Color the Canal

The Friends of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and CREATE Community Studios would like to thank all the participants in our first Color the Canal, a Schenectady County celebration of the local section of the historic Erie Canalway Trail. On the weekend of July 13, Color the Canal provided visual and sculptural art to welcome more than 650 cyclists who pedal the trail from Buffalo to Albany each July during the Cycle the Erie Canal (CEC) ride, as well as the many Capital Region residents who use the trail every day.

Trail users were greeted by more than 150 pieces of art made by local individuals, businesses and community groups, as well as chalk art created by local residents. Participants included:

Community groups

1334 Union St Pediatric Services


BSA Troop # 72


Coping Creatively

CREATE Teens/Everything is Lit

Liberty Partnerships Program

New Choices/FOR

Niskayuna Senior Center

Niskayuna Transitions program

SCAP/Joe Allen Apartments

Schenectady ARC-City Club

Schenectady City School District Summer Enrichment

Schenectady JCC

Stratton VA Medical Center

Studio e


Wildwood Without Walls


Amy/John Keal Music

Individual artists

Autumn Ashman

Pete Casper

Kathy Clement

Danielle Coonley

Tammy D'Ercole

Peg Foley

Max Heron

Sophia Holmes

Heather Hutchison

Deborah Ingles-Schwalbach

Laurel-Le Lipinski

Charlotte Mack

Marion Morrison Leap

Carolynn Nemeth

Natasha Pomakoy

Grace Roberts

Gillian Scott

Nakita Scott

Sonya Sousa

Cheryl Swyers

Elaine Taylor

Cecilia Thomas

Mary Ann van Alstyne

Katie Vasilyev

Leah Wolff

Groups participating in chalk art included YWCA Day Care Center, Earth Circles UUSS and students from Schenectady County Community College’s Liberty Partnerships Program.

Artwork was placed from Kiwanis Park in Rotterdam to SUNY Schenectady (Schenectady County Community College) in Schenectady and at Blatnick Park, Lock 7 Road and Lions Park in Niskayuna.

Want to help?

We'd love to make Color the Canal even bigger and more colorful next year. But we'll need your help! Contact Gillian Scott (518-372-8478 or for more information on sponsorships. Contact CREATE Community Studio (518-348-9290 or to donate sign-making materials (such as used political lawn signs). We are grateful for your support!

Thanks to our sponsors

This event is funded in part by a Schenectady County County Initiative Program (CIP) Arts, History & Tourism Grant. Thank you also to Schenectady County Events, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp, Kids' Arts Fest, SUNY Schenectady County Community County, Parks & Trails NY, Wally Elton and Cynthia Finnegan for their support and enthusiasm for this event!