Holman said that the Gallery, "Art in Chestertown," will not only feature local artwork, but it will likely be staffed with an artist at work, so visitors can see artwork evolve before their eyes.
Preceding the Grand Opening will be a "Plein-air" Paint-Out event on Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11, with various artists in Chestertown, rain or shine, at work outdoors depicting streetscapes, landscapes and other subjects. Holman said if the weather is good, a dozen or more artists are likely to participate.
The public is invited to observe the artists at work, and oil painters, watercolorists, pastel artists and others are invited to participate. Sign-in is at 9 a.m. either day at the new gallery at the Old Harness Shop, on Main St. across from the Church St. intersection, Holman said. Artists seeking to participate or those seeking to volunteer are welcome to contact Holman for details at: email@example.com or 803-4034.
Works created will go on display for summer at the gallery. For years, the Harness Shop was a store featuring artwork, gifts and fine crafts, but most recently the building was collection center for used goods on behalf of The Priory retreat.
This "Art in Chestertown" gallery is the first outlet for the North Country Arts Center that is dedicated entirely to art display and sales. Currently, the NCAC-sponsored displays are accommodated in the Glens Falls City Hall gallery, the Glens Falls Post Office, and the lobby of The Glen at Highland Meadows in Queensbury.
Barbara Wilson of the Friends of Chester Library expressed enthusiasm about the gallery venture, noting that Tom Hughes of Lazy River Garden Center in Warrensburg deserved appreciation for the donation of flowers which decorate the front of the new gallery, which will be open through Sept. 4.
Holman said the idea of establishing the gallery in Chestertown was propelled by a concern that not much was happening downtown as far as public display of art, with the exception of the Town of Chester Library.
The idea of launching the gallery in downtown Chestertown has been met with enthusiasm from artists around the region, as well as local officials and residents, Holman said.
"Everyone is excited about this," he said. "This is a win-win situation that may lead to something more."