Art shows draw crowd to downtown

GLOVERSVILLE-Artists, organizers and members of the public flocked to the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Micropolis Gallery Friday night for the Art on Main Street event.

Dozens of art lovers and guests moved between the two galleries on Gloversville’s Main Street, able to take in two art shows at the same time.

Brenda Dwyer, co-chairperson for the Northville Library Gallary with the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, said Friday night’s show boasted 25 member artists displaying their work.

Both shows featured a variety of works in different mediums from area artists, including photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery and mixed-media pieces.

The SVAN Member show, inside the chamber, had over 50 pieces of artwork from members of the organization.

“Some fine art, some amateur, but this is an opportunity to show their work,” Dwyer said.

The show’s roots started in 2011, when the two organizations held joint receptions for that year’s Member Show and the then current Micropolis exhibit, dubbing the event “Art on Main.”

At Micropolis, photographer Harry Wirtz had his work hanging up, speaking with local artists as well as guests.

“I am always delighted to see collaboration,” Wirtz said.

Illness prevented Connie Dodge, the founder of the show, from organizing it in 2012-13.

Arlene Rambush, a member of the SVAN board and chair person for Arts Education, said they were hoping to continue to hold the shows

“It is a big opportunity for all the SVAN members,” Rambush said.

Dodge, who holds memberships for SVAN and Micropolis, compared the event to art shows in Troy.

“It is a much more exciting way to have the event,” Dodge said.

Jeff Meuwissen, a SVAN artist, was happy to see his work up. He was happy to see the two groups working together.

“I’ve had some of my work up [at Micropolis] before,” Meuwissen said.

Walter Lane, a Johnstown Town Board member there to check out the art with his wife, said he felt these shows could be a boon to the community.

“Both groups are doing a really nice job,” Lane said.