Inaugural Art Festival a success

Caroline McGraw talks with Linda Luther and Linda Morganson about McGraw's art work Saturday, May 27th, 2017 during the arts festival in Lions Park on Rosendale Road in Niskayuna, NY. Photo By Eric JenksCaroline McGraw talks with Linda Luther and Linda Morganson about McGraw's art work Saturday, May 27th, 2017 during the arts festival in Lions Park on Rosendale Road in Niskayuna, NY. Photo By Eric Jenks

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

Only the weather outshined the displays of paintings and photography at the inaugural Niskayuna Art Festival on May 27.

The event featured 15 local painters and photographers who set up tents and showed off their work at Lions Park.

Among the participants was John Morrette, retired art teacher who, now that he has time on his hands, devotes himself to painting. He has exhibited his watercolor landscape works at Niskayuna’s Art Station before.

Colonie-based photographer Tracey Scott was also in attendance. She has been taking photos for seven years and is self-taught. While she enjoys taking pictures in the mountains, one of her favorite photos was taken in Lions Park.

“I came down one day and it was very foggy,” Scott said. “I thought, ‘This could be interesting.’ ”

She captured an image of the sun rising through the fog.

The youngest participant was Niskayuna High School junior Caroline McGraw, who focuses on digitally manipulated images. It was her first show and she took home second place.

Pleinair painting enthusiast Jennifer Politano works mostly with oil paint and focuses on historic buildings, like the ones found at the Wiawaka Center and Niskayuna’s Reformed Church.

“Painting outside is a game,” Politano said. “You have to work quickly before the light and shadows change.”

The festival was a juried competition and the results were:

For Art: 1st Place, Chris Lennon; 2nd Place, Deborah Angilletta; 3rd place, Tim Prendergast.

For Photography: 1st place, Susan Sabino; 2nd Place, Caroline McGraw; 3rd place, Tracey Scott.

Honorable Mentions:  Roger Douse and Chris Lennon.