Student art show opens at chamber

People mingle during the opening reception of the Student Art Show at the Montgomery Fulton Chamber of Commerce Friday. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Historical Society and Museum, the Fulton County Historian’s office and the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted an opening reception for the “Hand in Glove” Student Art Show at the Chamber Rotunda on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The art show was organized by Patsy Suydam, with support from the Argersinger Foundation. It is part of the Year of the Glove events planned around the county throughout 2019.

The art show complements the “Hand in Glove” art exhibit currently on display at the FCHS, which features pieces created by students in Perth, Scotland.

Mark Kilmer, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Marion Viglione, FCHS board member, and Samantha Hall-Saladino, Fulton County historian, spoke briefly about the importance of preserving our area’s rich history and encouraging our students to think critically about the past so that they can better shape the future.

In addition to the artwork, also on display are several essays written by students from Mr. Russo’s GEM class at the Johnstown High School. Essay topics range from the early history of tanning and glove-making, the exploration of labor unions in the industry, the effects the industry had on the environment and workers, and more.

The awards ceremony for the art show is scheduled for Friday, June 7 at the chamber rotunda. There is a “People’s Choice” category, and the public is encouraged to visit the gallery and cast their vote for their favorite piece of art. The Rotunda Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art show will be on display through June 28.

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