TICONDEROGA - Local artists are enjoying their new home in Ticonderoga.
After two years on Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga Arts has moved its gallery to the lower level of the Hancock House.
"It's really a beautiful room; a perfect space for our gallery," Jerry Cooper, chairman of Ticonderoga Arts, said. "It's working out great."
The gallery is handicap accessible and can be reached directly from the Hancock House parking lot or through the upstairs museum.
It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through December.
The gallery currently exhibits the work of about a dozen local artists - painters, photographers, potters, woodworkers and others.
"We're always looking for new artists," Cooper said. "We need watercolors. That's an important art form in this area."
Most of the artists are members of Ticonderoga Arts, although non-members are allowed to exhibit one piece. Membership rates are $15 for students, $25 for people age 60 and older, $35 for individuals and $40 for families annually.
All the work is for sale, except for the Memorial Exhibit. That is a collection of work by the late Art Secor and Helen Potter.
Secor was a charter member of Ticonderoga Arts and Potter joined shortly after the organization formed.
"That's an important exhibit for us," Cooper said. "They were both board members and very active."
"They are greatly missed," added Joan Pulling, an artist and Ticonderoga Arts member.
The gallery opened with a reception held in conjunction with the Hancock House in May.
Attendance has been building throughout the summer.
"We're getting more traffic," Cooper said. "It was pretty slow, but it's picking up as people realize we're here."
In June the gallery hosted a reception for student artists from Ticonderoga Elementary School that attracted about 80 people.
"We'd like to do more projects with the school," Cooper said. "We've talked to the art teachers and they're very receptive."
Having a gallery in Ticonderoga is a great asset to local artists, Pulling said.
"I love having a gallery here," she said. "I'm local and it makes my life so much easier.
"I tried to exhibit in Glens Falls in the (19)80s and was told I lived too far away for membership," Pulling added. "So, I went to a gallery in Essex, an hour away.
"To have my work here in Ticonderoga May to December at such a small cost is wonderful," she said.
Besides artists, the gallery is also in need of volunteers to work while it's open.
"We're always looking for artists and volunteers," Cooper said. "We depend greatly on our volunteers."