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Artist Julie Takacs showed off numerous pieces Sunday, including collage work and altered books.

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Andre Ernst plays with a band consisting of his family members during Sunday's March of the Arts event.

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This piece by artist Julie Takacs contains many elements, including paint, pearls, lace and pieces of old books.

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Artist Richard Davis speaks to attendees about his work Sunday.


The Arts Factory shows off four local artists during second March of the Arts

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Updated: 8:25 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN — On Sunday afternoon, the Table at Fort Plain filled with lovers of the arts, who came to support The Arts Factory of Montgomery County and the four local artists who displayed their work during the Second Annual March of the Arts.

While last year's event, held at Arkell Center, was invitation only — an attempt to familiarize the Arts Factory with local artists, and the artists with one another — this year's event was open to the public, and featured numerous pieces from the four select artists — Julie Takacs, Phyllis Lapi, Tim and Dana Shaffer, and Richard Davis — each chosen to represent one of the towns the Arts Factory represents (Minden, Canajoharie, Root, St. Johnsville and Palatine). 

The Arts Factory's goal in holding an event such as Sunday's, said President Bob Buck, is not only to promote local artists, but local arts venues. Buck noted that he plans to showcase other venues in the future, possibly including The Windfall Dutch Barn in Salt Springville. 

Buck, who said that the Arts Factory frequently posts updates on their Facebook page and on Canajoharie's Ready To Grow Committee page, stated of future goals, "One of the things we're going to focus on after this event is more and better communication with the public and the artists." He noted that there are so many artists in the area that still haven't made contact with the Arts Factory, and Buck hopes that events such as Sunday's and articles such as this, will "encourage artists to contact us," so they can remain up to date regarding the Arts Factory's plans, and vice versa.

Artist Phyllis Lapi had numerous pieces on display Sunday including a still life, florals and landscapes. The pieces she chose to display, she said, were "a representation of what I like to do." 

Lapi also displayed a floor cloth that she planned to soon donate to the Little Falls Center for the Arts for an upcoming auction. She noted that the canvas cloth — adorned with crows, a colorful pattern, bird footprints, and Indian corn — wasn't created in the traditional style. Traditional floor cloths, she said, "were the first carpeting, basically," as most people couldn't afford to import carpeting, and would be stenciled or painted with a pattern. 

Lapi said that she's been creating contemporary floor cloths for three years, explaining "I like doing them, they're a lot of fun." She commented that she's unsure about whether the people who own them actually use them as intended, noting that many people probably hang them on the wall.

Of Sunday's event, Lapi stated, "It's wonderful — it's been great. It's a lot of nice people, and it's fun to talk to the other artists, and to all the people who are supporting the arts."

The Arts Factory's next planned event is September 21, from 1-5 p.m., when the Second Annual artists' studio tour will be held, allowing people to tour local spaces where art is created. Last year's event, featuring ten artists, was highly successful, bringing in not only locals, but people from places such as Johnstown, Gloversville, Amsterdam and Albany. 

Buck stated that he hopes numerous events will take place throughout the area that week, Sept. 16-22, which was declared arts week by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. "We want a lot of different events going on that week," said Buck, adding of the Arts Factory, "We're not here to run every event. We're here to help artists get together and do their own shows, and we can help to promote them."

If you're a local artist and would like to obtain more information about the Arts Factory, or if you'd like information about how to become involved with the organization, which is still seeking board members, contact Buck at (518) 698-3004.

Joshua Thomas - Artist Phyllis Lapi showed watercolor pieces, landscapes, a still life and a floor cloth Sunday.

Joshua Thomas - Sunday's entertainment was provided by an untitled family band, featuring Andre Ernst on guitar, Rick Ernst on mandolin, Doug Ernst on guitar, Maggie Ernst on fiddle, Maeve Ernst on flute, and Oliver McGive on banjo.

Joshua Thomas - Phyllis Lapi showed this floor cloth Sunday, adorned with crows, Indian corn, bird footprints, and a colorful pattern.


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