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Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe
Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

Artist, easel, pastels and lots of faces in Saranac Lake

Adirondack artist Diane Leifheit is spending a lot of time this year getting to know her neighbors in Saranac Lake. She's been drawing their portraits and talking with local folks as part of her "Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake" project.

Diane Leifheit usually likes to be outdoors, "plein air," but these days you'll find her with easel and pastel sticks at Compass Printing on Main Street in Saranac Lake -- her portrait studio for the project. That's where Todd Moe caught up with her as she waited for her next portrait "sitter." Leifheit told Todd that there's nothing as marvelous as the medium of pastel for painting on location.  Go to full article
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event.  Photo: Morristown Public Library
Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY at the 2013 Morristown Plein Air event. Photo: Morristown Public Library

Morristown Library invites artists to "plein air" event

The Morristown Public Library is inviting artists to its annual Plein Air Festival next week. Plein air means "in the open air" and is a popular summer event around the region.

Morristown is the birthplace and inspiration of artist Charles Chapman. Library director Bridget Whalen-Nevin is hoping artists and art lovers will follow in his footsteps from July 31st to August 3rd in and around Morristown.  Go to full article
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
"Mustard Field", Jacqueline Altman
"Mustard Field", Jacqueline Altman

Preview: "Mountains and Things" at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake

Adirondack artist Jacqueline Altman shares her love of watercolors and mountains in a new exhibit in Saranac Lake this month. The solo show, "Mountains and Things", continues through July 29. Todd Moe talks with her about favorite mountain views and spending a lot of time outdoors this summer with a paint brush, canvas and new tools.  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook combines his visual art with music as a tribute to history and life along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Todd Moe
John Elwood Cook combines his visual art with music as a tribute to history and life along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Todd Moe

Thousand Islands artist John Elwood Cook documents river life

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook's passion is using art and music to document life along his favorite place -- the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the Revolutionary War era. Cook's visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He's found a niche in combining his visual art with music. He collects vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

His work is on display this summer as part of the annual Members' Juried Art Exhibit at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. It's sometimes a mix of watercolor, collage and even vintage fishing tackle.

On a recent brilliant spring day, he invited Todd Moe to visit his Wellesley Island home, with its amazing view of the river, to talk about his art, music and family history.  Go to full article
Ronald Braunstein, Me2/orchestra's music director and co-founder, leading a rehearsal in September 2013. Photo: John Siddle
Ronald Braunstein, Me2/orchestra's music director and co-founder, leading a rehearsal in September 2013. Photo: John Siddle

At Me2/orchestra, "acceptance is really the norm"

In Burlington, a unique group - Me2 ("me, too") - is using music to help people with mental illness (roughly one in four adults has a diagnosable disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.)

Me2 calls itself "the world's only" orchestra of its kind. The organization blurs the lines between public education, therapy, and musicianship. The story of Me2 begins with its music director, Ronald Braunstein.  Go to full article
"Flower", one of the pieces in the "Creations in Hope" exhibit opening in Ogdensburg on May 19th.  Photo: Tori Lampett
"Flower", one of the pieces in the "Creations in Hope" exhibit opening in Ogdensburg on May 19th. Photo: Tori Lampett

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center hosts art show in Ogdensburg

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg is sponsoring an exhibit that features work by people who have been treated for mental illness. The goal of the exhibit, to be displayed beginning May 19 at four locations in Ogdensburg, is to bring awareness and reduce the stigma about mental illness. Todd Moe spoke with the psychiatric center's director Tim Farrell and rehabilitation counselor Tori Lampett about the art show, "Creations in Hope".  Go to full article
Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by      Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right).  Photo: David Zwierankin
Students from Beekmantown and Saranac Lake gathered at Pendragon Theatre this month for a playwrighting festival, led by Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham (right). Photo: David Zwierankin

Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theatre taps next generation of playwrights

High school writers gathered in Saranac Lake this month to learn more about theater and writing plays. Pendragon Theatre hosted a day of playing with words and acting as part of its newly revived Young Playwrights Festival.

More than 30 young writers from across the region entered their original one-act plays that were judged by a panel of experts. Two plays were given public performances. It's part of Pendragon's mission to help foster the next generation of theatre artists.  Go to full article
Ray with one of his favorite lures made by the C.W. Lane Manufacturing Company in Madrid, NY. Photo: Todd Moe
Ray with one of his favorite lures made by the C.W. Lane Manufacturing Company in Madrid, NY. Photo: Todd Moe

In Canton, North Country-made antique fishing lures on display

Just in time for fishing season, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is celebrating the art of antique hand-made fishing lures. In the 19th and early 20th century, anglers were able to purchase lures manufactured in small shops in communities from Old Forge to Lake Clear to Clayton.

Norwood collector Ray Bartholomew grew up fishing in Jefferson County and has been collecting old-time fishing tackle for more than 30 years. Some of his favorites will be on display at TAUNY in Canton starting this Saturday. Todd Moe spoke with Bartholomew about his passion for antique fishing equipment and research into some of the North Country's finest lure artisans.  Go to full article
"Carried," by Kris Rozelle
"Carried," by Kris Rozelle

Pictures: In Potsdam, an exhibit of mixed-media art

There's new art on display at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's Gallery at Town Hall in Potsdam. The show merges the collage-like work by two area artists: Cheryl Mirer and Kris Rozelle. The exhibit officially opens tomorrow night (details) and runs until April 23.  Go to full article

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