28th annual Autumn Art Show draws admiration from the public

Jo-Lynne Bartholomew of Granville, left, takes of photo of her brother Loren, also of Granville, and Margo Janack of Glenvillle, who won an honorable mention for an oil painting, Saturday at the 28th annual Autumn Art Show and Sale at Pawling Hall in Hagaman. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

HAGAMAN — The public streamed in steadily Saturday at the 28th annual two-day Art Show and Sale at Pawling Hall. But many artists also came to admire and learn from one another.

“I like to show what catches my eye,” said Laura Penge-Burda, who submitted photographic art.

“But the show gives me a chance to see what other people see. It allows me to grow each year.”

John Morette, a retired Broadalbin-Perth Central School District art teacher who took first place in mixed media, said his work are overlayed prints.

“It requires a lot of preplanning and careful cutting,” he said. “I love to have people see it and say they like it.”

John Morette of Scotia talks about the work it takes to make his layered prints Saturday at the 28th annual Autumn Art Show and Sale at Pawling Hall in Hagaman. He won first place in mixed media. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

He admitted that some people have natural talent in art, but “you need interest more than talent. The more you do of it, the better you get.”

Morette said he’s seen people’s work that is “primitive” at first, but “then they started winning awards.”

Peggy Hebert, a retired artist from Ballston Spa, likes going to art shows “to meet people. It brings us all together.”

As with many people who visit art shows, Carole Perrine of Malta was amazed with the artwork. “Where in the world did they come up with this?” she wondered.

Art is a creative effort, and people’s taste in art varies greatly

People enjoy the artwork on Saturday at the 28th annual Autumn Art Show and Sale at Pawling Hall in Hagaman. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“The oil paintings especially are just gorgeous,” opined Patricia Patton of Hope. “The oil is more vibrant than watercolor.”

That was OK with Margo Janack of Glenville, who got an honorable mention for an oil painting. “I’m really excited because this is the first ribbon I ever won,” she said.

John Pessen of Hagaman was impressed with the whole art show. “They are very talented local artists. The show is one of the nicer community events we have in Hagaman,” he said.

“I particularly like watercolor, the soft colors and soft lines.”

Whatever the medium, composition is what catches the eye of Linda Biggers of Broadalbin, who took second place in mixed media. “I like to look at the balance of the image” within the whole piece, she said.

Laura Penge-Burda of Amsterdam explains her photographic techniques and how she learns from other artists Saturday at the 28th annual Autumn Art Show and Sale at Pawling Hall in Hagaman.

The art show began on the centennial of the village, which was incorporated in 1892. “It proved to be so popular, we just continued it,” said Virginia Salamack, president of the Hagaman events committee, which sponsors the program. Sixty artists displayed their work, and the judge was Suzette Usher, a former Hagaman resident.

Besides the winners already mentioned, other artists who won prizes are as follows:

∫ Lynda Naske of Johnstown took best of show for her pastel work.

∫ Mixed media: Karen Slezak of Amsterdam, third place, and Marjorie Ward of Latham, honorable mention.

∫ Drawing: Liz Lis of Amsterdam, first, and Molly Biggers of Broadalbin, second.

∫ Pastel: Phyllis Lapi of Sprakers, first, and Lynn Vokaitis of Amsterdam, second.

∫ Watercolors: Karen Banovic of Ballston Spa, first; Lorraine Dewey of Delanson, second; Julie Konieczny of Amsterdam, third; and Margaret Cook and Peter Michalski, both of Amsterdam, and Sue Peters of Gloversville, all honorable mentions.

∫ Oil: Andrew Janik of Hadley, first; Deborah Angilletta of Scotia, second; Kathryn Bartscht of Little Falls, third; and Jack Morgan of Clifton Park, Tim Prendergast of Scotia, Marion Kratky of Northville, Sharon Miller of Galway, and Helen Friderici of Schenectady, all honorable mentions.

∫ Acrylic: Tom Myott of Glens Falls, first; Gail Kissler of Mayfield, second; Lisa Naple of Broadalbin, third; and Molly Capito of Amsterdam and Maureen Sausa of Latham, both honorable mentions.

∫ Photography: Felice Druziak of Amsterdam, first; James Friderici of Schenectady, second; Linda Tracz of Roseboom, third; and Ron Dennis of Mayfield and Joanne Petrozzi-Jones of Delanson, both honorable mentions.

The people’s choice was yet to be decided.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)


Starting at $4.75/week.

Subscribe Today