COHOES, NY – As Spindle City continues its revitalization movement, another new business has taken hold. Paint Cohoes, located at 144 Remsen St., is the city’s premier art gallery and studio. Paint Cohoes opened to the public on Friday, with a ribbon cutting in the morning and an artists reception in the evening.
“I am so excited to be here,” said owner Alicia Lea.
An artist herself, Lea was eager to create a space where many types of art and artists can be celebrated and recognized. Plans are in place for a variety of art classes including painting, “Sip and Paint”, printmaking, jewelry making, and art sessions associated with yoga classes in conjunction with In Harmony. Yoga right across the street.
“I think it will create mindfulness and open up more creativity,” Lea said of the art of yoga classes. “Yoga relaxes and de-stresses you, leading you to a peaceful painting session.”
Paint Cohoes is the realization of a vision for Lea, which blends the worlds of art exhibition and participation with her new space. She knew Cohoes was the perfect place for her gallery and studio because there was nothing like it in town.
“From the start it was always something I wanted to do,” Lea said. “I really like the idea of making art, but I’ve always enjoyed teaching too. I wanted to create a friendly space where we could create art, as well as exhibit works by local artists. We wanted to choose a space where we could present something new to the community.
“It’s a great addition to the city,” commented Cohoes Democratic Party Chairman and Deputy Majority Leader of the Albany County Legislature Gil Ethier. “It’s something new for Cohoes. I would like to thank Steve Napier and Debbi Jacques (City Manager of Community and Economic Development and Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development, respectively) for all the hard work they do on behalf of the residents of the city.
“This is a fantastic adaptive reuse of the building,” agreed Sean Ward, Albany County lawmaker. “We wish Alicia the best of luck in this endeavor. It really matches the culture and character that is forming in the city.
Paint Cohoes is also available for hire for parties, corporate events and special occasions. Rotating exhibitions of local artists will decorate the walls each month. This month’s star artist, celebrated at the Friday night artists reception at the studio’s grand opening, is local tattoo artist and illustrator Josh Boyark who creates under his artist name YARK. While visiting Paint Cohoes, guests might get a chance to see Lea’s five-year-old daughter Zapa helping out in the studio – at least until next month, when she enters kindergarten.
“It’s good,” Zapa commented. “We share art. My favorite part is the painting.
“I think it’s great that we have another woman-owned business in Cohoes,” said Albany County L
the legislator Bill Ricard. “The community is booming, and it’s great to see this new type of business happening. “
To learn more about the Paint Cohoes studio and gallery, including to book classes or parties, visit the website at www.paintcohoes.com or contact Alicia Lea at [email protected]