Posted by: David Giacalone | September 11, 2021

2021 Stockade Outdoor Art Show glows

. . Go to to see our coverage of the 2022 outdoor art show.

. . Meanwhile, there are over 170 photos from the 2021 Outdoor Art Show below..


by Xiaoping (Sherry) Xu 

The 70th Annual Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show once again offered a wide variety of art and artists, nestled in a special streetscape of old homes, with welcoming neighbors and friendly art-browsers and buyers. Add in perfect weather (marred only by a batch of mosquitos early in the day), and the event was once again enjoyable and inspiring. With many returning artists, along with talented newcomers [like Xiaoping (Sherry) Xu, whose painting is shown on the left].

SOAS2021-WinnersThis posting was completed on September 13, 2021, and has over 170 images from the Art Show. To the right is the official list of winners. Click on the thumbnail for a full view. Unlike Sunday morning when this post first went up, there are now plenty of photos of the exhibits, art, and people, who made the Show a success.

As always, my thanks go to the Committee that organized and executed the show, and to artists, neighbors and visitors to the 2021 Stockade Show. 

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Here are the “big” winners in the 70th Annual Show; first the art, then a Gallery with the winning artists:

IMG_3869 . . 1st Prize, by Craig Petreikis . . 

. . 2nd Prize, by Robin Rosenthal . . IMG_3863 (1)

IMG_3846 . . 3rd Prize, by Richard Sacchetti . . 


. . First Time Exhibitor Award to Julie Durgee:



Best Depiction of the Stockade to Christine Carle:




. . Best depiction of the Human Form to Jesse Meenaghan. .


Oakroom Artists Award (for body of work) to Michael Lattanzio:


Here are the artists who won the above top-tier awards; scroll over a photo for the artist’s name; click on it for a larger, full version:

    • Jesse Meenaghan was not available for a photo at the Winners’ Circle

. . People’s Choice Award: won by Val Robert:

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  • IMG_3875 Thanks for your patience. Honorable Mention and Young Artist Award art and artists will be added early Sunday morning, with much more thereafter from the many exhibitions and street scenes.. [on the Right is a piece by Paul Sacchetti]

HONORABLE MENTION status was given to works by Kathy Klompas, Michael Lattanzio, Barbara Lennox, Maryanne Rappaport, Val Robert, and Paul Sacchetti. 

IMG_3851 . . Kathy Klompas . . IMG_3851 (1)


IMG_3842 (1) . . Michael Lattanzio . . IMG_3842


 IMG_3848 . . Barbara Lennox . . IMG_3849


IMG_3844 . . Maryanne Rappaport . . IMG_3845


ValRobert2021SOAS . . Val Robert . . ValRobert-HonMen


IMG_3875 . . IMG_3873 . . Paul Sacchetti 


Winners of the YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS were:

IMG_3833  . . 1st Place 

. . Madison Dominguez Norris . . IMG_3867

      • Madison2020DetailBTW: I was surprised when Madison told me she also exhibited in the 2020 Outdoor Art Show. Looking at last year’s posting, I discovered a very good reason Madison did not look familiar. See image at the right, which hopefully could only have happened in the pandemic year of 2020. Click on it to see the full photo and caption. 

YA2ndAmeliaM . . 2nd Place . . Amelia MacNeil (photo by Linda Goodman)

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TaylorCross. . 3rd Place: Taylor Cross . . IMG_3832 

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. . Stockade stalwarts Zoe Oxley [R] and Colleen Macaulay (along with Lawrence the Indian) honored the Winners with aplomb .. 


IMG_3888As I said above, it was a beautiful day that gave us many experiences and images worth sharing. I hope these photographs capture some of the beauty and joy. I’ll be adding to this posting throughout the day, working around other commitments. Scores of images will soon appear.  To the right is Sadie, eleven weeks old, and a charmer.


SOAS2021-1stShot Entering the Art Show at Front Street and North Church, I immediately brightened at re-acquainting myself with Robert [L] and Madison and their exhibits:

IMG_3607  . .  IMG_3606

IMG_3609 The sight/site of Stockade perennial Bob Laper [L] and his expansive collection [below] naturally made me smile: 

IMG_3887 . . IMG_3617

Ditto when seeing Holly Van Voast arranging her exhibit again in front of 29 Front Street, with Olivia and Emmanuel as her hosts:

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  IMG_3666   . .  IMG_3886

. . [above Left] I found Rev. Matt feeling very much at home at the Heroux exhibit with its black and white theme. And, [R] I also found Erik Rutnik once again working on a painting while he tended to his exhibit. . 

This slideshow has about four dozen images from my first stroll up Front Street Saturday morning.  To see a larger version of a photo in the Slideshow, pause the Show on the photo and right-click, then choose Open Image in New Tab. 

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IMG_3629 (1) . . is that you playing with light and shadow, David Lira?

. . Kim Leahey presented a new style:  IMG_3701 (1)

At North Ferry and Front Street, I was pleased to see that Scott Friello was back:


And wondered out-loud why Peg Watrous waited so long to share her painting with the public:

IMG_3714 (1)   . . IMG_3712

A few yards east up Front St., I saw the deep colors of Alex DeJohn:


And, then met Julia Durgee, who won the Best 1st Time Exhibitor award. Her Denver rock-climbing piece is shown above with the Winners. Here are a few more samples:

IMG_3717 (1) . .


IMG_3727 (1) Seeing Ritvik Sharma’s watercolors again, at N. Ferry and Green Street, was also a big treat for me, and I wish I had more time to linger at the exhibit to chat with the artist and enjoy his art:

IMG_3727 . . IMG_3726  

red-checkMonday Morning Session

Green Street offered a wide variety of styles.

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IMG_3766 . . IMG_3759 (1)

IMG_3760 (1)As I came back to North Ferry from Green Street, heading south, I was happy to see that the renovated Arthur’s Market 1795 is a bustling part of our neighborhood after years without an Arthur’s. The new pickup window has become a favorite place to meet well-loved doggies (above left). And, I perked up literally bumping into Robin Rosenthal, one of my favorite returning artists — for both art appreciation and schmoozing. (above right) Later, she had good reason for that big grin seen to the right, as her lemons earned the Show’s 2nd prize.


IMG_3763 Next to Robin, I encountered an exhibit with a wide variety of engrossing images (above). They caught the eye of Craig Petreikis, too (left).

IMG_3781. . . . . 

The St. George’s cookout was again quite popular.

IMG_3780 .

Have I mentioned that the blue sky, clouds, and sunshine greatly enhanced my enjoyment as a photographer and browser?  Add the St. George’s steeple (e.g., see photo at top of this posting) and the warm welcome and vibrant colors of returning artist Mark Miletta, and I could scarcely ask for more. (see painting to the left and the scene below)


Across from Mark, another familiar face had her canopy, Jennifer Politano. Here’s a small sampler of her work:

IMG_3783 . . IMG_3784 (1)


Below: [R] the exhibit tent of Anping Liu and Xiaoping Xu and [L] the heavenly scene above it. 

IMG_3791 . . .

Despite the distraction in the sky, I was struck by a painting alongside the Liu-Xu tent, which can be seen at the top of this posting. Ms. Xu told me the face-painted piece was her only contribution to the exhibit, with everything else done by Mr. Liu.  Inside, I saw many examples of one of my favorite artistic genres: one-brush Chinese ink painting. I definitely am not an expert, but they looked great to me. Here are examples:


IMG_3789 . . . . IMG_3787

I hope we will see them again next September.


designed by Melody Often for Bear and Bird

After leaving the ink brush paintings, I saw quite a few pieces of art and chatted with several artists I’d like to share with you before I close this laborious labor of love. One artist was Melody Often, who told me while holding her sleepy son that I was standing in her exhibit, not one sponsored by Bear and Bird (where she happens to work). The bear seen in their shop windows and ads, known as Flat Barry, was designed by Melody. Pretty cool.  Below, I am inserting a Slideshow of sharable images that i took my last half hour at the Show. I hope you enjoy them. (later this evening, I will add captions to the photos)

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Well, I’m closing Edition One of my 2021 Schenectady Villages Outdoor Art Show. If I have made mistakes, please let me know, and help out with art or artists I could not identify.  Enjoy, and see you the Saturday after Labor Day 2022.

  • For more coverage of prior Stockade Outdoor Art Shows, go to our related Category Page, with links to postings every year since 2009. 

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  1. David,
    Thank you so much for your terrific assessment of the day. It was a wonderful show on so many levels… and you captured it in both verse and image.


    • Hi, Steve. Coming from you, the compliments mean a lot! You sure got your 10,000 steps in yesterday. Thanks to you and the Show Committee for all the commitment. I’ve still have more photos (curbs) to cover. How did I get this done other years?

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