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Artists help paint successful Plein Arts Festival

September 7, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - ArtWorks held its Third Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival on Aug. 18 to 21.

Forty artists registered, nearly three-fourths from out of the area. They came from Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, the Hudson Valley, Syracuse, Watertown, Buffalo and other parts of New York state.

On Thursday, Aug. 18, participating artists created small 5-by-7-inch paintings, featuring downtown Saranac Lake. These were donated for the annual Silent Auction and raised $2,000, which will be donated to the 2011 beneficiary, Historic Saranac Lake.

The artists painted at various outdoor locations on Friday and Saturday, attracting many interested spectators. The final show and sale of works produced during the weekend was held in the Harrietstown Town Hall on Sunday, Aug. 21, with nationally known plein air artist Stewart White as the juror of awards.

Twelve local businesses and organizations donated cash, merchandise and gift certificates to recognize the outstanding work. Of the 89 works of art displayed on Sunday, 15 were sold, generating more than $5,800.

All but 10 percent of sales revenue was returned to the artists. In total, the event led to sales in excess of $8,000.

Special thanks is also extended to North Country Public Radio, the festival's media sponsor for the third year in a row.

The Plein Air Festival is developing exactly the potential organizers had all envisioned. It is attracting quality artists who produce outstanding paintings, which draw in spectators,

buyers and collectors.

Going back many years to the efforts of Tim Fortune, Mark Kurtz and many others, local artsists have created a cultural destination that sets the local area apart from the neighboring villages.

Pictures of prize-winning paintings and artists at work are to be posted on the ArtWorks website at

The 2012 Adirondack Plein Air Festival will be Aug. 16 to 19.



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