Art gallery planned in Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA A local group is forming Ticonderoga Arts, an art gallery and studio to be located on Montcalm Street. Current plans are to occupy the space at LaChute Plaza, at the corner of Montcalm and Lake George Avenue, that was formerly the office of Rick White. Ticonderoga Arts will be formally established as a not-for-profit company. As its operations grow, the organization may add profit-making components, but all profits earned will be devoted to the strictly-voluntary mission of the parent company to found an arts studio/gallery as a service to the Ticonderoga-area community and its residents and visitors, according to a statement issued by the founding group. We need guidance and volunteers to help us with this mission, the statement continued. Local artist Joan Pulling has undertaken to help us with the gallery side of the shop. Joan will assist us in, among other things, fitting the shop with a professional installation, including lighting, layout and traffic design. We are looking for volunteers to learn from Joan, to contribute their own ideas and to operate the shop on a regular basis. The founding group hopes to serve a number of artists willing to show their works for sale and interested in increasing their own followings and establishing a following for the gallery. Proceeds of sales would be split along lines customary in the art world among the artist, the gallery (to cover its working capital and fund its improvements) and the building owner (who would not charge Ti Arts any rent but would use his share of proceeds to cover real estate costs), according to a Ti Arts spokeswoman Margaret Howe. We are fortunate to have the benefit of the expertise, experience and enthusiastic support of Caroline Rubino, executive director of the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, to guide us as we plan and implement these arrangements, Howe said. The Arts Council, the predecessor to which was established in 1980, initially served Essex County alone and now comprises some 140 organizations in both Essex and Franklin counties and works with over 300 organizations in the North Country as a whole. The councils sphere of interest includes virtually all forms of visual, musical and performing arts, as well as artisinal pursuits such as carving, weaving and even specialty markets. It is headquartered in Westport and provides a variety of grants, awards, venues, exhibitions and the like, publishing an annual directory/calendar which for the current year runs to 100 pages. The back of the Ti Arts space would house a studio for instruction and for the performance of artistic work best done outside the homes of students seeking either to establish or to expand a career in the visual arts or simply to practice an avocation that brings them satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. We need teachers willing to teach painting in all media and other visual arts, such as pottery, sculpture and drawing, Howe said. Instructors who are professionals can expect to be paid for their services, and students working with such instructors would be expected to pay modest fees to the studio to support this part of the program. The proposed Ti Arts space is in need of some renovation for use as an art gallery/ studio. The availability of volunteer assistance with this effort would be much appreciated, Howe said. The enthusiasm that might be expected from new members joining the group promoting Ti Arts would also meet with great appreciation. The next meeting of the group will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Evolve office at LaChute Square. This meeting will afford people wishing to join the effort an opportunity to learn what the initial organizers have in mind and to contribute their own ideas. All interested in attending are invited to call Jane Bassett at 585-6178 or Howe at 585-7762. We are a small group of people who have a dream that we hope will become a reality, according to the groups statement. We hope that others in the area will come to share our dream and that Ti Arts will become an integral part of our community.

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