The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network’s Northville Arts Center, at its new location at 303 South Main Street in Northville, is re-opening this Friday, December 8th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Holiday Reception. Gallery Coordinator, Sandra Peters, urges all to come and enjoy the new art offerings from our local, SVAN artists and to see our beautiful new space. Light refreshments will be served, and, most notably, SVAN wood artist and craftsman, Michael P. Kratky, will be on site, turning wood into Harry Potter wands and Christmas trees.
Michael Kratky has been woodworking since he was “old enough to swing a hammer and hand cut dovetail joints.” According to a statement provided by Kratky, who is a native Adirondacker, “…he has been woodworking since (he) was old enough to swing a hammer and hand cut dovetail joints.” Although Kratky is “a master electrician, master carpenter, home inspector and an Electrical Fire Underwriter Inspector by trade,” Kratky says that woodworking has always been his passion. He co-formed Black Bear Art & Woodworking Studios in 1999, where he creates and builds period furniture styles, as well as Arts and Craft, Mission, Shaker, Rustic Adirondack and now Green and Green. “Many aspects of finish carpentry and cabinet building require centuries’ old developed woodturning and hand woodworking skills that I adhere to in this day and age of smart phones and sedentary life styles, I even mill my own lumber direct from the forest.” Kratky is a member and demonstrator for multiple woodworking clubs and shows in NY and New England, including founding the Sacandaga Woodworkers Association in Mayfield, the Northville Rotary Woodworking and Fine Arts Show, past president of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association, the Adirondack Woodturners Association in Clifton Park and the Springfield Mass Woodturners Guild. His award winning turnings and furniture pieces can be found in private collections, galleries and invitational shows throughout the US.
SVAN’s Northville Arts Center serves to promote the arts throughout the Sacandaga region, and in carrying out our vision, Peters related, we strive to provide a place “where the arts are accessible and affordable for all.”
This December/January rotation will begin with the Holiday reception on Friday, December 8th at 4:00 p.m. Regular Hours (Fridays 4 pm -6pm, Saturdays 10 am- 3pm, and Sundays 11am -1pm) will continue each weekend, through Sunday, January 14, 2018. The Arts Center will also be open by chance or by appointment (call 518- 774-1799).
Anyone interested in becoming a member of SVAN, as an artist, and/or to help enrich our community with visual and performing arts, please visit our website at www.svanarts.org. If you are a member of SVAN and would like to have your work displayed and/or sold at the Northville Arts Center, please contact the Northville Arts Center Administrator, Sandra Peters, at 518-774-1799.
SVAN is a non-profit organization supporting the visual and performing artists in the Sacandaga Valley region with gallery exposure, community concerts, and skill development workshops that are offered to the public.