The Blooming Artist in Rexford offers gallery and classroom spaces – The Daily Gazette


A few years ago, Rexford artist and teacher Cynthia Romano wanted to open a studio to paint, make pottery, and perhaps exhibit a few pieces.

That seed of an idea turned into something much more.

Romano recently opened The Blooming Artist, an art center, complete with a gallery, as well as classy spaces at Rexford Landing on Grooms Road. The space is bright, with high ceilings. A chandelier hangs near the front desk, which is decorated for the season with wreaths.

The gallery walls feature paintings and sculptures by local artists established as part of “The Celebration,” the second exhibition presented by the art center since it opened in October.

“So far everything has gone well,” said Romano.

She has lived in the Capital Region for 17 years and has worked on her paintings and sculptures at home wherever she could find space. It wasn’t an ideal setup, so when her husband, Bob Romano of Riverview Construction Associates in Clifton Park, started working on Rexford Landing a few years ago, it seemed like the perfect place to have a studio. She originally planned to open The Blooming Artist in mid-2020.

“I wanted to open up towards the onset of COVID and that just put the brakes on everything,” Romano said. For a while, she debated the openness, but with encouragement from her family, she decided that with the depressing of things, people could take advantage of more opportunities to see and make visual art. .

This sentiment also appears to be shared by members of the community, given that more than 300 people attended the opening reception of the first exhibition, according to Romano.

“I didn’t even advertise [it]; I just put a sign on the road. I was really shocked, ”said Romano.

She plans to change her exposure quite frequently, about every month and a half. Each show will feature work by local artists, many of whom are well known in the community, and there may be emerging artists as well.

“The Celebration,” which runs through January 15, features awe-inspiring landscapes like “Pastoral Symphony” by Nancy J. Hunt, with a vivid green landscape in the foreground and vaporous mountains in the background, and “Ocean Light “from Linda Starr, a transport working with rich rolling blue clouds.

There are also peaceful watercolor landscapes by Karen Cooper and a heartwarming piece by Corey Pitkin, featuring a young girl in pink leafing through a book. Entitled “An Introduction to Degas”, the play is a celebration of youth and inspiration.

Sculptures such as the poignant “Reunited” by Phyllis Kulmatiski are also on display. Nothing in the show is overlooked and every room seems to have room to breathe.

“I have to say that the gallery feels good. Usually there are so many children and parents here. . . I have such a good feeling. It’s an important part of that, ”said Romano.

Part of this energy comes from the classes Romano and other professional artists teach just behind the gallery space. In one classroom there is an oven and a pottery wheel and in another there is a painting studio with a still life.

On the schedule, there are weekly classes for home-schooled students, as well as guided studio sessions, seasonal landscape classes, wheel-throwing passes, and other adult classes. They are taught by Romano and artists like Donald Glennon, who directs Dragonfly Pottery in Schenectady, and Karen Woodin.

“Every teacher here is exceptional,” said Romano.

The Blooming Artist is located at 675 Grooms Road. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, visit

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