Sacandaga Valley Arts Network to hold summer arts reception

NORTHVILLE — The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network’s Gallery and Gift Shop, 303 S. Main St., will hold a summer arts reception on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

A new rotation of art of SVAN artists will be displayed, and many of the artists will be present to meet gallery visitors, according to gallery coordinator Sandra Peters.

“We continue to enjoy our artsy space, thanks to the First United Methodist Church and its membership. This side-hall colonial offers an artsy feel on its own,” she said.

“Visitors will find this comfortable space and the great variety of beautiful art on display an enjoyable combination. Friday night’s reception will include light refreshments and beverages.”

The art on display will include photographs of nature compositions created by participants in SVAN’S Nature and Art Project, held early in June, through the leadership of SVAN board member Dianne Knapp. The art photographs are available for viewing and/or sale at $10 each.

SVAN artists participating in the rotation are as follows: Carolyn Adamczyk, offering her new stained glass creation titled “Four Seasons”; Janene Bouck, who integrates her photography with salvaged materials; Daniel Bridge (Weaverdan), who creates fabric art of all kinds (hangings, clothing and more); Constance A. Dodge, who paints in oils and pastels; Linda Finch, who offers a variety of painted works from paintings to painted bottles.

Also, Dolores Haberek, who offers work in watercolor; Betty Hanson, a stained glass artist; Alexandra Higgins, who offers paintings and outdoor sculptures/mixed media; Andrew Janik, who offers a variety of paintings; Nancie Johnson, who paints in acrylics a variety of nature and scenic views; Juliet Konieczny, who specializes in watercolor and offers scenic views; Shellie Kovaleski, offering artistic lettering and drawing called “Happy Hiking”; Kim M. Koza, who specializes in Adirondack scenes and dioramas.

Also, Marion Kratky, who offers Adirondack paintings; Madeline Morrow, who specializes in still life painting; Sandra Peters and Norma Porteus, who both specialize in Adirondack landscape and nature photography; Patricia Towers, who offers her acrylics painting “Pansies”; Darlene Van Sickle, who offers two of her floral paintings done in watercolor and acrylic; and Janet Marie Yeates, who offers two oil paintings “Battenkill Wayside” and “Clearing.”

Also available are the artistic works and writings of Robert (Bob) Porter and Michael Kratky, who continues to fill the gallery with many new wood-turned bowls, pepper and spice mills, Harry Potter wands, pens, ornaments, bottle stoppers and night lights.

Available for sale are various books, including “Voices of Our Mothers,” a Patricia Nugent compilation by of essays written by women about their mothers before they became mothers and “before Rosie Started Riveting.” An array of Michele’s Harring’s pottery works will continue tin the gallery.

Kay Stevens and Joyce Adamec, two new artists, offer additions to the gallery. Stevens shows cards and prints of what she dubs “soot art,” defined as paintings and drawings that find their beginning in the camouflage of smudges wiped on a paper towel from fireplace doors or utensils; from there, Stevens imagines subjects and scenes that she incorporates through drawing and coloring/painting. SVAN is reportedly the only gallery representing this print series of “soot art.” Adamec recently brought a collection of greeting cards that feature a variety of types and colors of birds.

SVAN’s Northville Arts Center serves to promote the arts throughout the Sacandaga region, and in carrying out its vision, Peters said, “we strive to provide a place where the arts are accessible and affordable for all.”

“The July to September rotation has been available since June 28, but the summer reception July 5th will celebrate the summer season and the inspiration of art to all who come to see and enjoy it”

The SVAN Gallery and Gift Shop regular hours are Fridays 3 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At other times, those interested in visiting may find it open by chance or may call or text (518) 774-1799 to arrange a visit by appointment.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of SVAN, as an artist, and/or as a volunteer, or person interested in helping to enrich the community with visual and performing arts, visit its website at www.svanarts.org. Members of SVAN who would like to have their work displayed and/or sold at the SVAN Gallery Gift Shop in Northville should call Peters at (518) 774-1799.

SVAN is a nonprofit organization supporting the visual and performing artists in the Sacandaga Valley region with gallery exposure, community concerts, and skill development workshops that are offered to the public.