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Arts Week scheduled for county

September 15, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

The week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22 has been marked as Arts Week in Montgomery County, according to a proclamation issued Tuesday from county Board of Supervisors Chairman Shayne T. Walters.

According to the proclamation, the week will help showcase Montgomery County artists and their work, as well and provide artistic education in the area.

Robert Buck, president of the Arts Factory, thanked the board for the proclamation.

The Arts Factory is a group that intends to promote and manage arts programs in western Montgomery County.

According to the proclamation, The Arts Factory started in February, and held its first event in March, holding a meet and greet event in Canajoharie to facilitate connections between local artists. Since then, the group has held several events to help showcase local artists work.

"We really feel and believe that the arts are really important to the development of Montgomery County," Buck said. "Even though we are focusing on the western end of Montgomery County, we are working with MECA, the Charity Valley Arts Ward, the Mohawk Valley Arts Association and Sharon Springs Arts Council."

Planned for the week are the 2012 Artist's Studios Tour, sponsored by the Arts Factory, on Sept. 22 and Chalk of Fame, the first annual sidewalk chalk drawing event, on Sept. 22 in Hasslett Park in Fort Plain.

The tour begins at 1 p.m. and will allow people to see the workspace of local artists such as painter Joanne C. Resch and photographer Robert E. Smith. The studio tour will cost $10. Chalk of Fame is free, with chalk and art space provided.



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