The Adirondack Artists' Guild recently welcomed two new members.
Linda Gertsch of Saranac Lake, who creates jewelry and other objects in polymer clay, joined in August. Linda Sweeney, a Lake Placid resident who works in pastel, became a member in October. Both have had their work exhibited in many regional shows.
Gertsch has been drawing and making art all her life. In 1967, she met a woman who made wire jewelry and Linda was inspired to make earrings for herself. Her father in law, who worked for an eyeglasscompany, liked what she was making, and asked her to make some wire eyeglasschains, which she embellished with beads and other things. He took two dozen of them to a convention in Atlantic City and they were such a hit that she got an order to make 200 dozen more, completed that in three weeks, and immediately received an order for another 200 dozen.
About 15 years ago, she started working with polymer clay, and now creates original jewelry and pictures with polymer, manipulating it into beautiful patterns and combining it with beads, crystals and metal, which she twists and forges herself.
Sweeney won an art competition as an elementary student, and has been creating art ever since. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Chatham College and continued her post graduate work in two-dimensional art with a special emphasis on the pastel medium.
Sweeney has been elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society as well as being a member of the Allied Artists of America. Her work has appeared in The Pastel Journal and she has been the recipient of both local and national awards.
The Adirondack Artists' Guild is a cooperative retail artgallery representing a diverse group of regional artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park.
The gallery is located at 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
The Guild is on the web at www.adirondackartistsguild.com, and on Facebook at Adirondack Artists' Guild.