Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Arts Opportunities Around Saranac Lake

holidays-pinkhouseWe artists take great pride in producing new work for the holiday season, believing (perhaps naively) that people will want to give art to their loved ones! It’s actually not a bad idea. Works of art are genuinely unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that can bring enjoyment every day of the year – forever. A chance to give someone something they’ve never had and that no one else in the world will ever have. It can be a child’s tempera painting, something totally hand-made, or a professional piece of art.

Many communities in our region have small galleries and shops that feature locally produced art. Since I happen to live in Saranac Lake, I will describe what we have to offer, but my advice is to seek out what’s available in your own communities. Shop small. Shop local. Remember, the money spent at locally owned businesses mostly stays in the community, helping keep the regional economy alive.

holidays-bluseedThe holiday season already kicked off in Saranac Lake with BluSeed Studio’s Off the Wall, “Art Under $100” Show. There must be 20 or more artists with displays of their unique paintings, photos, prints, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures and more – all very affordable. The opening reception was Nov 20, but the gallery is open Mon-Sat from 1-5 pm. There will be an additional “Holiday Open House” on Dec 18, from 5 – 7 pm. Off the Wall will end Dec 28. For more information visit or call 518-891-3799.

Art at the Pink House, the new little gallery on Woodruff St, operated by fiber artist Cris Winters has also jumped the season with several workshops and a “Holiday Gift Gallery” that opens Nov 27. The gift gallery will be open every Fri, from 12-6 and every Sat, from 10-6, until Christmas. For more information check or 518-524-0533.

In Lake Placid, there is a “little show of little works” by the late Italo Clemente at the Point of View Gallery on Sentinel Ave, thru Dec 14. 518-578-5490

December 4-5-6 is the big weekend for the arts in Saranac Lake. The Chamber hosts the annual Sparkle Village Craft Fair in the Harrietstown Town Hall, on Main St, and it opens Fri Dec 4 from 4 – 8. It will also be open Sat Dec 5 from 10 – 4. Loads of locally produced, hand-made items will be available. Contact the Chamber to learn more call 518-891-1990.

The official tree-lighting ceremony in Saranac Lake will be held Dec 4, in Berkeley Green, at the corner of Main St. and Broadway, at 5:30.

Fri Dec 4 is also the evening several galleries have opening receptions. Most will be up all month, so if you miss the opening, stop in later in the month. Valerie Patterson will exhibit new watercolors in “Passing Through,” December’s special exhibit at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery on Main St. An art teacher at the Saranac Lake Central High School, and a member of the Guild, Patterson creates thought-provoking paintings which are always on display at the gallery. The reception will run from 5-7, perhaps a little longer since there are so many events going on that evening. Last day of the show will be Jan 5, 2016. or 518-891-2615.

holidays-whitemanOn Woodruff St, NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce gallery member Susan Whiteman will have an opening for her show “The Enigma of Light” on Fri Dec 4, from 5-7. It will feature an array of her regional pastel paintings that tackle that illusive challenge of painting ‘light”. Susan was recently elected to the Pastel Society of America, and is a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society and Saranac Lake Artworks. NorthWind will hold an additional “Holiday Cookie Open House” on Dec 12 from 11-6. Whteman’s exhibit will close Dec 30. Check or 518-354-1875.

In between Woodruff St and Main St, at the corner of Main and Broadway, is the Cape Air office. Members of Saranac Lake ArtWorks display work there and they will hold a Holiday Open House from 4-8 on Fri Dec 4 and 10-4 on Sat Dec 5. Just stroll on down and walk in, the Cape Air staff always welcomes visitors, but artists will be there as well, with refreshments, on the 4th and 5th.

Many of the same artists that exhibit in these galleries will also have works in the Annual Big Little Show that opens up on Fri Dec 4, from 5-7, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. However, this big show features only little works – nothing larger than 64 square inches, including frames, are allowed. Believe me – it is just as hard, if not more difficult sometimes, to create art on a small scale. This exhibit will close Dec 23. or 518-523-2512.

holidays-kurtzPhotographer Mark Kurtz is having an Open House in his photography studio on Sat Dec 5 and Dec 12 from 10-4. Featuring primarily Adirondack and New York City photos, Mark’s studio is located directly above the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery on Main St. or 518-891-2431.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented at 7:30 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Sat Dec 5, and at 1 pm on Sun Dec 6. or 518-523-2512.

holidays-leifheitOn Sun Dec 6 pastel artist Diane Leifheit will begin having her studio in Gabriels open every Sunday until Christmas, from 12-5 with pieces at 25% off. Learn more at or 518-651-1938.

I will also have my home/studio on Lake St open on Sun Dec 6 from 10-4. I love to paint more than I have the ability to sell, so it will be a good time to come visit and help reduce my inventory! I do plein air and studio paintings primarily of the Adirondacks, but also the American west and other places I’ve traveled to. For directions check or 518-891-1388.

There is also art, as well as many other events, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. The annual “Winter Wonders” show will be open on Dec 8 and continue to the end of Jan 2016. The VIC is open daily from 9-5, beginning in Dec, and hopefully will soon have groomed, x-country ski trails open. Check or 518-327-6421.

The opening reception of the Paint & Palette Winter Art Show & Sale will be Dec 11, from 5-7, in the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. The show continues to Dec 30. 518-891-4190

holidays-hildrethDec 12 is the Annual Adirondack Christmas Concert at the Lake Center for the Arts with Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. See or 518-523-2512.

Dec 19 will be calligrapher Gail Brill’s “Enchanted Christmas”. Her Fawn St. studio will be open from 12-5 with lots of unique hand-made gifts available. For more information call 518-586-1063.

Pendragon Theatre is bringing Ken Ludwig’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the stage in Saranac Lake. Great family entertainment begins Dec 19 at 5, Dec 20 at 2, Dec 22 and 26 at 7, and the final performance on Dec 27 at 2. or 518-891-1854.

Dec 20 Pendragon is hosting a “Holiday Cabaret Fundraiser” at 7. Contact them for more information 518-891-1854.

Closing out the year will be the wonderful First Night Saranac Lake on New Year’s Eve. Get the full schedule of events and performances at and don’t miss the fireworks!

Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of and enjoy all the arts related events that occur in the Saranac Lake area. To learn more and see the entire arts schedule, visit

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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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