Grand opening of Art and Antiques today in the Forks

Susan Cassavaugh is in the process of restoring a massive oil painting that once hung in an old New England theater. It is a copy of “Diana of the Uplands,” which was painted by Charles Wellington Furse in 1903-04. The original hangs in London’s Tate Gallery. (Photo provided)

AuSABLE FORKS — The grand opening of a new multi-faceted business, Art & Antiques, 2493 state Route 9N, will take place Friday, May 24, from noon until 6 p.m.

The event will be co-hosted by owner-artist Susan Cassavaugh and antique dealer Julie Robinson Robards.

Cassavaugh is well known throughout the farmer’s market circuit as the watercolorist who paints Adirondack flora and fauna. She recently revived her passion for art restoration and has turned it into a thriving studio business. Her new venture also includes custom framing, as well as the sale of fine artisan crafts and antiques.

Robards is an antiques writer and consultant who once owned the Red Barn Antique & Artisan Gallery in Upper Jay, which was destroyed in the 2011 flood of Hurricane Irene. She and her son Tim Robinson currently co-own Terry Robards Wines & Spirits in Lake Placid.

Throughout the afternoon, Cassavaugh will demonstrate art restoration techniques in her studio, while Robards will be on hand in the showroom to talk with customers about small items they may bring in for an informal appraisal. Furthermore, many of the other artists and dealers who showcase their wares in the gallery, 22 in all, will also be present during the event. Wine tasting and refreshments will be available.

One section of the showroom is devoted to Cassavaugh’s restored oil paintings while another displays the popular watercolor art for which she is best known. The rest of the wall space is dedicated to the creations of 10 other regional artists who work in acrylic, oil, watercolor, textile and mixed media.

Fine artisan crafts, like newly made Adirondack style furniture, hand-woven baskets, turned burl bowls, hand crafted pottery, jewelry, goat’s milk soap and textile craft, are showcased and for sale. For those who love to collect history, there’s an array of antique and vintage goods neatly arranged throughout the sales floor. Furniture, embroidered linens, glassware, china, majolica, art pottery, small primitives, fancy accessories and costume jewelry are just a few of the items offered for sale.

Arts & Antiques is located next to the Peru Credit Union across from Stewart’s. Look for the blue open flag and the dragonflies on the white building. The business hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.