Art Reception Today 5—8pm Meet Francelise Dawkins: Textile Collagist

Francelise Dawkins—Meet the Artist, discuss her work

Since she was a young girl, Francelise has collected fabrics. As an artist, she snips and sews collages— sometimes figural, sometimes abstract. Meet her this Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5-8 pm and discuss her work over Tapas and Sangria.

Yes, we’ve done it again, Carmen’s has scored another amazing artist and is showing some of her best and prettiest work. It’s the perfect time to take some home with you— at Carmen’s we don’t charge the artist a commission, so all proceeds go directly to Francelise.

First Time! Besides serving Tapas Samples, we’ll be serving Tapas Dinners! Limited selection, but if someone should, say, ask for an authentic Cubano Sandwich we’d be happy to oblige!

Francelise Dawkins

Collages, whether made of words, paper, objects or cloth, have always been my means of expression. In 1988, I first coined the term “Silkollages” to introduce my meditative concept in textile collages to interior designs. Then in 1992, I added “Ethnikollages” to re-activate cultural interests. My collages are either embroidered into miniature quilts, or framed into window boxes. When large and three-dimensional, they become hanging art quilts or soft installation pieces. Abstract or representational life forms as dancing shapes seem to multiply in my work. I draw them out of colorful cloth from Asia, Africa and Europe to visually create a blurring of boundaries between such cultures. As a collage maze is formed, the viewers are invited to enter it. If my playing on fabric brings the viewers to rethink the multiplicity expressed, an expansion of their own true awareness might occur. What I seek is an element of uncensored, emotional surprise, beyond multicultural reality. I am on a spiritual exploration, deepening my sense of what it really means to belong to the human race. It is about exploring that sense of oneness, born out of welcoming the difference we are.

Francelise Dawkins is a Parisian “textile collagist”, living in the U.S. for over two decades. She first studied Fiber Arts at the Art League School of Indianapolis before moving to NY, where she developed her meditative concept for interior designs in textile collages. She has since exhibited or taught at the American Craft Museum in NYC, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the NY State Museum in Albany, NY, and other renowned venues. One of her installations was part of the “Putt-Modernism” show at the Hyde Collection Museum in Glens Falls, NY. Writing about her art, she had essays published, such as the one on intuition in Margaret Blanchard’s book: “From the Listening Place”. She designed the art cover for Gisele Pineau’s French novel: “L’Espérance-Macadam”. Many of her pieces have been shown in magazines, on cable network TV and books, such as Carolyn Mazloomi’s contemporary art quilt book: “Spirit of the Cloth”. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, KY.


Pottery Sale & Picnic Monroe ClayWorks and Northeast Ceramic Supply Pottery Sale

Saturday, May 17th, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 10 Monroe Street, Troy, NY

You are invited to our Pottery Sale & Picnic. There will be over 24 potters and sculptors selling their work at our event.

All work is hand handmade and all artists will be present during the show.  Come to 10 Monroe Street, Troy, New York to see our pottery, buy a picnic lunch and enjoy the day with us. The show will go on rain or shine!!

Carmen’s Cafe will have box lunches for sale so our picnic and sale will be complete.

Please see our attached poster.  For more information: 518-669-5296

Download the poster: 117744MONROECLAY (PDF)


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.


Tonight! Annie And The Hedonists—Acoustic blues, swing, and folk!

Friday November 16th— Annie & The Hedonists—Acoustic blues, swing, and folk!

…A band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, covering an eclectic mix of acoustic music, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz, …A wild ride across the vast acoustic music landscape Greg Haymes, Times Union

Annie and the Hedonists blew the place away Ralph Hunt, Heartland Music

Annie Get Your Fun! Tom Keyser, Times Union

Cafe open from 5–10pm with music in two live shows from 6–7:30 or 8–9:30 5$ Cover.
Call 518 326 2064 for reservations

~ Tapas Specials for Friday, November 16 ~

Fried Marinated Chicken Breast
w/Arroz con Gandules—Rice w/Pigeon Peas and Plantains

Guiso de Mariscos-Hearty Fisherman’s Stew
over saffron rice

Grilled Flank Steak w/Yucca fries and veggie

Eggplant stuffed with asparagus, manchego cheese
and tomato-lime sauce over saffron rice

~ Full Tapas Menu Here ~

~ Dessert Specials ~

Mango-Lime Cheesecake

~ Specials for Sat & Sun, Nov. 17 & 18 ~

Steak and eggs, served with home fries and toast

Pumpkin cream cheese mouse served over pancakes/Short Stack

~ Full Breakfast Menu Here ~

MasterCard  —  Discover  —  Visa  —  American Express accepted.