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Parmalee Tolkan kneels near a hand-painted scenic backdrop in her studio in the basement of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  She's been living in the Adirondacks and creating costumes for Broadway shows for more than 30 years.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Parmalee Tolkan kneels near a hand-painted scenic backdrop in her studio in the basement of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She's been living in the Adirondacks and creating costumes for Broadway shows for more than 30 years. Photo: Todd Moe

Broadway magic created in a Lake Placid artist's studio

Hours from the lights of Broadway, an Adirondack artist has made a career of creating costumes for some of the city's biggest shows.

For more than 30 years, Parmalee Tolkan has been painting costumes and scenery for the theater, working with some of the greatest designers and scenic artists on Broadway. Scenic arts and colorful costumes from a studio in one of the most scenic parts of the country.

Parmalee Tolkan works in a quiet space in the lower level of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Email, social media and FedEx allow her to create costumes in the Adirondacks that will end up on stage in New York City.

A member of the United Scenic Artists Union, she's also painted murals for venues like the Northwoods Inn and the Adirondack Carousel, but Parmalee told Todd Moe that she prefers the collaborative process of theater over the life of a solitary artist.  Go to full article
Mark Ellis in front of his camera obscura. Photo: Sarah Harris

Capturing the North Country, one pinhole photo at a time

Say you want to take a picture. You whip out your smart phone or your digital camera, take a bunch of shots. Maybe you add a filter or dress it up in photoshop. We've gotten accustomed to taking lots of photos fast.

But Saranac Lake photographer Mark Ellis is interested in slower, older methods of photography. He's a master of the pinhole camera and he has a giant camera obscura in his front yard.  Go to full article
Ellie Mae Casselman as Crabbe the dog & Kerry Ann Doherty as Launce.  Photo: Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's season this summer features "The Tempest" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" as well as a Sunday afternoon series of smaller productions and solo pieces.

The outdoor venue overlooking the St. Lawrence River is perfect for a summer afternoon or evening. In the adjacent park there are also picnic tables for those who want to make a day of it.  Go to full article

Zombies walk as movie filmed in Jefferson County

Last week, a local screenplay writer wrapped up shooting for his zombie film in Cape Vincent. Inspired by his own divorce, his short film follows a couple as they struggle to...  Go to full article
"The Wind in the Islands" book launch is set for Wednesday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm at Cornwall Brothers Museum in Alexandria Bay.

Preview: "The Wind in the Islands" a new take on a classic children's novel

Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger -- immortal animal pals in Kenneth Grahame's classic novel, The...  Go to full article
Artist Wayne Brown, Barbara Beekman, and Cindy Quakenbush install the new sculpture in the Butterfly Garden. Photo: Natalie Dignam.

Butterfly garden blooming with new additions

Ripe berries and growing tomatoes may be the focus for most gardeners right now, but last week a different kind of flower bloomed in the garden outside of the NCPR in...  Go to full article

Preview: Harper Martha Gallagher "Coming Home" with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta on Sunday

Harpist Martha Gallagher has spent years on the road sharing her brand of harp music nationally and internationally. This year, she's staying closer to her home in Keene. ...  Go to full article

Preview: All things clay in Jay this weekend

Norte Maar makes its return to the North Country this summer with a big exhibition of works in clay this weekend in Jay. Curated by ceramicist Jackie Sabourin, "The Jay...  Go to full article
Sultans of String (courtesy sultansofstring.com)

Sultans of String perform in Norwood this week

Sultans of String are a Canadian band with musical influences from across the globe, and they're bringing their unique music to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series this...  Go to full article
Surrounded by Gerda Wikander's art, Jesse Bruchac shares new music on a  traditional Abenaki three-chamber flute at the Old Forge Libary.  Photo:  Todd Moe

A hundred years of more than books at the Old Forge Library

Poetry, music, art and cake were part of a celebration marking the centennial of the Old Forge Library yesterday. The library also threw a 100th birthday party for artist...  Go to full article

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