PAUL SMITHS - The month-long art exhibit "Two Friends ... After All These Years," which commemorates the long friendship of Jackie Altman and Eleanor Sweeney, will remain on display until the new moon in October - Sunday, Oct. 14 - at the Paul Smith's College VIC.
Altman and Sweeney moved to Saranac Lake 48 years ago and have been friends ever since. Now retired, Altman spends several months a year in Lake Placid, where she continues to paint full-time. Sweeney has been photographing the world around her all through the years.
Watercolor landscape paintings by Altman include several done "en plein air" (outdoors) at the VIC over the years, as well as other regional locales. Sweeney's photographs are of natural materials and places using a diverse mix of techniques and printed on a variety of surfaces.
The two met during an evening ceramic class given by Mott Chapin in 1964 when each had just moved to Saranac Lake. Sweeney stayed and continued to photograph in the area as well as during her frequent travels. Altman moved to Pennsylvania to continue her teaching career, keeping in touch with Sweeney when she has come back to the Adirondacks to paint each summer. Now retired and living in Lake Placid several months of the year, Altman continues to paint, and Sweeney continues to experiment with methods of photographic art. Both are members of the Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake; Sweeney is a founding member.