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Virginia Hoeppner, of Glenville, looks at her favorite piece “Fertile Fields.”

By MORGAN FRISCH

Recorder News Staff

HAGAMAN — Mary Kruger has been taking pictures since her father bought her a camera when she was 10 years old.

Now her images are on display at the 26th Annual Hagaman Art Show.

The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the village office, 86 Pawling St., from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, as well as free refreshments, and 50/50 and artwork raffles.

Kruger was one of dozens of artists setting up their work Thursday morning. The show has 60 artists showing off their paintings, drawings, mixed media and photography. Each participant gets one peg board panel to hang their work. Some artists will have pieces for sale, while others come just to display or socialize.

Village clerk Virginia Salamack, who is also the president of the Hagaman Events Committee, which sponsored the show, said it started back during the village’s centennial celebration. Of the events that took place that year, the art show is the one that stuck.

Salamack said she would advertise for the event, but she doesn’t need to, since a lot of the artists call throughout the year asking if they can have a spot. She said the participants are a mixture of new people and others who return each fall.

“We get a good crowd here,” she said. “It’s a social event.”

Kruger said since she has retired she’s had more time to go for walks with her camera. She was hanging up pictures of flowers and other outdoor scenery Thursday.

“It’s a very nice event and I look forward to it every year,” she said.

Virginia Hoeppner, of Glenville, is attending the show for the first time. As she set up Thursday morning, she pointed to her painting called “Fertile Fields.”

“I like the colors,” she said. “They just pop at me.” She said this was her favorite piece on display of the pieces she brought.

Hoeppner said she started painting back in 1996 when she took a watercolor painting class. She has since expanded to acrylic abstract and nonrepresentational painting.

Debra Carpenter, of Guilderland, is also a first-time attendee this year. According to her biography provided by art show organizers, she began painting landscapes in 2016 with watercolor and gouache. She has since added oils and acrylics to the mix.

“I’m excited,” Carpenter said.

All winning ribbons will be placed prior to the art show this weekend. The judge is Takeyce Walter, who is a contemporary American painter and art instructor. According to her biography, Walter exhibits paintings online, in regional galleries in the Northeast, in private collections and in a local museum collection.

Walter will award first, second and third place ribbons for each category as well as an honorable mention and best of show. The best of show winner will receive $100.

A special “Public Choice” ribbon will also be awarded. This will be announced at the end of the show on Sunday. Village Mayor Robert Krom will select his favorite piece and the winner will receive $25.

Jean Antis, of Johnstown, has been participating in the Hagaman Art Show for about six or seven years. She was found setting up her paintings on Thursday.

She said this weekend is the chance for her to see fellow artists and friends that she wouldn’t get to see otherwise.

“It’s about once a year I get to see them at the art show,” she said. “I enjoy seeing them.”

Some of her oil paintings on display were of cats, a farm stand that she used to visit with her family and scenery from the Schoharie Crossing — where she often likes to go.

“[My paintings] are usually something that means a lot to me,” Antis said.