PLATTSBURGH - Adirondack Young Professionals is showing off its local talent.
The nonprofit organization - which focuses on creating networking opportunities for young professionals in the North Country - will host an artists exhibit at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts on Brinkerhoff Street beginning this Friday, March 5.
Timothy P. McCormick, vice president of the ADKYP board of directors, said the organization reached out to NCCCA executive director Susan R. Daul and office manager Beth N. Barnes when ADKYP members came up with the idea for the exhibit.
"They have mentioned the need for our area to have growth in the arts sector," said McCormick. "In an effort to help show what [the NCCCA] has to offer, and to give those who may not have included their work in other shows, we reached out to Sue Daul and Beth Barnes with our idea."
McCormick said while the motivation behind the exhibit was to open an official channel between ADKYP membership and the arts sector, he hopes the exhibit will also help raise awareness of the quality of work by local artists.
"Everyone has heard about Picasso and Monet, however, most people in the community have not heard about our local artists," he said. "Our local artists are producing excellent work, for only a fraction of the price of the 'big names.'"
"It is my hope that this show will not only showcase the quality of local talent in the community, it will also bring those who have been discussing the need for an arts corridor in Plattsburgh and NCCCA together," added McCormick.
The exhibit currently has more than 20 pieces and counting, said McCormick, with submissions consisting of paintings, photography, sculptures and books.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held this Friday from 5-8 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jay Lesage from 5-6 p.m. and from Shameless Strangers at 7 p.m. The showing is free to the general public, although McCormick said donations will be accepted for those who wish to help support the NCCCA and ADKYP.
The exhibit will be on display at the cultural center through Friday, March 19. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.