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Discover Downtown Gloversville

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Arts In and Around Gloversville


The word “artist” typically brings the image to mind of a person creating paintings or drawings. However, an artist can be a person who practices any of the creative arts including performance art such as an entertainer, showman, musician, etc., and Gloversville offers a variety of opportunities for artists, as well as entertainment options for fans of art.

Micropolis Cooperative Inc. hosts a gallery that is located inside the Mohawk Harves Food Cooperative at 30 N. Main St. Established in 2011, the organization celebrates regional artists and showcases artwork created in a wide range of media and styles, including paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber art, mixed media, glass, digital art, jewelry, pottery, woodland collages, baskets, and fine arts card. Its mission statement includes providing “artists with an opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork, build awareness of and support for the regional art community, and be a part of the revitalization of downtown Gloversville.” In addition to the gallery being manned by volunteers, the artists also take a turn at being on hand to talk to the public about their work and what inspires them. The gallery also hosts several “Meet the Artists Receptions” throughout the year. To learn more about the organization, exhibits or how to become a member, visit https://www.facebook.com/MicropolisGallery

Glove Cities Arts Alliance is another local organization that “seeks to help sustain the health of the arts in our communities.” The alliance hosts the annual Art Walk that is held in Downtown Gloversville, where artwork is on display in downtown storefronts and windows. Last summer, 20 local artists participated with their work on display during the summer and showcased during the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. The alliance has also been promoting concerts at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, including performances by Michael Bisio and Timothy Hill. The organization is partnering with Kearney Development Group to bring an art gallery to a new housing project currently under development at 52 Church Str. that includes artist lofts and art opportunities. For more information on Glove Cities Arts Alliance, email glovecitiesarts@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/glovecitiesarts.


The Schine Gallery, located on the third floor at the Schine Memorial Hall at 40 N. Main St., helps promote local artistic endeavors while partnering with local nonprofit organizations. A new exhibit, "Schine on the Holidays," will open on Nov. 16th.

Located at 42 N. Main St. in the heart of Downtown Gloversville, is the Glove Theatre that entertains audiences throughout the year with music performances, community theater, comedy, holiday shows and more. Last summer, some 75 local youth took to the stage to perform “Disney Frozen Kids” and recently local actors performed in “What Remains of Edith Finch” and “Antigone.” To learn how to get involved with the Glove Theatre, visit the website theglovetheatre.com or email theglovetheatre@gmail.com


The Dorn Space, located at 99 N. Main St., is a “creative haven for performing arts,” according to its website, https://dornspace.tv, and is a family-friendly arts and entertainment venue in Downtown Gloversville. The mission is to promote original material by original artists. To find out more, call (838) 202-4425 or email dornspace@gmail.com.

In the summer, the Gloversville Civic Band and the Gloversville Community Music are very active with concerts and performances. Gloversville Community Music is also a music school located on the third floor at the Schine Memorial Building, 40 N. Main St. and can be contacted by email at gloversvilleCM@gmail.com and through the website https://gloversville-community-music.business.site. To find out more about Gloversville Civic Band and its summer performances, visit https://www.facebook.com/GloversvilleBand


Authors and up and coming novelists seeking assistance with their craft can join the “Write On!” group offered through the Gloversville Public Library at 58 E. Fulton St. An open creative writing workshop for teens (ages 13 and up) and adults is offered every 3rd Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. To learn more, call the library at (518) 725-2819.


Other nearby opportunities in Fulton County include:

· Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) Founded by 30 artists in 1997, SVAN’s mission is to promote the arts throughout the Sacandaga region by improving the quantity, quality, and diversity of cultural programming in the area and improving opportunities for local artists. SVAN sponsors dozens of art-related events, including its summer art trails that includes the Micropolis Art Gallery. To learn more, visit svanarts.org


· Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, located at 2736 State Highway 30, Mayfield, is a community arts center that offers a variety of classes, workshops and lessons, as well as hosts performances and concerts, and art exhibits. To learn more, visit https://www.pncreativeartscenter.org


· Caroga Arts Collective presents over 50 performances and community events featuring world-class artists and their programming includes the Caroga Lake Music Festival, artist residencies, lessons and ensemble program and community events. For more information and how to get involved, visit https://carogaarts.org


· Perrella Gallery at the Fulton Montgomery Community College campus, located at 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown, is a 1,200 square foot facility that hosts work by students and local artists, as well as national and internationally known artists as well. For hours, appointments, and how to get involved, call (518) 736-FMCC ext. 8879.


· Full Grain Magazine is a publication that is distributed throughout the area including Fulton, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties, and is filled with playlists, artwork, interactive doodles, writings, and artwork. It can be found in Gloversville at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market and the Gloversville Public Library. Visit the organization’s website at https://linktr.ee/fullgrainmag to learn more about the magazine, read back issues, and discover how to submit work.


Art is not only great for one’s soul, but it also brings people and communities together. Become a part of the Gloversville art community and meet the creative minds behind the beautiful creativity in this area.

 

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