Forty artists have packed up their paints and canvases from Texas to Ohio and Maryland to Maine have come to the Adirondacks for a week of wonderful painting. The 2023 Adirondack Plein Air Festival started on August 14 and culminates with the huge Show & Sale, on August 19, held in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake.
Started in 2009 by Saranac Lake ArtWorks member Sandra Hildreth, this event has grown from an opportunity for local artists to get together and paint outdoors, to a nationally recognized painting experience that often attracts nearly 100 applications. 40 are selected to participate. They come to paint the Saranac Lake, which offers an abundance of mountain, lake, and river views, farmland, historic villages, rustic camps, waterfalls, marshes and bogs and more.
The Adirondack region has long been known as a wonderful, wild vacation retreat and the inspiration for numerous artists, writers, and musicians. The plein air painters who come and take part in this event know that very well, which is what attracts them from all over the country. The Adirondacks is the largest protected area east of the Mississippi, yet it’s still within a day’s drive of most of the major cities of the Northeast. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, forests, farms, and small communities — a full variety of subject matter for artists.
Held annually the 3rd week in August, the 14th annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival will take place from August 14-19. A total of fifty juried artists have four-and-a-half days to paint outdoors in the scenic wonders of the Saranac Lake area. Spectators are encouraged to check out the creative process while enjoying the classic Adirondack surroundings.
It looks like this year, 2022, I can finally put aside all the paperwork and endless planning, and just take part in the 14th Adirondack Plein Air Festival as an artist. Like the event, I have evolved and matured, both as a painter and as the event organizer.
I came up with the idea to have Saranac Lake ArtWorks host a plein air festival back in 2009. I had heard about an event in Easton, MD that had been very successful, though I’d never been to one. Lots of artists took part and lots of paintings were sold. The Saranac Lake area has an abundance of scenic views, though a much smaller regional population – we should host such an event. It must be easy – select dates, let a bunch of artists know, have an exhibit. Easy….
Saranac Lake ArtWorks, established in 2008 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2020, has a mission of using the arts to promote Saranac Lake and the surrounding community. The Plein Air Festival, scheduled for August 15 – 20, 2022, will bring artists from around the country.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Adirondacks through the eyes of these talented painters and have an opportunity to take those memories home with them through their paintings. The Festival kicks off with a free “Meet the Artists” reception on Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Saranac, our partner and sponsor of that event.
The completed artworks will be presented for sale beginning Friday, August 19 during the Friday Night Special Preview Party scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the Show & Sale on Saturday, August 20 from 12 -5 p.m. in the Town Hall. The Show & Sale on Saturday is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Friday Night Special Preview Party are $20 each and may be purchased at the door or online by visiting SaranacLakeArtWorks.org/plein-air .
“Our Plein Air Festival continues to grow more popular each year; despite the challenges that Covid 19 presented in 2020 and 2021. We are excited the event will be in-person as it was last year, bringing artists and visitors to our region from around the country. Our success is a result of the hard work and dedication of ArtWorks members and the overall support of our local art and business community. The event means more than just bringing visitors in for the day. The week-long Festival gives them a reason to stay”, said Sandra Hildreth, President, ArtWorks.
The 13th Adirondack Plein Air Festival started Monday Aug 16 as artists checked in and began painting. Around 40 artists will be attending from all over the country. They will have 5 days to paint and then the paintings will be displayed in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake, NY. A Special Preview Party will be held Friday Aug 20, from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are $20/person, food & beverages will be served, and attendees will have the first look and opportunity to purchase the artwork produced during the week. Saturday, Aug 21, the Show & Sale will be FREE and open to the public, from 12 – 5 pm. Don’t miss this chance to bring home a “piece of the Adirondacks”!
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: https://saranaclakeartworks.org. You may go to the Events section of the website and visit the Plein Air Festival pages to see the list of participating artists.
The annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival is on track for happening this summer, with a few changes.
Artists from all over the country have been registering for the Festival since Feb. 1, but with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic the registration was extended to June 1 to allow time to alter certain logistics.
For this year’s festival, artists will paint on their own anywhere within the Adirondack Park between the dates of July 30 and Aug. 19, and send in digital images of their completed work for an online art show that will be housed on Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ newly redesigned website for a month beginning Aug. 23. There will be no in-person reception or events as part of this year’s show.
I always say I’m not in the market to buy art, but then I find myself in awe of all the talented artists and know that window shopping may not be enough. Even if I don’t buy art, I am always in the market to experience it. I love the possibility of seeing an artist in various Adirondack locations, putting creativity onto canvas. The benefit of a Plein Air Festival is in seeing those artists create in nature and then attend the art show to meet and discuss their process. » Continue Reading.
The Hyde Collection has invited artists to participate in its annual Plein Air Festival, to be held August 7 to 11, 2019, throughout the Glens Falls area.
The Plein Air Festival celebrates the Museum, community, and art inspired by the outdoors. The festival culminates at The Hyde’s annual Community Day event Sunday, August 11. Community Day is a free admission event that includes tours, art activities, and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space. » Continue Reading.
The 8th annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival begins on Aug 15 and not only is it a bunch of artists painting outdoors, but it has “nocturnes” and “quick draws” too! Almost 70 artists from all over the US, Quebec and Ontario, will converge on the village of Saranac Lake in order to paint the beauty of the Adirondack region, much like the Hudson River School painters of the mid 1800’s.
In the 8 years of the Festival, those artists have probably equaled, if not surpassed, the number of paintings created during the 50 years the Hudson River School was popular. » Continue Reading.
The registration form for the 8th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival was posted on the Saranac Lake Art Works website at midnight on Monday, February 29th and the quota of 50 artists was reached by 7 am, March 1st. The Plein Air Festival will take place August 15-20 in Saranac Lake with artists traveling from around the eastern United States and Canada.
New York artist Frances Gaffney has been added to the workshop schedule, with “The Art of Expressive Drawing.” Participants will explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques and explore new ways of seeing. Drawing will be outdoors weather permitting. Registration information can be found on the Saranac Lake Art Works website. Both workshops require a $50 deposit to reserve a spot and participants do not have to be registered for the Plein Air Festival. » Continue Reading.
The 3rd week of August artists assemble in Saranac Lake for the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. This year, from August 18 to 22, fifty painters from all over the east coast and Canada are taking part. Registration opened online March 1 and filled in less than 48 hours, as both new and repeat artists were eager to attend. In order to keep the annual Show & Sale at manageable numbers, it was decided to limit participation to 50. » Continue Reading.
The days are long, the mountains green and the arts bloom and ripen like potatoes in the hardscrabble fields of Adirondack farms! While the Saranac Lake area has a flourishing, year round arts community, summer sun produces abundant exhibits and exciting special events.
This was going to be a post that announced some changes in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival and the fact that registration for the 2015 event opened on March 1. However, by noon on March 2, we had 50 artists registered and had reached our pre-determined limit. The 2015 Adirondack Plein Air Festival will be Aug 17 – 22 in Saranac Lake. Four days of outdoor painting and then a one day Show & Sale of the work produced over those four days.
I am amazed by this phenomenon. We all know the Adirondack Park is a scenic place. Artists in the past, like those of the Hudson River School in the mid 1800’s also recognized that. Six years ago I started the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake for rather selfish reasons. » Continue Reading.
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