Saturday, February 20, 2021

Art gallery roundup: Upcoming Exhibits & Calls for Art

A year into this pandemic, and many small businesses are struggling with how to safely stay in business. Our area artists and galleries are no exception. Fortunately, we have the largest “canvas” in the world available to us – the internet!

Several of our galleries have opted to hold virtual exhibits in addition to in-gallery shows. NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery (https://northwindfineartsgallery.com) is now sharing a space in the back of the former Sears Store (62 Main St., Saranac Lake) with ADK ArtRise (https://www.adkartrise.com) – a school offering art classes.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Free Film Series begins Feb. 24 online

The Lake Placid Film Festival will be hosting its free featured filmmaker series this winter.

Each Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting Feb. 24, an award-winning short film will be streamed online. After the film, there will be a moderated live discussion with the director and someone from LPFF.

Each program is free of charge, but they do require you pre-register. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Film details and tickets are available for purchase here.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

AdkAction picks winner of COVID PSA contest for teens

AdkAction is pleased to announce the winning video of its statewide COVID-19 Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest: “A Vintage COVID-19 PSA,” created by Emily Kucharczyk of New Paltz High School.

“When I heard about the project from my teacher, I had a vision of the shot where I held up a bottle of cleaning spray, I just saw the vintage theme in my head and went with it,” Emily said. “I love the creative freedom that comes with making movies — it’s one of the best ways to express your art.”

Watch it here:

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

New Novel Features Lake Placid Ironman

Iron Sharpens IronWhen the going gets tough, Colden MacIntyre, the main character in Iron Sharpens Iron, gets tougher, taking on the Lake Placid Ironman in an effort to overcome his demons.

Iron Sharpens Iron (Heavy Lift Books, 2020) is the first novel from upstate New York author Herb Terns. Though set mainly in Lake Placid, characters roam throughout the North Country, hiking High Peaks, trail running the Tongue Mountain Range, paddling Lake George and backpacking the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. But the heart of the book is Colden’s quest to win the Ironman, and the strength of the community that helps him through.

“We tend to remember the scars we get in life,” Terns says, “but we don’t always remember all the people who help us along the way. In some ways, the story is a metaphor for the way small towns pull together to help people who need it.”

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Artist guild opens water-themed show, announces juried exhibition

Sandra Hildreth paintinOur region has an abundance of water in all forms: lakes and rivers, snow, ice, clouds…. This month the members of the Adirondack Artists Guild are hanging their own works of art on the “featured artist” wall with a show about the waters all around us.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Newcomb hosts winter photo contest

The Town of Newcomb has announced the start of a winter photo contest. Looking for your best Newcomb winter photos of: landscapes, wildlife, landmarks, and activities (limit of three entries in jpeg format). 

Deadline: March 1st, 2021, by 5:00 p.m.

Include the following information: Name, address, phone, email, location where photo was taken, and title. Photos can be submitted by email to: [email protected] and not to exceed 10MB. 

Photos will become property of Town of Newcomb and may be used for publicity purposes including social media, calendars, etc. More about Newcomb at newcombny.com.

Photo provided by Town of Newcomb

 


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Seagle Music Colony changes name to Seagle Festival

Seagle Music Colony logoUpdate from Tony Kostecki, General Director:

From our founding in 1915 Seagle has been a place for singers to study and learn. In the early years the use of colony in our name was very appropriate as the beautiful Adirondack campus in Schroon Lake was a place to retreat for study.

Over the years, however, we have added many facets to our mission and operations which work in opposition to the idea of Seagle as a retreat.

Most obvious is that we now produce high-quality performances for the public in addition to our work training top-tier emerging vocalists. Furthermore, we have become an incubator for new works of music theater in our summer and fall seasons. These initiatives are all pursued with an eye to the public and the greater opera field.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Standing In The Storm

Storm artworkThis past year, many people here in the Adirondacks and around the country have experienced what has been termed as a “Life Storm.”

This storm is culminated by circumstances that test our strength, devour our peace and steal our joy.  The truth is there may have been many storms in your life, not just in the past year but sporadically throughout your life. Like weather storms, life storms can come in slowly and leave quickly or roll in quickly and linger for some time.  No matter the substance, life storms can feel personally aimed and centered on us.  It can be lonely when the darkness creeps in and there seems to be no shelter.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Winter reads from Adirondack Harvest

braiding sweetgrassFrom Adirondack Harvest:

“Perhaps eating healthier or doing more to support your community is on your list of resolutions for 2021. Or maybe, you’re just focused on simply staying home and keeping safe during the pandemic. Luckily, by eating more local food and shopping local as much as possible, we can all move forward on these resolutions.

If you’re not sure where to start, we hope to help. As we enter the cold, dark days of wintertime, many of us are snuggling up by the woodstove with a good book.”

The team at Adirondack Harvest have shared a few of their favorites winter reads and invite you to do the same.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR WINTER READING LIST

For additional inspiration, check out our “Reading in Place” recommended reading list.

Pictured here: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

 


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Native storytelling night this Friday and other Ndakinna updates

The Ndakinna cultural center presents the first Alamikos Native Storytelling Evening. Alamikos, means the Greetings Maker Moon. It is a time for giving thanks to one another, asking for forgiveness and sharing stories to brighten the cold winter nights. This evening of Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19, this year we will be broadcasting the performance via Zoom.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Poetry:  And So A New Story Begins…

 And So A New Story Begins…
..And now it starts. Still,
Yet, it turns toward better days,
Both past and to come.
Victory is clear.
It beckons our good people,
To remember love,
Remember honor,
Remember hope, remember,
Who they really are.
Hearts lighten today,
And faces upturn once more.
We stand together.
All feels right again,
A reckoning of the soul.
Now freedom sings out,
Still, freedom sings out,
And, a new story begins.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Closing of North Country Books brings new opportunities for Adirondack authors

Local bookstore owners establish Adirondack book wholesale and distribution business

The announcement in late October that North Country Books would close at the end of January 2021 sent dismay through the ranks of authors, publishers, and retail accounts who’d come to depend on the Utica-based company to distribute books and related products with an Adirondack focus.

The company, founded in 1965, had been a bridge between small specialty publishers and authors and their markets for Adirondack-themed books, maps, and sideline products and there was no other entity to fill the gap.

Enter Sarah and Marc Galvin, owners of The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Call to Artists – NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery Virtual Juried Show

The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, located in the heart of Saranac Lake, will be hosting an upcoming juried art show, and is currently seeking artists to submit content under the theme of “The Healing Wilderness,” inspired by the healing power of the Adirondacks.

The village of Saranac Lake is the birthplace of the fresh air cure for tuberculosis, and since the turn of the 20th century the village has been revered for its healing powers.

Selected works will be placed on display in digital form at the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery during Saranac Lake’s “Winter Carnival”, attended by thousands of people every year. Selected works will also be featured on their website as well, and shared within NorthWind’s extensive social media audience.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Poetry: Sunlit Winter Meadow

Sunlit Winter Meadow

The beauty of this

Sparkling, sunlit snowscape

Mantling the meadow

Warms and opens wide my heart,

I praise and consider uncountable

Individual snowflakes

Imagine masses of people

Harmoniously packed together as

A human quilt covering the meadow

In vibrant splendor.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Poetry: Caritas

“Caritas” (Love, Compassion)

In the workings of the human heart,

It lives and breathes,

Concept learned from the newborn child,

Born ‘neath rough wooden eaves.

Hands reaching out in heaven-sent grace,

Life born again,

Lighting sky and earth below,

Need Caritas, Amen.

Today and every day we’re given,

Need Caritas, Amen.