Story & Photos by Dave Warner

Despite the rain and cool temperatures last Friday night, hundreds turned out for the Art on Main event in Gloversville. Three venues opened their doors for an evening of art, food, culture and music. According to organizer Linda Hinkle she was “blown away by the interest and attendance.”

A juried exhibition “Art-Food for the Soul” was on display in the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber Gallery. The show was organized by Micropolis Cooperative Gallery to celebrate it’s fifth anniversary.

Artwork was selected from over 150 entries submitted by regional artists responding to an open call for work. The juror was Loretta Miller, Skidmore College Professor of Art.

The Best in Show Award (cash prize sponsored by Nathan Littauer Hospital) was awarded to Barbara Harshman of Greenwich, NY for her oil painting “Sandwich with Bacon and Avocado.”

The Gloversville BID Award (cash prize sponsored by the Downtown Gloversville Business Improvement District) was given to Linda Batchelow of Florence, MA for her acrylic painting “Titanium White.”

The juror, Doretta Miller, wanted to add another prize to those originally offered. She donated the Juror’s Prize which was awarded to Carolyn Kibbe of Cambridge, NY for her oil painting “Fresh Sardines.”

The People’s Choice Award will be given when the show comes down. The winner will receive a gift certificate from Micropolis Gallery and an offer to be the guest artist during the January/February 2017 show at Micropolis. Voting started during the Art on Main event and will run through June 24.

In Micropolis Gallery, a new show opened featuring work from all the member artists, along with music from Thomas Neeson and great food from the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. Paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, batik, mixed media, digital art, sculpture, jewelry and pottery were all on display.

The third location in the historic Schine Memorial Hall, featured the work of painter and sculptural furniture designer Barney Bellinger and glove maker Daniel Storto. Barney’s work is inspired by his keen observation of wild, quiet places.

When asked about the vintage quality of his paintings he commented, “I spend a lot of time in the woods and see real color. So when it comes time to create a mood, I know exactly what colors to use.”

Bellinger went on “as you know, the Adirondacks are not always bright sun-shiny days.” “There’s a lot of overcast skies, that create an interesting mood,” he stated.

A collection of historic local memorabilia honoring Veterans was on display, as well as red, white and blue estate quilts. Trina Zimmerman, owner of the Schine Gallery said that the Fulton County Museum was instrumental in getting the uniforms and memorabilia for the display. “They’ve been a great partner with us and allowed us to take things out of their museum and show them this way,” stated Zimmerman.

The show will continue through June 24 at both the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber and Micropolis Cooperative Galleries. For details, visit www.micropolisgallery.com.