SARANAC LAKE - The second event of the 2012 Third Thursday Art Walks will take place tonight in downtown Saranac?Lake.
The village, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will again host the talents of regional and local artists of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake and a couple of outer-lying venues, visitors can go to any participating venue, pick up a map, see and experience at their own pace established artists' work and emerging talents from all over the North Country and beyond. Most are accessible by walking the brand new village sidewalks. There will be more than 30 venues in all this evening marked with festive balloons.
(Photo — Jill Wenner)
This evening's event extends from Rice Furniture, The Waterhole and Saranac Lake Discount Liquors on Main Street up to Main Street Exchange, Small Fortune Studio, Upstairs Gallery, the Berkeley Green and the Saranac Lake Free Library's Cantwell Room, including the new Community Store and several other venues in between. The tour winds down Broadway including the venues of Pink, the new Luna Java Coffeehouse, Goody Goody's, Major Plowshares, Eco-Living, The Left Bank Cafe, NorthWinds Fine Arts Gallery and Cinderella's. It continues at Books and Baskets on Olive Street and then up to Romano's Saranac Lanes as well as the new Adirondack Carousel on the corner of Bloomingdale and Depot St. Back on Broadway and up to Cedar St., BluSeed Studios will continue their show of "Material Lab," which highlights gorgeous wearable art by Anne Heinz and unique, sculptural assemblages by Michael Hart. In addition, Pendragon Theater, on Brandy Brook Road., off of Lake Flower Avenue. will be showcasing the works of veteran local artists, Ursula Trudeau and Donna Foley.
At the Adirondack Artists' Guild, visitors can enjoy photographic "Reinventions" by featured artist, Eleanor Sweeney, as well as works of other members and the live, local music of "The Barn Cats." The Saranac Lake Free Public Library's Cantwell Room will host the Student Reading Program Art Show. The NorthWinds Fine Arts Gallery will continue to display the talents of all it's members and feature the current work of local artist, Cris Winters.
At The Waterhole's "Party on the Patio," Sven Curth will perform. The Left Bank Cafe on Broadway will be hosting Irish piper Michael Rooney, accompanied by local musicians Curt Stager and Kary Johnson. "The Lemmon Drops," a new local indie-folk group, will be playing at Main St. Exchange, where you can also see the charcoal drawings of Jordan Gochenaur. The Rochester-based classic-country, music duo, "Backsliders" will return this evening to the Berkeley Green, and local singer-songwriter, Celia Evans, returns to play at Eco-Living.
Next door, Major Plowshares will be the host for a variety of original works by Saranac Lake's own editorial cartoonist Marquil. His amusing & enlightening work, familiar to many through newspapers, magazines and websites, highlights the ironies, idiosyncrasies and sometimes just plain idiocy of politics, business and society, primarily focusing on how those universes intersect in New York state. Marquil has also produced book illustrations and magazine and newspaper articles nationwide.
In addition, various other artists will fill in the downtown area, including woodcarver, Rachel Lamb, artist, Charlene Deleel and her family, string instrument builder Charlie Marshall, jewelry maker, Linda Gertch, artist, Cal Rice, children's photographer, Kristin Parker, wildlife photographer, Craig Dickey and 2nd-grade photographer, Cade Corris.
Note that photographer, Mark Kurtz now has his studio upstairs in The Annex, above the Adirondack Artists' Guild, along with the drawing and sculpting studios of Maria DiAngelo and Matt Paul. All studios will be open for Art Walk visitors this evening, just follow the signs to get to The Annex.
And, to make the evening especially unique, visitors can easily combine the Art Walk tonight with attending the live performance of "The Moth" at Harrietstown Town Hall. North Country Public Radio is media sponsor for this event. Go to the www.ncpr.org website for more details and ticket information.
Saranac Lake's Third Thursday Art Walks also have a Facebook presence. For more information, contact Jill Wenner, Art Walk coordinator, at 518-637-2745.