SARANAC LAKE — The September ArtMarket & Studio Tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 in Saranac Lake and surrounding areas.
Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the September ArtMarket & Studio Tours will include an art market at Riverfront Park near the state boat launch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and studio tours around the area on Sunday, Sept. 25.
SARANAC LAKE — The second installment of Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks is July 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2022 ArtWalks are held along the streets of downtown Saranac Lake every third Thursday through September. Over 40 painters, musicians, quilters, authors, jewelers, photographers, tarot card readers, wood carvers and more will display their work at the July event.
The Berkeley Green Bandshell will feature Carolyn Greenberg’s Mountain Melodies camp, followed by Marion Hoezel, Bill Chamberlin and Tyler Dezago. Briga, a violinist from Montreal, will perform on Main Street near Edward Jones.
Several studios and galleries will be open during the ArtWalk hours as well including Art at the Pink House – Cris Winters, NorthWind Fine Arts, Adirondack Artists Guild, Mark Kurtz Photography, Small Fortunes Studio, Cape Air Gallery, and Georgeanne Gaffney Gallery.
Adirondack Center for Writing, ADK ArtRise, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, and Play ADK will also be open during the ArtWalk hours.
Registration for the ArtWalks will remain open throughout the summer, and is free for artists of all backgrounds and skill levels. Visit saranaclakeartworks.org/artwalks to register and for more information.
The 2022 ArtWalks are sponsored by CloudSplitter, Noris Village Market, Adirondack Bank, Edward Jones, Fiddlehead Bistro, and Grizle T’s.
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.
Artists of all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks. Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC), the 2022 ArtWalks series will be held along the streets of downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.
“Saranac Lake is full of incredibly talented artists,” said Sandra Hildreth, president of Saranac Lake ArtWorks. “The ArtWalks were created to showcase and support the artists that make our community vibrant.”
The call to artists is open to artists, artisans, writers, musicians, performers and other creators, regardless of age, background or skill level; there is no cost to participate. Artists can register online at saranaclakeartworks.org/artwalks.
ArtWorks and SLACC will also host two Saranac Lake ArtMarkets on July 30 and Sept. 24. These events will take place at Riverfront Park next to the Lake Flower boat launch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about Third Thursday ArtWalks or Saturday ArtMarkets, please contact Kaet O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo at top: A previous Saranac Lake Third Thursday ArtWalk event. Photo provided by Kaet O’Brien, Saranac Lake ArtWorks Communications Consultant.
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.
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.
Many 2020 art programs have been postponed indefinitely or moved online due to the pandemic that has plagued our country and state this year. One event that folks are especially missing in the Saranac Lake area is Third Thursday ArtWalks.
To answer the challenge of bringing visual and literary artists together with the community to exhibit and market their work, Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce have come together to offer a safe and socially distanced outdoor market: ArtWorks ArtMarket.
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.
There’s a New Not-for-Profit in the North Country.
Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a community-based organization founded and operating since 2008, recently announced that it has achieved not-for-profit status as a 501(c)3, enhancing its ability to support local artists and cultural organizations throughout the area.
Saranac Lake ArtWorks has established the tri-lakes region as an arts destination over the past 12 years by bringing area artists, galleries and cultural organizations together to market their events and work collectively. Saranac Lake ArtWorks has also presented its own signature events:
Saranac Lake ArtWorks has announced their 4th Annual “Paint-Out” at the Paul Smith’s VIC has been set to run from September 1st to 8th, 2018. Like the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, which just concluded, the “Paint-Out” focuses on painting the Adirondack environment, which includes people and buildings and activities and wildlife as well as the landscape itself.
The Paul Smith’s College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center) is located about a mile north of the college campus on Route 30. The building houses two gallery spaces, an interpretive display about the Adirondacks, classrooms, offices, and a small gift shop. » Continue Reading.
Who organizes a major event, without ever having taken part in a similar one? An artist would…. we create new things on a blank canvas all the time! I heard about something called Plein Air Festivals over 10 years ago and one day had a brainstorm. It seemed that if you had a scenic location, you could set the dates, invite a bunch of artists, give them a couple days to paint and then hold an exhibit. So without ever having participated in one, I organized the first Adirondack Plein Air Fesitval in Saranac Lake in August 2009.
Why hold a Plein Air Festival? To share the great beauty of the Adirondack environment with new people. Artists who may never have painted in this area, as well as local residents and visitors who may never have considered buying a work of art. A painting of a place you know, or have visited on vacation might be appealing. Or the fact that you could actually watch an artist as they worked, outdoors, on location, and then purchase that very painting! » Continue Reading.
Saranac Lake artists are opening their workspaces to the public for additional weekends this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ popular Studio Tours.
The tours are an opportunity to learn about each artist; see works in progress; and watch artists demonstrate their techniques in a wide variety of styles, subjects, and media including painting, pastel, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, fused glass, photography, fiber arts, and more.
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.
New canoe route or Bike Race? No! It’s the Studio Tour!
The village of Ausable Forks to Stony Creek Road just off the Coreys Road, near Tupper Lake represents the widest distance between artists opening their studios to the public for the 8th Annual Artist at Work Studio Tour.
Artists are also in Gabriels, Onchiota and Rainbow Lake, Black Brook and Lake Placid, and Wilmington, Jay and Upper Jay. With Saranac Lake, the “arts destination of the Adirondacks” as the hub, nearly 50 artists are participating in the Studio Tour on Sept 27-28 with 16 right in the village. Peak fall colors are the bonus as artists welcome visitors to come see works in progress, ask questions, and find out how various works of art are created. And of course purchase unique items to take home! » Continue Reading.
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