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Mini-masterpieces on sale at Kirkland Art Center

Posted 7/6/22

The Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will host their annual “Just Add Water” community exhibition, sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, from July 9 through July 23, with an online …

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Mini-masterpieces on sale at Kirkland Art Center

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CLINTON — The Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will host their annual “Just Add Water” community exhibition, sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, from July 9 through July 23, with an online sale starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.

“This is our eighth year of ‘Just Add Water’ in collaboration with Golden Artist Colors of New Berlin and it has become one of our most popular community events of the year”, said KAC Executive Director David Fitzgerald. “The exhibition will feature original watercolors by artists from all across the region. We have artists who submit their work every year, and also community members who come back year after year to buy their favorite pieces.”

Each artist received a donated Golden Artist Colors QoR watercolor palette and a 4.25” square of watercolor paper. With few rules except that the work should not be signed, the artists can let their creativity flow as they compose their original work with the free materials provided.

Artists both professional and amateur, from kids to over 90 years old and all walks of life submit their mini-masterpieces to be enjoyed by the public in the exhibition and offered for sale to support the art center. The variety of styles and subjects means that there always is something for everyone.

One of the highlights of the show is that all of the artwork is anonymous until after the works are taken down at the end of the show and mailed to the person who bought it.

“People are excited to see if they can guess who each piece was painted by, and everyone is eager to get to the online sale early so that they don’t miss out on their favorite,” board president, Damhnait McHugh said.

Each piece will be on sale online for $25 starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at www.kacny.org. All proceeds support the Kirkland Art Center’s mission of educating children and adults in the community to advocate for artists and the arts, as well as a wide range of cultural experiences and performances.

Brenda Cretney, an award-winning Signature Member of NFWS from Brockport, will judge the submissions this year. Her task is to pick Best in Show and Honorable Mentions in the U-18 category and the general category. It won’t be an easy job, given past years. 

The Gallery is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

All exhibitions are free and everyone is welcome.

Due to construction on the art center roof, access to the KAC Gallery is through the side door to the left of the building; the KAC is regretful that the construction means that wheelchair access for this show is not possible. 

For more information call 315-853-8871 or go online to www.kacny.org.

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