SARANAC LAKE - Once again, dozens of artists in the northern Adirondacks will open their doors to visitors the last weekend in September, this year from Sept. 27-29.
With the annual Tour Guide booklet, as well as the Saranac Lake ArtWorks website, visitors will be able to plan out individualized routes that can take them through the colorful foliage of the Adirondack autumn from Saranac Lake to Paul Smiths or Lake Placid, through Wilmington and Jay, and all the way to Ausable Forks to see what artists are up to in their studios.
So, what is in the tour guide? First -?lots of artists with descriptions and small images of their work. Published each year before the September tour, this little booklet is found year-round in local art galleries and other businesses. The artists are listed by community, so if you are driving to see studios during the tour, you'll know who is nearby. Check out the listing for each artist to be sure the studio is open on the day you want to visit. (Some artists are open each day of the tour; others for one or two of those days.) There is also contact information for each artist.
There are maps, with locations of each studio keyed to artist by numbers.
Another way to visit several artists at one stop is to check out one or more of the Artist Outpost locations, where three or four artists set up their mobile studios to be more accessible to more visitors. This year, these Outposts are located at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center.
Another bonus of traveling with the tour guide is having information handy about the business sponsors that help the Artist at Work Studio Tour with their generous donations.
The Tour Guide booklets are now available at the Adirondack Artists Guild, NorthWind Fine Arts gallery, and many other businesses in the northern Adirondacks.
The booklet is also located in a digital version at SaranacLakeArtWorks.com/StudioTour.