Sunday, December 29, 2013

Celebrate the Arts at First Night!

Saranac Lake is a community that is surrounded by the art of nature and filled with the art created by our residents. One of the biggest celebrations of the year is First Night - welcome in 2014 by attending some of these events.

Check out the First Night web site for the full schedule and list of venues - you can to buy a button in advance for $12 or that night for $15 - it gets you into all the family friendly concerts and performances, and there is quite a variety.

There will be a "drop ball" for the countdown to midnight and then fireworks over Lake Flower.

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One Week to Go....

We have our snow, it's maybe a little colder than we would prefer, and it's just a week until Christmas eve. Many of our galleries have already had their opening receptions, but shows are still up and on display with plenty of unique works of art perfect for holiday gift-giving! A number of our members had "Open Houses" in their studios, but most would still be happy to invite you in to see their works, if you call ahead of time. Check our home page schedule or visit our members page. Shop Local!

There are three Juried Shows coming up that might be of interest. Bluseed is hosting their second annual "Abstraction" Show. Entries are due Jan 16-18 and you can find the prospectus HERE.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is hosting "Phone Art", with work due to be dropped off the first week in January. No one has any idea of what they are looking for - so be creative and go for it!

The Schweinfurth Art Center, in Auburn, NY, is hosting their annual "Made In NY" exhibit with a registration deadline of Jan 20, 2014.

If you know of other exhibits, let us know - add a comment! We try to post events and exhibit information under the Classes, Artist Opportunities link on our home page.

ArtWorks is now accepting memberships for 2014 - you can find more information HERE.

Have a safe and artful holiday season......

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Art-Mania

We have so much going on here - we have no time to write blog posts! There are exhibit openings, concerts, book-signings, open houses, Peter Pan, free Carousel rides and more....

DEC - OPEN STUDIO: Edith Urban's home gallery, 2305 Co. Rte 60, Onchiota, will be open during the holidays with hand-crafted items & paintings. Contact for hours, 518-891-5467 or

Thru DEC 28 - EXHIBIT: Starving Artists Holiday Sale & Show, Bluseed Studios. Local artists’ works in a wide variety of mediums will be on display, all for sale, cash & carry, at prices of $100 or less and just in time for the holidays!  Gallery hours are 1pm – 5pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm or by appointment. 518-891-3799 or

Thru DEC  21 - EXHIBIT: Little Big Show, Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Many of our members are participating in the holiday show of works 64 square inches or less. Perfect for gift! Tues-Sun, 1 - 5 and during events. 518-523-2512.

DEC 4 - DINING EVENT: Prix Fixe Table d’Hôte” Supper: Belgian Mussell Menu, Left Bank Cafe, RSVP, 518-354-8166

DEC 4-5 - OPEN STUDIO: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 5:30 - 7; 518-651-1398,

DEC 6 - JAN 7 - EXHIBIT: "Adirondack Christmas: Jewelry by Linda Gertsch", Adirondack Artists Guild, Opening Reception, 12/6, 5 - 7 pm, 518-891-2615,

DEC 6 - 7 - SPARKLE VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR, Town Hall & the Adirondack Carousel, 12/6 - 4-8 pm, 12/7, 10-4. 518-891-1990,

DEC 6 - JAN 5 - EXHIBIT: "Drifting into New Places....Winding Waters, Whimsical Woodlands",  mixed media and photography by Alice Vera,  NorthWind Fine Arts, Opening Reception 12/6, 5 - 7, 518-354-1875.

DEC 7 - JAN 29 - EXHIBIT: Winter Wonders Show, PSC VIC - Karla Brieant, Nancy Brossard, Sandra Hildreth, Mark Kurtz, Eleanor Sweeney, & Edith Urban. Ski passes available too! 518-327-6241.

DEC 7 - BOOK SIGNING: Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda, illustrator,  "Green Golly & her Golden Flute", Adirondack Artists Guild, 11 - 1 pm, 518-891-2615.

DEC 7 - OPEN HOUSE: Mark Kurtz Photography, 52 Main St., (2nd floor), 12 - 5 pm, refreshments, 518-891-2431,

DEC 7 - OPEN HOUSE: Artist Sandra Hildreth will have an open house at her studio/gallery at 182 Lake St., in Saranac Lake. Adirondack landscapes and wildflower paintings. 1 - 5 pm, or by appointment. 518-891-1388 or

DEC 7 -  HOLIDAY FAMILY WORKSHOP - CLAY GINGERBREAD HOUSE,  Each family member can make their own special home for the "Gingerbread" family, or work on one together on a one-of-a-kind ginger-dream home. Two sessions of this class will run on Saturday, December 7th. The morning class will run from 10am – noon, and an afternoon session (repeat of the morning class) will run from 1pm – 3pm. Pre-registration is requested.  Cost: $50 per family per session includes all material for one house, instruction, and firing. Bluseed, 10 am or 1 pm, 518-891-36799 or for more info or to register.

DEC 8 - OPEN HOUSE: Artist Sandra Hildreth will have an open house at her studio/gallery at 182 Lake St., in Saranac Lake. Adirondack landscapes and wildflower paintings. 1 - 5 pm, or by appointment. 518-891-1388 or

DEC 9 - CONCERT: The St. Petersburg (Russia) Men's Ensemble, United Methodist Church, 63 Church St. Saranac Lake, 7 pm, reservations 518-891-2626, tickets available at church office and Ampersound Music.

DEC 11 - OPEN STUDIO: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 5:30 - 7, 518-651-1398,

DEC 11 - DINING EVENT: Prix Fixe Table d’Hôte” Supper: Beaujolais Tasting, Left Bank Cafe, RSVP, 518-354-8166

DEC 12 - OPEN STUDIO: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 3 - 7, 518-651-1398,

DEC 12 & 13 - PERFORMANCES: Oedipus, Pendragon Theatre, 7:30 pm, 518-891-1854

DEC 13 - OPEN STUDIO: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 3 - 7, 518-651-1398,

DEC 13 - CONCERT: Live at Bluseed! Spuyten Duyvil. Soaring vocals, traditional jug band energy, blistering slide guitar and Chicago-style blues harp propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American Roots music. Listening to this joyous five piece band for the first time is like throwing a cherry bomb into a lake. It wakes you up.  Admission: $15/$12 for BluSeed Members.  Reservations recommended. 7:30 pm, 518-891-36799 or for more info.

DEC 14 - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, Adirondack Carousel, 9-10 am, 518-891-9521

: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 11 - 4, 518-651-1398,

DEC 14 - HOLIDAY SALE: Cris Winters' NICHE Studio, 140 Breezy Acres Lane, 10 - 4 pm, other times by appt.,, 518-524-0533

DEC 14 - ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS: Gail Brill's Fawn Street Studio, 44 Fawn St., 10 - 4, Macaroons, Stationery, Tote Bags, Silk Prayer Flags and more. Other times by appt. 518-891-0182 or

DEC 14 - 15 - HOLIDAY CABARET: "Naughty or Nice", a Holiday Cabaret at Pendragon Theatre. 7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for those under 17, or $20 for a family of 4. Beer and wine served by donation. 518-891-1854.

DEC 15 - FREE HOLIDAY RIDES, Adirondack Carousel, 2-4 pm, sponsored by Trish Kenyon, 518-891-9521

DEC 15 - CONCERT: Live at BluStage presents Pat Donohue: Pat Donohue has earned national recognition for his mastery of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, which he exhibits weekly as the guitarist for the Guys All Star Shoe Band on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies.  Admission: $15 / $12 for BluMembers.  Reservations recommended. 518-891-3799

DEC 18-20 - OPEN STUDIO: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 5:30 - 7, 518-651-1398,

DEC 18 - DINING EVENT: Prix Fixe Table d’Hôte” Supper: Alsace at Christmas, Left Bank Cafe, RSVP, 518-354-8166

DEC 20, 21, 23 & 27 - PERFORMANCES: "A Christmas Peter Pan", Pendragon Theatre, 7 pm, 518-891-1854

DEC 21 - OPEN STUDIO: Diane Leifheit, Point of View Studio, Gabriels, open 11 - 4, 518-651-1398,

DEC 21 - PERFORMANCE: "A Christmas Peter Pan", Pendragon Theatre, 2 pm, 518-891-1854

DEC 21 - FRENCH HOLIDAY DINNER & MUSIC, Left Bank Cafe, RSVP, 518-354-8166.

DEC 31 - CONCERT - Music til Midnight, Left Bank Cafe, 518-354-8166

: First Night Saranac Lake, a family oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the arts to welcome in the new year. Buttons can be purchased in advance for $12, or $15 on 12.31 at the Town Hall and Ampersound Music. Starts at 5:45 - midnight with fireworks.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What's Going On?

November 12 ArtWorks is holding it's first Annual Meeting and "State of the Arts" Celebration. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm at Bluseed Studios - all members are encouraged to attend. On the agenda is the election of new officers. Mark Kurtz has been president and Sandy Hildreth has been secretary for the 5 years since originally organizing ArtWorks. They are ready to step back and let new officers bring their visions and ideas to the organization. Cris Winters, from NorthWind Fine Arts, is the nominee for President and David Zwierankin, Managing Director of Pendragon, is the Vice-President candidate. Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Chair are appointed positions. Members attending are also invited to bring 1-2 works of art to put on display for the evening.

At 6 pm the "State of the Arts" celebration will begin. Food and beverages will be available. Presentations by the various arts event organizers will be given and out-going president Mark Kurtz will give a "State of the Arts" address. Come celebrate our accomplishments with us!

Currently at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, Jon Chodat is the featured artist. He was the winner of the 2013 Annual Juried Show. John's photographs are a wonderful collection of how he sees the world around him. Coming in December, new member Linda Gertsch will be the featured artist and will be displaying her jewelry, opening Dec 6. On December 7 Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda will have a book-signing at the Guild for the latest children's book she has illustrated: "Green Golly & her Golden Flute",

NorthWind Fine Arts has moved! Look for them to reopen soon at the former Ampersound Music location on Woodruff Street.

Bluseed Studios has some great workshops going on (check their web site), a concert Bob Warren and Joy McKenzie on Nov 16 at 7:30, and the Starving Artists exhibit will open November 22 from 6 - 8 pm.

Pendragon Theatre has some exciting performances coming up, starting with Oedipus Rex, which opens Nov 15. Check out their web site for details and other events.

Guild member Mary Lou Reid is part of a great exhibit of contemporary ceramics on display this month at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Opening November 22, from 5 - 7, will be the Big Little Show.

Edith Urban and Matt Paul are displaying their work at the Paul Smith's College VIC until Dec 1 - then the Winter Wonders Show will open. The VIC is seeking one more artist to participate in this group show. There are also seeking artists for a 1 day show and sale on Dec. 14. Contact Brian McDonnell, 518-327-6241 if interested.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Heads or Tales, You Win!

The current show at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake will intrigue you! As featured artist of the month, Burdette Parks, a very accomplished Adirondack photographer, has chosen to show viewers a different side of the coin. Heads and tails - I mean tales....

When you walk towards the back of the gallery space to the featured artists section, you are met with a stunning array of beautiful, distinguished faces looking back at you (and one goofy one), plus a few looking elsewhere. All square and all black and white and luscious shades of gray (probably more than 50!) with black backgrounds. Burdette is active at Pendragon Theatre and during the course of the last few months, he set up a temporary photography studio on the stage. He had his subjects come one at a time, sit in a comfortable chair with the black curtain behind them, and he set up the lighting to bathe their faces in soft light. No props.

In order to help them relax, he asked them to tell him a story. Any story. About any thing. He recorded the stories. Then he asked them to tell the story again, this time using their hands to gesture as much as they are comfortable - he focused his camera on their hands and photographed them. Lastly, he had them pose for their portraits. When explaining this he said people were much more relaxed after going through the story part of the process and he felt that enabled him to get much better portraits. (Note: this might be a strategy the rest of us should employ when taking those family photos...).

So there you have the "heads" and the "tales" that became his exhibit. In his press release for the show, Burdette described how our faces and hands are our most recognizable features - they literally define who we are.  Our brains are hard-wired for facial recognition - it's one of the first things new born infants and mothers do - when lovingly staring up at their mothers faces, infants are instinctively forming a visual bond that will last a lifetime. Burdette exposed us all to a new word: "Prosopagnosia", also called face blindness, is an impairment in the recognition of faces. It is often accompanied by other types of recognition impairments (place recognition, car recognition, facial expression of emotion, etc.) though sometimes it appears to be restricted to facial identity. For more information see:

Lastly, Burdette set up a contest for gallery visitors - a challenge in face and personality recognition. Most of the portrait photos are on one wall of the gallery. Starkly elegant hand portraits are on another wall. The printed story that goes along with each pair of hands is mounted below them. You are asked to figure out which "head" goes with which hands and "tales". A ballot is provided and the winner will receive a free sitting for a portrait!

Gallery viewers during the crowded opening reception on Friday Oct 4 were intently studying faces, reading and re-reading stories, and trying to match them up. Several clever observers noted that one woman's hands, with a lovely ring, were included in both her portrait and her hand photo. Ah hah! There's one match up. But who would have had a friend who celebrated a 100th birthday on the now infamous Sept 11, 2001? And who couldn't stop laughing at the teenage brother who felt out of a fishing boat, with legs caught and so hung upside down in the water, flailing for help? It probably did not help that beer and wine were available during the reception and there were so many people it was nearly impossible to get good views of the photos and have the opportunity to carefully read the stories without conversation all around.

Now, however, would be a good time to visit the gallery. Bring a pad of paper and a pencil. See how good you are at facial recognition and written comprehension! The Adirondack Artists Guild is located at 52 Main Street in Saranac Lake. Hours are Tues through Sat, 10 - 5, and Sunday 11 - 3. Closed Mondays, but will be open on Oct 14, Columbus Day. 518-891-2615.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

New York Gallery in Saranac Lake!

Ever been to a New York City gallery? Well you can find one at 5 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. Mark Kurtz, to celebrate his 25th anniversary, has rented a vacant storefront and is showing photographs from his upcoming book, "New York2 (squared)". Mark is best known in this area for his outstanding Adirondack landscape photographs, as well as his editorial work. But for a number of years he has been making trips to NYC and has a great portfolio of work documenting his unique views of the city.

Using what most would consider a "primitive" Holga black and white film camera in this digital age, Mark's photos are the pure vision of the photographers eye. What he sees is what you get! No digital magic - no special effects. He has documented some of the great architecture and bridges of the city, as well as places like Central Park.

So when you walk through the door, you feel like you are stepping into a Soho gallery don't miss it. Contact Mark through his Studio to make an appointment.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Artist at Work Studio Tour
We've all been so busy with summer - going on trips, making artwork, enjoying the Adirondacks - that nobody has been writing here. Sept 27-28-29 is the Artist at Work Studio Tour! Nearly 50 artists in the area open their home studios and galleries to the public. Potters, photographers, painters, jewelers, carvers, printmakers, blacksmiths, fabric artists....

The Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake, 518-891-2615, is event headquarters and there are around 20 artists right in Saranac Lake. But it's also going to be peak fall colors this weekend, the weather is gorgeous, and we have artists in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Au Sable Forks, Onchiota, Rainbow Lake, Gabriels, Paul Smiths and Lake Clear! Pick up a Studio Tour Guide Book at the Artists Guild, NorthWind Fine Arts, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Paul Smith's College VIC, or any gallery in the area. Browse through the pictures of each artists work, pick the ones you want to visit, and plot your route! You can also find all the information ONLINE. And watch for the bright yellow and black signs! Studios are open 10 - 4 on Friday and Saturday, and 12 - 4 on Sunday.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wet Paint leads to Success!

Our 5th annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Aug 15-18, was a great success. 75 artists registered, from all over the northeast and neighboring Canada; 55 little 5x7 "Paint the Town" paintings were auctioned off, raising over $4000; over 200 paintings were on display during the Show & Sale on Aug 18 and 1/2 of the participating artists sold at least 1 painting, generating over $12,000 in sales; $4000 in awards were given out and most importantly artists, residents, and visitors all enjoyed the event. The arts definitely had an economic impact on the village of Saranac Lake!

Congratulations to all the award winners and to the new owners of original works of art that were created during this event. All the results can be found by visiting the Awards page on the Plein Air Festival section of the Saranac Lake ArtWorks web site.

A special thank you goes to our volunteers, who helped make the event work, the Town of Harrietstown, for the use of the Town Hall, the Village of Saranac Lake, for putting up our banners and publicly recognizing the success of the event, to our many Award sponsors, and to our Saranac Lake Business Sponsors - your generous support of the arts if very much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Artists (& ArtWorks) at the Market

On-the-Spot Art
This summer, Saranac Lake ArtWorks is at our Saturday Farmers Market in Riverside Park one Saturday each month. We want to show and talk about art in our community, and what better place than the happy, lively atmosphere at the market?!

On August 10th, Cris Winters was joined by Katherine Levin-Lau to play with and demonstrate watercolors with adults and kids. We also gave out loads of information about Saranac Lake ArtWorks, and some of our events, focusing on the Adirondack Plein Air Festival that took place August 15th through 18th.
Katherine with her Tomato Painting
Fernanda painting her Beautiful Rose

The next Artists at the Market event will take place on Saturday, September 21st. Two or three artists will demonstrate their techniques at the tent and we'll be telling folks about the annual "Artist at Work Studio Tour", happening September 27 - 29. The Tour Guide booklets will be out soon, and we'll have lots of them at the market and all over town. Over 40 artists in the northern Adirondacks will show how they do their magic over this peak foliage weekend!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Adirondack Plein Air Festival opens Aug 15 with the "Paint the Town" event. Come watch artists from all over the northeast, and beyond, as they set up and paint in the village of Saranac Lake. 5x7 paintings will be created and donated for a Silent Auction. Great opportunity to get original art! Learn more by clicking on the Festival image.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Exhibit Opportunities

There are a number of new exhibit opportunities listed on our web site. Go back to the Home Page and click on the "Classes/Artist Opportunities" link on the right hand side.

August Art

Paper Migration” starts the month off. This is an international collaborative exchange between Bluseed Studios and a cooperative of artists in Mazatlan, Mexico. Saranac Lake residents have had the pleasure of seeing one of the Mexican artists working outdoors on a large painting in Berkely Green. Come celebrate this great cross-cultural exhibition! Learn more about it on the Bluseed web site. The exhibit opens Thursday August 1 from 5 - 7 and will continue through September 15.

Donna Foley will be the featured artist at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, 52 Main St. She will be displaying new handwoven tapestries, made from the lustrous wool of her own sheep and hand-dyed with traditional and locally found natural materials - hence the title of the exhibit “Local + Color”. Don’t miss it - this may be the last exhibit Donna has in the Adirondacks. The opening reception is Friday Aug 2 and the show will run to September 2.

NorthWind Fine Arts will also have a reception on Friday Aug 2 for new works by member  LeeAnn Sporn.

Pendragon Theatre’s Gallery is displaying the oil, plein air paintings of Northville artist Janet Marie Yeates. Coming August 6 will be “Face-it”, an exhibit by pastel artist Diane Leifheit, of Gabriels. The opening reception will be during the next 3rd Thursday ArtWalk, Aug 15, from 5 - 7 pm and the exhibit will continue to Sept 2. They also have a fantastic schedule of performances in August. Check their schedule.

The Gallery at the Paul Smith’s College VIC is currently displaying the works selected for the annual “Life on the Lakes” Juried Show. The “Plein Air Invitational will open on Aug 7. It will consist of paintings done outdoors, at the various locations at the VIC by a number of regional artists. The reception will be on Friday Aug 16 from 5 - 7 and the show will continue until September 5.

We are very fortunate to have such an abundance of art available in our area. The Adirondack Plein Air Festival is coming Aug 15-18. More on that later.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Painted Drawings

Can you paint a drawing?  Or draw a painting? Charles Atwood King has done exactly that in his exhibit of new works, or as he refers to them "painted drawings" that just opened at Pouring Light Studios & Gallery in Malone.

All of the pieces are on very smooth linen canvas. Some look more like paintings than others, especially from a distance, but with an up close examination, it's definitely possible to see the delicate drawn lines, hatching and shading that the artist did to establish the forms of the subject matter. Some are Adirondack landscapes, some consist of traditional still life subjects, and my favorites were 3 large paintings that had unusual, antique looking pieces of equipment at the bottom, and a more fragile item, like a container of flowers, mysteriously hovering above. Most of the paintings have basically blank ochre toned backgrounds, allowing the viewer to completely focus on the intricately drawn subjects.

I would have included some photos of Charlie's pieces, but with the wind and rain storm that blew through the North Country on Friday evening, the power went out and the gallery was packed with people, so photos were impossible.

The exhibit runs through August 31. Pouring Light Studios & Gallery is located upstairs at 432 East Main Street in Malone. 518-481-5150 or

Friday, July 19, 2013

You're Invited!

saranac lake artworks, tim fortune, 3rd thursday artwalks
ArtWorks Members: this blog is for you. We have so many great events and exhibits going on, this would be a great place for you to write about them. Or maybe you've been thinking a lot about your work, why you do it and what it means to you - perhaps you'd like to share your thoughts with other artists. Are you trying out a new medium? Have you started a new series of works? Are you teaching a class or conducting a workshop? Who's been down to the Hyde Museum to see the Georgia O'Keeffe show and what did you think of it? So write something up, include a couple of pictures, and send to Cris Winters ( Let's hear from you!

This blog, the ArtWorks web site, and in fact the whole organization itself came into being as a way to help artists and promote the arts in our community. We really want you all to be involved - in whatever ways you can. We're planning to have our first "annual meeting" in November and would like to elect a whole new slate of officers. ArtWorks has been in existence for 5 years with most of the same people running it - collecting the membership fees, determining an advertising schedule, maintaining the web site, sending out press releases, making the decisions. It's working - Saranac Lake is definitely becoming recognized as a place where people can come to see and buy a lot of great art. Our events are attracting more people. We need to find ways for more of you to become involved! Help us really put Saranac Lake (and our surrounding communities) on the map as "the arts destination" of the Adirondacks.

Coming Events: Pendragon has a fantastic season of performances going on; Bluseed Studios has an enamaling workshop coming up; and August brings another great round of exhibit openings at our galleries, galas, and the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. The next 3rd Thursday ArtWalk will be August 16. Check the ArtWorks Events page for details.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Double Whammy - July 5

Rachel Lamb
We've managed to do it again - schedule 2 great exhibit openings on the same night. A Saranac Lake ArtWorks "Double Whammy".

Rachel Lamb's "Out of the Woodwork" opens at NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway, on July 5 from 5 - 7pm. As featured artist for the month, it's reported that Rachel will have at least 13 new carvings completed since March. She has a really unique style that combines very proficient relief carving with painted surfaces. Are they carved paintings or painted carvings?

Downtown, at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, Nancy Brossard is the featured artist of the month and her show "Out Painting", will also open from 5 - 7 pm on July 5. Nancy's oil paintings are all done "en plein air" - outdoors on location. Forests, lakes, brooks, and street scenes are all common subject matter for her. She has an Impressionist style that is just brimming over with action and energy.

Nancy Brossard
How cool is this? Two talented local artists, both influenced by their surrounding environments, yet each interpreting it in their own unique style and entirely different media.

So put on your running shoes and dress up in your finest Saranac Lake art fashions (which means don't dress up at all) and come out for "Out of the Woodwork" and "Out Painting". There will be plenty of great food and refreshments for all and it's pretty easy to make it to both galleries with about a 2 block walk in between. Let's see, if your name starts with A-M, go to NorthWind first, N-Z, the Artists Guild.... No, just come whenever you want.

Maybe have dinner out and go see "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" at Pendragon afterwards. Another exciting Friday night for the arts in Saranac Lake!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

High Five to Gail!

Our own Gail McKay was just notified she was awarded 2nd place for Acrylics at the VIEW's Central Adirondack Show. Way to go Gail! Anyone else win a prize?

Piece by Piece Moves!

Piece by Piece Studio

Saranac Lake ArtWorks member Beth Gallagher has moved  Piece by Piece Studio, her lovely shop and gallery of "Handmade Works of Fabric Art" to 30 Bloomingdale Ave in Saranac Lake, across from the Stewarts and the Carousel and next door to Sturdy Supply. 

It's a large, sunny location with room to grow and there are new fabrics and notions! Beth plans to hold some workshops in traditional quilting, floor quilting and more. There are also some items on clearance:  select Moda, South Sea Imports and Robert Kaufman fabrics at $4/yard.

Stop in and say hello!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013 Business of the Year!

On Tuesday June 25 Saranac Lake ArtWorks was honored with the "Business of the Year" Award from the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce! We are very proud to have been recognized for the efforts made to attract artists, businesses, visitors and new residents to our community. We know we can have a positive economic impact that will both help out our member and other businesses.

Nancy Brossard at the Artists Guild
Celebrate our efforts to make Saranac Lake "the arts destination" of the Adirondacks and attend one of our events: Gabriels artist Diane Leifheit has an "Open Studio" today, June 30; there are openings this Friday, July 5 at the Adirondack Artists Guild (Nancy Brossard), and NorthWind Fine Arts (Rachel Lamb); the next Third Thursday ArtWalk will be July 18; Pendragon Theatre has a great schedule; Ride the Adirondack Carousel; go for a hike and tour the gallery at the Paul Smith's College VIC; the Adirondack Plein Air Festival is August 15 - 18; Hobofest is Sept 1; and the Artist at Work Studio Tour is September 27-28-29. Check the Events list on this web site for the most current information. There's more than just the events listed here. Classes, workshops, open studios and more....

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 28 - Adirondack Arts & Heritage Festival

The planets are aligned and we have another fantastic schedule of arts related events coming up.

June 28

"Ursula: A Life in Hats", opens from 5 - 7 in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church Street. Ursula Trudeau holds a special place in the community as a highly accomplished artist and a strong supporter of many local institutions. She is well known for her lovely hats, many of which are works of art in their own right. She is the widow of Dr. Frank Trudeau, whose grandfather, Dr. E. L. Trudeau, founded the Saranac Laboratory for the study of tuberculosis in 1894. As Ursula has traveled around the world she has collected an array of summer and winter hats, always with an artist’s eye for color and style.

Also opening June 28, from 5 - 7, is a very brief 3 day show at Bluseed, 24 Cedar St.  "Two for the Show" features works by Carol Vossler and Anne Katzen.

Fur & Feathers: featuring the work of PJ LaBarge & Mary Taylor opens June 28 as well at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, from 5-7pm

Continuing exhibits are Suzanne Lebeda at the Adirondack Artists Guild, Larry Poole at NorthWind Fine Arts, Ella Davidson and Karla Brieant in the VIC gallery, and Jeanne Danforth at Pendragon Theatre. No shortage of great art to see and new work opens in July!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Our Saranac Lake 6er Art exhibit is now up on display in the windows of the former Pink store, 5 Broadway, Saranac Lake. These are paintings, photos and mixed media pieces by ArtWorks members that include in some way the 6 mountains around Saranac Lake that are part of the "6er Challenge". Ampersand, Baker, Haystack, McKenzie, Scarface and St. Regis. Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off for this event and the hikers are out on the trails right now trying to see who will be "Ultra 6er #1" - the first person to hike all 6 mountains within 1 24 hour period. The display will be open to the public from 3 - 7 pm today, May 25, 2013.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Art & Environment

I probably shouldn’t “review” my own show – but there are 3 very different exhibits going on right now that provide some great material for discussion. I am going to compare my show, “The Wild, Wild West”, Cris Winters’ show “Plein Air en Provence”, and Peter Shrope’s Adirondack Rockware.

Avalanche Lake, MT
What’s interesting is that all three of us created art based on the environment we live in or experience. If you’ve never been out to Glacier National Park – that’s where I did most of my paintings last summer – you could see what I experienced while I was out there hiking. My paintings are done “en plein air”, that is, outdoors, on location, using oil paints, and they are pretty realistic and accurate to what I actually was seeing and experiencing. My work is at the Adirondack Artists Guild, at 52 Main Street, in Saranac Lake.

Bouillabaise in the Rain
Cris Winters also did paintings of the places she was experiencing – only they are entirely different. First of all – she was in Provence, France – so her subject matter includes cathedrals, still lifes, vineyards, street scenes, etc. Her style is loose and expressive, but equally inviting. With quick, sketchy watercolor brush strokes and water soluble pencils, her pieces look like instant art. I look at them and I can picture her wetting her paper, washing in shapes of buildings or objects with bold strokes of color, and clarifying the forms with pencil outlines that soften and blend in with the wet color. Quick, impressionistic – yet still based on careful observation, Cris sought out interesting shapes and compositions and created delightful “memories” of her travels in France. Her work is on display, appropriately, in the Left Bank Cafe at 36 Broadway in Saranac Lake. The Cafe is next door to the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, where Cris is a member.

Peter Shrope is also a member of NorthWind and is the featured artist for May. He is a ceramic artist and designer and he literally makes his art from the environment. His graceful wheel thrown ceramic forms, bowls, covered jars and other containers, as well as wall tiles, are glazed in beautiful colors that come from the rocks of the Adirondacks! Peter wrote in his press release “Personal influences, the environment a person lives in and local materials have always played a role in the objects an artist produces and how cultural identity is defined. My use of locally mined crushed rock in my glaze recipes follows a long and rich tradition in artists and craft workers worldwide. Being able to use our local rock in these glazes is just such an exciting and rewarding discovery.” Peter’s exhibit of “Adirondack Rockware”, is another variation of howan artist can be influenced by the environment he or she lives or works in. The exhibit will run until the end of May.

So May in Saranac Lake is a great opportunity to see how three artists interpret and represent their environment in very different ways.

Check out our full schedule of art events HERE.Saranac Lake Art Events