Saranac Lake: A Mecca for the Arts
Nov
18
2013

Saranac Lake certainly has its act together when it comes to the arts. This evening I am attending the 1st Annual Saranac Lake ArtWorks “State of the Arts” Celebration at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake.

Most of the cultural organizations in the greater Saranac Lake area have been invited and almost all are in attendance. It is an amazing gathering of visual artists, theatre artists, literary artists, and the folks who manage the organizations that produce some of the finest events in the North Country.

Photographer Mark Kurtz is the evening’s master of ceremonies as the outgoing president of Saranac Lake Artworks. He describes Bluseed Studios as “the go-to place whenever we want to have an event.”

We learn about the origins of the Cabin Fever Film Festival and Saranac Lakes' highly successful Art Walks from Tim Fortune who had his hand in so much of the success of arts events in this small Adirondack city. Tim points out a scrapbook amongst the works on a table in the back of the room that was started in 1996 and charts the growth of the arts in this area. Tim’s own gallery will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, his wife jovially shouts out, “He was 12 when he started!”

It is a festive and supportive evening and more tourist towns should use this community as a cultural model. It is all about working together for the sake of art without any sort of competitive negativity. In fact, at some point in the evening Mark Kurtz says, “We can’t have too many galleries in Saranac Lake.”

We hear from artist Sandra Hildreth who explains the Plein Air arts festival which began in a very laid-back manner with no one paying too much attention to statistics of what was sold or anything else. Last year was the 5th year of Plein Air and, according to Sandy, there were 75 artists registered with almost $17,000 in sales in one day. She adds, “We run a good event. Buyers are beginning to find us!”

Other notable speakers and organizations represented this evening are Peter Seward for Hobofest—a free, all-day music event at the railroad tracks in Saranac Lake that attracts all ages of tourists and locals on Labor Day weekend; David Zwierankin from Pendragon Theatre, the year-round professional theatre founded by Bob Pettee and Susan Neal 35 years ago; Paula Hameline for the Adirondack Carousel—a relatively new addition to the town; Cris Winters the incoming president of Saranac Lake Artworks and spokesperson for the annual Studio Tour; and, of course, Bluseed's own Carol Vossler.

There are an enormous amount of cultural events planned for the holiday season in this bubbling community. Make sure to click through to the SL Artworks web site for a full listing of all the cultural organizations and their upcoming events.

For more information about events in the Saranac Lake Region click through to the website.

Kathleen Recchia has been enjoying the arts in the Adirondack for about 20 years—both as observer and participant (acting, directing, and producing). She also enjoys cross-country skiing, swimming, juggling, and hosting visitors to the area at her bed & breakfast in Jay.

Author:Kathy Recchia
Muskrats!
Discover the Art of Saranac Lake

E-Newsletter Signup Form

About The Author

Blog Topics...

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
To event remaining 2 days
Self-Serve Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar The Mimosa Bar features fresh fruit juices, fruit purees, and freshly cut fruit. The Bloody Mary Bar offerings include many Bloody mixes, different varieties...
Monday, May 28th, 2018
To event remaining 3 days
Micro-Monday  Mini Pitcher special all day on our craft centric draft lineup.  14 draft lines to choose from - with the pitchers starting at $6 and up! Join us!

Recent Blog Posts...

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Fiddlehead Bistro is a work of art. If you’re in downtown Saranac Lake you can’t miss it — it’s the bright yellow building on the corner of Broadway and Dorsey streets, right next to the Saranac...
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
A Chilly Start to Spring While winter held off the arrival of spring this year with both hands, warm weather is finally coming on in full force – and birds are coming with it. After all...
Fly to Saranac Lake via Cape Air The Adirondack Regional Airport, your "Gateway to the Adirondacks," provides quick and convenient access to and from Logan International in Boston, MA. Daily flights are provided...
Woods and Water Defined by nature, recreation, heritage, learning, creativity, and cuisine, we invite you to explore our historic routes and waterway connections.
Sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Interested In
Sign Me Up!