Saratoga Arts Festival returns

It was just the kind of show she had always envisioned holding in Saratoga. Gordon had long felt that if she was going to do a festival in Saratoga, it would have to be on the vast and beautiful lawn at the National Museum of Dance.

"It feels right and it feels like it was meant to happen," she said.

The festival not only provides exposure for the artists, who are particularly grateful to sell pieces in this economy, it brings people to the museum who might not otherwise go there, Gordon said. That's one of her favorite things about coordinating festivals: bringing new crowds to the museums.

"This is an opportunity to see it," she said. "It's just good, easy fun."

Since the weekend's emphasis is on not only visual but performing arts, in addition to static exhibits there will be dancing, live music and artist talks. Each artist is also asked to have a storyboard that explains the process he or she went through to create the piece that's being displayed.

All kinds of media will be represented. There will be paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, metal and glass pieces for sale.

Participating artists applied largely by sending digital imagery to Gordon, who shared it with a panel of judges. Slightly more than 100 artists were selected for the show. Gordon stressed that each is an independent artist.

"They're small businesses, not people backing up warehouse trucks," she said.

In addition to coordinating festivals, Gordon is a longtime artist herself, creating paintings and jewelry. She relishes the chance to give fellow artists a chance to show off their work and looks forward to further establishing the Saratoga festival this weekend.

Admission is free, and festivalgoers can also visit the Museum of Dance for no charge. The festival will be held rain or shine and includes a food court. ""

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