All about “Artful Albany” for the new 2020 Discover Albany Visitors Guide

Discover Albany, in collaboration with the Albany Center Gallery (“ACG”), revealed this morning the new cover design for the 2020 Discover Albany Visitors Guide and a rendered bird’s eye map of Downtown Albany (to be featured inside the guide) as part of Artful Albany.

From the news release sent earlier from Discover Albany, Downtown Albany has seen a boon of public art in recent years, inclusive of the Capital Walls initiative (spearheaded by ACG, the Albany Parking Authority, and the Albany Barn) and ‘Downtown is Pawsome’ sculptures. These projects have captivated both residents and visitors – all in the spirit of Artful Albany.

With this in mind, the 2020 Discover Albany Visitors Guide features an illustrated cover by artist Cara Hanley. Hanley was also responsible for rendering the bird’s eye map illustration of Downtown Albany, which can be found within the guide.

“This past year art has truly blossomed here in Albany County, especially in downtown with the many additions to the #CapitalWalls murals project, which inspired the theme for the 2020 Discover Albany Visitors Guide. From the ‘Downtown is Pawsome’ project to ‘Art on the Rail Trail (ART)’ located along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, Albany County is becoming a colorful destination for visitors while providing a vibrant visual experience for its residents. We wanted to showcase these works with an inside look at all that Albany County has to offer art lovers, as well as feature an amazing illustrated cover and a rendering of a map of downtown done by artist Cara Hanley,” said Jill Delaney, president and CEO, Discover Albany.

“We are excited to partner with Discover Albany and Cara as we continue to find ways of connecting artists with the community and artists with opportunities. By supporting creatives and letting them add their vision and voice, it truly shows how art can make a difference. We are fortunate to live in a region that supports creativity, that artists call their home, and to partner with so many organizations that help bring these projects to life,” said Tony Iadicicco, executive director, Albany Center Gallery.

“I was so excited when Discover Albany and the Albany Center Gallery approached me about painting a cover design and watercolor map for their annual visitors’ guide. As an Albany native who is still enamored with our city, I’m honored whenever I am given an opportunity to depict it through my artwork. By using watercolor, I can give architecture and urban mapping a whimsical feel. I wanted to evoke a sense of wonder in the viewer,” said artist Cara Hanley.

The 2020 Visitors Guides can be found at the Discover Albany Visitors Center, Albany International Airport, the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station, and many hotels, tourism destinations, and places of interest across Albany County and the greater Capital Region.

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