Story & Photos by Dave Warner
The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts held the opening reception for it’s 2017 New York State Summer Art Show on Thursday night. The show, which will hang until September 27th, features work from artists who come from cities across New York State, including Latham, Niskayuna, Schenectady, Utica, Lake George, Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs, as well as more local artists.
According to Wally Hart, Executive Director of the Lexington Foundation, they’ve always had programs for the arts. “We did things, but the exposure to other artists was limited.” “As we started to think about how we could expand, we realized to really strengthen what we were doing, we had to expand our relationships in the community.” he stated.
“We could have had an expanded art center program in any one of our buildings, but it wouldn’t have been as welcoming to a community member as (this facility) is.” He went on to say “our first priority was to provide services to the people we support, but we wanted to do that where they could learn from other artists and musicians and they could create relationships with those other people and have a more normalized experience.”
More than 35 artists and 93 pieces are featured in this show. The featured artists include Amy Andujar, Linda Biggers, Joshua Brooks, Donald Cooper, Rhea Costello, Julius Cucinella, Ron Dennis, P. Dwyer-Orlosky, Richard Freeman, Sheridan Gowen, Jamie Hayner, Linda Hinkle, Nancie Johnson, James Leddick, Eva Marie Loucks, Greg Maklae, Maryanne Malecki, Carol McCord, Teresa Mielewski, Christian O’Callaghan, Allison Patnode, Reuben Peeler, Caroline Pendlebury, Sandra Peters, Michelle Raspanti, Lily Seeley, Brian Tanner, Bonnie Tompkins, Paul Valovic, Darlene Van Sickle, Jessica VanSlyke-Seeley, Lynne Vokatis, David Waite, Sean Walmsley and the artists at Saratoga Bridges Creative Endeavors Art Center.
The public is welcome to view the artwork in the Nigra Arts Center’s Community Gallery throughout its run. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. For more information, please call (518) 661-9932 or visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org