SARANAC LAKE - The 15th annual Saranac Lake Third Thursday Art Walks continue this evening.
The village, downtown businesses, nonprofits and galleries will host the talents of regional and local artists and musicians of various genres from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Beginning a self-guided tour through downtown Saranac Lake, visitors, or "Art Walkers," can go to any participating venue; pick up a map and schedule and experience, at their own pace, established artists' work and emerging talents from all over the North Country. One can start the Walk at any venue. There will be approximately 30 venues in all, each marked with a festive balloon.
Starting on Main St. near the Harrietstown Town Hall, this evening's Walk venues include, among others, The Waterhole, Blue Moon Cafe, Adirondack Artists' Guild, Mark Kurtz Photography, Downhill Grill, Blue Line Sport Shop, Small Fortune Studio, Upstairs Gallery, Berkeley Green, The Community Store and the Saranac Lake Free Library.
Main St. Exchange will be hosting the local recorder group, Jubal, who is returning to the Art Walk scene after debuting last year. The Saranac Laboratory Museum, on Church St., will be exhibiting "Ursula, A Life in Hats," a show depicting a collection of the unique hats worn by local artist, Ursula Trudeau, throughout her life. It will be in the John Black Room.
Local artist galleries will be open for the evening, including BluSeed Studios, on Cedar St., which will be displaying "Class Act," ceramic pieces from the Ceramic Studio; and Pendragon Theatre gallery, on Brandy Brook Ave., which will be showing the gorgeous works of artist, Janet Marie Yeates, in her show, "Seasons."
The visitor can walk down Broadway to see the venues of Twin Crystal Rock Shop, which will be giving rock-cutting demonstrations; Two Horse Trade Co., which will be hosting Kanesatake Mohawk woodworker, Jacqueline "Grinning Bear" Rodriguez; and The Left Bank Cafe. Local singer-songwriter, Celia Evans, will be performing outside Eco-Living for the evening.
Local authors, Jamie Sheffield and LeeAnne Baker will be on hand to sign their newly published books at the former Books and Baskets venue, now known as Moose Maple Books and More, on Olive St. Moose Maple will also be showing its handcrafted furniture and other specialties.
Since the last Art Walk, Piece By Piece Studio has moved from Broadway to 30 Bloomingdale Ave., across from Stewarts and the Adirondack Carousel. Owner and quilter, Beth Gallagher, will be celebrating her new grand opening with a floor quilt demonstration during the evening.
Romano's Saranac Lanes, also on Bloomingdale, will be hosting the band, Damaged Goods, and providing an interactive bowling pin painting activity and family dinner specials. The Adirondack Carousel, a piece of art in itself, will be open for the evening, too.
Returning to Berkeley Green gazebo for the Art Walk this evening is Rochester-based, classic country duo, Backsliders, made up of Eric Huppert and Jim Schleich.
At the Adirondack Artists' Guild, visitors can see the works of featured artist, Nancy Brossard, who is currently showing her selections in "Out Painting."
The Saranac Lake Free Public Library's Cantwell Room will be exhibiting the artwork of this year's Summer Reading Program. The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery will continue to showcase the talents of all it's members and feature the current work of local woodcarver, Rachel Lamb, in her show, "Out of the Woodwork."
The Waterhole's Party on the Patio will feature the local band, Big Slyde, at 6:30pm.
Other musicians scattered around the village will include local traditional band, Barn Cats; guitarist, Leo Brill; and Malone acoustic pianist, Matt Bullwinkel.
All musicians will be outdoors unless the weather dictates otherwise.
Local artist, Matt Burnett, will be displaying his work at Blue Line Sport Shop, and local photographers, Shaun Durant, Dan Hausner and artists, Joanne Court, Amanda McCaffrey, Sarah Humphreys and others will be displaying their work throughout the village.
For more information, contact Jill Wenner, Art Walk Coordinator, at 518-637-2745, or check out the Saranac Lake's Third Thursday Art Walks Facebook page.