Posted by: David Giacalone | September 21, 2019

Congress Park and Art in Saratoga


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 This afternoon, I set out for Historic Congress Park, off Broadway in Saratoga Springs, on the last Saturday of Summer 2019. A lovely blue sky made a great backdrop for my drive and the park scene. My original motivation was to attend this years’s Saratoga Art in the Park, thanks to a reminder from painter Ivy Yuan [Artbyyvy]. But, I found myself focusing  on only a few art exhibits (mostly familiar art and artists from the Stockade Art Shows), and instead marveled at all the lovely settings, nooks, etc., in the grand old Park.

IMG_2483 Like my photoshoot a fortnight ago, at the Stockade Outdoor Art Show, I found myself viewing and schmoozing at the exhibits of Erik Rutnik (viz., the large blue painting above) and Ivy Yuan, along with Tim Prendergast. Noelle Adamoschek’s Freehand Design mosaic art also caught the light and my eye at the Park. The following tile columns are representative of art and art show scenes I enjoyed today.

. . click on a square for the full image; scroll over to see if it has a caption . . 


Congress Park itself was dazzling today. My photos might not do it justice, but it would be a crime not to share some of the images.


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. . above: the Carrousel was quite inviting for some . .

. . but, the pools and fountains were more alluring to me . .


As with any fine urban park, people of all ages were enjoying the amenities. And, people were quite friendly. As when I strolled Broadway’s retail blocks earlier this summer, I again left hoping to return in the near future. Here are a few more images of my brief stay.


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. . Sad Follow-up: On May 22, 2020, the wondrous Ivy Yuan died, at age 52, of pancreatic cancer. Read the touching tribute written that day by her husband, Rodney Hammond. Ivy was a new friend taken far too soon from all those she has touched with her art and passion.


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