Thursday, July 26, 2018

Open Studio Tours and Adirondack Art Trails

My family likes to take part in art walks and gallery openings in and out of the Adirondack Park. We enjoy the arts and with a beautiful backdrop like the Adirondacks, what better place is there to explore art and nature?

This weekend area artists open their doors for the monthly Saranac Lake Artworks Studio Tours. With live demonstrations, artists create and showcase their original work while visitors take part in self-guided tours.  Each month the list of artists alters slightly. The upcoming studio tour days will be July 27-29, August 31-September 2, September 28-30, October 27-29, and November 30-December 2.

The Sacandaga Valley Art Network (Map) holds a similar self-guided studio tour in Northville on August 25- 26. The  St. Lawrence County Arts Council hosts a driving studio tour November 3-4, 2018.

Another option, though it isn’t a formal tour, is the Adirondack Regional Art Trail. With listings broken down by geographic area, it’s easy to pull together an informal driving tour of area artists and organizations.  The website brings together off-the-beaten path artist with local galleries, museums, and exhibits. It’s well-deserved recognition to the variety of art and culture the Adirondacks offers.

There is so much talent and so much to see. Enjoy!

Note that typically outside organized tours and open house events, hours can vary at each artists’ studio. Check the schedule to make sure your favorite (or soon to be favorite artist) will be available for a visit.



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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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