Impressions of Windsor’s Window on the Arts Festival

Binghamton artist Judy Salton

Window on the Arts & Music Festival 2010Windsor celebrated its third annual Window on the Arts Festival on Saturday (Sept. 18), and it was  perfect. Painters, potters, jewelry makers, fabric and glass artists, farmers and food vendors plied their wares on the village green. Musicians played (Kelly Birtch was playing classical guitar when I arrived) and sang for the people who wended their way from tent to tent, table to table.  Among the festival’s sensory impressions:  The harmonies of “Four of Hearts” women’s barbershop quartet, singing “Sweet Adeline” in front of Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery; the dusty scent of concord grapes at a farmers’ market table; the sight of a wonder-blue sky; the feel of bright sun perfectly tempered on the skin.  There was a moment, standing at the top of the hill on the village green (which organizers advertise as the only one in Broome County) when it all felt unreal, like a Norman Rockwell painting or a Hollywood cliche’ .  So I popped a grape into my mouth, savored the flavor, spit out the seed, fell back to Earth, and landed smack dap in the middle of real life art, good fellowship and peaceful commerce on a sunny September afternooon.  Full disclosure:  The festival was funded in part by a project grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.  Were you there, too?         

One Response to “Impressions of Windsor’s Window on the Arts Festival”

  1. cyberbassdave Says:

    Yes, Sharon, we were there, too. It was a wonderful, well-organized festival on a perfect fall day.

    We began by attending Roger Luther’s (P.A.S.T.) slide show on historic churches of Broome County. He’s working with the Broome County Historical Society to photograph all the churches in the county. This is becoming increasingly important as more and more churches, both large and small, are merging, consolidating or closing. Within their walls lie art treasures of stained glass, painted scenes and icons, as well as elegant architecture.

    Among the more than 50 artisans and crafters from Broome County and beyond whose booths filled the village green, we particularly liked Dick Allyn’s (Athens, Pa.) nature photographs, Jan Peterson’s (Port Crane) delicate embossed paper prints, Sabine Krummel’s (Binghamton) large floral watercolors and Bob Nettleton’s (Endicott) inlaid wood, quilt-pattern ornaments.

    By far the most original and innovative art was Justin and Devan Whitaker’s (Horseheads) JunkYard Friends, a whole menagerie of whimsical critters made from recycled tools and metal scrap. Charlotte the Spider (minus her Web) was made out of an old air conditioning heat exchanger, with eight legs of concrete rebar welded on. The duck with feet made from garden hoe blades really “quacked us up.” There were dragonflies and lobsters with spark-plug bodies, an inchworm made out of propane tanks and a crow made from heads of an ax and a shovel. All were brightly painted and named.

    Throughout the day more than a half dozen groups performed music of many styles, including Renaissance, popular, country, flamenco, barbershop and bluegrass.

    Windsor Window on the Arts will definitely go on the calendar as a must-visit again next year!

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