Saratoga Arts Festival returns



Sue Brown Gordon went to college to teach art, but she found a different way

to turn her love of art into a career.

For more than two decades, Gordon, of Greenfield Center, has coordinated art festivals around the Northeast.

I really felt that by doing these events, I was reaching far broader than the classroom, Gordon said.

Last year, Gordon launched a new festival, the Saratoga Arts Celebration, at the National Museum of Dance. It's back for a second year this weekend, running Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the museum's front lawn.

Gordon was excited by last year's turnout and expects even more people to come by this year, especially since the celebration has attracted twice as many exhibitors as last year. Twenty-seven states are represented along with Canada, and Gordon said everyone who has a piece in the show will be there in person.

"It's a requirement," she said. "They cannot exhibit if they cannot be there."

So what would compel an artist from across the country to spend the weekend in Saratoga? Gordon said many of the artists have some kind of personal connection to this area. The region is a draw in and of itself, too.

"It doesn't hurt that it's track season," she said with a laugh.

Beyond that, Gordon said that she has a good track record of putting on successful festivals. She is the director of the SoNo Arts Celebration in Norwalk, Conn., and the Center Crafts Show in Saratoga, as well as the Bruce Museum Craft Festival and Bruce Museum Fine Arts Festival in Greenwich, Conn. She has coordinated juried fine art festivals at the Bruce Museum for more than 20 years.

Gordon said she measures an event's success by the public's response. Last year in Saratoga, "people were so happy," she said.

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