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Artists Guild shows Altman exhibit online

“Impression July Garden” (Watercolor painting by Jacqueline Altman)

SARANAC LAKE — Although the Adirondack Artists Guild is closed until further notice, its 15 members are presenting “Close to Home,” an online exhibit of watercolors by Jacqueline Altman.

The show will open on June 3 and run through June 30 on the guild’s website, adirondackartistsguild.com.

“I feel very fortunate to have two places to call home … King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, during the winter and spring months, and Lake Placid, during the summer and fall,” Altman said in a press release. “Who knew the title of this exhibit would be so timely, as so many of us are staying close to home during these trying times? Finding the beauty in our immediate surroundings is something we appreciate more than ever.

“When in residence in Lake Placid, I do not have to venture far to find inspiration for painting with watercolor en plein air. My gardens and ever changing light on the surrounding lakes and mountains, visible from my front and back patios, are ready subject matter. Watercolor, being a very portable medium, is ideal for painting from easily accessible sites such as along Route 86 and Route 73, appreciated more and more as mobility becomes an issue. Going out on a friend’s pontoon boat and cruising on the familiar waters of Lower Saranac Lake, has resulted in a number of new works for the show.

“While In King of Prussia, I do most work indoors, using reference photographs of places I have visited, or in the case of the floral still lifes in this show, live flowers from gift arrangements.

“The colors of the landscape and the architecture in Pennsylvania are very different from those of the Adirondacks, and I have tried to share the feeling of each, a sense of place, though these works.”

The guild plans to announce plans for a slow reopening in the coming weeks. It is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake.

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