Betsy Batchelor Nature Artist Reception
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Betsy Batchelor Nature Artist Reception

A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Friday, July 13, from 5 to 7pm at Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery. The gallery will be kicking off a celebration of its seventh anniversary during the first Downtown Gloversville Twilight Market of the summer.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor, featured artist for July and August, will be on hand to introduce a collection of her 3-dimensional collages made from flora and fauna that she has collected over many years. Betsy is a founding member of Micropolis and has been in a leadership role since the beginning of the art co-op. She is now expanding her involvement by showing her artwork.

In her artist’s statement Betsy writes, “What interests me in these found objects is surface variations and textures, colors, and shapes. My goal with each piece is to create a three-dimensional object which functions as a whole but which upon careful observation reveals the uniqueness of each natural element.  I want the viewer to see form within each piece without my work becoming representational.”

A new show of artwork by Micropolis member artists will also be on display in the gallery. Work will include paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber art, batik, mixed media, woodwork, glass, digital art, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. 

Free and open to the public. The show runs through August at Micropolis, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville. The gallery, which is located inside Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, is open seven days a week. (MON-FRI / 8AM-7PM  —  SAT / 8AM-5PM  —  SUN / 9AM-4PM)  For more information, please go to www.MicropolisGallery.com

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Kathy Klompas: Textile Artist/Printmaker
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Kathy Klompas: Textile Artist/Printmaker

"I have always been energized by color and texture.  I see pattern everywhere I look.

The simple task of collecting colorful fall leaves excited me as a child. Speared onto a stick, they created a delightful object of shaggy texture and subtle color changes, opening a moment spent in bliss as I wandered the backyard.

Yarns, threads, fabrics drew me, making me the only kid eagerly knitting away on the playground at recess.

My first glimpse of a weaving studio took my breath away. What was this magical place?

In college I studied Fiber Arts and Theatrical Costume Design. From there I skipped thru decades of a diverse retail career that has spanned from dressing folks in costumes, to dressing brides and their parties for a most special day, and currently to managing the behind the scenes of merchandising and operations for a national department store.  Continuing studies in surface design and printmaking gave me an opportunity to balance the demands working world by allowing me to routinely color outside the lines.

I shifted from textiles to work on paper, and started Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio. Yet I found myself tearing apart hand pulled prints on rag paper, then stitching them together, merging printing and the love of fiber deep in my soul.  Skills learned from printmaking on paper lead me to  return to working with dyes on  silk fabric employing these same monotype techniques. Inspired by the large dynamic patterns, intense colors, and physical movement used to create large fabric pieces, I began to work with these same dyes , printing on to paper with the use of an etching press.

I continue to experiment with fresh approaches.  Combining elements with collage has brought me back to my early love of gathering, collecting and assembling works of art."

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Meet the Artist Reception: Jon Segan
Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Artist Reception: Jon Segan

on Segan of Fort Edward, NY will be the guest artist at Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery in Gloversville, NY during March and April. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Friday, March 9, from 5 to 7pm at the gallery. 

Jon Segan studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. Although he graduated in 1977, he did not start making art until 2006.  It was during those years that he acquired the skills and experiences necessary to do his work, which involves painting, sculpture, and assemblage.

Outside of his studio work, Jon is an active member of the arts community of the Glens Falls region, volunteering his time to galleries, museums, and arts groups. His work has been shown regionally in solo and group exhibitions, and is in numerous private collections.

In his artist statement Jon states, “In my work I usually combine painting and sculpture with objects, fitting them together spatially into boxes that I construct.  I find that this combination of media makes more likely the opportunities to discover the happy accidents that lead to spiritual order.”

Segan goes on to say, “I paint and sculpt in a straight forward manner to best achieve harmony between the two dimensional image and the three dimensional form.  The coming together of the different elements allows the work to become first image, then object, and ultimately a blending of the two.  This merging allows me the role of the artist, craftsperson, and finally witness.“

A new show of artwork by Micropolis member artists will also be on display in the gallery. Work will include paintings, drawings, photographs, fiber art, batik, mixed media, woodwork, glass, digital art, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. The show will run through the end of April. 

The gallery is located inside Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market at 30 N. Main St., Gloversville, and is open seven days a week. (MON-FRI 8am-6pm / SAT 8am-5pm / SUN 9am-4pm). For more information go to www.MicropolisGallery.com

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