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Members of the Grasse River Players rehearse <i>Picasso at the Lapin Agile</i>.  The play opens tonight at the historic Edwards Opera House (7:30pm). Photo: Grasse River Players
Members of the Grasse River Players rehearse Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The play opens tonight at the historic Edwards Opera House (7:30pm). Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" in Edwards

Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar: that's the premise of the Grasse River Players community theater production this weekend.

Todd Moe talks with director Morgan Hastings and cast members Jeff Griegel and Jennifer Freego for a preview of Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the historic Edwards Opera House.  Go to full article
Andrea Hill making a wheel thrown mug in her home studio in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe
Andrea Hill making a wheel thrown mug in her home studio in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

How do they do that? Creativity up close

NCPR is media sponsor for the 7th annual "Artist at Work" studio tour" this weekend. The three-day event features more than 40 artists who will open their studio doors to the public to see how art is made up close and personal. The annual tour is organized by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Todd Moe recently visited some of the artist galleries and home studios on the tour.  Go to full article
Gouverneur high school students examine 13 old doors in the gymnasium as part of the "Domiciles Project".  Similar exhibitions of the repainted doors will be held at the Indian River and Ogdensburg school districts next week.  Photo:  Alan Tuttle
Gouverneur high school students examine 13 old doors in the gymnasium as part of the "Domiciles Project". Similar exhibitions of the repainted doors will be held at the Indian River and Ogdensburg school districts next week. Photo: Alan Tuttle

Using old doors to inspire creativity

Three North Country school districts are collaborating with artist Alan Tuttle this fall on a pilot project that uses old doors to help reinvent creative writing and art. The antique doors were repainted with scenes from life as it might have been lived behind each door. Todd Moe visited Gouverneur Central School to find out how English, art and drama teachers are using Tuttle's Domiciles Project to inspire creativity in people of all ages.  Go to full article
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam.  Photo:  Todd Moe
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SLC Arts Council closes Potsdam gift shop, moves across town

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council closed its downtown Potsdam gallery and gift shop this month. The Arts Council board voted to consolidate the organization in its Snell Hall studios across town. Initial reaction from local artists and the public has been mostly disappointment. But the Arts Council's leadership says the move will allow it to save money and focus on education, artist professional development and community partnerships.

Todd Moe spoke with Executive Director Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton about the Arts Council's relocation to Snell Hall, and with two longtime local artists who sold their work at the storefront gift shop.  Go to full article
Beth Johnson presents a check to State Theater owner Sally Strasser (R). Photo: Brian Mann
Beth Johnson presents a check to State Theater owner Sally Strasser (R). Photo: Brian Mann

Tupper's State Theater gets digital boost

The effort to save North Country cinemas gathered steam this week in Tupper Lake, with the local arts council donating $10,000 to help the State Theater.

It's part of a region-wide effort, called "Go Digital Or Go Dark" that aims to help movie theaters make the transition to expensive new computerized projectors.  Go to full article
Ursula Trudeau and Max pose wearing favorite hats surrounded by dozens of others at the Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Ursula Trudeau and Max pose wearing favorite hats surrounded by dozens of others at the Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

Saranac Lake's queen of hats

Some of Ursula Trudeau's favorite hats are on display at the historic Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake. Ursula Trudeau is known in the community for her collection of colorful hats, many of which are works of art in their own right. She's the widow of Dr. Frank Trudeau, whose grandfather founded the laboratory for the study of tuberculosis in 1894.

The exhibit, organized by the Historic Saranac Lake staff, includes hats from China, Morocco, Russia, and designers from Montreal and New York City. You'll find straw hats, top hats, cowboy hats, garden party hats and even a native American headdress. Todd Moe stopped by as the hats, and hat boxes, were being arranged for the summer show.

You're invited to tonight's opening reception for the "A Life in Hats" exhibit from 5:00-7:00 in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory.  Go to full article
Georgia O'Keeffe, <i>Petunias</i>, 1925, oil on board
Georgia O'Keeffe, Petunias, 1925, oil on board

Summer at the Hyde Collection: O'Keeffe and Stieglitz at Lake George

The work by two giants of American modernism are on display at the Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls this summer. Modern Nature and Family Album include dozens of paintings and photographs by Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz from their summers together on Lake George. From 1918 to 1934, O'Keefe lived for part of each year at Stieglitz's family estate in the southern Adirondacks.

Todd Moe talks with the Hyde Collection's Erin Coe, who curated the show. The exhibit is divided into six themes that include abstractions, landscapes, barns, and botanicals. All related to her visits to Lake George.  Go to full article
Sara Lynch carves details into a ceramic cat bowl that will later be glazed and fired in her kiln.  Photo: Todd Moe
Sara Lynch carves details into a ceramic cat bowl that will later be glazed and fired in her kiln. Photo: Todd Moe

How a young artist is creating her niche in the art world

Over the next few months, we'll bring you some of the voices of the many folks in the North Country who make a living in their own workshops, basements and spare rooms. It might sound charming - setting your own work hours - but the artisans we've talked to say full-time art is not an easy decision and a lot of hard work. Finding space, commissions, marketing, moral support, and reserving uninterrupted creative time are some of the challenges.

Today, a trip to the Potsdam studio of painter, photographer and ceramicist Sara Lynch. Her paintings are a blend of acrylics and found objects. She's experimenting with turning wasp nests into jewelry. Sara's ceramics are functional sculptures that combine everyday objects -- mugs and bowls -- with her favorite flora and fauna. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Laura Von Rosk's <i>Mt. Coleman</i>.  The gallery talk on Saturday at Tannery Pond Community Center (4 pm) will include video work from filmmaker Hilary Hudson and musician Henry Kaiser.  Photo: Laura Von Rosk
Laura Von Rosk's Mt. Coleman. The gallery talk on Saturday at Tannery Pond Community Center (4 pm) will include video work from filmmaker Hilary Hudson and musician Henry Kaiser. Photo: Laura Von Rosk

Exploring art and science at the bottom of the world

An artist and a scientist will unveil a new exhibit Saturday afternoon at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. AntARTica includes works by artist Laura Von Rosk and cell biologist Sam Bowser. The exhibit will include Von Rosk's landscape paintings and Bowser's watercolor paintings of tiny, single-celled organisms called Foraminifera that live under the ice. The two were part of a team of biologists and artists that traveled to antarctica in 2011.

Todd Moe spoke with Bowser and Von Rosk about how artists and scientists can inspire each other and collaborate on projects.  Go to full article
Meaghan, Michael and Maureen Pierce with their Dale Chihuly-inspired macchia on display at the Winter Gallery at the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg.  Photo: Todd Moe
Meaghan, Michael and Maureen Pierce with their Dale Chihuly-inspired macchia on display at the Winter Gallery at the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Photo: Todd Moe

Remington hosts 30th annual Elementary Art Exihibit

Sculpture, fiber and found objects are all part of the 30th annual Elementary Art Exhibit on display this spring at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The show continues through May 11th in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

The annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in school arts programs. Todd Moe toured the exhibit and spoke with Ogdensburg Free Academy art teacher Dianne Drayse-Alonso, and with Maureen, Meaghan and Michael Pierce about their Remington Home School Art Class project, based on the work of professional artist, Dale Chihuly.  Go to full article

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