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June 5, 2014

Local artists create gallery-studio in Port Henry

PORT HENRY — It’s a new day for art in Port Henry with Made in the Mountains gallery and studio opening in the center of the village on Broad Street across from the Post Office.

Three local artists made it happen — Linda “Lulu” Smyth, Sue McHone and Jackie Viestenz.

The open house at the new gallery-studio is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and everyone is invited. 

“Jackie was on a mission to the idea of establishing a craft shop in the community,” Smyth said. “She did not give up.”

Viestenz applied for a grant from the Honeybee Committee in Westport and was awarded $500.

Then, along came McHone, a recently retired administrator for Harvard University.

McHone was moving back to the village where she grew up.

“She offered validity and financial experience to the project,” Smyth said.

And finally, Smyth, “who is known for her creativity, worked tirelessly, building signs, painting the place inside and out with every bright color imaginable,” Viestenz said.

“We all have our strengths,” Smyth added.

Viestenz had just retired from her position as librarian for the Sherman Free Library in the village.

She and McHone did all the paperwork for the limited liability company they formed to run the gallery.

McHone said she had the intention of doing something similar when she retired.

“It’s a lot easier to work with people who have their creative juices flowing,” McHone said. “Someone has an idea and someone else builds on it. Linda has obvious strengths. She has an eye for putting displays together.”

With a smile, Smyth added that what she has an eye for is “creative clutter.”

The three women noted that they are helping the village, not just themselves.

And so far they have received a lot of help and encouragement from the community.

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