LAKE PLACID - An exhibit by Jacqueline Altman, one of the region's most popular artists will be open for viewing Friday at the Guy Brewster Hughes Gallery in the Lake Public Library. Altman, who first came to the Adirondacks in 1964 as an art teacher in Saranac Lake, is known primarily for her works in watercolors.
Most of her Adirondack pieces are done "en plein air," the expression for painting outdoors and taking on bugs, chills, sweat and whatever swift weather changes the day might bring. One of Altman's favorite spots is Bear Cub Road, just outside Lake Placid.
She was interviewed by North Country Public Radio's Todd Moe a couple summers ago and described her love for painting landscapes and flowers.
"It's not just seeing the surroundings," she said, "but "hearing the crickets and loons and the smell of pine and the feel of the breeze. Your whole body's with it."
When Altman first tried painting, it was with oil paints left over from a paint-by-numbers kit given to her by an uncle. It wasn't until years later, when she entered the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia that she came upon watercolors.
After graduating with her bachelor of science degree in art and teaching, she did extensive graduate work at numerous venues, including Avignon, France, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Parsons School of Design
Altman will demonstrate her painting skills at the library during the upcoming area "Art Walk" at the end of September.