Parmalee Tolkan kneels near a hand-painted scenic backdrop in her studio in the basement of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She's been living in the Adirondacks and creating costumes for Broadway shows for more than 30 years. Photo: Todd Moe
Jul 22, 2014 — Hours from the lights of Broadway, an Adirondack artist has made a career of creating costumes for some of the city's biggest shows.
For more than 30 years, Parmalee Tolkan has been painting costumes and scenery for the theater, working with some of the greatest designers and scenic artists on Broadway. Scenic arts and colorful costumes from a studio in one of the most scenic parts of the country.
Parmalee Tolkan works in a quiet space in the lower level of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Email, social media and FedEx allow her to create costumes in the Adirondacks that will end up on stage in New York City.
A member of the United Scenic Artists Union, she's also painted murals for venues like the Northwoods Inn and the Adirondack Carousel, but Parmalee told Todd Moe that she prefers the collaborative process of theater over the life of a solitary artist. Go to full article
Sep 24, 2008 — 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