By HEATHER NELLIS
Recorder News Staff
HAGAMAN -- The village's annual art show has turned into a hot commodity for artists starving to display their work, organizers say.
The 21st annual installment of the village's art show will open at noon today, featuring 60 artists judged in seven different categories.
The early-bird artists apparently got the worm, as there were so many applications, people had to be turned away, said show Chairman Bob Stangle.
He credits the interest to a lack of such shows in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
"Just the fact that we have all these people apply, and the large number of people involved, shows that there are few places for artists to display their work," Stangle said. A similar show in Gloversville was discontinued two years ago, he said, and though last spring, an event was drummed up for high school artists, "but it's not helping all artists."
"Some car shows might invite artists to display their work, but people go to see antique cars, not paintings," Stangle continued. "It's like a side attraction. But in Hagaman, the artwork is the main attraction."
The show started with only 12 artists at its first event 21 years ago. It was started by an Events Committee created for the village's centennial celebration. The only event to stick around from that committee is the art show.
Not only have the artists taken notice of the event, but Stangle said attendance has held strong the past few years.
"It's amazing the number of people how come to view the work. Most come to look, not a lot of people purchase pieces, but maybe in time that will change," he said.
On Friday, art show judge Carolyn Justice, a Saratoga Springs pastel artist, pinned ribbons for first, second and third places and honorable mentions in each medium, along with a $100 Best of Show award.
She said she awarded the pieces with what she deemed "strong composition and interesting subject matter."
"Like in this photograph," she said, pointing at a work she pinned with an honorable mention, "I liked the use of lights and darks, and the negative shapes."
For best in show, she chose a wintery scene painted in oil.
"I liked the atmosphere, the softness, and the interesting use of subtle colors," Justice said.
Pawling Hall will open its doors today and Sunday to the public, where art appreciators can cast their own ballots for the Public Choice ribbon. A winner will be announced at the end of the show on Sunday just before 5 p.m.
The event, which will run noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, is free to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Pawling Hall is located at 86 Pawling St.