SARANAC LAKE - Twelve local members of the Adirondack Artists' Guild are auctioning their work to raise money for Historic Saranac Lake at the "Our Kinda Town" show.
The silent auction launched with an opening reception Friday night at the guild's gallery on 52 Main St. Potential buyers can bid on paintings, photographs and prints by phone or in person until 2 p.m. March 2.
Every year the guild members select a nonprofit entity to donate proceeds from the auction to. This year's auction is the fourth. Past recipients were the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and the Village Improvement Society.
Adirondack Artists’ Guild member Nancy Brossard talks about one of the paintings she has on display at the guild’s Main Street gallery during the opening reception for the “Our Kinda Town” art auction.
(Enterprise photo — Shaun Kittle)
"We just sort of sit down around this time of year and talk about it," said guild member Sandra Hildreth. "We've already been discussing who to do it for next year. We just talk about who does a lot for the community and who needs some help."
Most of the pieces up for bid contain buildings, some historic and some modern, while a few simply capture a colorful, Adirondack-inspired scene.
"It's always interesting to see what the different members come up with because we all work in different media," Hildreth said. "Everyone finds something to contribute."
Hildreth's contribution this year is an oil painting depicting Winter Carnival memorabilia including a pin, postcard and photograph, all tacked to a cabinet door. Hildreth said the piece was inspired by artist William Harnett's work from the late 1800s.
The cooperative guild began in 1997. Today it has 14 members who pay monthly dues and take turns volunteering their time to run the gallery. In return, each member gets space on the gallery's wall to display and sell their work.
Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania said the money from the auction would help with the operating costs of running the Saranac Laboratory Museum on Church Street.
"The building was built in 1894, so just keeping the museum going is an expensive operation," Catania said. "There's also a lot of overhead involved in the different things that we do, like school outreach projects, being open to the public as a museum and various history day events."
The pieces up for auction can be viewed at the gallery or online at www.adirondackartistsguild.com.