Puttering around the San Francisco/Bay Area art scene a few years ago, I always enjoyed finding residual artifacts made by the ever elusive Carolyn Ryder Cooley. Her work melts curious, sometimes precarious performances with elaborate costumes and an abundant array of forest fauna drawings. She now lives and works in Albany, NY and recently curated this interesting group show called Vestuary Operatics. An intriguing aspect of this show rests in the local art community’s ability to revive a forgotten architectural gem, in this case, the long abandoned St. Anthony’s church in Albany. Here are a few more examples of Cooley’s carefully crafted scenes: