Artists sought for exhibit

FORT HUNTER — The Friends of Schoharie Crossing are inviting painters state residents to showcase their work in a competitive, juried exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is Lock in the Fun: Recreation at Schoharie Crossing.

 To recognize the centennial of the Barge Canal, Schoharie Crossing will host the second annual exhibition of talented artists in the newly renovated visitor center.  This year the focus will be on paintings only. Jurors have accepted the task of reviewing the artwork and selecting the prize winners. 

The Erie Canal historic site and park is a place for recreation such as walking, cycling, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, picnics, and more, providing memories and experiences for generations. The site supplies views of nature as well, and the historic canal structures are juxtaposed among the natural world of plants and animals along the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River.  The trails along old towpaths of the canal allow for a journey back in time. Flora and fauna thrive within the waterways, wetlands and open spaces of Schoharie Crossing, lending inspiration for artists. 

The Erie Canal’s importance is highlighted by the classic arches of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and the lock chambers that still exist at locations throughout Schoharie Crossing. Views of the Mohawk and Schoharie valleys can also be taken in.

Schoharie Crossing encompasses more than 200 acres and spans more than 3 miles long, from the western end of the site at the aqueduct boat launch, across the Schoharie Creek and east to Yankee Hill Lock and the Putman Canal Store.The site contains portions of the original 1820s Erie Canal as well as features two sets of double locks from the Enlarged Era Canal and is adjacent to the Erie Canal of today–the Mohawk River.  Lock E12 at Tribes Hill on the river is situated close to the site and provides access to witnessing the newest century-old canal of today. 

All along the site there is opportunity to explore artistic skills–photography, painting, and even sketches.  Discover more on the Schoharie Crossing Facebook page or on the Friends of Schoharie Crossing Instagram and Twitter. 

The deadline for submissions is May 1, and submissions can be made online at https://goo.gl/forms/4PjuP5kRW6ZF4wuy2. The exhibit’s opening celebration will take place during the Schoharie Crossing Canal Days festivities, July 14 and 15, and artwork will be displayed through August. For more information on how to enter, visit the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site page of the New York State Parks website, nysparks.com, call Schoharie Crossing at (518) 829-7518, email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or find the site on Facebook.

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