The annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival is on track for happening this summer, with a few changes.
Artists from all over the country have been registering for the Festival since Feb. 1, but with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic the registration was extended to June 1 to allow time to alter certain logistics.
For this year’s festival, artists will paint on their own anywhere within the Adirondack Park between the dates of July 30 and Aug. 19, and send in digital images of their completed work for an online art show that will be housed on Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ newly redesigned website for a month beginning Aug. 23. There will be no in-person reception or events as part of this year’s show.
Out of state artists who originally applied will be offered refunds on registration fees, explained Sandy Hildreth, founder of the festival and one of the co-founders of Saranac Lake ArtWorks. “Artists who are applying understand there will be no gathering of artists, no reception, no lodging provided, and no physical exhibit. Collectors of Adirondack art are encouraged to remain at home and do their shopping online. ArtWorks will handle all sales, but the artists will be responsible for shipping paintings directly to the buyers.”
A password will be emailed for a special preview exhibit will be available to those who make a $20 donation to Saranac Lake ArtWorks. ArtWorks will also potentially stage an outdoor show for plein air painters the weekend of August 22-23, but that will be determined later in the season. Check for new developments on ArtWorks website.
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Photo Credit: Sandra Hildreth’s painting of Baker Mountain in the spring.