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New art show at Micropolis

Ruth Christie Crotty hangs one of her painting at Micropolis Cooperative Gallery. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery opens a new show this week, featuring the work of Ruth Christie Crotty.

A resident of Saratoga Springs, Crotty has painted since receiving her first box of oil paints at age 10. She continued her interest in art by majoring in painting, and received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1969. She has shown her work in upstate New York and Vermont since 1992 and has participated in many juried shows and received awards.

Crotty has focused on plein air for the past 10 years. She is comfortable using all painting mediums, but prefers watercolor and oil. For her, the process of using paint is as important as the subjects in the painting. She wants the viewer to see the directional brush strokes of oil, and the fluidness and transparency of watercolor.

Crotty’s plein air paintings are a response to the environment around her, specifically a time and place. As the sun moves across the sky, the scene is constantly changing with new highlights and shadows, creating different compositions and moods. Gray days slow the whole process, and produce soft shapes and colors that are juxtaposed to more saturated colors. Crotty wants to capture the temporary effects of the light and its nuances, passing on to the viewer the mood created.

The show which runs through the end of August, also includes the artwork of Micropolis artists. Paintings, drawings, pastels, photographs, fiber art, mixed media, art glass, digital art, jewelry, pottery, woodland collages and fine art cards.

The gallery is located inside Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 30 N. Main St. and is open six days a week — Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday closed; Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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