SARANAC LAKE - For the last five years, the Artist at Work Studio Tour has been geared toward people who wonder how the painter gets a specific shade of blue, how a potter raises up a vessel from a lump of clay or how a blacksmith beats metal into interesting shapes.
Saranac Lake ArtWorks presents the sixth annual Northern Adirondack Artist at Work Studio Tour Sept. 28 to 30. That last weekend of September also tends to be peak fall foliage season, for the benefit of those driving from studio to studio.
More than 60 artists can be visited throughout the Tri-Lakes villages of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, as well as Paul Smiths, Vermontville, Jay and Wilmington. Several venues will feature multiple artists and their work, including the Paul Smith's College Visitors Interpretive Center, the Jay Craft Center and, in Saranac Lake, the Church of St. Luke, BluSeed Studios and the Adirondack Artists' Guild.
Blacksmith David Woodward
(Photo — Phil Gallos)
The Artists' Guild, at 52 Main St., Saranac Lake, is "Studio Tour Central," where free booklets - with maps, directions and a brief description of each artist's work - can be picked up and questions answered. Booklets are also available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center at 193 River St.
Note: Not all studios are open all three days. Check the listings carefully.
Information is also available at www.saranaclakeartworks.com/StudioTour/index.html and on Facebook.
Saranac Lake ArtWorks is a consortium of artists, galleries, businesses and art-related nonprofit organizations promoting the community through the arts.