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Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery Marks Second Anniversary
August 1, 2013 - Mohawk Currents
By LINDA HINKLE
GLOVERSVILLE — Two years ago in March, a group of citizens held it's first meeting to investigate the possibility of and to measure the interest in forming a cooperative for artists in our area. Artists met inside the soon-to-be new location of Mohawk Harvest at 30 North Main Street in Gloversville while floors were still being sanded and heat was not yet fully functioning. About twenty interested individuals arrived carrying their own chairs and full of ideas and questions.
Four months later, on the evening of July 27, 2011 the newly formed Micropolis Cooperative, Inc. partnered with the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) to present an inaugural "Art on Main" in downtown Gloversville. It was a celebration of artwork by regional artists held in two locations simultaneously- at the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Rotunda Gallery and inside Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market.
Since that first event, Microplis has held a "Meet the Artists" reception every two months- debuting a fresh, new show each time. An invited guest artist is featured, giving community artists the opportunity to display their work in the gallery for two months.
In addition to the "Art on Main" events, Micropolis has invited the community to participate in special events such as the Recycled Paint-Out (with support from the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste) a show of artwork which incorparted recycled materials, the creation of a flock of fantastic flamingos, and also "Soup-er" Art in conjunction with the Mohawk Harvest Soup Competition.
Micropolis opened with twelve talented individuals who brought their artwork to be showcased in downtown Gloversville. Responding to the different needs of the artists, two categories for membership were subsequently established- artist members who work in the gallery six hours a month, and vendors who are not required to volunteer their time. Over the past two years the gallery has enjoyed an increase from 12 to 19 artists who work in diverse media and styles.
All of the artists are regional (many living in Fulton County) and bring work of the highest quality to the community. Many members have been honored with one-man shows and been awarded prizes in juried competitions, representing Micropolis both near and as far away as San Diego.
Being located inside Mohawk Harvest, the gallery is open seven days a week enabling Micropolis to carry out its mission to:
- provide artists with an opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork
- build awareness of and support for the art community.
The next "Meet the Artist" reception will take place on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Special guest artist Joel Chapin will be on hand to present a collection of his work. Joel is a multi-talented artist who heads the Art Department at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown. Joel teaches ceramics, sculpture, drawing, design, printmaking, art history and gallery management. He has a BS in printmaking from Skidmore College, and an MFA in drawing and painting from the University at Albany. Joel's work is included in collections at the State University of New York and the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.
For more information about the gallery and membership information for artists, please go to www.micropolisgallery.com. Membership applications can be downloaded from the website.
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