Outdoors, from observation, and in natural light

The Adirondack region has long been known as a wonderful, wild vacation retreat and the inspiration for numerous artists, writers, and musicians. The artists who come and take part in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival know that very well, which is what attracts them from all over the country. The Adirondacks is the largest protected area east of the Mississippi, yet it's still within a day's drive of the major cities of the Northeast. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, forests, farms, and small communities — a full variety of subject matter for artists. 

Held annually the 3rd week in August, fifty juried artists have four-and-a-half days to paint outdoors in the scenic wonders of the Saranac Lake area.

Not a painter? Not to worry. Spectators are encouraged to check out the creative process while enjoying the classic Adirondack surroundings.

Traditionally, the festival includes several events — 

Monday - Meet the Artists Nocturne Reception
Artist Check-In and "Meet the Artists" Nocturne Reception, 7 - 9 p.m. at the Hotel Saranac.

Tuesday - "Paint the VIC" Day
Artists painting on the trails at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, 10 - 5 p.m.

Wednesday - "Paint the Adirondacks" Day
Artists free to paint anywhere; pick up maps of painting locations at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery.

Thursday - “Paint the Town” Day & Silent Auction
Artists will be painting in the Village; Silent Auction of donated paintings set up at 5 pm at the Artists Guild. Also a 3rd Thursday ArtWalk evening from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday - "Paint the Saranac" Day and Preview Party
Artists will be at the Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club for the morning. "Special Preview Party", from 6 - 9 p.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, Refreshments, Awards. Admission: $20.

Saturday - “Quick Draw” Competition and "Show & Sale"
Quick Draw Competition 9 - 11 a.m. / Show & Sale noon to 5 p.m., both are at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Free admission.

Stop by the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, at 52 Main Street, to get more information or visit Adirondack Plein Air Festival.

Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. 

A woman paints a mountain and lake scene outdoors while a woman jogs by.
Artwork on display inside the Saranac Lake Town Hall.
Close-up of a main painting an image of the Town Hall at an easel, with the hall in the background.
A person in a straw hat paints at an easel in a park, surrounded by greenery.