“Adirondack Impressions ~ Misty Waters, Foggy Mountains”, a solo exhibit by artist Milton Norman Franson, will be on display in the Judith Lowenstein Cohen Memorial Wing of the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., through November 30.
Franson has been a frequent visitor and admirer of the Adirondacks for the past 40 years. “We’ve been coming here (from Old Forge to Wilmington and Lake Placid and Tupper Lake) since our first ski trip visit in 1974 in a New Year’s Day snowstorm,” says the painter. “The inspiration is always fresh and exciting, whether a view from the top of Whiteface or a simple hike around Nick’s Lake with a glimpse of a red newt on bright green moss.”
Franson became a serious “weekend painter” about 2000 when he semi-retired. Most of his paintings are landscapes, but many of the earliest are “portraits” of the local creatures in their habitat. Working with all types of art media, most of Franson’s recent works feature water, and often a canoe. “I absolutely love the reflections and many moods of lakes, ponds and streams and the light and mists of early morning. That’s the magic time,” he said. He paints when he can, mostly for his own pleasure, and whenever it doesn’t interfere with a good day’s trout fishing.
Photos of Fanson’s paintings “Dinnertime ~ Canoers” and Milton Franson trout fishing, provided.