By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — After more than two decades, the Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society is continuing to showcase and shine a spotlight onto local art.
The society is in the midst of its annual show at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center. This year’s show is called “Autumn Jewels,” but the artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be centered around the fall season. This is the 21st year the group has had its show at the center.
This year’s show, which will be in the center until Nov. 20, features 37 artists, all of whom were local. To exhibit in the show, artists don’t have to be members of the society, but most of the featured artists this year are members.
While most artists in the society are painters, said Jack Morgan, last year’s chairman, there is a photographer in the group as well. The society meets at the senior center once a month, and most of those meetings feature presentations from other local artists.
“We try to have different types of demonstrations at each meeting,” Morgan said.
But the end of the “Autumn Jewels” show doesn’t mean that the group will be slowing down anytime soon. Some of the art from this show will probably be sold, Morgan said. The society will have an exhibit at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library in December, and also recently became members of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.
The show was judged by local artist Takeyce Walter, who was born in Jamaica, and currently works as an art instructor in upstate New York. There were three winners and a number of honorable mentions. Best in show went to Maria Tsai. Second place in photography went to Janice Kralovic and second place in painting went to Cathy McNulty.
Third place went to Karen Woodin, and Richard Kitchen, Marilyn Merril, and Faith Weldon all received honorable mention.