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Mares Wares Arts Fest Tuesday in Morristown

The backyard at Mare's Wares Pottery in Morristown will become an outdoor artist gallery tomorrow, filled with dozens of artisans, writers, music, food and demonstrations.

Karan Cross is an Ogdensburg artist who's helping to organize the annual festival. She says it began seven years ago with about a dozen artists and now includes over 90.

Cross told Todd Moe that it's an afternoon and evening of creativity and artistry along the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Burdette Parks as Rothko (right) and Tyler Nye as Ken, his assistant, in Pendragon Theatre's production of "Red".  Photo: Bonnie Brewer
Burdette Parks as Rothko (right) and Tyler Nye as Ken, his assistant, in Pendragon Theatre's production of "Red". Photo: Bonnie Brewer

Preview: "Red" at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake

Pendragon Theatre has opened its summer season with the award-winning play "Red." The two character bio-drama, written by John Logan, is set in Mark Rothko's art studio in New York City in the late 1950s. Rothko was a well-known abstract expressionist known for images which featured large, and luminous color blocks. In the play, Rothko is painting a group of murals commissioned by an exclusive restaurant, and the story follows the initiation of Ken, a young assistant, into Rothko's world. Pendragon's production features a local cast, and is sponsored by the Adirondack Artists Guild.

Todd Moe spoke with director Kim Bouchard, who also teaches drama at SUNY Potsdam. Bouchard says she was intrigued by the script's intense dialogue between teacher and pupil, and its exploration of art, artists and generational clashes.  Go to full article
APE sponsored a storytelling event, "The Black Fly", in Glens Falls last Friday night. Photo: APE
APE sponsored a storytelling event, "The Black Fly", in Glens Falls last Friday night. Photo: APE

How a Glens Falls group is connecting the community through art

An arts group is bringing new traditions to the streets, businesses and vacant storefronts in Glens Falls. The all-volunteer arts group Art in the Public Eye (APE) celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, and it's growth from a monthly community arts walk to connecting artists, businesses and young people through cultural activities and public exhibits.

Todd Moe talks with Liz Wilcox, one of the founding members of the group.  Go to full article
Scott Ouderkirk at work in his studio near Hammond.  The 1932 Keck stained glass window is from a church in Elmira, NY.   Photo:  Todd Moe
Scott Ouderkirk at work in his studio near Hammond. The 1932 Keck stained glass window is from a church in Elmira, NY. Photo: Todd Moe

A glass act along the St. Lawrence

Dozens of St. Lawrence County artists will open their doors to the public this weekend during the annual Artists Studio Tour. NCPR is media sponsor for the event.

Todd Moe stopped by the studio of Hammond artist Scott Ouderkirk, for a chat about his passion for glass art using medieval-era techniques.  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
Artist Marion Bradish in her studio along the St. Regis.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Artist Marion Bradish in her studio along the St. Regis. Photo: Todd Moe

Marion Bradish: a creative urge, a second career

As part of an on-going series, 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, it's a trip to an artist's home in a small community between Potsdam and Malone. Marion Bradish has set up her home studio, "buried in the back woods," as she calls it, in the hamlet of Buckton, along the St. Regis River. A year ago, Bradish took a mid-life career leap from an office job to creating her own artist studio where she paints and teaches.  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
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

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