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!