Friday, June 2, 2023

Don’t miss these hidden gem art exhibits in the Adirondacks

Here is a quick summary of some of the unique exhibits on display in the northern Adirondacks right now. They would be great for a family “rainy day” outing or a good reason for a road trip when the black flies are too fierce to be outdoors. The descriptions are brief, but there are many hidden gems among these various offerings and they are well worth seeing.

BluSeed Studios, in Saranac Lake, is featuring the work of artist Dave Fadden. Indigenous Reflection is a powerful exhibit of mostly figurative paintings, in a unique contemporary mosaic style, that do reflect upon and address past and present issues impacting Native Americans. The Gallery is open 2-6 pm on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and by appointment. Sponsored by the Adirondack Diversity Institute, there will be a closing reception and artist conversation on June 25, from 5 – 7 pm., 518-891-3799,


Jewelry by Toos Roozen-Evans

The two co-op galleries in Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Artists Guild and NorthWind Fine Arts are full of new work by their member artists, but each also has a featured artist of the month, with exhibits through the end of June. Galleries are usually open for receptions on the First Fridays of each month. Shawn Halperin, at NorthWind is showing a new collection of carvings, paintings, jewelry and mixed media pieces. The gallery is open daily, 10-4, closed Wed., 518-354-5041. The Adirondack Artists Guild featured artist is Toos Roozen-Evans, who will be exhibiting a unique collection of heat-patina copper bowls and sterling silver, turquoise, and lapis jewelry. Guild hours are Mon-Sat, 11-5 and Sun 11-3., 518-891-2615.

At the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, there is a very interesting show titled Cache: Works on Paper by Diane Fine and Mario LaPlante. Both are printmakers, but also incorporate drawing, painting, digital imaging and collage techniques. Gallery hours are Tues-Sat, 2-5 pm. The exhibit opened in May, but there is a reception June 2, from 5 -7 pm. The show closes June 17., 518-523-2512.

The Windows Gallery in the Tahawus Center, Ausable Forks, is hosting a fantastic display of watercolor paintings by Larry Vanderburgh.  Through Seven Lenses includes 7 collections of paintings grouped by subject matter. There are paintings of landscapes, buildings, railroad locomotives, old ships and even some abstract pieces, all rendered in great detail, many focusing on the little elements and textures that are often overlooked. Hours are limited to Sat, 1-2:30 pm, but visitors are encouraged to call 646-734-0703 and arrange for an appointment, possibly with the artist.

The Downtown Artist Cellar in Malone just had the reception for a new 4-artist exhibit. “A Collective” is showcasing the photography, painting and pastes of regional artists Jeanne Danforth, Diane Leifheit, Noreen Sadue, and Eleanor Sweeney, as well as other DAC member artists. DAC is open Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm and by appointment., 518-651-5172

This exhibit has not opened yet, but if heading to Malone, a visit is encouraged. The Foothills Art Society is hosting an exhibit of works by Gail Bessette in their North Star Gallery on Pearl St. Gail Bessette is a graduate of St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities and began her career in the Adirondack region as a landscape painter. She later expanded her creations to more abstract content in various mediums including encaustics and oil mixed with cold was. The exhibit opens June 9  (harpist Martha Gallagher will be performing as well) and the artist will be at the reception on June 30   It continues through July 21. For more information:, 518-903-1980.

Heading to the southern end of Franklin County, Tupper Arts will have an opening reception for artist and teacher Wendy Cross on June 1 from 5-6pm.  It sounds like her exhibit will feature land and seascapes primarily in mixed media on wood. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 11-5 and Sun 11-4., 518-359-5042.

To discover more information about all the wonderful artists, exhibits, classes, and performances in our area, check out the Adirondack Arts and Entertainment online calendar, and sign up for their email announcements.

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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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  1. Linda Ramirez says:

    The exhibit of David Fadden’s work at BluSeed is exceptional. ( Sorry I’ll miss the event on June 25, 2023. ) And thank you Sandy Hildreth for this guide. For those who don’t know, Sandy is the President of the Board of Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Their beautiful website is at:

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