The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) announces a new exhibition by artist and graphic designer, Linda Hinkle, entitled, “Never Quite the Same”. The exhibit at the SVAN Gallery located in the Northville Library at 341 South 3rd Street in Northville, NY is on display commencing November 6 and continues through December 29. The public is welcome to enjoy the creative works that are available for purchase. A meet-the-artist reception will take place at the Library on Tuesday, November 6 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Hinkle shared that, “Design surrounds us all, but it is the artist who takes joy in the basic elements he or she sees and uses it for inspiration. Cropping an image down to its core elements, then enhancing color, shape and pattern discovered within those boundaries is critical to my work. Employing a variety of techniques and media, layering them into a single graphic design or painting is the result of my current level of analysis. Texture is the underlayment and line work is the finishing touch. The subject matter is only a starting point and not necessarily evident in the finished work.”

After earning a BFA Design at the University of Michigan, Hinkle began her career as art director at WOUB-TV, the PBS affiliate at Ohio University. Relocating to New York, she worked for 45 years in Johnstown as a freelance designer, developing materials for print and products for manufacture. In 2005 she began studying mixed water media. Hinkle states that, “Learning to be free with paint rather than controlling with a computer was initially a challenge but one which proved beneficial both creatively and professionally.”

As recipient of the 2014 Fulton Montgomery Individual Artist Grant, Hinkle created a public art project— Graphic Analysis of a Small City’s Architectural Assets— encouraging people to become more aware of their surroundings and to see things differently, hopefully with greater appreciation of their surroundings. Her hope was that an interest in good design and the expansion of arts opportunities will play an important role in the revitalization of small towns in the region.

Hinkle is a member of Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN), Saratoga Arts, Albany Artists Group and Firehouse Artists. She has been instrumental in helping to establish, with other artists, venues for artists to exhibit. In 2009, with the support of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, she helped SVAN open the SVAN Artists’ Gallery at the Fulton County Visitor Center in Vail Mills. Hinkle is SVAN’s Exhibit Coordinator for the Vail Mills Gallery. In 2011 she worked with a group of local artists to establish Micropolis, a cooperative art gallery in Gloversville, NY. The gallery (now in its seventh year) celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2016 by holding a juried art show, Art — Food for the Soul.