From left, Ann Hall, Sen. Betty Little, and Kate Hartley point to the final piece of the North Creek Mosaic Project’s first panel on Sunday, Sept. 29. Little won the chance to place the last piece during a special party.
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) won the raffle held at the “Last Piece Party” on Sunday, Sept. 29. The prize was opportunity to place the last piece in the large community mural on retaining walls located on Main Street in North Creek, completing the first panel of the project.
The North Creek Mosaic Project is being sponsored by Johnsburg Fine Arts, Inc. and has enjoyed support from the entire community. Over the past three summers, nearly 500 volunteers have worked on the project, providing labor, materials and other assistance. The mural is a mosaic made from tiles, glass bottles, seashells, and stained glass, much of it donated by local residents and businesses. The large flowing scene depicts various groups enjoying skiing, fishing and rafting in a lush outdoor setting.
“It celebrates the natural beauty of the area with plants, animals, and scenes of recreation popular in our region,” said Kate Hartley, the lead artist on the project.
Speaking before the raffle, Little praised Hartley’s vision and community spirit.
“What a fabulous piece of art! The more you look at it, the more you see in it,” Little said. “This is going to last a lot longer than all of us and couldn’t have been done without everyone’s support and participation. It’s one for the books and will do doubt become a Warren County tourist attraction.”
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) was also present and spoke before the raffle.
“I want to congratulate you, Kate, for your help in beautifying this community, this mural will be a destination in and of itself,” Stec said.
Ann Hall won the second prize in the raffle, the opportunity to place the second to last piece in the mosaic panel. After both Hall and Little had placed their pieces and completed the panel, Hartley asked all of the people in attendance who had contributed to the mural to come up and pose for pictures in front of it. So many people came forward that they barely fit along the length of the mural.
“I hope that everyone who didn’t come forward will contribute to the project and join us in front of the mural next year,” Hartley said.
She also announced that Johnsburg Fine Arts is offering free art classes for adults in Wevertown on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, Hartley will be offering a mosaics class at the Tannery Pond Community Center beginning Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a $25 fee (which will include the cost of the materials which will be provided).
There are several sections of blank retaining wall left which Hartley and her volunteers will be turning their attention to next.
An outline sketch and even a few pieces of brightly colored mosaic tile can already be seen on the section of wall to the left of the mural.