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Nothing but art

Some 50 years ago, Nancy Lee Bedard took part in her first Stockade Villager's Outdoor Art Show.

Just a teenager, she had never displayed her work before she and her dad set up a table in Schenectady's historic Stockade district. On it, Bedard placed tiny, 1-inch paintings she had made, each mounted on a toothpick painted with shoe polish to look like an easel.

By the time the show closed, Bedard had sold just about all of her two dozen creations, and the stage was set for her to return to the Stockade just about every year since.

I do quite a few art shows, and this is my favorite, Bedard, of Rotterdam, said. "I love it. I think it's the most exciting art show. It's like being in Greenwich Village."

Bedard isn't alone in her enthusiasm for the show, which will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 12. Artists will line the streets of the Stockade selling paintings, photographs, drawings and other kinds of art " but nothing else. After a few years of trying to incorporate crafts and other projects, organizers decided to keep the focus strictly on art, a move that participants welcomed.

"I always sell something, because people who come are looking for art," said Linda Biggers of Broadalbin.

Biggers is one of roughly 115 artists expected at the show this year. She will be selling her eggshell mosaics, which she makes by painting eggshells, then breaking them and forming them into pictures. It's an art form she kind of stumbled on while doing a "lot of experimentation, playing around," she said.

Biggers first displayed her work at the art show several years ago when she was looking for shows to attend and heard about the Stockade show from a fellow artist. Like Bedard, she enjoys the festive atmosphere in the Stockade.

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