This spring, the painting group at the Gloversville senior center lost a very special, longtime member, Betty Fancher. A few years ago, the center's writers' groups lost a prolific contributor, the "Poet Laureate of Gloversville," Tim Daynard.
Unfortunately (or sometimes mercifully when it comes in due course), death is part of life, and it claims dear friends, beloved family members and rich talents.
The good news is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., those talents will be reclaimed, along with some part of Tim and Betty, as the senior center presents their work in a Memorial Arts Show.
The show will not only feature Betty's and Tim's creative legacy, but the ongoing work of more than a dozen active painters and writers who produce great beauty and powerful verbal and visual imagery on a regular basis.
There will be free refreshments, readings, and a chance to purchase paintings and published work.
The event is free, but donations from the public will help programs like the ones Tim and Betty participated in to continue, producing more legacies for the community to enjoy.
Organizers of the event, which include a full cast of amazingly hard-working senior artists and writers, hope you will come out and discover one of the "best-kept secrets" in Fulton County - the deep pool of ever-vital, ever-vibrant, ever-current talent among the area's seniors.
We also hope many of you will come and try your hands at some of the creative programs the center offers and the camaraderie of a fun bunch of folks.
As the painting instructor at the center, I laugh (sometimes until I cry) every Monday and Tuesday when the groups meet, and I am honored to be part of this endeavor.