By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County Express

GLOVERSVILLE- A Johnstown artist will be highlighting her work that captured six topics in the community on Friday as part of the Meet the Artists event at the Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery.
The reception to view the art and meet the creator will be held between 5 and 7 p.m.
A special exhibit entitled “Graphic Analysis of a Small City’s Architectural Assets,” which is a series of six photo collages by Micropolis artist Linda Hinkle, will be featured.
She said she focused on historic, religious, commercial, residential, public and industrial structures in the city of Johnstown- six topics captured in six works of art. The same images have been produced as large format murals and are on display in six downtown Johnstown storefronts through the end of 2014. They were first put on display at the Johnstown Harvest Festival last month.
She said it was originally discussed to ask the high school art teacher to have their students do paintings on the windows of empty storefronts to “bring some life to vacant spaces.”
However, knowing that art teachers often have increasing work loads and limited resources she decided to put her ideas together an apply for the grant.
Hinkle said her goal was to encourage people to become more aware of their surroundings and to see the community through a new lens.
This project received support from Fulton Montgomery Arts Grants (F-MAG), which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Saratoga Arts.
While the large prints are on display in the various storefronts downtown there will be smaller framed copies on display at the gallery on Friday.
“My project is one that has been rattling around in my head since when we moved to New York over 40 years ago,” Hinkle said. “I am both pleased and honored to have been awarded this grant so that I can finally make that noise in my head go away.”
Also on display in the gallery will be a new show of original artwork by Micropolis artists Dan Bridge, Laurie Cerasia, Carol Law Conklin, Ruth Crotty, Constance Dodge, Susy Easterly, Katherine Ehle, Cheryl Gutmaker, Michelle Harring, Linda Hinkle, Lynda Naske, Ellen Rae Panero, Judith Plotner, Stan Plotner, Sandra Grace Smith, and Patsy Suydam.
Their artwork includes original paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber collages, mixed media, woodwork, glass, digital art, sculpture, jewelry, batik, and pottery.
The reception will be held in the gallery which is located inside Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville.
For more information about the gallery and membership information for artists, go to www.MicropolisGallery.com.