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 Sandy Hemak, of Troy, shops at a past Art on the Lake art fair.

Sandy Hemak, of Troy, shops at a past Art on the Lake art fair.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Over 100 artists to show their finest in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 13, 2019


TROY — More than 100 juried painters, potters, photographers, and fiber and stained glass artists will bring their best to the 45th annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake Aug. 25. 

This is the seventh year that artisan and jewelry designer Maureen Mitchell-Tardivi will sell her wares as Bijounique by Maureen at the show. 

“The location is wonderful, and the people who run it are fantastic,” she said. Mitchell-Tardivi worked as a manager in the retail industry until she retired. 

She was going through her mother’s house after she died and didn’t want to throw out her mother’s costume jewelry and watches. “She had a lot of her own mother’s things too,” Mitchell-Tardivi said. 

Mitchell-Tardivi chose to keep the items and started taking online instruction with the New York School of Design. 

“They pushed me to do something different,” she said. “I started making jewelry with stones, and they said, ‘You have to think past that.’” 

An art history major, she said she always liked the history of things. So she decided to repurpose the jewelry and watches into art. 

“I re-create something new out of something old,” she said. 

The watches and jewelry she uses come from all over the world. 

“I like the history behind each piece,” she said. 

The event will feature children’s activities and performances by Gilda’s Singers. Food vendors will offer kettle corn, roasted nuts, lemonade, grilled shrimp over rice, bourbon chicken and rice, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, bratwurst, quesadillas, Italian sausage, chicken fingers, fish tacos, ribbon fries, funnel cakes, soft drinks and water. 

People will have the chance to take ladder rides on a Troy fire truck, and airbrush face painting will be available on-site. 

The juried show will include pottery, watercolor paintings, fiber art, photographs, and items crafted of stained glass and wood. 

Kathleen Deburghgraeve, who coordinates the show with Connie Kohn, said attendees like the beautiful setting by the lake and the wide variety of affordable art.

The 45th annual Art on the Lake will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25 on the grounds of the Northfield Hills Condominium Association, 1750 Brentwood Drive, at the corner of Coolidge Highway and Long Lake Road. 

Parking is free, but a donation may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, who will supervise the parking area. 

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Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054.