SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Art lovers made their way to the National Museum of Dance over the weekend for the 11th annual Saratoga Arts Celebration.
Stained glass, quilts, drawings, paintings, jewelry, clothing, sculptures and more were all available for people to admire or purchase during the two-day event, held Saturday and Sunday at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.
Thousands of attendees enjoyed browsing the different displays, featuring artwork by a diverse group of local, regional and national artists.
“It’s amazing how many people came out for this,” said festival director Sue Brown Gordon, who founded the juried boutique show more than a decade ago.
One of the most special moments in the show’s history happened on Saturday when a couple from Long Island got engaged at the event.
“It was so sweet,” Brown Gordon said. “That put everyone in a really happy mood.”
Another highlight of this year’s festival was the new “Paint A Car” station, at which kids had the opportunity to show off their artistic abilities on a car donated by Saratoga Motors.
“It’s really fun to watch parents and kids paint,” Brown Gordon said, looking at the colorful vehicle.
Additionally, children were able to do a mobile sculpture making project with Karen Lyons.
“We hope that it will encourage young people to want to exhibit with us in the future,” Brown Gordon said. “We’re building the next generation of artists and patrons.”
Eventually, she envisions having an area for kids to showcase their own work at the Saratoga Arts Celebration, which is ranked by artists as one of the top fine art festivals in the country.
Throughout the show, artists are encouraged to interact and educate the public. Local pencil artist Tammy Liu-Haller does this by demonstrating her drawing process. On Sunday, she was working on a charcoal image of a ball python in the museum hallway.
Now in her second year at Saratoga Arts…