CHESTERTOWN - As of next week, there will be one more reason to visit Chestertown.
Although the downtown streetscape of Chestertown has lately hosted more than its share of empty storefronts, a new gallery is opening soon on Main Street and it is likely to be an attraction for residents and visitors alike.
On Thursday, July 15, the North Country Arts Center is opening a satellite gallery in the former Harness Shop which will feature the works of local and regional artists, Brant Lake resident Fred Holman confirmed Monday.
A gallery Grand Opening and exhibition reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and those artists with works on display will likely be on hand.
Holman is on the board of directors of North Country Arts Center. He is a retired landscape architect now focusing on his artwork - painting and sculpture.
The shop will be open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer dozens of paintings for sale - and browsers are welcome, Holman said.
"The purpose of this gallery is to get art back in the North Country and to get more activity in town," Holman said, noting that the Arts Center, a non-profit organization, was launched in Warrensburg in 1971, after which it was moved to Glens Falls.
Mary Jane Dower, chairwoman of the Chestertown Main Street Enhancement Committee, welcomed the news Monday of the gallery's opening. She and several dozen other local residents have been taking action this year in revitalizing downtown Chestertown.
"This is fantastic - just wonderful," she said. "This is just what we need - maybe it will give the revitalization effort a needed boost."
Barbara Thomas, President of the North Warren Chamber of Commerce also hailed the new enterprise.
"I'm excited - This represents the way Chestertown needs to go,' she said. "There are a lot of talented artists in the area, and it's a great addition to Main Street."