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Clayton Campbell: Inspiring others

Clayton Campbell looks over his linotype print “Sequence” at the Champlain Wine Company in Plattsburgh. He is shown at the opening reception of his exhibition that will run through early May.

Clayton Campbell looks over his linotype print “Sequence” at the Champlain Wine Company in Plattsburgh. He is shown at the opening reception of his exhibition that will run through early May.

— Some of the work Campbells has on display at the Champlain Wine Company represents his first ventures into the medium, when he was experimenting with ink and getting to know the printmaking process.

As his skill progresses, Campbell hopes his prints will become something that engages people to look deeper.

But he doesn’t think he’s quite there yet.

“I want to figure out how to make the viewer involved,” Campbell said. “I want them to be actively involved in it, and I haven’t figured that out yet.”

But in some ways, Campbell has succeeded.

One of his prints, “Sequence,” consists of three blue teardrops imprinted on three lightly colored shapes that resemble feathers, or grasses, or moth antennae.

On each teardrop, there is the vague, black outline of a figure.

Viewing the piece raises questions as to its meaning, which Campbell described as a meditation on his friendship with three different people.

Natalie Peck, who owns the Champlain Wine Company with her husband, Colin Read, said she welcomed the idea of displaying art at their shop.

“Some day I’d like to see local art in all the public spaces downtown,” Peck said.

The Champlain Wine Company opened in October 2011, and has hosted one other art opening.

Peck and Read sell about 25 New York State wines at the Wine Company, including wines from local wineries Amazing Grace Vineyards and Vesco Ridge Vineyards.

They also sell their own wine, which covers a wide range of reds and whites, all produced from grapes grown on their Mooers farm.

Peck said the showings have helped draw people into her business, and also offer a venue for the artists to sell their work.

There is no commission on art sales, so all of the money goes directly to the artist.

“It benefits the artists and it benefits the business,” Campbell said. “Everyone’s success is our success.”

Peck said there is no definite end-date for the exhibition, but that it will probably run until early March, at which time she hopes to get another artist in.

Artists interested in participating in ROTA’s off-site gallery program can email samples of their work to gallery coordinator Kaitlyn Donovan at kaitlyndonovan22@gmail.com.

Donovan said she isn’t looking for any more off-site locations until she finds more artists to fill wall space, but encouraged interested businesses to email her as well.

The Champlain Wine Company is located at 8 City Hall Place in Plattsburgh and is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

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