EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
After the Storms: 10 Years and 36,000+ Volunteers Later
When: August 28, 2021
Where: Schoharie River Center’s Cultural Hall – 2047 Burtonville Road, Esperance, NY 12066
After the Storms: 10 Years and 36,000+ Volunteers Later is a multi-media exhibit developed to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the flooding of the Schoharie basin caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical storm Lee in 2011, and to recognize the volunteers who made recovery possible for the residents and business owners. The multi-media exhibit of audio and video stories, photographs, and text, will open at the Schoharie River Center at 2031 Burtonville Road, Esperance on Saturday, August 28th,, with an opening reception to take place that day from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., for which the public is invited. The exhibit will be on view weekends throughout September in the Schoharie River Center’s Cultural Hall. From there it will be on view at the Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville (14540 Main Street, Prattsville) through the month of October, and will be on view at the New York Power Authority, Blenheim, from November 2021 through March 2022.
Angels and Icons: Greek Orthodox Iconography by Efthimios Stoja
When: April 16 through October 15, 2021.
Where: New York Folklore Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady NY
An exhibit of original Greek Orthodox religious icons and original landscapes by artist Efthimios Stoja will be at New York Folklore, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, from April 16, 2021 through mid-October, 2021.
Efthimios (Altin) Stoja is an iconographer, visual artist, and father.
Ancient frescos decorating the church walls in his father’s village in Albania first inspired his love of art. Altin trained under master artist Tsuni Spilio in Nea Makri, Greece before opening his own studio. He later moved to the U.S. to begin working with the St. Sophia Orthodox Church in Albany, covering their church in both large- and small-scale works.
Today, Altin continues to work fulltime as an iconographer. His iconography (in the Macedonian tradition – which shows movement and facial expressions) can be found in Albany-area Orthodox Churches, such as St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Cohoes.
Additionally, his non-religious pieces can be seen within public venues, such as in the recent (December, 2020) Albany Center Gallery. In his paintings, Altin often draws inspiration from the natural landscapes of the Capital Region including the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers near his hometown in Albany County.