show with people pressed into service at the last minute, lots of improv, and lots of line prompting backstage.
The theatre was sticks, wire, clamps and cloth. We later did the same play at an art fair, again begging people to join in at the spur of the moment.

July 26, 2006: Let's talk about puppets! I'll show you mine if you show me yours. ok, I'll show you mine in any case, but I'm very interested in what people are doing with small scale theatrical projects.


This is my most ambitious project to date, produced in January 06 and due to be mounted again in November in Albany NY. Click the picture for more info.




The Princess and the Pea

We did this puppet play again yesterday, had a bunch of friends with kids over, Good witty hilarious players, it was teriffic fun. (The original performance featured Rachel and Larry Stallman, Mark Merrett as the King, and Cathy Frank was the Queen) Here's the latest script, adapted by yers truly with input from Larry Stallman, Gene Mirabelli, and Stardust Atkeson


Princess, Stardust Atkeson

Prince, Stewart Lehrman

Queen, Lori Lawrence

King, Bob Fullem

Stage Mgr, Ed Atkeson

Sound effects, Eric Liu
Video documentation, Summer Atkeson



(Medieval kazoo music with drums)

STAGE MGR: introduction of the classic and mystic, and most favorite tale.

Relates how he found the Hans Christian Anderson site on the web.

He takes too long explaning this stuff and the Queen pops up and tells him to get off the stage.


PRINCE out wandering the wide world, looking in vain for a true princess. He's very despondent.

I'll NEVER find a true princess. I've seen them all, I've been everywhere. I've seen some princesses, but were they true princesses? It has to be a true princess, whatever that is. WHY does it have to be a "true Princess?" Mom says, that's why.

When you're a prince, that sort of limits things. It's terrible, I'll be lonely forever.

--------------------comes to a castle, knocks, enters

Comes sadly home at last to the castle of his parents. KING, QUEEN, big homecoming, talk about son's adventures. Queen gives comic advice about finding princesses, "Have you been to Norway?" Stuart adlibs "Actually, I've been looking in the south of France." There is disrespect, squabbling.

Oh woe, I will never find a true princess! I've looked everywhere, etc. Mom, tell me again why she has to be a true princess?

Queen explains why the princess has to be true, she would be mortified, etc.

King hints that the Queen herself may not have been royalty. Queen is horrified. Big fight between the Queen and King.


PRINCESS (bedraggled), has been wandering the wide world. She has come by chance into this wood after travelling from a far far distant land. (forest sounds)

Princess is in good spirits, but is talking to herself about having to run away from home, she grumbles about an arranged marriage with some old geezer.But... it's so pleasant camping under the stars in this beautiful place.

She starts to set up camp when (sound effects) a slashing storm comes up, she sees a light and goes to the castle.

--------------------knocks, enters

PRINCE, QUEEN, KING, let the Princess in. She states that she is a Princess from a far far land. Queen is very dubious. KING believes the princess, takes her side in the argument. This results in a big loud fight, things being thrown.

The Prince is lovestruck.


PRINCE alone: Woooowoowoowoowoowoo! I'm in love! I'm in love! I'm in love! and etc. Oh, I've never, etc. I don't even care if she's a true princess.

Sadly, he worrys about his mom ruining everything.


Curtain rises on KING and QUEEN, still arguing fiercely, Queen devises pea-in-the-mattresses test. Prince is seen to be eavesdropping.

QUEEN, I'm decided, She absolutely has to be a true princess, if not, we'll be the laughingstock of the neighborhood. Things are bad enough around here. We don't know a thing about this girl. She comes in here claiming to be...

KING is wise, dignified, but holds his own with the Queen. Queen chatters away, but then slows down and waits for the King to speak. He agrees to the test.

When the Queen thinks of the test, The Prince overhears and gets an idea.


PRINCESS comes in in new clothes, and ribbons in her hair.

Oh, don't you look so much better! Queen shows P. to bedroom. Princess goes out to get ready for sleep, Queen inserts the pea.

While the Princess steps out for a moment, the Prince comes in stealthily and inserts a large boulder.

Princess comes in, goes to bed, tosses, turns.


KING, QUEEN, PRINCE, at breakfast, PRINCESS comes in, says she had a terrible night. Queen begrudgingly is convinced at last of her credentials. Wedding arrangements are made, P and P are happy happy.


PRINCE, PRINCESS, talk about the future. Prince mentions that he will never know if she is a real princess. Princess (surprised) explains that that these old rules are all hokum. "If I was paying attention to this oldfashioned stuff I'd be back at home married to my Uncle."

It DOESN'T MATTER if I'm a "true princess." The only thing that matters is that we're in love.

PRINCESS explains to him that princesses aren't like they used to be, frail and helpless. (Stuart adlibs, "but princes are.") The Princess continues, "Sensitive, yes, but look I've been camping out here for three months, sleeping on the hard ground. Sleeping on a pea, give me a break."

PRINCE is surprised at the princess's modern ideas. Is it really true? It's true? I've found my princess?

"clack" they embrace passionately. (Stardust's idea to do this, pretty funny)


Time for bed. PRINCESS spends another night in the castle. Prince sneaks in and removes the boulder before she goes to sleep. Curtain comes down while she tosses and turns.


KING, QUEEN, PRINCE, at breakfast, PRINCESS enters. She's had another terrible night.

Queen jumps up, horrified that she forgot to take out the pea, she apologizes profusely.

Prince jumps up, delighted. I KNEW you were a true princess! I knew it I knew it I knew it.

Princess (flatly): Well what did you think? Of course I'm a true Princess.

Prince jumps around the room, even kisses his Mom, "A true Princess!" I knew it!


STAGE MGR, tells how the Princess and the Prince went on to become the King and Queen of all Yootland and the surrounding islands and territories, and how it was the grandest and happiest reign in the history of all the monarchies of the entire world. The famous pea can still be viewed at the Danish National Institute of History.

(Medieval kazoo music with drums)


F I R L E F A N Z   P U P P E T   P E R F O R M A N C E S

Gallery show of the Firlefanz Puppets at Albany Center Gallery
November 8 to December 17, 2011
39 Columbia Street, Albany NY 12207
Opening Nov. 8 with The Frog Prince and The Man at the Controls
First Friday December 2nd at 7pm we will be performing the ending of Rhinoceros!
(not really for kids so much)
January 8, 9, 10, 2010
Oakley Hall III's Ubu Rex by Alfred Jarry
Steamer No. 10 Theater, 500 Western Ave, Albany NY

January 20, 2009
The Dick and Dub Show with The Ramblin Jug Stompers
Tess's Lark Tavern, Albany NY

June 27, 2008
The Man at the Controls
7pm and 8pm in the Bruno Theater
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY

January 18, 2008
The Frog Prince, Picasso the Poet,
Yoke for Wearing Stones, The Man at the Controls
Chapel and Cultural Center, Burdett Ave, Troy NY

October 21, 2007
The Frog Prince
Discard Avant Garb show,
Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany NY

March 12, 2007
The Man At the Controls
Experimental Cabaret at Tess’s Lark Tavern, Albany NY

Nov. 17, 18, 19, 2006
Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave, Albany NY

Sept 23, 2006
The Girl Who Watered the Basil and the Inquisitive Prince, Federico Garcia Lorca
Wild in the Woods ‘06, Castleton NY

Jan 13, 14, 15, 2006
Firlefanz Gallery. 292 Lark St Albany NY

The Rhinoceros play was a great success. We played three
evenings to packed houses (ok, there are only 55 seats).
But it was great fun.

by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Ed Atkeson

Larry Stallman
Ed Atkeson
Hadiya Wilborn
Terry Rooney
Douglas Cohn
Lori Lawrence
Meave Tooher
Lori Lawrence
Douglas Cohn
Terry Rooney
Hadiya Wilborn
Hadiya Wilborn
G.C. Haymes
Joe Krausman
G.G. Roberts
Paul Jossman
Paul Steinkamp
Monica Miller
Naomi Kriss
Monica Miller
Paul Steinkamp
David Brickman
Paul Jossman
Paul Jossman

Holly Jossman
Lakota Ruby-Eck
Lillie Rose Ruby-Eck
G.G. Roberts

Pit Puppeteer/Puppet Wrangler: Melanie O'Malley
Musicians: Joseph Paparone and Ryan Sgroi of C.R.I.S.P.
Puppet Maker: Ed Atkeson
Stage manager: Abby Fullem
Stagehand: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Videographer: Nicole Peyrafitte
Photographer: Timothy Cahill
Box Office and Support: Cathy Frank
Ushers: Allie Middleton, Newell Eaton

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Sept 11&12, 2004
Right in the Oval Office, by Eugene Mirabelli
Firlefanz Gallery, 292 Lark St Albany NY

Sept, 2004
The Princess and the Pea
Wild in the Woods ‘04,
Castleton NY




Firlefanz Gallery '06 Season


FIRLEFANZ GALLERY at 292 Lark Street in Albany, NY is proud to present as the last event at the gallery "THE TOM NATTELL ART SHOW & AUCTION" on Friday and Saturday, Jan 27 and 28, 2006.

Gallery hours for those two days will be from 3pm to 9pm with a reception on Friday from 5 to 8pm for the Tom Nattel show and a potluck farewell party for Firlefanz Gallery on Saturday from 5 to 8pm.

An exhibit of the late poet-activist’s visual work will be on display with many pieces to be auctioned as a benefit for the ALBANY DAMIEN SOCIETY

TOM NATTELL has been a guiding light in the Albany poetry and activist scenes for the past five decades. His works incorporate the issues for which he advocated – social and political awareness, gardening, recycling – with forms derived from Native American art and archaeology. The result is a mixture of in-your-face messages, bright colors, found objects, trash, and home-grown gourds. Tom died on January 31, 2005.

The ALBANY DAMIEN SOCIETY is a community center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs and activities offered are designed to improve health, reduce stress, and increase quality of life.

Please join us to honor an unforgettable member of our community and to support a worthy cause.

Also come celebrate Tom’s life on the anniversary of his death. The TOM NATTELL MEMORIAL to benefit the TOM NATTELL PEACE POETRY PRI will be at the Lark Tavern on Monday, January 30, 2006, at 7:30. This event features an open mic for poetry and spoken word and is presented by Poets Speak Loud.

January 2, 2006: Happy New Year from Firlefanz gallery! We have closed the gallery for the season, but we're getting ready for Ionesco's "Rhinoceros!" with puppets, in a couple of weeks. January 12, 13, 14 at 7:30. Tickets will be available at the gallery the day of the performance starting at 4:00pm.


January 12, 13, 14, the Firlefanz puppet troupe showed Ionesco's Rhinoceros to packed houses. This production will be repeated in the fall of '06 at Steamer 10 Theatre in Albany.




Firlefanz Gallery '05 Season


The 2005 Winter Ceramic Show featuring: 
CERAMIC ARTISTS JoAnn Axford, Randi Kish, Doug Klein, Nick Lepore, Brenda McMahon, Joanne Millis, Darren Prodger, Ulla Sattinger, Wayne Smith, Lorraine Tansky, and Liz Vigoda.
VISUAL ARTISTS displaying small works during the ceramic show are Pam Barrett-Fender, Dorothy Englander, Anne Francey, G.C. Haymes, Dennis Herbert, Ronda Jeffer, Lori Lawrence, Jason Martinez, Joan Oliver, Dana Rudolph, Char Shortsleeve, and Bill Wilson with photographers David Brickman, Timothy Cahill, Chris DeMarco, Harry Wirtz and Leif Zurmuhlen.
Also on display will be JEWELRY by Cathy Frank, Karen Greendale,Nancy Miller Katie Nare, and Dana Rudolph, ART DOLLS by Mickie McCormick and HAND PAINTED SILK SCARVES by Lynn Holstein.

Harry Orlyk, paintings of Washington Co. and Adirondacks., Sept 7 – October 1.

Kathi Robinson Frank, Habitats, sculpture Sept 7 – October 1.

FIRLEFANZ TAKEOVER by Streetsweepers Crew. International invitational show of stencil art. August 24 – Sept 3

FIRLEFANZ TAKEOVER by The Reno Bros. Works by Sara Ayers, G. C. Haymes, Dennis Herbert, and Michael Eck. July 31 – August 20

Angels and Other Spirits. Showing works by Robert Cartmell, William Karpowitz, Gail Nadeau, Sylvie Kantorovitz, sculpture by Regina Capobianco. July 6 – July 30

Timothy Cahill Photography, Anne Francey Paintings. June 1 to July 2nd.

Ceramic Sculptures by Audrie Sturman. May 18 through July 2.

Richard Callner, The Lucca Paintings and Color Abstraction Series. April 27 too May 28. This show is on the site, some pieces are still available.

Drawings (on the edge) March 30 to April 23, Justin Baker, Joy Taylor, and George W. Simmons


March 2 – March 26: JoAnn Axford, ceramic sculpture, and D. Jack Solomon, painting

Nicole Peyrafitte, four nights of performance and chowder. Wednesday Feb 23 to Saturday 26, 2005.




Firlefanz Gallery '04 Season


November 19: The winter ceramic show is installed and going nicely. Thanks to all the artists and potters, jewelers who make it such a great show. Thanks to the community for all the support. And don't forget that if you need something, we've got art, jewelry, and ceramics to go.
Meanwhile we're working hard on next seasons schedule, we'll let you know soon.

October 30: The artist's talk for the "Willie, Wren, and Wendy Show" was well attended, illuminating, fun. Thanks to Timothy and the artists. People were hanging around talking for a long time after.
Next is The Winter Ceramic Show 2004. It starts November 10 and will run almost till the end of December. Thirteen ceramic artists will be featured. Eight visual artists will be showing small works, with some woodcarved sculptures by Bill Wilson, six jewelers will be showing all new work.

October 26: There will be an ARTIST'S INTERVIEW tonight -- 7:00. Timothy Cahill will emcee a discussion of our artists of the moment, Willie Marlowe, Wren Panzella, and Wendy Ide Williams. Join us to meet the artists and discuss their work.

October 18: Wendy, Willie, and Wren's opening was wall to wall and out to the sidewalk. Nice to see everyone.

September 21: Artist Interview Tonight!! Timothy Cahill, art critic for the Albany Times Union will interview Robert Cartmell at 7:00
The puppet show, "Right in the Oval Office" was staged three times during the 9-11 performance series. Here are the rest of the puppets.
Script by Gene Mirabelli with additional material by Larry Stallman. Puppets, drums, and direction by Ed Atkeson. Starring: G. C. Haymes as Cheney, Paul Jossman as Rumsfeld, Don Paul Shannon as Ashcroft, Rachelle Smith-Stallman as Condi, and Larry Stallman as "W." Production assistance by Cathy Frank. Everyone joined in on the kazoo chorus, and Gene handled the confetti explosions.

Sept 16: The Cartmell opening is tomorrow from 5 to 8 pm -- "Still-Lifes and the Garden of Eden." I have most of the large pieces in the show up on a webpage for a preview if you like.

Sept 15: The Cartmell show opens today. There are ten paintings, one acrylic transfer on paper, and a bunch of his famous small drawings. "Garden of Eden" is 87 by 75 inches -- the biggest painting that has ever been shown in the gallery. It's a great show, I hope you can stop by.
In the backyard we have a ceramic sculpture by Audrie Sturman, an installation in the garden by Sarah Foster, and four steel sculptures by Chris Duncan.

September 13: The "Shock and Awe: Some American Art" group show and performance series has come and gone. Thanks to everyone! It was quite an 11 days. Around a hundred artists and 30 or 40 performers joined in to make it a great event. To see Bryan Thomas' brilliant photo essay of the proceedings, go here.

Bob Cartmell dropped his paintings

Second Annual Winter Ceramic Show. Nov 10 through Dec 22.

October 13 through November 6, Recent paintings by Wren Panzella, Willie Marlowe, and Wendy Ide Williams.

September 15 to October 9th Robert Cartmell -- Still-Lifes and The Garden of Eden. Fabulous show, thank you Robert.

The first 11 days of September, Shock and Awe: Some American Art. Group show with 100 artists, and ten evenings of performance, over 30 performers.

Scott Brodie, Bushes, Books, Bags, and Bouquets. July 28 through August 28.

Pam barrett-Fender and Chris Duncan show drawing and painting and sculpture. Barrett-Fender and Chris Diuncan


April 14 to May 14: Harold Lohner's monoprints and art books -- Marie Triller's photographic "Wasteland" project.

March 10 to April 10: Harry Orlyk's show of recent work including the Culebra paintings.

Summer Ceramics Show. May 19 to June 19.
Regis Brodie | Jil Fishon-Kovachick  | Cathy Frank | Fitzhugh Karol | Brenda McMahon | Nicholas Newcomb | Darren Rodger | Wayne Smith | Brian Sprengelmeyer | Liz Vigoda | John Visser | Walford Williams | Retablos by: Gerardo
G. C. Haymes | Yunjung Kim | Lori Lawrence | Monica Miller | Marie-Louise McHugh | Charlene Shortsleeve | Liz Vigoda
Rena Luxx | Cathy Frank | Karen Greendale | Katie Nare | Mary Wheeler




Firlefanz Gallery '03 Season


The Firlefanz Winter Ceramic Show.

“Sculpturesque,” new work by Jeanne Flanagan and Paul Mauren. The exhibit includes wall sculptures, painted works on paper, drawings and photographs.

August 20 through September 13. paintings by Monica Miller, paintings and prints by Lori Lawrence, and sculpture by Audrie Sturman.


July 23 through August 16, Ceramics at Firlefanz with a garden installation by Yonsoo Chung.

June 25 to July 19, 2003. Photographs by David Brickman, assemblages by G.C. Hames

May 28 through June 21, 2003. Founder of the notorious artists coop Workspace Loft Inc. in the 70s. Albany's own J.C. Garrett returns from the west coast with a thought-provoking series of prints at Firlefanz Gallery rkspace Loft, Inc.

Firlefanz Gallery's Bill Wilson show. Bill helped us select paintings and carvings encompassing 30 years of work.

Spring of 2003 -- Grand opening show at Firlefanz. Thanks to the artists who joined in and all those who came and supported the new gallery.

February 8, 2003 7 to 11 pm. this event was initiated by Sandra and Phil at Changing Spaces Gallery, and coordinator Heather Clark. A big success, it included ten venues, presented music and art for center square strollers on a cold winter night.