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  • Organization planning Arts Week in western Montgomery Co.

  • The Arts Factory of Montgomery County will celebrate the week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22 as Arts Week in western Montgomery County. That is according to Robert E. Smith, secretary of the organization formed a year ago to support, encourage and cultivate local artists, artisans and venues in the five townships of wes...
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  • The Arts Factory of Montgomery County will celebrate the week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22 as Arts Week in western Montgomery County.
    That is according to Robert E. Smith, secretary of the organization formed a year ago to support, encourage and cultivate local artists, artisans and venues in the five townships of western Montgomery County. Speaking during Tuesday night’s meeting of the St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees, Smith said Minden Town Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush is coordinating the efforts to have the county’s Board of Supervisors issue a proclamation designating Sept. 16 to 22 Arts Week.
    “It will be a week to call attention to the artists and artisans who call western Montgomery County home and to the work they are producing,” he said, adding the organization has identified nearly 100 artists, artisans, musicians and writers within the five townships it serves.
    An artists’ studio tour on Saturday, Sept. 22, will conclude the week-long observance, said Smith.
    He said the organization is achieving its goals through workshops, art shows, concerts, exhibits and cultural enrichment for the residents of and visitors to Root, Canajoharie, Palatine, Minden and St. Johnsville, and conducted an event at the St. Johnsville Marina during the July 16 concert.
    “During the concert by Cleanstreet, the Arts Factory sold refreshments and hosted a small exhibit of works by local artists on the waterfront for the 146 attendees,” said Smith.
    This fall, said Smith, the organization will host mandatory workshops for artists and art venues who will apply for decentralization Council on the Arts grants for 2013.
    In other business Tuesday night, Mayor Bernard Barnes said Smith has agreed to take leadership of the village’s Last Night Committee in preparation for the Dec. 31, 2013, celebration in the village.
    Barnes said while the event is still a year and a half away, the additional time will allow Smith to meet with other committee members to start planning the New Year’s celebration.
    Barnes also said the extra time will allow for organizers and other individuals interested in volunteering to attend the 2012 Last Night celebration in the village of Fort Plain to get an idea of “what works and what doesn’t work in preparation of our own event in 2013.”
    •The mayor announced Smith has agreed to help the village with grant writing.

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