The 4th Adirondack Plein Air Festival will take place in Saranac Lake, NY on August 16-19. Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, is expecting around 50 artists to participate. All media appropriate for plein air work is acceptable: watercolors, acrylics, pastels, oils and drawing media.

The whole challenge of plein air painting is to be able to use your skills to work outdoors, on location, and create a painting without the use of reference photos. Usually they are completed in one sitting, with the goal of being able to spontaneously capture the particular light and atmospheric conditions of that day, but sometimes artists will touch up their works later.

Registration is still open and artists are encouraged to sign up in advance. Forms can be found at http://saranaclakeartworks.com/pleinair,at event headquarters – the Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St, Saranac Lake, and at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office at 193 River St in Saranac Lake.

There are 3 full days of painting and then a Show & Sale of works created at the event on Sunday August 19th.

Day 1: August 16, is the “Paint the Town” event. Artists will be given a 5×7 panels or paper and will be asked to create and donate the 5×7 piece for a silent auction fundraiser to benefit Pendragon Theatre. The auction will be set up in the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery at 4 pm, remaining there through Saturday. They will be moved to the Town Hall on Sunday, for the Show & Sale, where the bidding will close at 3 pm. August 16 is also

a 3rd Thursday ArtWalk night. A post ArtWalk social gathering is being planned for the plein air artists that evening as well.

Day 1: August 17 will be the “Paint the VIC Day”. All artists are invited to explore and paint along any of the various locations at the Paul Smith’s College VIC or on the college campus. There will be an exhibit opening that evening at the VIC of plein air paintings by local artists Sandra Hildreth and Nancy Brossard, followed by a musical performance.

Day 3: August 18 is “Paint the Adirondacks Day” – artists may paint anywhere in the area but maps with suggested locations will be provided.

Spectators are more than welcome at any location and it’s a great opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and perhaps obtain a unique “piece” of the Adirondacks!

For the Show & Sale on Sunday August 19, artists will be asked to bring up to 3 framed paintings to the Town Hall at 9am. Nationally known plein air artist Ann Larsen will be the Juror of Awards. The Show & Sale will open to the public at 12 noon and awards will be announced at 1 pm. There is no charge for the Show & Sale.

Don’t miss this exciting event – as a participant or an artist! All the information is available on the Saranac Lake ArtWorks web site and at the locations mentioned previously.

Questions? Contact Sandy Hildreth at 518-891-1388.

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