PAUL SMITHS - The second annual gathering of the Adirondack Mountain School Painters took place recently at Paul Smith's College.
The event called the Publishers Invitational, hosted by Plein Air Magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads, a summer resident of Upper St. Regis Lake, was attended by 50 artists from across the United States.
The group of artists is known as the Adirondack Mountain School Painters and was housed at the college and painted together in spots within a two-hour radius of the school.
Some of the artists from the Adirondack Mountain School Painters gather at the Asgaard Farm during the recent event.
"Most of the artists attending are professionals who want a chance to paint together with other professionals and friends. The Adirondacks is the perfect environment for landscape painters," said Rhoads. The name Adirondack Mountain School painters was created following last years event in honor of the Hudson River School painters, which also painted the area, which this group intends to do each year out of respect for its beauty.
The group produced more than 500 individual paintings of the Adirondacks this week, which has historic significance as one of the largest gatherings of painters painting in one place simultaneously and doing paintings of the Adirondack park.
The Hudson River School painters have only 310 documented paintings done within the Adirondack park area and including Lake George. The Adirondack Mountain School Painters has painted a total of 1,300 combined in just the past two years. The group plans to create a website of their paintings and do an online show this fall as well as create a show in New York City at a prominent exhibition space.
Starting June 19, the group painted in the Paul Smith's College VIC, then moved to High Falls outside of Malone, White Pine Camp, Asgaard Farm, Bog River Falls and as many places throughout the area such as the Flume in Wilmington, the farms on Norman Ridge Road and the views around the various lakes. They also toured the Rockwell Kent studio, which was recently renovated, and the St. Regis chain of lakes. Evenings included roundtable discussions and showings of various paintings generated during the week. Local artists Sandra Hildreth and Diane Leifheit participated and represented the Saranac Lake area in this group of painters coming from all parts of the country.
Plein Air magazine is a bi-monthly printed publication devoted to the art of painting outdoors and is read by artists and art collectors around the world. Rhoads is the owner of the publication and also owns Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and Radio Ink magazine.