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Dickinson resident takes home Massena Artists Association’s Artist of the Year award


MASSENA - The Massena Artists Association is currently displaying 58 pieces of artwork in the Massena Public Library as part of its 2013 Membership Art Exhibit, three of which come from Artist of the Year Sandra Young.

Ms. Young, a Dickinson resident, had a trio of entrants in this year’s exhibit, which runs through Nov. 15.

The three pieces are titled “Fall in Upstate NY,” “The River” and “A Place to Rest.”

“Fall in Upstate NY was one that I painted while I was at the bass tournament in Waddington. Then I finished it at the Chateaugay Lake,” Ms. Young said. “I love anything that has to do with nature. I can do animals, and I used to draw horses all of the time.

“All three (entrants) were enjoyable to do.”

The 29th annual membership show features 26 different artists, with mediums varying from acrylic to watercolor to mixed media.

“The entrants are from all over St. Lawrence County and also maybe some from Franklin County as well. They could enter up to three (pieces), and some people put in three and others just put in one or two,” association President Dorothy Badger said.

All three of Ms. Young’s pieces were of the oil variety.

“I started in acrylic. Then I went to pen and ink. Then it was watercolor and that was basically because I needed to get out of control. Now it is oils. For some reason I love doing oils,” she said.

Ms. Badger said that during Tuesday evening’s award ceremony there was an assortment of categories. Awards were given in acrylic, drawing, mixed media, oil, photography and watercolor. Each one had first, second and third place winners, while four of them featured honorable mentions.

“Everybody gets a ribbon and a certificate for their winning pieces. Sandra Young won the award based on the three oil paintings she submitted,” Ms. Badger said. “We have different people that work in different mediums. People do a lot of different kinds of art work. One year they may do acrylic, one year it may be photo, the next year it could be watercolor.”

Ms. Badger added that the turnout for the election night award ceremony was typical for the occasion and more people began filing in during the event.

Eleven of the 26 artists are putting their artwork for sale, with prices ranging from $35 to $650. The president of the association said that if a piece is bought during the 10-day exhibi, the artist contacts the buyer directly. The piece will stay on display through Nov. 15 though.

Last year’s Artist of the Year winner was Donna Smith, and she entered an acrylic piece this year entitled “The Birches.” Each Artist of the Year winner is responsible for the following year’s brochure design.

Association member Cathy Hance served as the judge for this year’s exhibit.

Ms. Badger said that the association is for artists of any skill and experience level and is filled with long-time members as well as newbies.

“Any artist is welcome to join the association; amateurs and people with any level of experience. They are all welcome to join,” she said. “We’ve got some people who have been in the show all 29 years. Then there are a few new faces and we wonder, ‘Where have you been all of the time?’”

“The Artists Association are nice people. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. I like supporting the non-profit organizations in groups like this,” Ms. Young added. “I like being involved with the association because everyone has a shared interest.”

Ms. Young said she has been a member of the association for many years and her work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines in Nnorthern New York.

She said she was thrilled with her award and also explained what art means to her.

“I told Dorothy, I’ve had so many experiences in many kinds of art work. To just get an award for what I can do, I was beyond delighted. I was fortunate, I was very fortunate,” Ms. Young said. “(Art) is just about what you see. In fact I just did a photography layout, and I am not a photographer. I asked, ‘Why did you bring me in?’ She said, ‘You see things that I don’t.

“When you enjoy what you do and when you can make it work, it’s wonderful to hang on the wall. Giving is the greatest gift anyone has and I have learned that through art.”

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