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Parmelee Tolkan's <i>Caged Bird</i> is part of the new exhibit,  <i>The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present</i>, on display at the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 12.  Photo: LPCA
Parmelee Tolkan's Caged Bird is part of the new exhibit, The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present, on display at the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 12. Photo: LPCA

How old photos inspired new Adirondack art

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More than two-dozen glass plate negatives from a century ago have been re-imagined by a group of Adirondack artists in a new exhibit at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The show, The Past Through The Eyes Of The Present, is a collaboration with The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. The two organizations asked thirty modern artists to search through the images, choose one and recreate it.

More than 8,000 glass plate negatives were rescued by Dr. George Hart from destruction in the 1970s. Now known as the Barry Collection, the glass plates depict life in the Adirondacks: sports, families and wildlife. The collection was gifted to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, where it has remained until this show. Now the LPCA is passing it along for safe keeping to the Historical Society.

Todd Moe toured the exhibit with James Lemons, executive director of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and Parmelee Tolkan, one of the artists in the show who is also vice president of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. Tolkan says part of the goal of the exhibit is to introduce the antique images to the public.

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