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Art Show Gives Locals Reason to Brave the Snow

BEDFORD, N.Y. — Despite the snowy Saturday, "Art Show: Bedford" was deemed a success by the co-chairs of the event and visiting locals who appreciated the opportunity to soak in local culture.

Through the snow on Saturday, buyers and onlookers made their way to St. Matthews Church in Bedford to participate in the festivities. Sunday acted as the final showing, as visitors from near and far flocked to the church, sometimes for reasons specific to their own fields.

“I’m always interested in local artists, people like to know what’s going on in the local art scene and I think they’re more comfortable in buying from local artists,” said Barbara Sternau, an interior designer from Waccabuc. “Art can often be the focal point of design or a taking off point and interesting art gives life to a wall or even a room.”

Suzie Pandjiris, who works in real estate in Bedford, had similar feelings about art’s involvement in homes. “The focus is on the contemporary, and in real estate you can certainly have contemporary even in traditional houses,” she said.

Co-chair of the art show, Laua Blau, said she was happy with the response despite the snowy Saturday. “I didn’t want people to come if it wasn’t safe for them so we totally understood if some didn’t. But people came in the afternoon and they loved the show. And considering the amount of snow we had, we sold very well."

On Sunday, local artist Denise Minnerly led the rescheduled workshop “It Takes a Village.” The activity was for family fun, as well as to give Minnerly another set of miniature clay houses to add to her collection that one day will be on display. Of anyone in the room, Minnerly understands the power of art and why even a snowfall couldn’t keep the locals away.

“It evolves around the whole idea around a village and everyone comes together for the sole purpose of creating and having art,” Minnerly said. “Art is a natural magnet for people, the glue that brings people together.”

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