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High art -- Donald Gallagher near the ceiling of the Meeting House Museum in East DeKalb
High art -- Donald Gallagher near the ceiling of the Meeting House Museum in East DeKalb

Hand painted history: restoring a 19th century interior

Earlier this month, a "Photo of the Day" on our website showed an artist painting the interior of the Old Methodist Meeting House in the St. Lawrence County town of DeKalb. It's part of ongoing restoration work on the building that's now the town museum. Todd Moe stopped by to talk with the artist about milk paint, trompe l'oeil and painting lots of lines.  Go to full article

Dancing through life: Ruth Jones Ryan?s artwork in Lake Placid

Drawings and paintings by Malone artist Ruth Jones Ryan go on display at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts tonight. She's 98 and grew up in Malone where she still lives in her family's Victorian home. Ruth Jones Ryan is an artist and entrepreneur. She and her sister owned a gift shop for years in Malone. In 2001, Todd Moe spoke with her about life and art.  Go to full article
<i>Through the Woods</i>, Roswell M. Shurtleff, oil on canvas
Through the Woods, Roswell M. Shurtleff, oil on canvas

Exhibit explores Keene Valley's artistic roots

The works of an artist who spent over half his life vacationing in the Adirondacks are on display in Keene Valley this summer. Roswell M. Shurtleff was one of the major artists in the region. He arrived in the Adirondacks in 1858 and went on to play a leading role in establishing Keene Valley as a prominent gathering place for artists. Todd Moe spoke with Skylight Gallery director Mary Buschman-Kelly about the Shurtleff exhibit.  Go to full article
New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"
New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"

Rediscovering the "Corn People" of the St. Lawrence Valley

Five centuries ago, the St. Lawrence valley, from Watertown to Quebec City, was ruled by a culture that modern anthropologists call "the corn people." When the first French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in 1534, he found bustling towns and well-ordered fields. A few decades later, when Samuel de Champlain reached the same area, the corn people were gone. Their villages were empty. Their fields were abandoned. A new exhibition in Montreal explores the mystery of their disappearance. But as Brian Mann reports, some members of the Mohawk community say the scientists and historians have the story wrong.  Go to full article

Artists open their studio doors

NCPR is media sponsor for the St. Lawrence County Arts Council annual Artists' Studio Tour this weekend. The event starts Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon. The public is invited to enjoy self-guided tours of 35 artist studios all around St. Lawrence County. Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence County Arts Council director Hilary Oak about the studio tour.  Go to full article
Swan's "Joaquin Nin-Culmell, composer" - from the collection of Benjamin Franklin V, South Carolina.
Swan's "Joaquin Nin-Culmell, composer" - from the collection of Benjamin Franklin V, South Carolina.

"Lost Art Found," the recovered works by Paul Swan

Todd Moe talks with the curators of a new exhibit at SUNY-Potsdam that includes some of the paintings of artist, actor, dancer, poet and musician Paul Swan. The New York Times called him "America's Leonardo DaVinci," but many of his works disappeared for decades. After years of research, Colton residents Janis and Richard Londraville have uncovered some of the art and life of Paul Swan. With access to Swan's personal papers, letters and an unpublished memoir, the Londraville's have documented the story of his complicated family life, bisexuality and personal eccentricities in the book, The Most Beautiful Man in the World: Paul Swan, from Wilde to Warhol.  Go to full article
Convicted murderer Chester Gillette
Convicted murderer Chester Gillette

"American Tragedy" Weapon Found

Members of the Herkimer County Historical Society say they've found the antique tennis racket used in the "American Tragedy" murder a century ago. The racket's authenticity was confirmed using marks from the murder trial. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Bruce Young's political cartoon "The Bug" ran in 1999 and 2000
Bruce Young's political cartoon "The Bug" ran in 1999 and 2000

For North Country Political Cartoonists, Open Season

The campaign season is officially underway in New York state. That's great news for editorial cartoonists, who use satire and caricature to poke fun at leading politicians. Here in the North Country, local cartoonists will be hard at work, looking for the humor and absurdity in regional politics. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source:  Ben Stechschulte)
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source: Ben Stechschulte)

"Three Farms" Portrays Adirondack Organic Movement

Tonight at the Keene Central School, the group Adirondack Harvest will host the screening of a new film called "Three Farms." The documentary focuses on the daily work and rituals on three organic farms, one in Keene Valley, another in Willsboro, and a third in Keeseville. Photographer Ben Stechschulte, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, made the film over a period of years. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)

Historic Lake Placid Lodge Burns

A column of black smoke rose over Lake Placid yesterday as part of a historic restaurant and resort burned to the ground. An apparent kitchen fire in an annex at the Lake Placid Lodge broke out some time after 9 o'clock. There were no injuries. The main structure also suffered smoke and water damage. The Lodge -- first built in 1882 -- was one of the Adirondacks' premier luxury hotels, attracting famous guests including Britney Spears and Bill Gates. As Brian Mann reports, the fire could leave some of the resort's employees out of work just as the busy holiday season gets underway.  Go to full article

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