Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer Arts in the Adirondacks

Memorial Day weekend brings fresh paint and new displays to the various galleries and arts venues throughout the Adirondacks.

In Saranac Lake, this is the last week at the Adirondack Artists Guild for “Sunrise-Sunset”, an exhibit of photographs by Barry Lobdell. Opening June 1 will be “Favorite Majicks”, paintings by Meg Bernstein. At NorthWind Fine Arts, blacksmith David Woodward is the featured artist (see photo).

His work will also be found on top of the new Adirondack Carousel building (grand opening May 26) in the form of a hand-crafted weather vane. A number of area artists donated their art skills to the new carousel! The next featured artist at NorthWind will be Phil Gallos with an exhibit of photographs: “Butterflies & Boulders”. A live production of “Pinocchio”  is going on at Pendragon Theatre. “A Steady Rain” and “The Last 5 Years” are on the schedule for June performances. “Cooter & the Crawlies” are playing at Bluseed Studios on May 26.

Anne Heinze and Michael Hart have an opening reception for their show at Bluseed on June 21. The gallery space in the Saranac Lake Free Library will be featuring wall hangings by Suzie Thaller. The 3rd Thursday ArtWalks begin June 21 – a great way to experience all the arts, crafts, music and more that Saranac Lake has to offer.

Nearby in the exhibit space at the Paul Smith’s College VIC there is a display of nature-inspired works by Edith Urban and Lee Ann Sporn. Tim Fortune and Matt Burnett will open a show at the VIC on June 22.

At the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, “Into the Woods” will be performed by the Community Theater Players during Memorial Day weekend. “Artists for Animals”, an exhibit to benefit the North Country SPCA capital campaign, opens June 1. Following that will be “Breaking Boundaries”,  a show of works by ceramic  artist Peter Shrope and printmaker Zemma Mastin White with an opening reception June 22. The Lake Placid Film Forum starts up around the middle of June.

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is open for the summer and May 25 is the 55th opening day for the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Main exhibits are “The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait”, “Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart Vosburg Roberts”, “Common Threads: 150 Years of Quilts & Comforters”, and “Let’s Eat: Adirondack Food Traditions” and of course all their other buildings and displays. In July and August they will have artists-in-residence Thurs – Mon. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake has exhibits up by the following artists: Sculpture by Rosemary Shiller, Watercolor Paintings by Ekaterina Smirnova, and an Installation by Margi Weir. The exhibits are up now and the reception is June 9.

Down in Old Forge, the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition is on display at  VIEW – this is a great opportunity to see works by some of the best pastel artists in the country. Also on display there is “Hazards”, ceramic sculpture by Julia E. Dean and “Red, White, & Blue”, assemblages by Gary L. Kohlberg. All of these exhibits are up through June 30. On May 27 there will be a performance of “John and Jen: An American Musical”.

It can’t be denied that while the Adirondacks have a wonderful history, both natural and human, and endless recreational opportunities, it is also a hotbed of arts & cultural activities. There are many more galleries and performances in many other smaller communities as well.

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Sandra Hildreth

Sandra Hildreth, who writes regularly about Adirondack arts and culture, grew up in rural Wisconsin and is a retired high school art teacher. She lives in Saranac Lake where she was spends much of her time hiking, paddling, skiing, and painting.

Today, Sandy can often be found outdoors Plein air painting - working directly from nature, and is an exhibiting member of the Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake. She is also active in Saranac Lake ArtWorks.

Sandy’s work can be seen on her website

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