Throughout 2020, Discover Albany is highlighting Artful Albany by showcasing the many ways art is featured throughout the community in restaurants, meeting spaces, historic sites, rural areas, craft beverage facilities and more.
Discovering art in unexpected places is always a treat. From outdoor spaces, to shopping destinations, to urban dog parks, art is incorporated in many unassuming spots in Albany County. Keep scrolling to learn about art in unexpected places in Albany County!
The Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail is a local treasure that spans nine miles from Vooheesville to downtown Albany. Formerly the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad, the rail trail is unique in that it offers scenic views of nature and inspiring public works of art! In 2016 a group of Bethlehem residents joined forces with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy to create Art on the Rail Trail (ART). This initiative has been instrumental in beautifying the area with five murals, such as the one featured above by artist Andrea Hersh. This summer, a temporary fabric arts installation by artist Susan Togut is going up between Main and Grove streets in Voorheesville.
For over two decades the Albany Airport Art & Culture Program has showcased Capital Region artists with exhibits and installations throughout the Albany International Airport. Jet-setters can admire sculptural installations, cultural artifacts and art exhibits scattered throughout the Airport Terminal and Concourses A & B. Before the security checkpoint, art lovers can peruse the rotating exhibits at the Albany International Airport Gallery.
Looking for the "ulti-mutt" mural? Try the Olde English Downtown Dog Park! Located on the edge of Wallenberg Park, the Downtown Albany BID and Olde English teamed up to create this urban oasis for Albany's four-legged friends a few years ago. The park is brightened by a colorful mural by local artists Chip Fasciana and Mark Gregory. Bring your pup to play and admire the whimsical doggos in the vibrant mural! The free park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
Colonie Center, the Capital Region's second largest shopping mall, is situated on Wolf Road in Colonie. After browsing the variety of specialty shops and large retailers, swing by the "Colonie Creations" wall showcasing art created by kids in local schools. The wall is located on the first floor of the mall near L.L. Bean. This bright pop of creativity from the local community is sure to brighten your day!
BONUS: While shopping at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, keep an eye out for colorful murals brightening the corridors.