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New curator will lead NCMA this season

The North Country Museum of Arts (NCMA) will open for its 30th season this spring with the newly commissioned curator Judith Selby welcoming art enthusiasts.

The North Country Museum of Arts (NCMA) will open for its 30th season this spring with the newly commissioned curator Judith Selby welcoming art enthusiasts.

Selby brings a master's degree in art to her role, as well as experience with nonprofit organizations, including grant writing.

A museum where people merely view works on the wall is outdated, she said.

The NCMA is an educational and cultural center, she stressed, providing a learning opportunity for children and adults.

The NCMA is home to one of the most notable collections of art in the state, Selby said, and the only outstate museum with an Old Masters student collection.

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The NCMA will once again host the Juried High School Art Exhibit, opening May 1. A closing reception, honoring students and art teachers, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, with Helen P. Lockridge and Congressional Art Competition winners recognized.

And a totem pole may soon emerge on the former courthouse lawn.

Wood artisan Paul Albright, inspired by conversations during Art Leap, has applied for a grant to lead a class on creating the monumental sculptures, an art form indigenous to North America.

Eight to 10 participants will create a clay form to be used as a model. He'll enlist a chainsaw to cut out large pieces, then the artists will carve and paint their creation.

He's tentatively scheduled the class for May; contact him at 652-2464 for more information.

The Northern Craftswomen will exhibit their works "With These Hands" from June 2 to 20. This is a regional group of artisans who work in a variety of mediums - with fabrics, fused glass, jewelry, purses, collages and Emeline Cook's Polish paper cutting works among them.

A reception for the craftswomen will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 13.

Come July, Selby will exhibit her "Nature Runs Through It" watercolors, acrylics and collages, greeting viewers at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 13.

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A 30th anniversary celebration of the museum's inception is tentatively scheduled for August, as well as a children's art class.

Come October, the fused glass works of Mary Beth Vaudrin of Shevlin will be featured as will the works of Lake George artist Beverlee Olson.

The museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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