ArtWorks interested in adding musicians

Cailin Bowden performs “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at a Strings and Things workshop in March 2018 instructed by Consuelo Sherba, left, of the Aurea Ensemble at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE — The local nonprofit arts marketing group Saranac Lake ArtWorks is working to extend its membership to include musicians, too.

Through a membership system, ArtWorks catalogs local artists, galleries and studios in one digital location. The ArtWorks website links to members’ websites and also features a comprehensive events calendar. The group also prints brochures and seasonal calendars listing artists, exhibits and classes.

ArtWorks representative Sandra Hildreth said the new basic supporting artist membership is geared toward promoting more musicians and music teachers in the area. The membership costs $45.

“The artists are all on one page with links to their website,” Hildreth said. “We’re charging much less, and we’re going to put contact info and something about what kind of music they make or lessons they teach. We’d like people to use it as a resource.”

John Vallini runs Strings & Things, a nonprofit that organizes strings concerts. Vallini has presented only once concert so far — last winter’s “An Evening with Schubert, Ives & Mendelssohn” — but he said he’d like to do more shows.

“I like the people that I deal with at ArtWorks,” Vallini said. “They’re very conscientious about the art in this town.”

He said a calendar of musical acts would help prevent venues and presenters from showcasing music on the same night.

“We can make it easier if we all work on it together,” Vallini said.

Peter Seward is a member of ArtWorks, and said he’d like to see more music representation in the community.

“I’m a visual artist, but I use ArtWorks more for my angle as a presenter of music at Lake Flower Landing.”

Saranac Lake has been recognized as an arts community for a while now.

“There’s something that has caused our community to attract more artists than others,” Hildreth said. “Maybe it’s the environment. I don’t know. But I do know that the arts have a positive economic impact. It’s not just income for the artists, but it brings people in who shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants, stay in our lodgings and possibly move here. Some might visit and say, ‘This seems like a great place to raise kids or retire.'”

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