Co-op celebrates five years with art show

GLOVERSVILLE-Betsy Batchelor, a founding member of the Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery, pointed to scribbled handwriting in the guest book for Art – Food for the Soul, on Friday night.

“Even a little-bitty girl wanted to see the artwork,” Batchelor said. “We expected this.”

The Micropolis – located at 30 N. Main St., inside Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, held it’s first juried art show in celebration of the fifth anniversary of its opening.

Dozens of people traveled between the Micropolis and Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber Gallery where the juried art was displayed. Attendees drank wine and chatted with the other local artists. A horn and oboe player added to the relaxed setting.

Founding member Linda Hinkle said artists living within a 150 mile radius of Gloversville had the opportunity to submit their work and win a prize. The winning artwork was selected by Doretta Miller, an art professor at Skidmore College. She selected the winners from 61 submitted pieces.

Hinkle looked out the door as eight people ran across the street to come into the event.

“It introduced new people to the gallery and the area,” Hinkle said. “We were pleased to see the sense of community.”

Entries came from as far as Syracuse and Massachusetts, Hinkle said.

Artist Lauri Baram traveled from Clifton Park to attend the show.

“I think it’s great that there are so many people at this event,” she said.

Hinkle and Batchelor joined another founding member, Connie Dodge, at the chamber gallery to present awards.

Dodge read comments from Miller, who was unable to attend the event.

“I selected works that expressed the celebration of food and art as essential for life. It was a pleasure to view the many creative interpretations and the wide variety of media and styles. Artists study the world around them and react to what we see and what we know. In this case, the daily interactions we have with food, both plentiful and scarce, not only provides us with necessary sustenance, but also taps into a deep-seeded sensitivity to foods natural and manipulated forms, colors and textures. Art nourishes both the body and our atheistic needs. The images selected stand on their on as well executed and well designed works of art, ” Miller stated.

Three winners were selected – Linda Batchelor, of Florence Mass., was awarded the Gloversville Bid Award. Carolyn Kibbe of Cambridge, Washington County, took the Juror’s Award. Barbara Harshman of Greenwich, Washington County, was awarded Best of Show with her piece “Sandwich with Bacon & Avocado.”

Nathan Littauer’s Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and Community Relations Cheryl McGrattan presented best of show.

“Art is a key economic development driver, which is something we need in the community,” McGrattan said.

She noted that many Littauer employees are supporters of the arts or artists themselves.

“One of the real reasons I wanted to be involved in this event is because there is a very strong connection between medicine and art,” McGrattan said.

The winning pieces will be hung in the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Rotunda Gallery and the Micropolis.

Gloversville resident Bobbi Trudel was caught admiring one of the pieces.

“I heard about it and decided to come. It’s amazing,” she said.

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