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Adirondack Plein Air Festival Aug. 18-22

August 13, 2015
Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - 2015 marks the seventh year that Saranac Lake ArtWorks has sponsored the Adirondack Plein Air Festival.

This year's event will be Aug 18-22. There are a number of changes that ArtWorks would like to make sure are known.

The biggest change is that the Show and Sale, where the participating artists frame their wet paintings and display them in the Harrietstown Town Hall, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

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Kari Ganoung Ruiz paints in the village of Saranac Lake.
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It has traditionally been on a Sunday, but many people felt that was a travel day, so it's been moved up to Saturday.

This is a free event, but the paintings will be available for purchase and the artists will be there to talk about their work and answer questions as well.

ArtWorks is adding a special Preview Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at the Harrietstown Town Hall. This is a ticketed event, at $20 per person, to give those interested a first chance to view and select paintings for purchase.

The awards will also be presented that evening. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served.

Contact Saranac Lake ArtWorks to reserve tickets at 518-891-1388 or

Any individual or business owner in Saranac Lake who would like to encourage artists to paint their home, view or business, is asked to contact the event organizer, Sandra Hildreth, at 518-891-1388 or

ArtWorks cannot guarantee that anyone will come paint the property, but the suggested address and contact information will be put on a "wish list" that will be distributed to the artists. The person submitting the property to paint will be under no obligation to purchase the artwork.

After 72 artists registered for the 2014 event, this year it was decided to cut off participants at 50, as a way to keep the numbers more manageable. But 50 artists will produce one to four or more paintings per day - so there will still be around 400 brand new paintings of Adirondack scenes during the event.

The schedule has also changed. Artists will be out painting two days earlier, beginning on Tuesday, Aug 18 at the Paul Smith's College VIC. On Aug. 19, they may choose any location in the region. On Thursday, Aug. 20 it is "Paint the Town" day, as well as the Saranac Lake Third Thursday Art Walk, so the artists will be in Saranac Lake all day. Friday morning, Aug. 21, ArtWorks has reserved the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club as a painting location. Spectators are welcome to stop anywhere to see an artist out painting.

The Juror of Awards for the event this year is Kirk Larsen. There is a unique opportunity for anyone interested to take a two-day plein air painting workshop with him on Aug. 16-17. Participants must provide their own materials and it will involve instruction, demonstrations, and painting outdoors for much of both the days.

A $50 deposit is required to reserve a spot.

To reserve a spot, call 518-891-1388 or email

The "Paint the Town" Silent Auction will be held again and set up by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Adirondack Artists' Guild Gallery. However, instead of asking all the artists to donate a little 5-inch-by-7-inch painting, they can submit any size piece. The paintings will be judged and one will be selected to receive the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce "Cover Art" Award of $250. The winning painting will be used on the cover of the 2016 Chamber Visitors Guide. The auction will end Saturday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.

The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, at 52 Main St., Saranac Lake, will once again be event headquarters. Maps to painting locations and artist information will be available at the Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St, Saranac Lake.

The last "new" event will be a Quick Draw competition Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon until 2 p.m. Artists who choose to participate will face off in downtown Saranac Lake and see who can paint the fastest and produce the best painting in the two-hour limit. Spectators are encouraged to come watch them paint. At 2 p.m., they will bring their easels and completed, framed paintings to the front steps (or lobby if the weather doesn't cooperate) of the town hall for judging and a cash award.

While the Adirondack Plein Air Festival is attracting artists from all over the east coast and Canada, it is also will a community event. Part of the proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to the art program at Saranac Lake Central School. Money raised through sales helps provide operating funds for Saranac Lake ArtWorks.



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