Artist’s Reception for William Gill

Artist’s Reception for William Gill

Thursday, 12/3 from 4-7

at Carmen’s Cafe: 198 1st St, Troy, New York 12180

Meet South Troy photographer and bon vivant Will Gill. Ask him your most pressing questions abut life, art and why the world goes around.

Stop by Carmen’s (198 1st St, Troy, NY) and check out the photos of the crazy place that is South Troy. People. Trains. Fireworks… all of it!

Carmen’s Weekly Newsletter

newsletterJust about every week Jim Lewis puts his heart and soul into this weekly newsletter. He includes updates about happenings at Carmen’s Cafe. He’ll keep you informed about the weekend specials or what Carmen is serving at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market.

Additionally Jim posts about the world around him. The local flavor of the Troy community, and its potential to be discovered as the gem it is, by others.  Jim puts his special brand of wit and whimsey into the newsletter.

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Week of Sat. Jan 10 to Sun. Jan. 11

We’re all spruced up and ready for the New Year!

January Hours: Just open Weekends till we catch our breath: Saturday & Sunday 9-4

Of course, we’ll still do a party if you call ahead!

Regular Hours Starting on February 1st:

Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-10
Saturday & Sunday 9-4
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New Artist!

Does the name Susan B. Anthony ring a bell?  And she came by it honestly!

Susan is from Brooklyn, and just loves Troy.  So much that she’s writing a book about us — if by writing you mean taking pictures of everyday Trojans. And we’ve got a preview hanging on our walls. This is her photograph of our hero Abby Lublin, urban grower extraordinaire. Abby Lublin by SusanBAnthony

Meet her Saturday Feb. 21, from 5-8, when we throw our usual Grand Artist’s Reception. Dinner will be available, plus complimentary Cuban hors d’oeuvres.

Art Night Thursday 10/30

Carmen’s Cafe will host an “Art Night” this Thursday, Oct. 30 featuring: a honeybee themed intersection artwork project, an art opening with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a special dinner menu.

While community members create the chalk murals outside, Carmen’s Cafe will also host a tapas and sangria reception from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. for artist Gary Masline. The restaurant will be open until 9 p.m.

Masline’s exhibit of 12 oil paintings is titled “Faces & Places.”

Based in East Greenbush, Masline’s paintings of oils on canvas have received awards from the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition, Albany Center Gallery, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region. In 2010, the Albany Institute of Art and History named him one of “Tomorrow’s Masters Today,” and in 2001 he won the Metroland readers’ poll for “Best Visual Artist.”

The paintings, on display at Carmen’s from Oct. 30 through the end of the year, use the colors and light of the American southwest, combining people and landscape images to create “stories on the walls.”

(Note: Contact Jim Lewis for publicity images of Masline’s artwork.)


Carmen’s guest chef, Ross Tuskey, will be preparing the following special menu for Thursday and Friday nights:

  • Braised Oxtail; Fontina Grits, Apple Gastrique, Fried Leeks, Cilantro
  • Butter Poached Monk Fish Medallions; Fried Green Tomatoes, Pine Nut Couscous, Pink lemon pearls, White Wine Syrup
  • Smoked Baby Pork-loin; Whipped Plantains with Coconut, Butternut Squash Hay, Pineapple Rosemary Demi
  • Grilled Halibut; Jicama Slaw or Yuka Fries, Pea Puree, Chorizo Cream (optional, depending on market)

Tuskey is a culinary trained chef who prepares food for Carmen’s Cafe on music nights.

Artist’s Reception—Gary Masline: Faces & Places October 30th 5–9

Gary Masline Faces & PlacesNew Art Exhibit: Faces & Places, works by Gary Masline Showing Thru 2014

Reception—Gary Masline: Faces & Places

Thursday, October 30th 5PM till 9PM

Dinner is Served!

Chef Ross is whipping up a special menu, we’ll pass out Tapas hors d’oeuvres and Sangria, and we’ll be serving dinner till 9!

Gary Masline is a painter who works exclusively with oils on canvas. A resident since 1979 of the Capital District, his paintings have been included in juried exhibitions across New York State, receiving awards at the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition, the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s “Fence Select Exhibition”, and from Albany Center Gallery. In 2010, the Albany Institute of History and Art, America’s oldest art museum, named Gary one of “Tomorrow’s Masters Today”, and in 2001 he won the readers’ poll for “Best Visual Artist” in “Metroland”, the Capital Region’s weekly arts and entertainment newspaper.

Gary paints with the understanding that art is meant to provoke a response, and his hope is to stimulate a dialogue with viewers responding to his use of color, light, and even body language, to establish image, illusion, or icon. The vibrant palette and intense light of the American Southwest have affected his work, and Gary believes the Southwest is one of the earth’s centers of spiritual energy, which animates artistic awareness. Realizing that a painting can feign a reality which the viewer may never have experienced or seen, Gary asserts that people can nonetheless be profoundly affected by southwestern images serving as emblems or totems, with the symbols or gestures in paintings generating highly individual “stories.”

Gary Masline’s previous creative incarnation was as a screenwriter, and he reasons that painting is a consistent development stemming from that history. If one thinks of Gary’s paintings as consisting of line/drawing, pigment/color, and story/narrative, his work reveals him still “making films”…now just one frame at a time.

Gary currently is a member of the board of directors of the Upstate Artists Guild, and formerly served on the board of Troy’s Fulton Street Gallery. His studio is in Troy. Trained as a lawyer, Gary in 2010 retired from a longtime position as assistant counsel and press spokesman for a governor’s investigatory commission. He lives in East Greenbush with his wife Sharon.

Rock Hill Bakery / Empty Bowls / Faces & Places / Specials

Rock Hill Bakehouse comes to Carmen’s

after a visit to the mostest fantasticest bakery in the area, Carmen’s is carrying Rock Hill Breads. One taste won us over!

Try a Basket o’ Breads with our own whipped Strawberry Butter and a Cortado!

Empty Bowls Benefit for the Homeless

Oct 5th 2014 ~ 12-3pm Italian Community Center Troy NY 12180

Featuring many Troy restaurants, including your favorite, Carmen’s
What wonderful blend of savory and spicy will we bring this year? You’ll have to come and see! It’s all good, all for the homeless, AND you walk home with a handmade bowl, courtesy of area potters and volunteers.

A unique event to support the growing fight against the issue of hunger.

OCTOBER 5, 2014 ~ 12-3pm~ Italian Community Center ~1450 5th Avenue, Troy NY 12180

Gary Masline Faces & PlacesNew Art Exhibit: Faces & Places, works by Gary Masline

Showing Thru 2014

Gary loves Santa Fe, and it shows.

You may have seen Gary’s work around the area, he’s widely known. We like the way his paintings start to tell a story, then leave the rest for you to figure out.

Look for an artist’s reception toward the end of the month.

Gary Masline is a post-modern realist working exclusively in oils. His paintings utilize the colors and light of the American Southwest, where he spent time as a youth, and often incorporate figurative images to create narrative.

Masline believes the Southwest is one of the Earth’s centers of spiritual energy, an energy which animates artistic awareness. Realizing that a painting can feign a reality neither the artist nor viewer has seen, he concludes that people can be profoundly affected by images of western landscapes which they may never have experienced, or by events which are alien to their actual experience, but which through imagination or memory reverberate nonetheless in the viewer’s unconscious.

In this regard, Masline expresses images that are emblematic or totemic, their symbols and gestures generating “stories” in the minds of viewers. He paints with the understanding that art is meant to be provocative, and his hope is to provoke a conversation with the viewer responding to his use of color, light and body language to establish image, illusion or icon.

Masline’s previous creative incarnation was as a screenwriter. He reasons that, if one thinks of painting as consisting of line or drawing, color, and story or narrative, his paintings reveal him making films…just one frame at a time, illuminating a moment of truth, whatever that may be for the viewer.

In conceiving a work, Masline frequently is influenced by the poses and postures of newspaper and magazine advertising, whose defined reality and bland presentation collides with his personal interpretations of body language and locale. He concurs with artist Gerhard Richter, who has worked from photographs and said “I am fascinated by the human, temporary, real, logical side of an occurrence which is simultaneously so unreal, so incomprehensible, and so atemporal. And I would like to represent it in such a way that this contradiction is preserved.” Masline’s other influences are painters Edward Hopper, Balthus, and Lucien Freud.

This Week’s Specials:


French TaostBy which we mean, breakfast any time, PLUS our lunchtime menu!

—Which is why we are showing you a picture of French Toast with Fresh Fruit and Real Whipped Cream

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand— pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread


Check out our full menu!

Though for a real treat, come in and see what’s on our Specials Board.

Friday Tapas Specials 10/3

TapasBraised Beef Short Ribs w/ herbed garlic mashed potatoes

Pan Seared Salmon in garlic cream sauce over saffron rice

Pernil slow roasted pork shoulder over saffron rice w/ chimichurri sauce

~Full Tapas Menu Here~

FlanDesserts: expanded offerings:


Raspberry Chocolate Cake

Robert Gullie Reception Wed. Mar. 5 from 5-7

Bob GullieRobert Gullie Reception—Wed. Mar. 5 from 5-7

If you’ve been in Carmen’s during the past month, you’ve seen the work— striking images, interesting juxtapositions, sharp colors with interesting contrasts. That’s what makes Bob one of my favorite artists.

Meet the man himself, this Wednesday from 5-7. Ask questions as he discusses his work. I’m sure you’ll be impressed too.

At Carmen’s, we don’t take a percentage, so all proceeds go directly to the artist.

Dinner Available

When Carmen throws a party for an artist, she sets out a spread for all to enjoy. Sample our tapas and our red and white sangria.

We are open weekdays for lunches and light dinners from 11-6. You can order dinner until then as well. Wine, beer and cocktails available at our cash bar.


Willie Marlowe / Friday Tapas / Pre(R)amble / Mundo Nuevo

Thursday, September 19 from 5-8 pm
Reception for Willie Marlowe
A Splash Of Color
Collage Dyptich # , 2008, Acrylic Mixed Media, 15 3/4 x 20″
Tapas & Sangria Will Be Served


Tapas Specials for Friday, September 20

Fried Chicken Thighs
w/ Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Veggie

Sautéed Shrimp
in Creamy Coriander Sauce over Saffron Rice

Pork Tenderloin
w/ Butternut Purée & Collard Greens

Black Bean & Plantain Falafel
w/ Toasted Pita Side Salad

Chicken Soup

Puréed Squash Soup


Death By Chocolate Cake

September 28:  The Pre(R)amble
Tour the Collar City Ramble, now in design and partly constructed
Prizes For Costumes, Bike Flags & Decorated Helmets

Starts at the Farmer’s Market at Noon, Saturday September 28
Visits the Burden Iron Works Museum
Finishes at StoryHarvest at Freedom Square,
with Great Free Food and Wonderful Free Music

Bike Flag & Helmet Decorating Party
Tuesday, September 24 at 6 pm
Oakwood Community Center, 10th & Hoosick
Supplies on hand, bring more to share
Refreshments will be served

For more info check out the website:


Friday September 27:
Mundo Nuevo

Smooth Cuban Jazz

Artists’ Reception Thursday Sept. 19th 5-8PM

A Splash Of Color at Carmen’s Café

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 5-8 pm at Carmen’s Café. Tapas samples and sangria will be served.

A Splash Of Color can be seen at Carmen’s Café, 198 First Street, until November 25. For information call (518) 326-2064. Hours are Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9-4.

Albany artist Willie Marlowe is displaying her work at Carmen’s Café, 198 First Street, Troy, through November 25.  The show, entitled “A Splash Of Color,” is curated by Jim Lewis.

Ms. Marlowe is a Professor Emerita, Sage College of Albany.  She is known for abstract canvases and collages with strong colors in interesting combinations.

“I always think of myself as an abstract painter, but travel has been a big influence, as well as archaeology, ancient and primitive art,” said Ms. Marlowe. “I love the idea that with each painting, I get to go somewhere I have never been before– each painting is a new adventure. I always want make the next painting, to live in it as it takes shape and to see it when it is finished.”

While it may seem at first glance that her works are dashed off quickly, Ms. Marlowe says they are built up slowly over time. Speaking from her Albany studio, she said, “I usually begin with a sgraffito (scratched) line, and work by subtracting paint, then by scraping through and sometimes building up layers of translucent glazes. I work on an intimate scale because it feels more direct from hand to paper.”

She notes that many pieces fail along the way, but that nothing is wasted.  “Sometimes there are parts that might work. I cut them out and keep them in a box in my studio— a box of future collage elements that might find their way into other paintings.”  Some collages are in this show, along with her paintings and digital art. More information can be found at

Ms. Marlowe is currently in invitational exhibitions in Venice, Finland, and at the Opalka Gallery in Albany. She has a solo show in Sacramento, California opening in mid September and has been in a group show at Ceres Gallery in NYC over the summer

Yellow Track

Yellow Track, Acrylic and Collage on Paper, 14″ x 16″

Mayday Spun Glass
Mayday Spun Glass, Acrylic on Paper, 13 1/2″ x13 1/2″

Green Triangle
Green Triangle, Acrylic and Collage, 11″ x 24″

This Weekend at Carmen’s Cafe

Fresh Squeezed!

Citrus Cooler—
A tangy blend of Lemon, Lime & Orange
sweetened with juice so there’s no added sugar!

Tapas Menu for Friday, June 14

Cumin Coriander Crusted Filet Mignon
w/ Potato Pancake & Veggie

Arroz con Pollo
Braised Chicken & Rice

Mussels, Shrimp  & Chorizo
w/ Coconut-Lime Broth
in a Bed of Rice

Avocado Mac & Cheese
w/ Roasted Red Peppers

Black Bean & Corn Salad


Special for Father’s Day—
 ¡Steak & Eggs All Weekend!

Through August 25—
Joy Adams
Strange Paradise
works on paper and paintings

Last of the Summer Thistles—  Oil on Board
Last of the Summer Thistles—  Oil on Board