Johnstown artist eyes city posters

JOHNSTOWN – A Johnstown artist will use state grant funds to create large posters to enhance windows in downtown buildings.

Linda Hinkle of Heagle Road, a graphic designer and mixed media painter, outlined the project for the Common Council recently at City Hall.

Hinkle, a member artist of the Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery in Gloversville, said she is looking to enhance downtown Johnstown with her artwork. She was awarded a $2,500 New York State Council on the Arts’ Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grant, or F-MAG award.

Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin said the credit for the project goes to Hinkle, also a volunteer on the city’s Committee for Promoting Tourism.

“She pursued this all on her own,” said Martin, who heads up the tourism panel.

At a meeting of that panel, Martin said, ideas were tossed around about bringing more culture to downtown.

“We were mulling over some new things to do downtown,” the councilwoman said.

Hinkle said what was discussed were ideas to “bring to life” some of the vacant storefronts downtown. She said she thought about original artwork and she applied for a 2014 F-MAG award. She said she was notified of the award two weeks ago.

Her project will involve large posters for downtown, a “graphic analysis” of a small city, which will involve “recording the physical characteristics of the city.”

Hinkle said some of the subject matter will include topics such as history and religion in the city. She said she would design five pieces of original art, which will be digitally reproduced into the posters for the downtown buildings.

Martin said once the project comes to fruition, it will be “super.”

“These will not be oil paintings,” Hinkle said. “It’s going to be a collage covering a lot of different material.”

Organizer speaks

Another public speaker before the council was Ron Robinson, an organizer for the May 17 third annual Johnson Jog 5K Run/Walk, which starts at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site. He said the event kicks of at 9 a.m.

The course will take participants past Johnstown’s historic sites, where re-enactors in period dress will cheer them on.

Robinson said there were 231 participants last year, with 32 businesses and individuals providing donations.

“Johnson Hall is a visible reminder of the legacy we have inherited,” he said.