Saturday, March 15, 2014

Are You a Photography Dunce .....

.... like me? I know very little about the history or the technical aspects of professional photography. So when I read about the current exhibits at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the paintings of winter landscapes looked most interesting to me. But the photography exhibits included the early work of Ansel Adams, and you just can’t ignore an icon like Ansel. So we saw it all – and so glad we did!
Early Ansel Adams work
 And you really should see it all too. To check it out first online, go to the Hyde’sCurrent Exhibits page. Some of Adams’ photographs in the exhibit are those we all recognize – clear, sharp, somewhat abstract. But did you know he made an enormous series of soft, “painterly” images printed on parchment early in his career? And that there was a major rift in the world of professional photography when the advocates of the “painterly” style split from the sharper style that Steiglitz and Adams adopted? The exhibit in the other end of the main gallery, Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography, focuses on those photographers who stuck with that older style, using an amazing array of printing techniques and materials.
Maybe you already know all of this, but it is still worthwhile to see these original works up close and think about what the world of photography looked like 100 years ago. And the winter landscapes aren’t bad either. I picked the one I want for my birthday ….
Another tip: have lunch at Raul’s Mexican Grill in downtown Glens Falls. It is a great little place with creative, fresh, and delicious takes on tacos, soups, and other warming fare and with great service. Maybe go there first, so you can have a Raspberry Margarita.

Friday, March 14, 2014

See the Best Art in the Adirondacks!

Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery
The 16th Annual Juried Show opens Friday, March 14, from 5 - 7 pm, at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery. Located at 52 Main St., in Saranac Lake. Two hundred and three works of art were submitted by 85 artists from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk River Vallery. Ninety-five were selected for the show by Juror Laura Von Rosk, Director of the Lake George Arts Project. Media include wood engravings, ceramics, jewelry, hand-dyed, stitched silk, cast bronze and found object sculpture, pastels, drawings, oils, watercolors and various mixed media. Refreshments available and awards will be announced at 6 pm.

Bluseed Studios, the Paul Smith's College VIC Art Gallery, and NorthWind Fine Arts also have exhibits up - check the ArtWorks Event Calendar for all the details.

Watch for 2014 Artist at Work Studio Tour info any day now and registration is open for the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Aug 21-24.

Looking for classes or other art events in the Plattsburgh Area? Check out the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

Saranac Lake: the "Arts Destination" of the Adirondacks!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Adirondack Art Trail

I had an idea about creating an Adirondack Art Trail - some kind of map and web site that would feature the artists, craftspeople, writers and musicians in our area and help promote their businesses and events.  I saw what kind of projects and activities the Adirondack North Country Association was working on, and so I took my idea to them. ANCA submitted an application for a North Country Economic Development Council grant and it was funded! ANCA, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) and Saranac Lake ArtWorks are the partners who will work together on this. The initial meeting will be Saturday March 8, at Bluseed Studios, (24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake), from 1 - 3 pm. Please RSVP to Michelle at Bluseed, 518-891-3799. Come and find out about this great opportunity to market and promote what we create. ALL artists are welcome. We choose to live and work here for many different reasons - but sometimes that means we are not very accessible to prospective customers. The Art Trail will help them find us.