Thursday, September 26, 2013

With Fall Foliage Reaching Peak, It’s Artist Studio Tour Time

T.Fortune.2010SH2This weekend marks the 7th Annual Artist at Work Studio Tour (Sept 27-28-29) in the northern Adirondack region. Nearly 50 artists in the communities of Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Au Sable Forks, Bloomingdale, Onchiota, Rainbow Lake, Paul Smiths, Gabriels and Lake Clear are participating.

Some artists have taken part every year; there are 12 “new” artists; and 2 other artists are in new locations. There are painters, photographers, potters, mixed media artists, fabric, jewelry, glass, wood and metalworkers, printmakers, and more.

The Studio Tour is a free, self-guided event always scheduled the last weekend in September. Children are welcome to attend with parents – it’s a great way to introduce them to the world of art. The full color Studio Tour Guide Book is now available at many locations – galleries, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, and other arts venues. It’s also available online.

How to use it? Browse through the pictures and descriptions of each artists work and make a list of who you would like to visit. Be sure and check the dates – most participate all three days, but some only do one or two. Then plot your route – driving between communities and parking in downtown Saranac Lake to walk to many of the locations there.

Maps and directions are in the book, there will be bright yellow and black signs marking the studios, and there is a helpful overall route map on our web site that can be printed. If you’ve done the tour before, it’s time to come again! There are new artists plus all the artists have new work to show. The Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St. in Saranac Lake, is event headquarters. If you have any questions, stop by or give them a call at 518-891-2615.

The Studio Tour is sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks with financial support from our Business Sponsors and a Developing Community Arts Grant with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

Photo: Tim Fortune at work in his studio.


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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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