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Arts group opens Ticonderoga gallery

TICONDEROGA The arts now have a home in Ticonderoga. Ticonderoga Arts Inc., a not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting the arts, has opened a gallery at 84 Montcalm St. The idea is to give our local artists an opportunity to display their work while giving people an opportunity to see art, said Joan Pulling, treasurer of Ticonderoga Arts Inc. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of Ticonderoga Arts Inc. pay dues that support the gallery. Also, 25 percent of each sale goes to the gallery. Attendance and sales at the gallery have been slow, Pulling acknowledged, but the arts group is committed to building the gallery. Sales picked up a but in August, but things have been slow, Pulling said. We understand. Were new and these are difficult economic times. Art works is a luxury. Theres been a lot of progress in a short time, she added. Weve had people come in from other galleries who think weve done a fantastic job in just a few months. Its an on-going process. The gallery is currently exhibiting the work of 10 local artists oil-painted landscapes by Pulling, nature notes made of dried flowers by Jane Bassett, pottery by Jerry Cooper, photography by Art Secor, slate etchings by Hardy Loeffler, bird photography by Nancy Carter, outdoor photography by Jodi Auborn, pastel and wood prints by Regina Hebert, paintings by Stella Dwyer and photography by the late Brent Whitty. Exhibiting artists must be members of Ticonderoga Arts Inc. and pay a display fee. Local artists appreciate having a local gallery, Pulling said. Ive always had to travel at least an hour to get to a gallery, she said. Then there are 3-4 times a year I have to make the trip to change out my exhibits. The cost of exhibiting, time and travel adds up quickly. Having a gallery in town has been a big help to me. I hope it helps other artists. Ticonderoga Arts Inc. is now discussing expanding the gallery to offer adult painting classes and childrens drawing classes. Theres a good possibility we can do it, although its just in the talking stage right now, Pulling said. The gallery space has been donated and Ti Paint donated materials for a renovation, although more work needs to be done, Pulling said. We gratefully accept donations of time and money, she said. Were very actively seeking people to volunteer their time at the gallery. Pulling noted the efforts of Margaret Howe and her husband, Brick, in forming Ticonderoga Arts Inc. and the gallery. Theyve worked very hard on this, Pulling said. Theyre great supporters of the arts.

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