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CNY Arts Center announces art gallery opening

FULTON, NY – With a successful start to programming and events in its State Street facility, CNY Arts Center is expanding its community presence with the soft opening of Arts in the Heart Gallery in downtown Fulton at 47 S. First St.

A grand opening open house is scheduled for June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with harpist Marcella Slater performing from 2 to 4 p.m.

The new space will give artists an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the public hoping to generate awareness, sales and demand for regional art.

“We are stepping out with the idea that if we provide this affordable opportunity for artists to participate, the economic potential for all artists will grow along with an increased appetite for the arts,” said Nancy Fox, director of the Arts Center. “The arts as an industry will have a significant impact when we harness that potential and bring it right to the community. Through the arts center programming, we are discovering artists of all mediums. Providing this public space to exhibit their art is a giant step forward for many of them.”

Art on display exhibits a variety of mediums and can include drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, and sculpture or 3D design.

Artist Kendra Matott is featured artist for this first month.

Kendra is a mixed media artist with a BFA from SUNY Potsdam. She enjoys working with everything from graphite and charcoal to acrylic and photography, usually all at the same time.

She uses this wide range of materials to create works that display a vivid sense of color and movement.

Kendra is also CNY Art Center’s studio arts coordinator.

Monthly social events are being planned to allow the public to meet and mingle with artists like Kendra.

Art demonstrations are being arranged for Saturdays during farmers’ market held in the nearby parking lot.

The gallery will also be available to artists for private exhibits and by appointment. Artists will be working in the gallery a few hours each month as part of the all-volunteer staff.

The nonprofit CNY Arts Center is run entirely by volunteers.

Artists can still apply for space in the gallery which is located at 47 S. First St. across from the city gazebo.

“With farmers’ market, and events happening in the gazebo and along the river all summer long, we felt confident this prime location would be a great place to generate the necessary foot traffic as we introduce these artists to the community,” said Bonnie McClellan, project lead for the Art Gallery expansion. “And it will be a nice addition for downtown shoppers, employees and restaurants.”

Not limited to Fulton, artists from the CNY region are encouraged to apply and will find more information at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.