Local artist completes Sacandaga triptych

One part of a folk art triptych by local artist Linda Finch of the Great Sacandaga Lake area as it appeared in the early 1900s prior to the flooding of the region. (Photos submitted)
One part of a folk art triptych by local artist Linda Finch of the Great Sacandaga Lake area as it appeared in the early 1900s prior to the flooding of the region. (Photos submitted)
One part of a folk art triptych by local artist Linda Finch of the Great Sacandaga Lake area as it appeared in the early 1900s prior to the flooding of the region. (Photos submitted)

NORTHVILLE — Artist Linda Finch recently completed a folk art triptych of the Great Sacandaga Lake area as it appeared in the early 1900s prior to the flooding of the region. Finch used maps, old postcards, the Northville Historic Society and special assistance from Alice Peck from Pecks Lake. These three works are extremely detailed showing historic hotels and architecture and scenes from daily life as was enjoyed by up to 90,000 visitors each summer.

Especially highlighted are the FJ&G railway visit by President Warren Harding, the early flight of the Red Devil, Sport Island hosting professional baseball and the exciting midway rides.

Growing up in this area, Finch said she heard of stories from her mother, Agnes Simonds Lopuch and her grandparents in how their family was moved prior to the flooding and how deceased relatives were moved from their gravesites, how their farmhouse was destroyed and the family evacuated in preparation for the Sacandaga River to be dammed. The park was then greatly reduced in size and many of these buildings and sites disappeared.

On Aug. 28 at 7 p.m., Finch will present an overview in the planning and research that went into these works at the Northville Public Library.

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