North Country Cultural Center for the Arts gallery co-ordinator Shawna Armstrong, left, and NCCCA executive director Janine Scherline.
More than 40 artists will have their work on display through Jan. 12 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts annual Holiday Member Show.
The opening reception took place Friday, Dec. 7, and gave attendees an opportunity to meet some of the artists and get first dibs on purchasing local artwork.
The event also marked the unveiling of two new developments at the NCCCA — the gallery’s brand new floor and the transformation of the gift shop into a library.
Artists at the opening mingled with the crowd and often commented on the wide variety of mediums on display, which included ceramics, stained glass, jewelry, photography and paintings.
Most of the art at the Holiday Member Show is on sale, and, because of the holidays, can be picked up Dec. 20.
One of the artists whose work is on display is photographer Ron Nolland, who can often be found at places like Ausable Point, where he enjoys an endless supply of subjects for his nature-inspired photographs.
Nolland has been a member of NCCCA since 2005 and has three photos on display at the holiday exhibit.
The body of his photographic work reflects the scale of nature—from the expansive wetland at Ausable Point to two fern fiddleheads bending toward one another.
“Everything I do is abstract and nature photography,” Nolland said. “I love water, landscapes and close ups.”
Nolland, who started shooting about nine years ago, quickly fell in love with capturing images.
Now, with photographs on display at NCCCA, Stonybrook Gallery in Morrisonville and the Plattsburgh International Airport, it is safe to say it has evolved into more than a hobby.
“I’m often on photo websites, taking inspiration from advanced hobbyists and enthusiasts,” Nolland said. “I like to look at what non-professional photographers are doing.”
Nolland likes the sense of community amongst his fellow semi-pro photographers, and it is that community feel that Janine Scherline, executive director for the NCCCA, said the arts center is trying to create in the North Country.
“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.