Underground gallery shows

"Planting Seeds: Four Lenses on North Troy"

On one city block — home to the Sanctuary, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry and Troy Bike Rescue — communities are combining resources to address the environmental, social and public health challenges of the residents of North Troy.  This exhibition will feature local photojournalists Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally, and Ellie Markovitch.

Brian Jones is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He graduated 2011 with a degree in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication.  The Sanctuary for Independent Media has shown him how art can tell a story.  More information on an exhibit at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that Jones took part in can be found here.


Patrick Dodson followed the activities of Uptown Summer ’12, photographing and blogging documentation of Youth Media Sanctuary as they created cooking videos in the Sanctuary kitchen and the neighboring Collard City Grower’s garden, dedicated to the theme of nutrition on a budget.  His work can be found here.

“Troy’s Native Son” displays the work of Brenda Ann Kenneally. She has spent more than eight years documenting the life of Donny, a young boy from the neighborhood who has been plagued by emotional and behavioral disabilities. Kenneally investigates the complicated social systems that contributed to Donny’s problems and the solutions that have started to help him get better.  Her work was the subject of a Time Light Box article.  

“Art and Nutrition in North Troy,” with photos by Ellie Markovitch and Patrick Harris, documents creative activities, including StoryHarvest, DIY Snack-Shops, the Mind Body Soul Carnival, and Uptown Summer, to bring focus to food justice, urban gardening, alternative transportation and grassroots media for community education.  She keeps a blog with recipes and pictures.