Liberty wins first in state art show

From left, Lisa Thatcher (art instructor), Mark Klug (holding the award), Nicole Lyons, Andy Hall, Justin Schram, Adobi Woods, Frank Rivera, Breauna Theobald, Samantha Togaila, Bethany Cramer, Dorothy Cool, Nicole Bellamy, Anthony Battisti, Sue Jones (art instructor), and Amy Devendorf (art director). (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — Liberty ARC’s Liberty Through the Arts Program won first place at The New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies’ art show held during their annual conference, this April.

A contemporary, three-piece, sculpture named “The Three Sisters” was awarded the top prize out of more than 300 pieces of artwork from ARC’s throughout the state. The sculptures were created by Mark Klug, Hester Livengood and Matt Novak.

These sculptures will be showcased in the Liberty/FM Community Garden, located on the grounds of Fulton Montgomery Community College. The garden was the inspiration for “The Three Sisters” and represents the three main agricultural crops of various Northern Native American tribes; winter squash, maize (corn), and climbing beans. These pieces were created with a quick drying cement and took several months to complete.

The Liberty Through the Arts program entered seven pieces of artwork created by the artists supported by Liberty.

NYSACRA is a grassroots organization comprised of more than 200 provider agencies serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. As the largest association of this kind in New York state, membership is strength.

Liberty ARC, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., was founded in 1957 by parents of children with developmental disabilities who wished to establish special education programs in the local community. Currently celebrating 60 years of quality services, the organization has grown to include vocational, recreational, residential, day, family support and health-related services to nearly 580 individuals with physical, developmental and other disabilities.

By Patricia Older

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