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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

Original art for a buck? You bet!

A dollar doesn't buy much these days. You could take it to a discount store, or spend it on art. In Saranac Lake, a vending machine that once dispensed cigarettes, is now making it easy to collect original art. The Art Vending Machine is filled with miniature works -- watercolors, prints, photos, poems even theater tickets. All it costs is four quarters. The Saranac Lake Artworks group is hoping the vintage vending machine will help connect members of the public with local artists. Todd Moe found it and spent a buck, or two, at a recent Saranac Lake Art Walk.  Go to full article
Sandra Hildreth painting "plein air" in the Adirondacks.
Sandra Hildreth painting "plein air" in the Adirondacks.

Artists step outside to paint

Artists from Clayton to Clinton County are enjoying the outdoors with paint brush and easel this summer. "Plein Air" is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Adirondack artists Susan Olsen and Sandy Hildreth share their love of painting on location. Todd Moe spoke with them about the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake. It starts Thursday, August 19th in the village.  Go to full article
David Setford
David Setford

Hyde celebrates the art of Andrew Wyeth

The Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls celebrates American artist Andrew Wyeth this summer. Wyeth passed away in January, 2009, and the exhibit will unravel some of the myths about the legendary artist, and offer an evaluation of his contribution to art of the 20th century. The exhibit was organized by the Hyde's executive director David Setford and deputy director Erin Coe. Todd Moe spoke with Setford about Wyeth and his art, including the Hyde's own work by Wyeth purchased by the museum's founder in 1937.  Go to full article
Julia Ferreri's "clock" for the opera at Crane.
Julia Ferreri's "clock" for the opera at Crane.

Backstage at the opera: creativity and craftsmanship

Months before the opening night of any theatrical production, the drama starts backstage with the set, lighting and costume designs. Props, makeup and clothing are created by folks you won't see in front of the curtain, but by a crew of hidden artists.

For today's "Heard Up North," we step behind the scenes. Julia Ferreri is the costume shop manager at SUNY Potsdam. She's designing the costumes for next week's opera production of Ravel's The Child and the Enchanted Ones - the story of a rude child whose toys and furniture one day retaliate as they come to life. The designer draws inspiration from the story, the characters and the director. In between is a lot of common sense and creativity. And it's more of a challenge when the characters are chairs, a teacup or a grandfather clock.  Go to full article

Preview: "Reactance" at SLU

Multi-media artist Kimberly Mayhorn is artist-in-residence at St. Lawrence University this week. She's presenting workshops and the premiere of a performance piece called "Reactance". Essence magazine calls her one of "30 Women to Watch". Mayhorn is an African-American artist whose works include installation, video and theater. She works as video editor, and in 1998 began creating art installations that have been exhibited around the country. Todd Moe asked her about her latest show, "Reactance".  Go to full article
Urban Verbs' Hip Hop Conservatory and Theater at 7:30 tonight in Eben Holden. It's free.
Urban Verbs' Hip Hop Conservatory and Theater at 7:30 tonight in Eben Holden. It's free.

8 o'clock Hip-Hop

Poetry, music and hip-hop will merge tonight in a performance at St. Lawrence University. Urban Verbs co-creators Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras and Colin Diles Hazelbaker, artists-in-residence this week, will lead the performance that, as they say, "blurs the lines between music, poetry and the daily grind." They joined Todd Moe in the studio to share their passion for hip-hop and a sample of tonight's performance.  Go to full article

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