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Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe
Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe

Art in the park: when nature meets art at the Wild Center

Visitors to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake this summer are being encouraged to pick up a paintbrush or camera and capture a moment in the natural world. It's part of a multimedia exhibit that includes videos, photographs, original art by renowned watercolorist Allen Blagden and an interactive studio space for creating new art.

Todd Moe visits the new "Moments" exhibit at Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, and talks with curator Caroline Welsh about using art to better understand nature and the environment.  Go to full article
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit.  Photo: Wild Center
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Wild Center

Watercolorist Allen Blagden inspires "Moments" exhibit in Tupper Lake

The art of one of the nation's best watercolorists is on display at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It's part of the inspiration for the "Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art" exhibit. The interactive display, that's part multi-media, part art show, part hands-on art project, encourages visitors to engage with nature through art.  Go to full article
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.

Preview: art of Viva Hoffman in Clayton

Actress, writer and artist Viva Hoffman has lived in New York City, Paris, California and along the St. Lawrence River. A new exhibit of her paintings, "Landscapes, Seascapes. East to West," opens at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton on Thursday night. The show includes some of her favorite scenes along the St. Lawrence and wild areas near Palm Springs, California.

Viva Hoffman was one of the superstars in Andy Warhol's art house films of the late 1960s. Today, she lives and paints in California and spoke with Todd Moe about her new exhibit, and a love for what she calls "fields of color" and painting yellow poppies at Point Dume Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

Preview: "Susannah" at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake

The Seagle Music Colony's summer season continues with a production of one of the most performed American operas, Susannah. The show opens in Schroon Lake on Wednesday night. It first premiered in 1955 and the opera's music borrows heavily from Appalachian folk melodies and hymn tunes.

Todd Moe spoke with Seagle Music Colony artistic director Darren Woods, who says even though the opera was written nearly 60 years ago, it's message is still relevant today.  Go to full article
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

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