AdkAction is hosting a three-day celebration of arts and artists from July 23-25. The festival will fan out across Keeseville, with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events.
BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich continues its Nature & Music Summer Festival with its 2021 membership event “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, An Adirondack Legacy,” on Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 PM. The event is a weaving of stories, songs, and readings celebrating Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster and her love for the outdoors. Performers Eileen Egan Mack and Dan Berggren bring Jeanne’s neighbors of yesterday back to life, giving voice to the people and places that might otherwise be forgotten. Be prepared for an entertaining journey back in time, with twists and turns to enjoy.
The Pendragon Theatre has welcomed Michael Aguirre from New York City as the new Managing Director. Mike is the founding Executive Director of New Light Theater Project in NYC as well as the former Producing Director of Access Theater, a multi-venue organization in downtown Manhattan. He’s worked in administrative roles at the Steppenwolf Theatre and The Wilma, and he is also a playwright and sometime actor, with his work being featured across the country. As Managing Director, Aguirre will lead the theatre’s business plan and strategy.
“There were several qualified people who applied for the position”, said Chris Leifheit, president of the board of directors.
“We are thrilled to have found someone with Michael’s talent, experience and passion for the arts to collaborate with current staff and board to lead us out of this COVID crisis and toward a promising future,” Leifheit said in a press release.
Come by our new location at 56 Woodruff (across from Nori’s) to meet Mike at July’s ArtWalk! Pendragon is excited to participate on July 15 and we hope you will swing by to say hello. We are hard at work finalizing plans for our new home and look forward to sharing more details with our community.
This summer, the Pendragon is also hosting a summer camp for children ages 10-18. Campers will participate in a production of the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Registration ends soon so be sure to sign up using this link!
Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a non profit cultural community since 2008, has announced two open-air ArtMarkets in lieu of the (currently on hold) Third Thursday ArtWalks.
Last September, the organization held a similar ArtMarket at Riverfront Park (much like the Farmer’s Market), providing artists with a safe place to showcase their artwork, and to network with the community while selling their work.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with ArtWorks for this outdoor event to help continue to promote them in 2021. The markets will take place at Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, September 17, with Sunday of each weekend as the rain date. Members of ArtWorks will have the first option to participate, followed by non-members who have previously participated in similar events by ArtWorks. Admission is free, but there is a small vendor fee for participation.
Tall snow laden trees, a larger than life frog, an explosion of purple lilacs, these are among the brilliant watercolor and oil paintings that surprised me as I entered the doorway of the Small Fortune Studio for my interview of Tim Fortune. Located at 76 Main Street, Saranac Lake, New York, the Small Fortune Studio is a good place to stop during Saranac Lake’s first Art Walk of the season on July 15, 2021.
Owner artist Tim Fortune is a native of Saranac Lake. His paintings of nature, however, have also been inspired by his time living in Florida, Rome and Venice. Tim’s vision and technique has allowed him to create a distinctive translucent quality found in his paintings of trees, plantlife, land and sky of the natural world. Particularly noteworthy is how natural light seems to set his paintings on fire.
The Book & Blanket Players, sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), has been producing youth musicals-in-a-week summer theatre for 11 years in Keene Valley, usually at Keene Central School.
This year the theatrical adventure continues with an emphasis on flexibility and outdoor rehearsals and performance. The Keene Valley Library will serve as the hub and the performance will be on the lawn at the Neighborhood House on July 17 at 1 PM and outdoors at the Holt House at Marcy Field in Keene Valley at 3 PM on July 18. The production is a new and improved original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” with lyrics by Kathleen Recchia, music by Kathleen Recchia and Sam Balzac and arrangements by Sam Balzac. The original musical is written in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe.
At 4 AM, I took a walk
In sunlight, reflected off the moon.
Unmoving shadows blink with points of light
Broadcasting codes unknown
The water rests, completely still
’Til a V of ripples spreads backward from the beaver’s nose
Somewhere floats a sleeping loon
Unaware of the voice of the owl
I took a walk at 4 AM
In sunlight, reflected off the moon.
Photo by Randy Fredlund
Northern Current is excited to announce that we will be back in 2021!
This year’s event will be a pared-down version of what we typically shoot for. It wasn’t until recently that it was clear we could have the festival, so we have a shorter period of time to throw it together.
We won’t have a play area or non-food vendors, and will have a smaller number of bands – around five. But the Northern Current team is super excited to enjoy some live music and to get together with our community to dance it all out!
See you at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake on Sunday, September 5! Stay tuned for our lineup, which should be coming out sometime in the next few weeks.
The Adirondack Center for Writing and Federal Correctional Institute Ray Brook are proud to present an exhibit of pieces created by incarcerated artists. This 25-piece exhibit features paintings and some pottery, all inspired by classic Adirondack landscapes and figures.
“ACW has always been dedicated to giving space for the voiceless and this new exhibit is an example of our most important kind of work,” said Nathalie Thill, Executive Director at Adirondack Center for Writing. “This is incredibly special as it is the first time art by incarcerated artists has been displayed outside of a correctional facility in the North Country. We are really honored to bring this exhibit to life. John Brown Farm is the perfect location with its abolitionist history and natural beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with the public.”
It was my pleasure to interview artist Sandra Hildreth at her home studio/gallery in Saranac Lake, with walls adorned by luxurious framed oil paintings and watercolors of the Adirondack mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
All of her landscape or waterscapes are of specific places that she has visited, often by hiking, paddling, or skiing to the location. While sitting at a beautiful wood table in the heart of her home, I couldn’t take my eyes off “Snow Squalls,” (pictured here) a winter scene that has been accepted to the 86th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition (Cooperstown, New York, July 9-August 13, 2021.)
Marie Cogar’s devotion to expanding her artistic range with fused glass is evident in the beautiful fused glass art that she creates. The tools and materials in the studio and gallery reflect her dedication to detail and precision, and the energy in Marie’s life. Her pieces seem to capture Marie’s approach to life, as an opportunity to learn and experiment with a variety of glass techniques. It’s not surprising to learn that Marie is not only a visual artist but is also a musician.
Not all glass has the same COE (Coefficient of Expansion), therefore the same type of glass can only be fused together. Marie uses Oceanside 96 glass which comes in transparent, opaque, iridescent and dichroic sheets to name a few. Fused glass pieces start with flat glass in sheets, which must be cut and then fired in a kiln. It is important to note that to fuse glass pieces there must be at least two layers of glass. Some of Marie’s glass pieces are free formed, while others are given a form by firing a second time using a mold. Her fused glass art is both daily functional and decorative. The variety and versatility of the medium is inspiring.
(To thank our dear nephew, Chris on his opening of the family Camp)
North Country cathedrals of pine and spruce,
Not visited for a rift of darkest time, an unforeseen breech,
Letting sun filter through the fertile canopy,
On this day of Camp re-opening.
Tickets are now available for this summer’s 2021 Adirondack Theatre Festival, which includes a comedy, a musical tribute and a new play reading at the Wood Theater, as well as a free PB&J Cafe show for children at City Park. Nightly 30-minute music performances next to the Wood on festival show nights will also take place.
“After a long intermission, it seemed appropriate that we open our summer with a comedy,” says Martha Banta, interim producing artistic director, of the play “Slow Food.” “Theater is a lot about human connections and what better way for audiences and actors to return together and connect through laughter.”
Painting in Morning
Perfect light reveals
Deep texture in a canvas sky.
Finest of brush hairs dot a mosaic landscape,
A seascape, devoid of birds.
The ADK Quad-County Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA/Arts Center) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 DEC Grant awards. With funds made available by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), ALCA’s DEC program is regranting a total of $91,720 for 30 projects throughout the four counties the Arts Center, as the region’s DEC site, serves: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.
The statewide DEC Grant Program was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. The program forms the cornerstone of the partnership between NYSCA and local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link between NYSCA and portions of the community that might not otherwise be able to access funding from NYSCA.
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