Growing Creativity

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is working with the Gloversville Public Library and the downtown Micropolis Gallery to inspire youths to take an interest in art and their communities.

A group of children took a tour of the Fremont Community Garden on Thursday as part of the Micropolis Art Project. They learned to apply their art skills to plants and gardening.

Boys and girls who signed up for the project will spend four weeks learning about art and art appreciation. Thursday, the budding artists walked through the garden, taking photos and making sketches of flowers, tomatoes, beans and other plants in the garden.

Vince DeSantis, president of the corporation’s board, said the project is a collaborative effort with Micropolis and the library.

Michele Harring and Patsy Suydam, members of the Micropolis Gallery, approached Bonnie Howard, program coordinator with the library, about working with the library on the art program and including the garden.

“She thought it was a great idea because it merged so many skills,” DeSantis said.

Howard said a goal of the class is to show youths how to grow their own food and encourage them to appreciate art.

“[It’s] giving them a chance to do something they wouldn’t normally do,” Howard said.

The program will continue next week.

“They will be going back to the library next week to consolidate that and learning from actual artists their technique,” DeSantis said.

Their art will hang in the Micropolis gallery on Main Street on Aug. 14, Suydam said.

The community garden, started in 2011, is a point of pride for DeSantis, who showed off the work the corporation and local homeowners have put into the garden.

Currently, 30 homeowners participate in the garden and can grow whatever produce they like, he said. The garden is targeted toward people in the surrounding neighborhood, but anyone can have a plot.

Lorraine Kautz, whose granddaughters participated in the art program Thursday, said her 10-year-old granddaughter is deeply involved in the library and arts at school.

Kautz is happy to see her granddaughter in the program.

“I think she is really excited for that … She likes to draw, she likes science and nature,” Kautz said.