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Off-site galleries taking hold in region

Photographer Ron Nolland’s work is on display through June at the Best Western Plus, the Inn at Smithfield as part of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ off-site gallery program.

Photographer Ron Nolland’s work is on display through June at the Best Western Plus, the Inn at Smithfield as part of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ off-site gallery program. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

All of Nolland’s work is for sale.

“This is really about getting the community to recognize what a great area we have, and that we have to be vested in it,” Smith said. “If we can develop this ground swell for the arts, I think we’ll see all kinds of positive change come out of it.”

Shawna Armstrong, gallery coordinator and graphic designer for NCCCA, said the off-site gallery program has been in the works for some time, and that it is moving forward quickly.

The goal is to begin having quarterly openings at the different locations, starting in July.

“We’ve had interest from other businesses and artists, and we’re just trying to get them all on the same timeline,” Armstrong said.

But every location is different, so some locations are better suited for certain types of art than others.

“We’ve literally just formalized the process, so we’re branding it and putting together contracts for both the artists and gallery sites,” said Janine Scherline, NCCCA’s executive director.

To mark the beginning of the program’s next quarter, two more off-site galleries will open in July—one at the Plattsburgh Public Library and the other at CVPH.

A current off-site gallery, the Plattsburgh Development Corp., will also be switching Penelope Clute’s and Gail Kemp’s “Outdoor Textures” photography exhibit to “Cherish Solitude,” an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Bobby Ziemba and Suzanne Doin on Friday, March 29.

Both Armstrong and Scherline said they’d like to get more artists involved, but for now it is by invitation only.

Businesses interested in hosting an off-site gallery should contact Janine Scherline at director@plattsburgharts.org.

Artists interested in having their work shown should contact Shawna Armstrong at gallery@plattsburgharts.org.

Visit plattsburgharts.org for more information.

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