Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Saranac Lake ArtWorks is trying something different - a new, one day only Summer Studio Tour. 40 some artists are busy getting their studios straightened up, putting the finishing touches on new work, and preparing for visitors.

What's it like to go on a Studio Tour? Well, you get to visit artists where they work - which is usually pretty fascinating. The creative process is different for every single artist, just like their techniques and the tools of the trade.

When you see finished work on display in a gallery, unless you happen to get to be there when the artist is there, you really don't know any of the story behind the work. What inspired them, why did they choose to do what they did? How did they start? Is there more meaning to the piece than what meets the eye? You are more likely to get the answers to these and similar questions if you go on a Studio Tour. Ask questions too!

New ArtWorks Membership/Studio Tour brochures are out and available. Stop in any of the galleries in Saranac Lake or visit the Studio Tour web pages. The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery is Studio Tour headquarters and several members will be there demonstrating during the tour.

ONE DAY ONLY - Sunday, July 20. 10 - 5 pm. Come see what your favorite artists have been up to and visit some new ones.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Red" in Saranac Lake and Washington, DC

Last night we saw the play "Red" at Pendragon Theatre, on the recommendation of - well - everyone!  And it was well worth it. It was like a wild ride inside the head of a fascinating man who thought much more deeply than I ever have about the meaning of art and of being an artist.

It was also fascinating that I entered the theater thinking I knew the actor playing Rothko - my ArtWorks colleague Burdette Parks. But Rothko was played by Rothko! I guess it was Burdette, but he was marvelously transformed into someone I had not met before. Someone who could be loud, opinionated, sometime rude and obnoxious. I loved it!

In May, we visited the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. We didn't do much homework and had limited time, and we got to the Phillips with only about an hour and a half to explore the whole place before they closed. Not enough to really sit and observe as I would have preferred.

The Rothko Room
As we wandered, we found the Laib Wax Room. It was Experiential Art in a wonderful way! It's a small closet-sized room lined with bees wax (440 pounds worth!) and illuminated by a bare ceiling bulb that provides just enough warmth to enhance the fragrance of the wax. (Go to the link above to learn more, and imagine that fragrance as you read.) The room was inspired by the Rothko Room in the same section of the museum, and that is where we went next. At the time, my only regret about our visit were that we didn't have enough time to sit for long in the Rothko Room. Now my second regret is that we had not seen the play "Red" before being in Rothko's space. It would have added a whole different dimension to have understood the artist as presented in the play.

Posted by Cris Winters 

My Wonderful Studio Tour Colleagues

Artist Directory in new brochure

Yesterday we held the second of two workshops for this year's Studio Tour artists, this one in Saranac Lake at Bluseed Studios. (The first, two weeks ago, was in Jay at Young's Studio & Gallery.) What a great group of artists! They had loads of ideas, questions, and energy. Not only will the 2014 Studio Tour be better than ever but their ideas about the future of our Art Community will lift all of us. Many thanks to all of you!!!

Posted by Cris Winters
One of the Studio Tour maps

Box of new ArtWorks-Studio Tour brochures

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cartography at Schweinfurth

On our trip back to Saranac Lake from Keuka Lake today we stopped at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY to see the current exhibit "Cartography: The Artist as Map Maker." Nine of us from our village are included in this show. About two years ago, our maps were the brain children of print maker Jess Jeffries for the show "Mapping the Familiar." Here are some of them, as part of a wonderful new show.

The show also includes the art quilt maps of Valerie Goodwin. Here is her Economic Landscape. I love her concepts and her techniques. See more about Valerie and her art.

Posted by Cris Winters
Valerie Goodwin's Economic Landscape

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Art on the Road

Gabriels artist Diane Leifheit shared this New York Times link - a fascinating article about mobile art galleries. Most of the examples are in urban areas, but wouldn't it be cool to bring art to our smaller Adirondack communities this way? Check it out - maybe someone will be inspired to give it a try. "Just Like Taco Trucks, Art Takes to the Road".

Friday, May 16, 2014

HOBOFEST Wants to Get You Covered!

Hobofest, one of our Artworks member organizations, has initiated a Kickstarter project to purchase a large tent. This is not just for Hobofest but their intent is to make it available for other community events.

Learn more about it here:

Hobofest will be Aug 31 this year - a FREE, day-long celebration of American Roots music and the hobo tradition. Next to the train depot in Saranac Lake.

Let's help them out! Spread the word!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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"Quiet" by Linda Sweeney - pastel

Two great exhibits opened this past Friday. Linda Sweene's pastels are at the Adirondack Artists Guild and Cat Micheels has some paintings and unique painted furniture on display at NorthWind Fine Arts. 
Painting by Cat Micheels

At the Paul Smith's College VIC Art Gallery, "Adirondack Mountains & Waters" went up this past week. It consists of photos by Rob Marrone and paintings on birchbark by his son, Dan. All of these exhibits will be up for the full month of May.

Studio Tour Registration is over - we have 37 individual artists signed up and most of them are looking forward to participating in the optional July 20 "Summer Tour". More later.

Framing Business For Sale
Anyone interested in owning a framing shop? Our good friend Margaret Boettcher has put her framing business, North Country Originals, up for sale. You can find out more about it, and other artist exhibit opportunities and workshops on our web site page Classes & Artist Opportunities.