Area residents gather in 2016 for the annual Northville Rotary Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday.
By WINNIE BLACKWOOD
For the Express
NORTHVILLE — Over its nine year course, the Northville Rotary Club’s annual Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend has grown from its first year with 11 juried artists to this weekend’s with over 60, who all have varied talents.
The artists include: photographers, potters, painters, jewelers, weavers, glass painters, blacksmiths, glass blowers, woodburners and woodworkers. Items created by the artists will be available for purchase.
“We do have a lot,” said Rotary Club Secretary Susan Owens. “It’s a variety of different kinds of art. Some are new and some have been with us for many, many years.”
Glen Marsh of Middle Grove and Paul Petrie Jr. of Gloversville were selected by the Rotary Club’s chair and committee as this year’s featured artist. The club picks artists who are seen for their unique art form and who are also masters of their field, Owens said.
“We try to get people that are very accomplished in their fields,” Owens said.
Marsh is an award winning landscape photographer, who does not use digital photography, but instead old film photography.
Marsh is quoted saying “what you see is what you get,” in a 2017 Featured Artists news release.
Some of Marsh’s pieces can be seen in the hallways of hospitals, Owens said.
Marsh’s works have also appeared on the cover of Adirondack Life, and are used by advertising and design agencies in Chicago and New York City.
Petrie is a woodworker and a woodturner, who creates detailed bowls and other wooden items.
The tree is a source of exploration for Petrie. He gives the tree life and produces beauty with a combination of structure, grain and texture, according to the release.
Petrie’s work has appeared in the Association of American Woodturners magazine, Woodturning UK, and on the cover of the sixteenth issue of Woodworking in Action, along with an article.
Non-profit organizations will also have booths, including Girl Scout Troop 2090, the Great Sacandaga Lake Association and Paul Nigra Center for the Creative Arts.
The Rotary Club is a non-profit organization themselves, and the event is their fundraiser. Profits are made from the artist’s fee, the silent auction which each artist has donated a piece towards and the raffles, including a performance bike donated by the Bike Works in Johnstown and a kayak donated by Fuel n’ Food in Mayfield.
A refurbished 1952 Penn Yan Cartopper rowboat completed this year by the Rotary Club and friends will also be raffled.
The funds raised will help with donations the Rotary Club makes, including: scholarships for the Northville Central School seniors, the Northampton Summer Youth Program, veterans organizations, the Rotary Foundation’s worldwide projects and Polio Plus, a worldwide Rotary program to eradicate polio.
The event, held at the Bradt Municipal Building and Town Park on 412 S. Main St., will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.