Airport Art: A gateway to local culture

There’s always a diversion from the stress of security screening, fast food and long layovers: airport art. With travel unavoidable during the holiday season, how about unwinding for a few minutes in front of a soothing canvas at the Albany International Airport? It will be almost as if you were visiting a museum instead of a hectic terminal.

I fly United a lot with the first leg of the trip often landing in Chicago. The departure gate is always found at the end of Albany’s Concourse A corridor. That’s perfect because I love to kill time admiring the award-winning public artwork on display in the gallery area.

The above photos are from the nostalgic work of local Beacon artist, Erica Hauser. After enjoying the vintage-hued paintings, a quick Google search lead me to her etsy.com page. That’s where I knocked off a couple Christmas gifts too.

The current Albany exhibition is called Memento and features four other equally-talented artists: Jacinta Bunnell, Cindy Hoose, Stevan Jennis and Jennifer Maher Coleman.

“The work reflects a pictorial affection for unplugged play, relics of American identity, iconic childhood toys, and remnants of the pre-internet classroom. Some artifacts hold deeply personal memories, like Jacinta Bunnell’s archive of her family’s meticulously hand-gridded and inscribed game records that form the basis of her series 13.” (see more at Arts & Culture Program website)

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