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Holiday Member Show kicks off at NCCCA

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts gallery co-ordinator Shawna Armstrong, left, and NCCCA executive director Janine Scherline.

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts gallery co-ordinator Shawna Armstrong, left, and NCCCA executive director Janine Scherline. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— “This show is really about moving forward with our mission of connecting the community with the arts,” Scherline said. “We have so many talented people who are local in the region. Sometimes there’s this desire to bring in somebody special, but I think we have a lot of special talents right here.”

Displaying art in a gallery is one way to connect the community with local art, and Nancy and Dan Vesco have another.

The couple own Vesco Ridge Vineyards in West Chazy, and they provided free tastings of four of their wines at the Holiday Member Show.

This year, the label on their limited edition wine, Authentic Adirondack Coast New York Red Table Wine, features a painting called Adirondack Harvest, which won an Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project contest last year.

The money comes full circle, as the Vescos donate a portion of each sale of the wine to the NCCCA.

Amy Guglielmo, the painter whose work adorns the bottle, is also one of the many painters whose work is on display at the show.

Guglielmo was born and raised in Plattsburgh and, when she isn’t painting, she’s writing children’s books.

She spends the winter in Costa Rica with her husband, Brian Giebel, who is a freelance writer, but every summer the couple returns to the North Country, where they continue to be involved in the area’s growing art scene.

Guglielmo said that many of her paintings are landscapes, which isn’t her favorite subject, but she still finds them inspirational.

“It’s sort of nostalgia,” Guglielmo said. “There’s this one spot on the Adirondack Northway in Lewis that I always notice. Every time I’m driving home I see that, and I know I’m home.”

The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Holiday Member Show runs through Jan. 12. The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, visit plattsburgharts.org.

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