Brush strokes on Broadway

SaratogaArtsFest also featured what has become one of its biggest traditions, with artists from all over the state converging on the town's streets for the annual "Paint Out." Artists painted the city's varied architecture as passers-by looked on, giving them the opportunity to see a canvas become a work of art.

"I love doing this, it's what I do," said Stu Eichel, a Paint Out painter and another member of the festival's board of directors. "It's something to do and that's an unusual experience for me " painting outdoors is great for me."

"I have found that there are so many beautiful things in Upstate New York that call me back," said Marsha Comell, a California-based painter and Saratoga native. She echoed Eichel's enthusiasm: "I have a great attachment to Saratoga Springs and I'm just really drawn to returning here."

"I think being part of Saratoga, you have to get involved," said Frankie Flores, who gave a painting presentation at his gallery on Broadway. Flores, a native of Michigan who works out of Saratoga, is well known for paintings that mix his two loves: jazz music and horse racing. "I feel it's my duty to join a committee and help as much as I can.""

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