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You may have noticed all the art and people near Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute but did you see the steamroller? Nichole was there! Check out her recap.

Posted by Made In Utica on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MWPAI Art Festival Inspires All

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Between dodging rain drops almost every day this past week I was able make it to Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Arts Festival and Sidewalk Show.

The rain held off early Friday afternoon, which made for perfect viewing weather.

As I wandered down the sidewalk, I couldn’t help but notice there was a lot of artwork on display ranging from several mediums including oil and acrylic, photography, watercolor, prints and drawings, mixed media, and sculptures.

The show also had submissions from area high school students. The talent displayed was amazing! It certainly is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their work to the public and I can truly say this first hand as it was the original connection that sparked my creativity. Ten years ago, as a senior at Whitesboro High School I submitted my first photograph to the sidewalk art show and that is what inspires me to share my work to this day.

Throughout the event, Sidewalk Show goers had the ability to vote on artwork by participating in the People’s Choice Awards by choosing one work from each category. I must say this was a challenging task to complete as there were so many beautiful works of art and it was hard to choose just one for each category.

As it hit the lunch hour the side walk started to become full of viewers admiring the local works of art. The band Leg Up took the stage which added an element of cool blues into the mix. And the smell of deep fried Oreos was in the air! The art show was in full swing with all that it had to offer including a Big Ol’ Steamrollin’ Print exhibition.

The exhibition was held just on the other side of the sidewalk art show in the parking lot, and for a good reason. A full-size steam roller was on site to roll and create art!

MWPAI Institute School of Art, Community Arts Education Coordinator Audrey Taylor said the event showcased a mix of art from students, staff and members of the community. “It takes a large group of people to make this happen so it’s a communal event. Most people don’t realize that you can make large prints and when they see it happen they think it’s the coolest thing.” According to Taylor, large scale print making events, such as this happen all over and she said that this specific event was brought to creation through the inspiration of another. “We were inspired by Pratt Institute in Brooklyn so this is our own version of large scale print making,” said Taylor.

The steamrolled prints created during the event will be on display at the Big Ol’ Steamrollin’ Print Exhibition at the School of Art Gallery from July 5 – July 28.

  • Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • A reception will be held on Friday, July 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • This event is free and open to the public.

Although there was some not so fun weather mixed in with the week long Arts Festival, it was still a fun event, that celebrated the talent and creativity within the community. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event, especially since I have been re-inspired to submit some artwork of my own!

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Nichole Grant

Freelance Journalist with a passion for telling all things personal, entertainment, and community events. As a true Utican, I love Chicken Riggies and Greens and I’m avid Saranac Thursday concert junkie!

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