With decorations up and festive music dominating the airwaves, it’s no secret, the holiday season is in full swing. The same goes for the gift giving season. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shopper will spend $737 this Christmas. That translates to a total of $602 billion spent nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season.
One of the best ways to find unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones is by shopping local. When you shop from independent retailers, you support your neighbors and the local economy. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent at a locally-owned business, 45 cents is reinvested locally.
From fresh food and drink to handmade crafts, the offerings in our region for local gifts are endless. One of my favorite options? Artwork that captures the beauty of Central and Northern New York.
In an effort to highlight local talent, I have worked with local arts organizations to feature nearly two dozen artists through my “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program. Artists selected for this program have their artwork displayed at my district office locations in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg.
Nearly Two Dozen Showcased So Far Through Initiative Highlighting Local Talent
An employee of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, a renowned historical landmark artist and a budding watercolor painter are the new featured artists for the “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program, an initiative organized to highlight local talent from Central and Northern New York.
Nearly two dozen artists have been featured through the program, which showcases local artists from the region with free public displays of artwork in the Senator’s district office locations in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg.
“From painters to photographers, our region is home to so many individuals with a broad range of talents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m so pleased to be able to celebrate their creativity and draw attention to those who are creating works of art right here in our backyard.”
In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.
At the event those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized. Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Senator Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices. The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or by clicking here.
In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Senator Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices. Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.
State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Oswego County artist, Vivian Golding, whose computer- generated still life “Sprig of Flowers” had been on display in the Senator’s Oswego office since last fall.