Stan Burdick, a cartoonost, exhibits his work at the new Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga.
Sharon Reynolds envisions a day when Ticonderoga will be an arts and cultural destination.
“We have so many talented people,” said Reynolds, executive director of PRIDE. “All we need are opportunities for them to display their talents to the world. This is a great step forward.”
Reynolds was among dozens of people attending the grand opening of the new Downtown Gallery July 19. Located at 119 Montcalm St., the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The gallery is part of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance’s cultural arts initiative, explained Justin Woods, alliance CEO and president.
The idea, Woods explained, is to link the Downtown Gallery with the Ti Arts gallery in the Hancock House along with exhibits at the PRIDE office, the alliance office, North Country Community College and Ticonderoga Heritage Museum to create a “Ti Arts Walk.”
Cathie Burdick, executive director of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, likes the idea.
“We (local arts groups) have been meeting and we’ve agreed to all work together,” Burdick said. “A joint effort helps everyone.”
Burdick noted the Ti Festival Guild and the Ti Revitalization Alliance will jointly present a concert by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Friday, Aug. 3, at St. Mary’s Church at 7 p.m.
Matt Courtright, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the gallery opening. Not only does it bring an attraction to the community, he noted, it fills a vacant store front.
“It’s a wonderful addition to our downtown,” he said.
Britney McCarthy, an exhibiting artist and art teacher at Ticonderoga High School, said the new gallery and the emphasis on the arts is positive development for the community.
“I think it’s very exciting, even inspiring,” McCarthy said. “The work (art) is wonderful. I hope everyone takes the time to visit.”
McCarthy hopes to utilize the gallery for student projects when classes resume at Ti High.
The opening featured live entertainment by Ashley Sophia. Refreshments were donated by Montcalm Liquors and Eddie's Restaurant.
Featured artists at the Downtown Gallery include photographer Terry Brannock, cartoonist Stan Burdick, painter Michelle Danforth, woodworker George DeMers, stained glass artist Kerry Fingland, mixed media artist Sarah Gabler, painter Bette Ladeau, photographer Andrea McDonald, painter Britney McCarthy, photographer Richard Timberlake, photographer Terry Walsh and Caroline Verner, who exhibited flower vases and photography. There is also art from a North Country Community College drawing class.
Information on the gallery can be found online at www.facebook/TiconderogaDowntownGallery.
The Downtown Gallery is located in space donated by Peter and Lynne Reale and John and Carrie Reale.