Thursday, August 6, 2009

An Abundance of Art in the Adirondacks

There’s a lot going on in the visual arts in the Adirondacks, and we have only been able to cover a fraction of it, so a quick callout here to check in with your local gallery. Shows change fast in summer. It’s amazing what creative people are doing in these woods, most of it not very woodsy.

One of the cool little galleries in Saranac Lake is 7444, in a former railroad siding building on Depot Street. Next week 7444 hosts Aaron Hobson’s Barkeater Photography Workshop. Hobson’s beautiful, dark, cinematic work has been shown around the world, and photographers come from around the world to work with him in Saranac Lake. There are still a few slots left to sign up for the workshop.

At 6 p.m. today 7444 will host an opening of “paintings and thoughts” by Ursula Wyatt Trudeau and Margo Fish, residents of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid respectively, and two creative women who do a lot more than art to liven up their towns. See the gallery’s blog for 7444’s schedule of events.

Worth going out of your way for is a show hanging in the gallery at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Photographer Todd R. Lockwood’s arresting large-format black-and-white portraits of Adirondackers, Vermonters and others make you want to learn each subject’s life story. Lockwood lives in South Burlington and has been taking pictures since he was a student at Northwood School in Lake Placid in the 1960s.

Lake Placid also has an interesting art space with a numeric name: 511 Gallery, on Main Street. Keep an eye on its Web site for upcoming artists.

Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake always has something new on its walls or in progress in its printmaking, ceramics and artists’ studios. And the Adirondack Artists Guild on Main Street in Saranac Lake is featuring a different artist every month. Nancy Brossard of Childwold will have an opening reception for a show of landscape paintings 5-7 p.m. this Friday, August 7.

Those are just a few places near me. Every town has something arts-related in August. Feel free to post events in Comments, or see these links for more shows.

Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

Lower Adirondack Region Arts Council

Arts Center Old Forge

Lake George Arts Project

Photograph courtesy of Aaron Hobson and 7444 Gallery

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Mary Thill

Mary Thill lives in Saranac Lake and has worked alternately in journalism and Adirondack conservation for three decades.




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