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Sandy Maine hopes to break into mass market retail with "Bug Off."
Sandy Maine hopes to break into mass market retail with "Bug Off."

A Year of Hard Choices: SunFeather Soap - tough times, hope for the future

In our Year of Hard Choices series today, we go to a mainstay of the North Country's homegrown business community. You find the SunFeather Soap Company in a tidy, low building on the old state road outside Parishville, in St. Lawrence County. Martha Foley went for a tour, and got a lesson in small business 101.  Go to full article
Co-instructor Troy Headrick explains how stone walls are constructed. The wooden frame and strings help guide builders on the correct taper. Most double-faced walls will have an A shape. Photo by Jane Lindholm
Co-instructor Troy Headrick explains how stone walls are constructed. The wooden frame and strings help guide builders on the correct taper. Most double-faced walls will have an A shape. Photo by Jane Lindholm

Rebuilding old stone walls

Old stone walls date back four centuries in the Northeast. They're the vestiges of old farm boundaries; sometimes still keeping sheep and cows from wandering too far. A number of states are considering legislation to preserve these wandering traces of history. As part of a collaboration with Northeast public radio stations, Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio reports. (Northeast environmental coverage is part of the NPR Local News Initiative.)  Go to full article

Reviving an arts group

Artists are invited to join a newly revived arts group in Jefferson County. The North Country Artists' Guild has held a couple of organizational meetings so far this year. A board meeting, open to all, will be held at the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown Thursday night. Todd Moe talks with NCAG president Kari Robertson about the group's broadened mission.  Go to full article
Charlotte King works on a painting in her home studio.
Charlotte King works on a painting in her home studio.

An artist out to promote her culture

Charlotte King is an artist with a mission. She grew up on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation near Massena and recently received an art degree from SUNY-Potsdam. Her goal now is to get more Mohawk art into mainstream galleries, and help preserve the region's strong artistic traditions. She's one of more than 300 artists on the reservation, from painters to basket weavers. Her love of art has taken her to the Smithsonian and Sante Fe. But, King draws and paints what she knows, the local environment around the St. Regis and St. Lawrence Rivers and her Native American culture. Some of her work is on display in Massena and Cornwall this month. Todd Moe has this profile.  Go to full article

Painting spectacular views on the Tug Hill

Artists will hit the trail in the Tug Hill region this Saturday to capture their favorite spots along the Trenton Falls Gorge on canvas. Privately owned by a power company, the trail is only open to the public on a few weekends each year. Todd Moe previews the "Tug Hill Paint Out '08."  Go to full article
Katsitsiaroroks Mitchell's "The Gathering."
Katsitsiaroroks Mitchell's "The Gathering."

Mohawk teen?s art on national tour

Artwork by a Mohawk teen is part of a year-long traveling art show. Massena ninth grader Katsitsiaroroks Mitchell won a first place prize in the Native American Student Artist Competition this year. The contest is sponsored by the federal office of Indian Education. The theme this year is "Circle of Empowerment: Education, Language, Culture, Tradition." Her drawing, titled "The Gathering," will be on display at the Smithsonian Institution. St. Lawrence County Arts Council Director Hilary Oak spoke with Katsitsiaroroks Mitchell and her art teacher, Robin LaCourse.  Go to full article

Preview: "Due North from NYC"

Creative Spirit Arts Center in Potsdam hosts an exhibition of art by women with only one criteria: the art focuses on any aspect of life "Due North From New York City." It's sponsored by a group called Women in the Arts Foundation, which began in New York City in the early '70s and now includes members across the state and the world. "Due North From New York City" opens this Saturday night with a reception (7 pm). Todd Moe spoke with Ines Sanchez-Ferreira, of Brasher Falls, who came up with the idea for the show, about her life as an artist.  Go to full article

Preview: Remington Arts Fest in Canton

The 7th Annual Remington Arts Festival begins today and continues through Saturday in Canton. NCPR is media sponsor for the event. Canton is the birthplace of renowned sculptor and painter Frederic Remington. Todd Moe talks with festival co-organizer Jane Sempel about the opening event, "Bull Fighting and Bear Chasing," at the Silas Wright House in Canton this afternoon (2 pm).  Go to full article

Preview: Tri-Lakes artist studio tour

NCPR is media sponsor for the Tri-Lakes area "Artist at Work Studio Tour" this weekend. The three-day event features more than 30 artists who will open their studio doors to the public to see how a work of art begins. The annual tour is organized by the Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe talks with artist Diane Leifheit, co-organizer of the studio tour.  Go to full article
Diane Leifheit captures flowers and an Adirondack chair in pastels
Diane Leifheit captures flowers and an Adirondack chair in pastels

A bounty of art from the garden

It's harvest season and artists across the region have been busy in the garden. Painting outdoors, or "plein air", is a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot among flowers or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are competed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges. Todd Moe visits a group of artists near Malone celebrating another season of creating art outdoors.  Go to full article

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