Hudson -- Enjoy the artwork of local artists at a downtown gallery through Oct. 27.

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation gallery, 10 W. Streetsboro St., presents "Farmers Markets" to showcase original artwork by Hudson Society of Artists.

During a Sept. 12 reception, artists talked about their artwork.

Gretchen Bierbaum, president of the National Collage Society, has three watercolors in the exhibit: Garlic, Elephant Garlic; and Onions.

Art is 80 percent interest and 20 percent talent, she said.

"If you're interested, I can teach you how to paint," said Bierbaum, who has taught for 30 years. "Try it. You have nothing to lose."

Kathleen Harrington, who has lived in Hudson since 1980, took lessons from Bierbaum and is a self-taught artist.

"I love painting almost every day," Harrington said.

Harrington has two acrylic paintings on exhibit, "West Side Market" and "Hudson Farmers Market," but the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation purchased the "West Side Market" painting.

"We get first dibs," said President Rick Kellar.

Kellar said the foundation purchases an item from most of its exhibit shows to build a gallery collection.

"The frame had dogwoods on it, and the logo for the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is dogwoods," said Senior Program Officer Brenda Schneider. "That sealed the deal."

Katina Pastis Radwanski had an acrylic painting titled, "Corny" on display. She worked in watercolors in the past but has shifted to acrylic and metal sculpture. Her three-dimensional artwork influences her two-dimensional paintings.

The idea began with a pencil doodle, and she created the abstract layout of corn, Radwanski said.

Although many artists focused on the local farmer's market in downtown Hudson, Sharon Borror traveled to Finland for her inspiration, a watercolor titled, "Fungi at a Finnish Market."

Borror said in her travels, she goes to a farmer's market two or three times a week to get a feel for the culture.

"You see people in their daily activities," Borror said. "You see the fruit and vegetables indigenous to the area and see daily meal preparation."

Artist Maureen Farley had two collage entries, "3 Pumpkins and 3 Squash" and "2 Pumpkins and 3 Squash" made with paper and paint, which she added in layers, sometimes with other items to create texture.

Another collage, "Hudson Farmers Market" was created by Karen Koch, who glues together all sorts of paper to create the image. Her idea began with sketches at the Hudson Farmer's Market and the painting includes sunflowers, the clocktower and familiar tents from the market, Koch said.

Visitors to the Morgan Clark Morgan Foundation gallery can view the artwork during regular hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hudson Society of Artists meets twice a month with artist demonstrations at Barlow Community Center and welcomes members for $15 annually. More information is available at www.hudsonsocietyofartists.com.

Also the gallery will be open For the Hudson Art Hop Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Hudson Art Hop is a monthly event every second Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Maps show the different working studios and galleries open to visitors interested in learning more about artists and artwork. More information is available at www.artstudioinhudosn.com.

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