My husband and I have always taken our kids to art walks and gallery openings in and out of the Adirondack Park since they were very young. I want my children to be exposed to as much art as possible.
There are so many opportunities to explore art and nature around the Adirondack Park and now for the second year the Sacandaga Valley Art Network (SVAN) artists are opening their studio doors August 8-9 to showcase their original creations.
This self-guided studio and gallery tour is reminiscent of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council artist driving tour (November 7-8, 2015) and the Last Saturday Artists at Work Tour around Saranac Lake (August 29, September 26).
Over 30 artists are participating in the SVAN Art Trail. It is a unique opportunity to be invited into their studio space and perhaps see a demonstration. Some methods being used by this year’s Art Trail artists are eggshell mosaics, acrylics, ceramics, landscapes in oil, pottery, glass, photography, cement sculptures, custom furniture, hand woven textiles and drawings.
There is such a wide variety of talent and so much to see. Please note that not all artist studios will be open both days. Check the schedule to make sure your favorite (or soon to be favorite artist) will be available for a visit.
My kids were always asking how something was made and how things worked. I found art walks and studio tours to be a great resource to direct them right to the source. Some people criticized when I would bring my kids along on these artist tours. I am glad I never listened. My children are older now, but can be seen doodling, building and creating. I believe that watching someone create something from nothing is a powerful tool. I also have fun adding to my Adirondack art wish list. Enjoy!
If you are still around Northville at 6 pm on August 8, stay for the free outdoor concert at Northville Waterfront Park.