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Hitchcock to be featured artist

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 2 N. Main St., is hosting an art exhibit in the gallery for Greg Hitchcock titled ‘Illustrations by Greg.’

Hitchcock is a self-described storyteller. For the past 20 years, he has focused on a writing and filmmaking career, but he said he always was inspired to draw.

“Many people are attracted to a skill at an early age,” Hitchcock said. “For many children, drawing or using clay, working with finger paint or papier-mache, is a fundamental part of expressing themselves. Some fall into other things later in life, but for me, drawing has always been a part of me.”

From drawing ants in space to creating alien worlds, Hitchcock said his art helps channel his creativity in positive directions helping him to make sense out of the world he lives in.

Hitchcock is an Army veteran who came down with schizophrenia while serving in the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s. He said this early episode left him marked, but was also an avenue to become a stronger storyteller.

“Left alone with my voices, I found writing and drawing liberating and was an avenue to recovery,” he said.

“I believe artists and other creative types typically feel alone more often than others with their thoughts — for me, voices. They use their creativity to form relationships with their world and with others,” Hitchcock said.

Hitchcock said people should never give up on their hopes, whether it is to be the first woman astronaut to walk the moon, the first one to discover new medicines, or the first to compose a new masterpiece.

“When I was a child, my grandfather told my mother to not encourage me to draw because it would not lead into a career, but thankfully she disregarded his advice. As a craftsperson herself working with ceramics, she knew instinctively the value of art and how it shapes a person’s life,” Hitchcock said.

Hitchcock said he hopes the public finds something useful in his artwork and that it might inspire others to follow their dreams.

For more information call the chamber at (518) 725-0641 or email info@fultonmontgomeryny.org

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