When you enter the Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop, take a good look around. You’re likely to see a diverse collection of paintings, photographs, ceramics, handmade glass, beaded and silver jewelry, and even a larger than life mosaic and metal sculpture of a tropical fish. And if you visit the Gallery on a Friday morning, you’ll probably meet one of the Gallery’s regular volunteers, Michael Larkin.
Mike is an enthusiastic artist who wanted to get involved in a volunteer opportunity that matched his interests in drawing and painting. The Franklin Street Gallery is a community arts center established by The Arc of Schuyler to provide opportunities for regional artists, including artists with developmental disabilities. Gallery volunteers help extend operating hours and assist with exhibits and events. For Mike, volunteering at the Gallery was a perfect fit.