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The Saratoga 6: Takeyce Walter

6 questions for Saratoga’s most interesting people

Keep an eye on Takeyce Walter. One of our region's skilled artists, she is known for her prolific approach to painting local idylls and waters. Several years ago, Takeyce committed to creating one piece each week, and since then her technique has evolved into an artistic force to be reckoned with. When she's not painting, Takeyce seeks adventure with her two beautiful kids, teaches painting workshops and donates her time to Saratoga Arts, coordinating shows for the organization and serving on the board of directors. To see her art work, go to takeyceart.com.

1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory. 

My earliest memory of Saratoga was the discovery of Broadway and Congress Park after a job interview in the early 2000s. It was a beautiful spring day and I remember the brilliant blue of the sky and the leaves rustling overhead as I walked through the park. I was struck by a laid-back feeling and was very comfortable in the moment. As I explored Broadway, I remember thinking this is a special place, and instantly fell in love with the architecture, beauty and charm.

2. Which of our local nonprofits is most important to you?

As an artist, art instructor and current board member, Saratoga Arts is very important to me. Communities at large benefit from accessibility to the arts, and Saratoga Arts is a driving force for art in our city, through ongoing exhibitions and classes, and annual grants. I also greatly appreciate the work being done by Saratoga PLAN and the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

3. Describe your perfect Saratoga summer day. 

My perfect summer day in Saratoga would probably involve plein air painting at Yaddo, or a bike ride through the Spa State Park, followed by a leisurely stroll down Broadway, making sure to visit my favorite galleries and stores, and ending with dinner and drinks at one of my favorite restaurants.

4.Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?

It depends on what I'm in the mood for. Luckily, Saratoga has a wide variety of eateries for every taste. I especially enjoy Forno Bistro, Parkside Eatery for a quick bite during lunch breaks, and of course, Hattie's.

5. If you had to paint one Saratoga scene/place for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I have painted the lakes at Yaddo over and over again, and they look different each time. I would be happy to continue painting them for as long as I am able.

6."I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."

The hidden quiet spaces in Saratoga, the places juxtaposed with busy Broadway, places where you can connect with nature.  S

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