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Local art adorns walls of government

Cheryl Gowie likes to photograph nature and wildlife.

Cheryl Gowie likes to photograph nature and wildlife. Submitted Photo

— “Frequently I’ll take a picture of something and only when I see it blown up on the computer screen do I realize there was a dragonfly on that water lily or a spider on that flower,” said Gowie. “With the camera I see more than I see with the naked eye.”

Photography was a leisurely hobby until just recently when Gowie decided to step it up and exhibit around the region. Still, she said she remembers what her very first photo was and why it’s always been a part of her life in some capacity.

“The first photograph I have was when I was in second grade. … It’s a photo of my dog dressed up in dog clothes,” said Gowie, who can trace her journey from black and white photos to digital. “It’s evident I enjoyed taking pictures of trees, flowers and dogs.”

Lane said the art series is a good way to draw more people to Town Hall and celebrate the community’s talents.

“You’d be surprised how many artists there are in the Town of Colonie and Capital Region,” said Lane. “It is a great opportunity for artists.”

North and South Colonie School District students often have their art displayed in the series too, said Lane.

Gowie said having her photos hang on the walls of town hall is fitting.

“I’ve lived in the Town of Colonie as an adult and child. My mother spent her career 200 yards away working in the central office of the North Colonie School District and my office is 200 yards away at Siena, so it feels very close to home,” said Gowie.

Lane books exhibits about six months to a year in advance. Interested artists can call her at 783-2729, email lanea@colonie.org or drop by the office to inquire about a spot. The exhibit is free and open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30

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