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This artsy neon sign hangs in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.  Photo: Todd Moe
This artsy neon sign hangs in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

Studio Tour: artistry and creativity up close

Todd Moe talks with Hillary Oak, director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, about this weekend's 25th annual Artists' Studio Tour. It's opportunity to meet artists and see the creative process first hand.  Go to full article
Hot off the palate -- artist Diane Leifheit displays her "plein air" depiction of the John Brown farm near Lake Placid. Photo: Todd Moe
Hot off the palate -- artist Diane Leifheit displays her "plein air" depiction of the John Brown farm near Lake Placid. Photo: Todd Moe

Watching artists up close: Diane Leifheit

Gabriels artist Diane Leifheit is one of dozens of northern Adirondack artists opening their art spaces to the public during the Artist at Work Studio Tour this weekend. The annual event, which features more than 70 artists this year, gives art admirers some insight into "how they do that".  Go to full article
A postcard of Remington's The Howl of the Weather against the Cranberry Lake shoreline.  Photo: Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg
A postcard of Remington's The Howl of the Weather against the Cranberry Lake shoreline. Photo: Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg

In search of Remington's Cranberry Lake haunts

The focus this weekend during Canton's annual Remington Arts Festival, will be on famous native son and 19th century artist Frederic Remington. While he immortalized the western frontier in oil and bronze, Remington also enjoyed visits to the Adirondacks.

Every summer, from 1889 to 1900, he and his wife Eva visited friends on Cranberry Lake. He completed sketches for the first illustrated edition of Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha during visits to the lake, where he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and relaxing. Modern artists and art lovers enjoy re-tracing Remington's footsteps in "the Great South Woods", as it was called.

Since 2000, Allen and Marilyn Splete have been seasonal residents of Cranberry Lake. They love the lake, local history and Remington's art. Earlier this month they invited Todd Moe along for a boat ride to explore a little-known facet of Remington's life.  Go to full article
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.

Art that conveys a sense of immediacy

Many Adirondack artists will tell you that our region offers nearly all the elements a landscape painter looks for - mountains, trees, waterways and ever-changing hues of green, gray and blue. You'll find dozens of artists outdoors this week in the Adirondacks painting "plein air" during Saranac Lake's Fourth Annual Plein Air Festival, part of the "Great Adirondack Days" celebration.

It's a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot with a great view of a mountain or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are completed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges.

Last summer, Todd Moe tagged along when Lake Placid artist Jackie Altman returned to a favorite spot with views of some of the High Peaks.  Go to full article
Curator Laura Foster in the Remington Museum's vault.
Curator Laura Foster in the Remington Museum's vault.

An expert eye for finding fakes

How does a museum determine an original work of art from a fake? At the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, part of curator Laura Foster's job is to make sure Frederic Remington's legacy and reputation are secure.

Laura Foster recently gave Todd Moe a tour of the vault in the lower level of the museum in Ogdensburg--not a stop on the usual guided tours of the Remington. It's where the museum stores original art when not on public display. It's also a place for research, a starting point where art sleuths will find resources for determining if a Remington work is the real deal.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Arts Council's Hilary Oak (with arts mascot Venus), Robert Fowler and Suzy McBroom in Potsdam.
The St. Lawrence County Arts Council's Hilary Oak (with arts mascot Venus), Robert Fowler and Suzy McBroom in Potsdam.

The arts as part of the economic solution

Artists and arts supporters from around the region will be in Albany next Tuesday to visit with lawmakers and speak up for the arts. Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence County Arts Council director Hilary Oak about "Arts Advocacy Day", and why the arts are an essential part of the economy.  Go to full article
Hilary Oak sorts paint supplies in the crafts studio at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.
Hilary Oak sorts paint supplies in the crafts studio at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.

Preview: 24th annual Artists' Studio Tour

We are media sponsor for the 24th annual Artists' Studio Tour in St. Lawrence County this weekend. Works by artists and craftspeople will be on display in studios and galleries across the county on Saturday and Sunday. The St. Lawrence County Arts Council is also celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Todd Moe talks with Executive Director Hilary Oak about some of the challenges and successes in the local arts community, and goals for the next decade. Oak helped rebuild the arts council in 2001.  Go to full article
TAUNY's Kristen Whittier and Jill Breit with some of the hand-carved birds by the late Hazel Tyrrell.
TAUNY's Kristen Whittier and Jill Breit with some of the hand-carved birds by the late Hazel Tyrrell.

Preview: TAUNY at 25 auction

Traditional Arts In Upstate New York is celebrating 25 years of showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of the region. As part of a year long anniversary, TAUNY hosts its "TAUNY at 25" fundraising auction next Thursday in Canton, including a collection of hand-carved birds by the late Hazel Tyrrell of Pierrepont. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY's executive director Jill Breit about the organization's 25 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting customs and traditions of the North Country. Breit says Varick Chittenden was the founder and first director of TAUNY in 1986.  Go to full article
Burnett and Fuller's "Community Spiral" ice sculpture from the 2008 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
Burnett and Fuller's "Community Spiral" ice sculpture from the 2008 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Long Lake community art project celebrates winter

Two artists who love winter and the outdoors will team up on a community art project in Long Lake this week. Adirondack native Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller will create illuminated snow sculptures in several locations.

The project, called "E-lumination", will include projected lights and images on the snow sculptures at night. The artists hope they'll challenge viewers to think about art, nature and technology. The exhibit will officially open on Friday night to kick off Long Lake's Winter Carnival.

Two years ago, Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller collaborated on a 50-foot spiral ice wall in Saranac Lake that was illuminated with tea candles. Burnett, known for his Adirondack landscape paintings, is also a member of "Saranac Lake Art Works," a group that promotes local artists and events. Todd Moe spoke with him about the Long Lake exhibit and creating large scale outdoor art installations.  Go to full article

How art helps build communities, economies

The Adirondack North Country Association's annual meeting at Great Camp Sagamore Thursday will focus on arts, cultural and historical groups as economic engines in the region. Small business owners, community leaders, and arts and cultural non-profits will share how their work is building communities and local economies. Todd Moe spoke with ANCA executive director Kate Fish and consulting crafts program coordinator Nadia Korths about digging deep into the issue of the arts and economic growth.  Go to full article

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