Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Submissions sought for exhibit reflecting on life during pandemic

 The Adirondack Artists Guild, in partnership with the Adirondack Center for Writing, presents Responding II – 2020 as its featured exhibit in September, running from Sept. 4-29.

The title comes from the Gallery’s history – shortly after September 11, 2001, we invited artists, writers, and anyone else who wanted to respond to or share their feelings about that horrific event. We called the show “Responding”, and the gallery was full of deeply moving and expressive creations.

In 2020 we are again seeking responses to the social, economic, political and pandemic issues that are dominating our lives. Due to Covid-19, we will not be hosting an actual exhibit, but will post all the submissions on our website. Our member artists will be producing their own responses. Pictured is a watercolor painting by member Valerie Patterson.

This year has been marked by a tremendous amount of upheaval and uncertainty. Many of us have found our lives disrupted in a variety of interconnected ways, including the health, economic, social and psychological consequences of the coronavirus pandemic; the ongoing protests against systemic racism and social injustice; and the continued threats posed globally, nationally and locally by climate change.

The arts have always been at the forefront of providing visual or performance responses to what is going on in the world. We are accepting submissions until August 28, and then the exhibit will be online from Sept 4 – 29.  There is no cost to participate.

Artistic Submissions: Please take a well-lit digital photos of your creation. Smart phone photos are OK and we can crop and edit images. One entry per person, please. Email to: [email protected] along with your full name and address, title of the work, size, medium, and price, if for sale. Feel free to add a description or explanation. Entries will be posted on the Artists Guild website:

Written submissions:  All are welcome to send one piece of original writing of any genre to Click on that link and paste the written work into the form that appears. Writers are expected to edit their own submissions. All submissions must fit the word limit of 750 words and be left-justified. Any submission that is deemed inappropriate by staff will be removed and will not be included in the online display of Responding II – 2020.  Written entries will be posted on the Adirondack Center for Writing website.

The Adirondack Artists Guild and the Adirondack Center for Writing join the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses in denouncing racism and bigotry in all its forms. We are committed to working to help make our beloved village a welcoming and safe place for residents and visitors alike. As artists, we champion the freedom of expression; however, we reserve the right to decline to exhibit work in our gallery or on our website that would be considered hate speech: that is, words or imagery that seek to harm or disparage any individual or group of people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability or immigration status.

Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Image: “Here, But Now They’re Gone”  watercolor 27”x35”, by Valerie Patterson

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Sandra Hildreth

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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