SARANAC LAKE - This evening kicks off the first of the 14th annual Saranac Lake 3rd Thursday Art Walks. The village, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake and a couple of outlying venues, visitors can go to any participating venue, pick up a map, see and experience at their own pace established artists' work and emerging talents from all over the North Country.
Most are accessible by walking on the brand new village sidewalks. A vehicle may be needed to reach the outer venues. There will be approximately 25 venues in all, all marked with festive balloons.
(Photo — Mark Kurtz Photography)
This evening's event extends from Rice Furniture and The Waterhole on Main St. up to Blue Line Sport Shop, Small Fortune Studio, Berkeley Green and the Saranac Lake Free Library, including the new Community Store and several other venues in between.
The tour winds down Broadway including the venues of Pink, the new Luna Java Coffeehouse, Goody Goody's, The Left Bank Caf and NorthWinds Fine Arts Gallery. Books and Baskets is on Olive St. and then up to Romano's Saranac Lanes as well as the new Adirondack Carousel on the corner of Bloomingdale and Depot St. Back on Broadway and up to Cedar St., BluSeed Studios will be holding a Meet the Artists Reception and Gallery Talk, kicking off "Material Lab," which will highlight wearable art by Anne Heinz and sculptural assemblages by Michael Hart.
In addition, Pendragon Theater, on Brandy Brook Rd., off of Lake Flower Ave. will be showcasing the works of emerging artists, Krystal Stowe and Joanne Court. A bit further down Lake Flower Ave., Adirondack Camera Obscura sits on the corner of Tamer Way across from Lake Flower. Pinhole photographer, Mark Ellis, will be demonstrating and showing his craft in addition to giving tours of his fascinating, cabin-sized, camera obscura.
On Church St., the Saranac Laboratory Museum's John Black Room has a new display depicting the Story of Saranac Lake with historic photos on loan from the Saranac Lake Free Public Library.
At the Adirondack Artists' Guild, visitors can experience featured artist, Meg Bernstein's current "Majicks" show as well as works of other members. The Saranac Lake Free Public Library's Cantwell Room will highlight its current show of "Words and Images: A Moment in Time," with readings from some of the eight participating visual and literary artists starting at 6 p.m. The NorthWinds Fine Arts Gallery will continue to showcase the talents of all it's members and feature the current work of local photographer, Phil Gallos.
At Rice Furniture, the visitor can enjoy a youthful face of the Art Walks with an art display by Petrova Middle School students.
Across the street at The Waterhole's Party on the Patio, "Lucid's" Lowell and Kevin will perform. The Left Bank Cafe on Broadway will be hosting Hanna Huber, an accordionist; and "Jubal," a local recorder group will be playing at Main St. Exchange. The "Dust Bunnies" musical trio will perform at Eco-Living and other local musicians and visual artists will be located at performing at places around the village, including the main stage at Berkeley Green.
Note that fine arts photographer, Mark Kurtz's studio is now upstairs in The Annex, above the Adirondack Artists' Guild, along with the drawing and sculpting studios of Maria DiAngelo and Matt Paul. All will be open for Art Walk visitors this evening, just follow the signs to get to The Annex.
Saranac Lake's 3rd Thursday Art Walks 2012 also has a Facebook presence. Like the page to get more information about the Art Walks in Saranac Lake. For more information, call Jill Wenner, Art Walk coordinator, at 518-637-2745.