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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
Loretta Lepkowski's <i>The Cow with the Golden Tail</i>, a pastel of Eric Sherman and Carl.
Loretta Lepkowski's The Cow with the Golden Tail, a pastel of Eric Sherman and Carl.

Old Forge Library exhibit highlights Tug Hill family farms

Lewis County artist Loretta Lepkowski's exhibit, Farming and Folks of the Tug Hill and Adirondack Region, is on display at the Old Forge Library this month. She says the inspiration for her narrative paintings comes from growing up on a southern Lewis County farm.  Go to full article
Part of Market Street reflected in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council Shop and Gallery in Potsdam.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Part of Market Street reflected in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council Shop and Gallery in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

Turning downtown into an art gallery

The St. Lawrence Country Arts council kicked off its inaugural community gallery project "Art walk" on Friday night in the villages of Canton and Potsdam. Around 20 local businesses lined their walls and shelves with local art and hosted receptions featuring local artists.

The idea of art in local businesses is nothing new. Other communities in the region have held similar events in recent years. St. Lawrence County art leaders hope to foster a long term relationship between the businesses community and local artists. The council contacted local businesses with the idea that shops would stay open late and display local work. The hope is that having the walk will get people to enter places they may not normally go.  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
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
<i>Maple tapping in the early spring</i>, butternut, Tom Cote. Photo:  Todd Moe
Maple tapping in the early spring, butternut, Tom Cote. Photo: Todd Moe

Artists who look to the forest for ideas, inspiration

Considered America's oldest working woodlands, the Northern Forest -- stretching from the Tug Hill through the Adirondacks to the coast of Maine -- is also home to a remarkable range of traditional artists. This month, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, opened a new exhibit that features art from among the trees.

TAUNY executive director Jill Breit says the concept behind Artists of the Forest is to showcase how artists are using the resources that are growing around them in the woods. The pieces featured in the show come from northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Go to full article
Charlie Green.  (photo: Adk Artists' Guild)
Charlie Green. (photo: Adk Artists' Guild)

Saranac Lake artists remember grocer Charlie Green

The Adirondack Artists' Guild opens The Market Show: The Guild Celebrates Charlie Green, at a reception in Saranac Lake tonight. The new exhibit features interpretations of markets far and wide.

The exhibit revolves around Charlie Green, the proprietor of the former Greens Market for 60 years -- from 1927 until just before he passed away in January 1987. Todd Moe spoke with artist Diane Leifheit, who says there will be an installation of stories, photos and artifacts recalling their hometown grocer.  Go to full article
<i>The Wild Life</i> fills most of the gallery spaces at View in Old Forge.  Photo: View
The Wild Life fills most of the gallery spaces at View in Old Forge. Photo: View

Preview: "The Wild Life" in Old Forge

A new art display at View in Old Forge puts nature and animals front and center. The Wild Life exhibit includes work in a variety of media: watercolors, photography, sculpture, taxidermy.

Todd Moe spoke with curator Linda Weal, who says our wild neighbors are the focus: owls, trout, bears and more.  Go to full article
One of the images from the <i>"Tsi Nón:we Tewèn:teron"</i> or <i>Where My Home Is</i> exhibit at BluSeed studios in Saranac Lake.
One of the images from the "Tsi Nn:we Tewn:teron" or Where My Home Is exhibit at BluSeed studios in Saranac Lake.

BluSeed exhibit features work by young Mohawk printmakers

A new art exhibit that connects First Nations history and culture in Quebec with a variety of printmaking techniques opens at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake on Friday night. Todd Moe talks with Kahnawake Mohawk artist Martin Loft about the exhibit titled, "Tsi Nn:we Tewn:teron" or Where My Home Is. The show includes a wide range of works on paper created by thirteen young Mohawk artists.  Go to full article
The Rockwell Kent collections at SLU consist of over 100 pieces of correspondence, prints, books, drawings and ephemera.  (Photo: Special Collections)
The Rockwell Kent collections at SLU consist of over 100 pieces of correspondence, prints, books, drawings and ephemera. (Photo: Special Collections)

Rockwell Kent as gifted printmaker, book artist, author

Part of an exhibition of Rockwell Kent's work at St. Lawrence University explores his literary side. Kent was one of America's most famous 20th century artists, and owned a dairy farm in the eastern Adirondacks. Two exhibits of his work are on display through December 15 in St. Lawrence's Brush Art Gallery and the Owen D. Young Library's Special Collections.

Rockwell Kent: The Once Most Popular American Artist is a display of dozens of works in a variety of media. Kent's prominence as an artist, author, adventurer and socio-political activist made him a media phenomenon. He died in 1971.

In this second of a two-part series of conversations, Todd Moe toured the exhibit in Special Collections in the ODY Library. He spoke with Cathy Tedford, Brush Art Gallery Director and Special Collections Curator and Archivist Mark McMurray about the university's collection of Kent correspondence, original prints, books and other ephemera -- including some recent acquisitions.  Go to full article

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