While the visual splendor of the southern Adirondack Park can be seen all over Fulton County, residents and visitors to the area need not look any further than a series of locally owned and supported art galleries for visual stimulation.
Indeed, opportunities to see visual art abound in Fulton County, the most prominent of which is the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry Art Gallery. The free-admission gallery is located in the chamber’s offices at the corner of Fulton and Main streets in Gloversville.
Throughout the year, the chamber promotes the visual arts through its partnership with The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN), an organization that serves the region’s growing arts community in a variety of ways.
SVAN, which was founded in 1997 by a group of nearly 30 local artists, has its own gallery located in the Fulton County Chamber Visitor Center at Vail Mills. The gallery is a central meeting place for artists and art lovers and is open most weekdays.
SVAN also sponsors dozens of visual-art centered events throughout the year, including the annual Downtown Gloversville Art Fair and Sale, which provides local artists an opportunity to showcase and sell their works. The fair, which takes place each summer, is held across from the Gloversville Farmers’ Market in the park between Elm and North Main Streets.
Off the Beaten Path
A handful of smaller galleries also help supplement the visual arts experiences available in Fulton County. Perhaps the most notable is the Micropolis Art Gallery, which is housed in the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market at 30 N. Main St. in downtown Gloversville.
The Micropolis Art Gallery is a great way to see the diversity of visual art that exists in Fulton County, as the gallery features local artists from a variety of styles, including photography, painting, textiles and mixed media.
One of the most recent additions to the growing gallery community in Fulton County is located in Northville at The Orendaga on Northville Lake, an overnight inn that also contains the Bellwether Ceramic Studio and the Main House Gallery. In addition to showcasing local work, the Bellwether Ceramic Studio also offers a series of classes and workshops.
Other galleries such as the one located in the Northville Public Library help to serve outlying areas of the community. In addition to formal galleries, local businesses like Robyn Dee’s Hair Design also display local art throughout the year.
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