The 6th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival, organized by Saranac Lake ArtWorks takes over Saranac Lake and the Surrounding areas through the weekend.. Organizers say there are about 75 artists to attend from all over the northeast.
Thursday Aug 21st, All participating artists created and donated a 5×7 painting done in the village of Saranac Lake. Those are donated for an auction to help support the organization. Plein air events are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Watch the artists paint, ask questions, suggest painting spots – and if you really see something you like, inquire about making a purchase. Promoters say It’s a great opportunity to come home with a unique piece of the Adirondacks!
Saturday Aug 23 is “Paint the Adirondacks!” day. Artists will be free to choose whatever locations they wish to paint – which makes it harder for the public to find them. But there are maps available with recommended locations like the Saranac River along Route 3, the view of Whiteface from the Harrietstown Cemetery area, Lower Saranac, Lake Colby, Lake Flower, Church and Osgood Pond views, the farm fields in Gabriels, the Au Sable River between Lake Placid and Wilmington, and the Adirondack Loj Road view outside of Lake Placid are a few of the favorite spots.
The culminating event is the Show & Sale on Sunday Aug 24 in the Harrietstown Town Hall on Main St. and Route 3 in Saranac Lake. Organizers say “It is truly almost overwhelming to see the quality and quantity of art, wet paint and all, that will have been inspired by our local landscape and completed by the artists during the previous 3 days.” You might find architectural and village views, events like the 3rd Thursday ArtWalk or Saturday Farmer’s Market painted, and of course our scenic views of the lakes, forests, rivers and mountains. Gayle Levée is the juror of awards and she will select the prize winners Sunday morning. Awards will be presented at 1 pm. Plein air painting, while an art form that has been done for a long time, is having somewhat of a rebirth of interest. It may seem like the artists just whip them off in a couple of hours – and some do – but it must be remembered that it has taken years of experience and education to develop the skills that allow that to happen. So when you ask an artist “how long did it take to do that painting?”, their answer might be “oh, about 3 hours and 35 years….”.