Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Adirondack Plein Air Festival kicks off this week

35 Artists Participating!
Like many organizations, Saranac Lake ArtWorks had to consider cancelling our main event of the year, the 12th Adirondack Plein Air Festival, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Keeping the safety of our artists, our art collectors, and our community in mind, here’s what we are doing:

35 talented, accomplished artists, mainly from New York and nearby states, were invited to paint on their own, anywhere within the Adirondack Park, between July 30 and August 19. There is no gathering of artists or reception.  They will submit digital images of their paintings to be posted on our website: You may go to the Events section of the website and visit the Plein Air Festival pages to see the list of participating artists.

Preview the Exhibit – August 22

Grab a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers and enjoy the paintings in the comfort of your own home! A special “First Look” Preview Exhibit will be available at 12:01 am (midnight Friday night), all day and evening,  Saturday August 22 and until 9 am on August 23. For a $20 contribution to ArtWorks, which is now a 501(c)(3) organization, access will be provided for a private viewing of all the new paintings produced for the event. The Prize Winners will be identified and paintings may be purchased. Donate HERE.

ONLINE Show & Sale Opens August 23

Visit! The ONLINE Show & Sale will open to everyone, at no charge, at 9 am on Sunday August 23. The exhibit will remain online until September 30 unless all the paintings sell before then! There will be NO actual exhibit.

For this online event paintings will be sold unframed, and the cost of shipping will be included in the price. When purchases are made, the artists will be notified and they will ship or hand deliver the paintings to the buyers.

This has been a hard year for everyone, due to Covid-19. ArtWorks felt it was important to do our best to still hold some kind of Adirondack Plein Air Festival in order to continue our tradition of promoting the arts and to help generate some needed income for regional artists. At the same time we did not want to encourage out of state travel or gatherings of people.

We thank you in advance for your support. 70% of the sales price of all paintings will be returned to the artists. 30% is retained by ArtWorks and will be used to help support future programming when we are once again able to hold public art events in the Adirondacks.

— Sandra Hildreth, Coordinator, Adirondack Plein Air Festival
President, Board of Directors, Saranac Lake ArtWorks

Painting of Cobble Lookout by Sandra Hildreth

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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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