The 15th annual Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks continue on the evening of Aug. 15th, on the heels of the Plein Air Festival’s “Paint the Town” event that day. The village, parks, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists and musicians of various genres from 5:00 to 7:30pm.
Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake, visitors, or “Art Walkers,” can go to any participating venue; pick up a map and schedule and experience, at their own pace, established artists’ work and emerging talents from all over the North Country. One can start the Walk at any venue. There will be approximately 30 venues in all, each marked with a festive balloon.
Starting at the intersection of Main St. and River St./La Pan Highway (Rt.3), this Walk’s venues include Riverside Park, The Waterhole, Rice Furniture, Blue Moon Café, Adirondack Artists’ Guild, Mark Kurtz Photography, Downhill Grill, T.F. Finnigan, Blue Line Sport Shop, Small Fortune Studio, Upstairs Gallery, Georgeanne Gaffney Studio-Gallery, Berkeley Green, The Community Store and the Saranac Lake Free Library.
New for the Art Walks this season is a combined benefit concert at the Riverside Park bandshell, featuring young local bands, “Invasive Species” and “Mouthbreather” to raise money for the marching band at Saranac Lake High School.
“Invasive Species” is a local progressive rock band made up of Hudson Gray, Travis Buck, Dominique Santiago, Peter Curtis and Cameron Czadzeck. “Mouthbreather” is a local progressive punk/grunge duo of Joey Burnah and Leo Brill. Soon these two young musicians will be off to Portland, OR to sow their musical talents.
Local artist galleries will be open for the evening, including BluSeed Studios, on Cedar St., which will be displaying “Paper Migration,” a cross-border exploration of art, culture and community; an international collaborative exchange between BluSeed Studios, in Saranac Lake and a cooperative of artists in Mazatlan, Mexico including Glen Rogers Studio, Luna: Arte Contemporáneo, and the Municipal Institute of Culture, Tourism, and Art of Mazatlan (Cultura).
Also two new galleries have sprung up in downtown Saranac Lake since the last Art Walk. Artist Mary Woodcock Johnson’s new gallery on 8 Academy St. showcases her watercolor and oil paintings of the Adirondacks and Maine. Also, Artist, Georgeanne Gaffney, has reestablished her downtown fine art, working studio and gallery at 82 Main St., into which she has just moved. Both are open to the public and will be open for the Aug. and Sept. Art Walks.
Pendragon Theatre gallery, on Brandy Brook Ave., is hosting the collection of 22 face drawings and paintings of local artist, Diane Leifheit, in her show, “Face It.” There will be a “Meet the Artist” reception during this Art Walk and anyone who attends will receive a discount coupon on a theatre performance at Pendragon. Following this Art Walk, at 8pm, Pendragon Theatre will be showing the final play performance of “Streetcar Named Desire.”
The Saranac Laboratory Museum, on Church St., will continue its exhibit of “Ursula, A Life in Hats,” a show depicting a collection of the unique hats worn by local artist, Ursula Trudeau, throughout her life. It will be in the John Black Room. Malone-based, acoustic pianist, Matt Bullwinkel, will entertain outside the Museum, as well.
While being the headquarters for the Plein Air Festival kicking off on the 15th, the Adirondack Artists’ Guild, on Main St., will be showcasing the works of fiber artist and member, Donna Foley, in her show, “Local + Color.” The Guild will also be displaying other members’ work as well as the fresh paintings of Plein Air artists who participated in the “Paint the Town” event on Thursday.
The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery will continue to showcase the talents of all it’s members and feature the current paintings and jewelry work of Lee Ann Sporn in her exhibit, “Rearrangements.” The Saranac Lake Free Public Library’s Cantwell Room will be exhibiting the annual summer show of the Paint and Palette Association. They will be holding a “Meet the Artist” reception during the Art Walk.
The visitor can walk down Broadway to see the venues of Twin Crystal Rock Shop, which will be giving rock-cutting demonstrations and hosting fused glass jewelry maker, Lauren McGovern; Two Horse Trade Co. that will be hosting functional artist, Stephanie DeJoseph and her work; and Major Plowshares, where fiber artist, Marie Despres, will be displaying her work.
Left Bank Café will be hosting Middlebury College professor and author, Christopher Shaw, and VT poet, Nicholas Spengler, who will be reading excerpts from their own published works. Local authors, Jamie Sheffield and LeeAnne Baker will be on hand to sign their newly published books at the former Books and Baskets venue, now known as Moose Maple Books and More, on Olive St. Moose Maple will also be showing its handcrafted furniture and other specialties. Also, local author, publisher and newspaper editor, Andy Flynn, will be releasing and signing his latest book in front of Rice Furniture.
Since June, Piece By Piece Studio has moved from Broadway to 30 Bloomingdale Ave., across from Stewarts and the Adirondack Carousel. Owner, Beth Gallagher will be demonstrating her quilting talents during the Art Walk. Romano’s Saranac Lanes, also on Bloomingdale, will be hosting the band, “Damaged Goods,” and providing an interactive bowling pin painting activity and family dinner specials. The Adirondack Carousel, at the corner of Bloomingdale and Depot Streets, is a piece of art in itself, and will be open for the evening, too.
Local photographer, Dan Hausner, will once again be displaying his work outside The Downhill Grill. Artists, Sarah Humphreys, Carol Blackmore and additional artists will also be displaying their work throughout the village.
For their final performance in the current configuration, “The Lemmon Drops” will be playing at Berkeley Green for the evening. Two band members will be moving out of the area in Sept. so come and see them one last time! The Waterhole’s Party on the Patio will feature Charlie Orlando at 6:30pm. All musicians will be outdoors unless the weather dictates otherwise.